Personality Traits of Big Dogs

Everyone loves a big dog except for the people that are afraid of big dogs. Contrary to popular belief small dogs are not safer than big dogs as a matter of fact small dogs are far more likely to bite then big dogs are.

One of the beliefs are that small dogs more baby like in their personality but the reality is a bit different. Big dogs are more confident, less nervous, less likely to bite.

Of course the fear of big dogs comes from the fact if they do bite it can be a very bad bite that can cause a great deal of damage however the odds of being bit by a small dog is much greater.

Why do we love big dogs? All you have to do is hug one to know that answer. Big dogs are lovable, powerful and in most cases they are kind.

Of course there is always one bad apple that can spoil the bunch. There is always a big dog that does not necessarily fit the mold, so while these big dog personality traits are common they are not carved in stone. They can be used as a guideline.

Who They Are

Generally speaking big dogs are any dog that is over 45 lbs (20.5 kg). Of course that is just the bases for describing the big dog breeds. Big dog breeds can vary in size.

For example the Irish Wolf Hound averages about 120 lbs (54kg) while a German Shephard also a big breed can weigh on average about 95 lbs (43 kg).

The size and weight of the big dog breeds may vary but no one would argue that they are big dogs!


Living Space

Many people mistakenly believe that small dogs are well-suited for apartment living because they are small and compact but the reality is that they can be a little to vocal for apartment living. Little dogs are high strung they bark way more than big dogs.

A big dog can do great in an apartment as long as they have a family that is willing to walk and exercise them. Just because you have a big dog you do not need to have a big space. A big dog can be well-suited for apartment living and can easily fit right into the mix.

Typically big dogs have calm personalities. They can deal with stress better. They are often easier to train not to bark at every noise they hear so they can easily deal with living in an apartment and being a great tenant.

Of course if you have a home with a yard then that is even better but not necessary to have a big dog. Big dog does well in all kinds of living space.

Mild Manners

Big dogs are mild mannered. Big dogs are typically mild mannered. They are more likely to get along with more than one member of the family. Little dogs usually choose ONE person that they are loyal too and snub all the others. Big dogs they can fit right into the family-of course it also depends the breed of the big dog but in most cases it is an easy fit for a big dog and a family.

Big breeds may appear a little dopey but the reality is they are highly intelligent and can easily be trained. Large breed dogs are mild mannered and some experts suspect that they do not really even recognize their own size.

Big sturdy dogs typically are not bothered by running, noise making children. They are secure in their knowledge that their size makes them less prone to injury from children tripping over them and running past them. They enjoy hugs and can be very protective of their children.

When you consider what a little dog must see when they see a small human headed their way no wonder they are snappy. It must be terrifying to them to be under assault by small humans but big dogs typically like to join in on the ruckus. They are good natured (most breeds) and mild mannered souls.


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On a Friendly Scale

Big dogs are typically less “afraid” of humans than little dogs are. They are way more approachable and curious when it comes to humans. It is easy to recognize if a big dog is interested in being your friend or not.

Cute dog

Their ears are up, their tail is wagging and their hair is flat on their back. They look “inviting”. When they are not interested in your company that is obvious as well. Their ears will be pinned back and their tail will be tucked between their rear legs.

Typically you can expect tail wagging and ears upright from a happy friendly big dog.

Some Habits to Look Out For

In some cases your big dog may realize that he/she is a big dog (this is usually true with males) and they may want to buck the system by doing things that you really do not want them to do. For some pet parents a big dog on the furniture is a no-no but it can be a battle to keep them off. After all if you are a big dog furniture is easy access.

When you have a big dog that wants to flex some muscle around the house and do battle for the coveted alpha roll it is very important to be as firm as possible with them to show them that you are unwavering in your belief that you are the alpha.

Big dogs are less likely to suffer from separation anxiety. They are usually pretty good if you leave them alone while you are at work but in some cases (and this is really an individual dog thing) your big dog may have an adjustment period to being left on their own. If you get your big dog is a puppy when you get it than you can crate to train them to go in the crate while you are out.

With big dogs training is the most important aspect.


Big dogs like to please their pet parents. They respond excellent to training but there are a few key things that anyone that is considering a big dog should remember. You have to always be in control. It can be difficult not to simply hand out treats because you love your dog so much but the reality is you have to make them work for it.

If you are uncertain on how to train your dog you may want to bring in a professional to help you make sure that your dog is trained correctly. The small investment will pay off nicely. There are also videos and books on how to train your dog.

One of the best things you can do for your dog is to ensure proper training. Training not only makes life easier for you but it also makes life safer for your dog. Having a well-trained dog will mean that you do not have to fear that your dog will run off or run into traffic.

Of course with a big dog training is very important so that they do not scare people by jumping up on them or barking when they are not supposed to be alerting.


Big dogs are so trainable that they are often used for security and protection. They are willing learners and their size alone is often enough to persuade potential criminals not to enter your property. Big dogs do a great job of patrolling and making sure all is well.

If you are considering a big dog for protection than you should know that training is the key not so much the breed. Any of the big dog breeds can be trained to be a watchful eye for your property and your family’s safety and also be a great addition to your home.

German Shepherd

Some well-known big dog breeds that are typically used for protection include the German Shephard, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher and others.

All of these big dog breeds are not only known for the security they provide for their families or the business that they are protecting but they are also known for their loyalty to their people. They are all good with families and can be very friendly animals.


Big dogs are really more lap dog then little dogs are. In most cases (it all depends on how you train them) they are loyal friends that easily fit into family life. They are typically a lot healthier overall than the smaller breeds. They usually need less grooming.

They have great personalities and oddly enough the bigger you go the calmer the dog. The really big breeds are actually pretty lazy dogs that prefer to lay around then play.

Big dogs all have unique personalities just like people but overall are a lot easier to get along with then little breed dogs. They are less overall maintenance, easier to train and much more trust worthy when it comes to children.