What about having a giant dog in the house? Well, giant dogs sound scary, they are actually sweet big babies that you should properly look after!
Today we will talk about big babies. That’s right, giant breed dogs need special care. They may seem almighty, but they also require special care and attention.
St.Bernard is a large sized dog and it can reach 70cm height. Therefore, you shouldn’t consider it a good choice if you live in a small apartment.
If you have this kind of dog, the most important thing is to have plenty of room for the dog to live well. Therefore, you shouldn’t consider it a good choice if you live in a small apartment. Besides plenty of space, this dog loves being free and therefore many hours spent outdoors are always a great idea.
Next, comes the behavior of the St.Bernard dog. Being a giant dog, this dog is always ready to observe and protect. It’s important to educate the dog properly from its early age, because if we neglect proper education, the dog becomes difficult to control once it has grown in size and weight.
The bullmastiff is another large breed of domestic dog. It also needs special care and most importantly it needs a spacious home to live comfortably. Bear in mind that no matter whether you are a proud owner of a Bullmastiff or St.Bernard dog, you should allocate enough time for frequent brushing.
Should you live in a small apartment, hopefully you have a spacious garden where you can find a comfy place for your “little” friend.
In general, giant dog breeds withstand cold temperatures well, so you would not have problems to leave the dog in the garden in winter. However, your dog should have a nice shelter, a good house in which it can sleep and be protected from severe weather conditions. In summer, it also needs a shelter, especially against the sun and hot temperatures. It is essential that your dog has an easy access to a shaded area and cool water.
Proper nutrition is another important factor to consider since giant dogs need more food, approximately 30-40 kg .per month (some St. Bernard dogs consume about 1 kg. per day) .
Who are the representatives of the giant dog breed? The Bloodhound, a hunting dog, the Rottweiler, a herding dog, the St. Bernard, a mountain dog and the Newfoundland, a maritime rescue dog, are examples of some dogs with imposing stature. You should pay a special attention to the growth of a giant dog, because they are really fragile before these great dogs become adult canines with a powerful body.
Two stages for a long and intense period of growth
A giant breed puppy reaches half of its adult weight at about 5 months old. Between the 2nd and 8th months the dog gets an average 2 cm fortnightly. The growth continues until 18-24 months. Until your dog reaches its 8 months, the first growth phases takes place very quickly and exponentially. This coincides with the period when the giant breed puppy develops its immune defenses. Between the 18-24 months of age the phase of a slower growth starts as well as the dog muscle development.
Adapt and balance the nutritional intake
For a giant dog, there is always a risk that your puppy grows rapidly. Hence, it is recommended to consider a healthy, balanced diet suitable for the first stage of growth in the 2nd to 8th month. You should control the growth rate and prevent the dog from becoming overweight. Yet, make sure that you don’t provide too little food. Daily meals should contain nutrients that help strengthening the bones and joint protection, along with active agents that enable the puppy enhance its immune system.
Regardless of being in the first or the second stage of the giant puppy growth, it is essential to consider puppy’s digestive sensitivity.
Representatives of giant dog breeds show greater digestive food sensitivity than other puppies. This sensitivity is due to a number of anatomical and physiological characteristics.
It is vital to ensure that your dog’s meal contains exceptionally quality protein which is highly digestible. Healthy food can help your dog during the two critical growth phases when you should provide maximum digestive security and control over the growth rate.
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