You love your dog and he is there for you through the good times and bad. He is your faithful companion through the years. He makes you feel happy and will be first to happily greet you at the door even if the family forgets! He keeps an open eye and guards the house at night while you go about your chores and sometimes you are unaware of his existence.

The magnificent-looking large breeds are a favourite among many pet owners. They vary in size, temperament, colour and agility.

For all those who are thinking of owning a large dog there are indeed more than just a few things you need to know before getting the first large breed dog in sight! You may have your reasons for wanting a large dog, maybe you find them impressive, a lovable pet for the family or you may wish to have them as a guard dog, or even a show dog for competitions!

What breed should you choose?

Any of the above reasons is acceptable, provided you select a breed carefully, have adequate space and are able to give the dog enough exercise and are willing to spend a lot of time with them him. The breed that you choose is very important to suit your lifestyle. Some of the common large breed dogs are the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Dobermann Pinscher, Rottweiler, Bullmastiff and a few of the giant breeds include the Great Dane and Saint Bernard. All these dogs need a good amount of exercise to keep them in good shape.

Balanced Diets

Your pet depends on you to be able to live a long and healthy life and the nutrition he receives in his foods is very important for his well-being. He will be with you for many memorable years not forgetting the unlimited amount of joys he brings and therefore, doesn’t he deserve the best for his growing years?

The diet for all large breed puppies must be based on the lifestage concept such as Science Diet Large Breed formula if possible so that they will grow at a normal pace to prevent unnecessary growth problems such as bone deformities when they grow older. This is why we Hill’s has formulated it with controlled levels of calcium for healthy joint and bone development, while L-Carnitine is added to convert fat into energy. Most puppies that reach 25kg/55lbs or more as adults should be fed this diet.

Some owners feel that giving plain meat diets are better than nutrition which is based on quality ingredients that are completely balanced with essential nutrients. As we all know dogs are omnivourous – meaning, they need vegetables and meat to live, whereas cats are carnivourous, meaning they can do with meat alone to survive. Remember, too much or too little of any vitamin or mineral can do more harm than good!

Obedience and training

Most large breeds are quite easy to discipline preferably starting since puppy which should certainly include obedience and training classes to prepare him for a brand new experience in the real world. They may have been from the breeder or from a pet shop. Your puppy should first get to know you before you start him on his first lesson. A little history about him will indeed help you get better acquainted.

Every pet deserves the health benefits of a lifelong dietary management. When you provide high quality, balanced nutrition for your pet, you help your pet maintains health on the inside that shows on the outside. Just by looking at your pet you will be able to see if he has a shiny coat, clear eyes, strong bones and teeth that should signal health and vitality!