Perspectives: Big dogs vs. little dogs

Big dogs walk away with debate

By Ryan Reichard, staff reporter.

Big dogs, small dogs, medium dogs — all dogs are great. However, when it comes down to big dogs pitted against little dogs, it’s big dogs all the way for me.

You don’t have to worry about stepping on bigger dogs. You can see them, because they aren’t hard to miss like little dogs. When you have little dogs, you are constantly doing a dance, worrying about if they are under your feet and trying to avoid stepping on them. With bigger dogs, you see them and can walk as you please.

Big dogs tend to bark less than little dogs. Smaller animals tend to be more vocal when it comes to everything. If you don’t pick them up, they bark; if they get excited, they bark for an hour; when they don’t want to be alone, they bark. Essentially, no matter what you do, little fluffy always is going to make a ton of noise.

Dogs that are bigger make better cuddle buddies than smaller dogs. Sure, they take up half the bed, but you can wrap your arms around them and cuddle with them. With little dogs, you have to be so careful when you sleep. If you aren’t, then you run the risk of rolling over on little Fefe. Big dogs don’t care if you roll on them, they just continue to sleep.

Part of having a dog is being able to play with it and have fun. When it comes to tug of war, big dogs are the best. They will throw their weight around and make the game a challenge that both parties will enjoy. But when it comes to smaller dogs, you have to be so cautious. You can’t pull too hard and there is a constant fear of accidentally hurting the pup. The game becomes less of a game and more of a walk on eggshells — it’s filled with anxiety.

When it comes to security, I’d much rather have a bigger dog. Bigger dogs are more intimidating and better defenders than smaller dogs, especially with in-home security. Criminals are more likely to be scared off if they hear a bigger dog’s intimating bark, rather than little Fefe’s yapping.  If a stranger comes near, the only action Fefe can do is bite their ankles, while bigger dogs can do more than that.

An attitude plays a huge role in what type of dog you get. Bigger dogs have a much calmer demeanor and are more friendly than little dogs. Instead of being moody and aggressive, big dogs are happy to see you come home and are more appreciative of the attention you give them. Bigger dogs usually smile and wag their tails, while the little ones can charge you or nip at you.

Exercise is key to both your dog’s health and your own. So, when you want to go for runs, walks or hikes, bigger dogs are the best companions. Not only do they have more endurance than little dogs, but they can also keep up with you in terms of speed and terrain. Little dogs get tired out after running for more than five minutes.

Overall, big dogs take the cake over little dogs. Big dogs won’t keep you on a short leash and will allow you to travel anywhere with your best friend. If you’re looking for a dog, get a big dog.

Good things in small packages: why small dogs are best

By Maia Wiederhold, illustrator

Throughout my entire childhood, I grew up around medium to large sized canines. Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Great Danes, mastiffs. You name it. I never knew what I was missing out on until my mother saw a pitiful picture of a rodent looking dog on the Saginaw County Animal Shelter’s website. Two short weeks later, I had fallen in love with that little chihuahua, and my perspective on dogs had changed forever. It’s hard not to have love for all dogs, they are man’s best friend after all, but there are undoubtedly more reasons to own a small dog than there are to get a large one.

Walking through the front door of my grandma’s house was always a nightmare as a child. Her dogs ran to greet us as we walked in, sending my brothers and I toppling over one another and trying to make it through to the kitchen without getting licked in the face or knocked over. I get it. Dogs love to show affection, which is great and all, but I’ve never been a fan of the slobbery dog slime all over my skin and clothes. This is never a problem with little dogs. Little dogs have little tongues which mean little kisses instead of a giant goopy mess. They’re also much easier to control. If your Shih Tzu gets a little too excited when company comes over, just pick her up and plop her in another room! Herding large dogs is undeniably more difficult. Small dogs also can’t jump on you and knock you over, or cause excruciating pain when they step on your bare feet and dig their nails in. It’s not their fault, but why not just avoid the issue all together and get an animal who can’t hurt you without trying. Large breed dogs just don’t know their own strength. When’s the last time you saw someone walking their dachshund get pulled across the block? I prefer animals that can’t drag me on my knees through the park whenever they see a squirrel and embarrass me in front of all my neighbors, but that’s just me.

Now, I’m not saying big dogs can’t be cute, but have you ever seen a pug in a bumblebee costume? The wardrobe options for big dogs are pitiful compared to smaller breeds. Not to mention they look so much cuter in them. And let’s not forget that literally everyone loves puppies. Kids go gaga over the small playful creatures, but ultimately lose interest as they grow larger. A small breed dog is just a forever puppy! They keep those cute puppy dog eyes and adorable likeness with them their whole life.

Small dogs are more cost efficient as well. They are easy to transport because of their size, meaning they can be taken on the road with you more often than a large dog. That means no boarding fee at a kennel or paying someone to dog sit while you’re on vacation. Not to mention they eat much less than a large dog, and dog food is more expensive than you’d think. Small dogs also have smaller … uh, you know, messes. Dogs have accidents in the house; it’s unavoidable. But it is definitely much easier to handle when those potty breaks come from a little creature versus a big one if you know what I mean.

When taking all of the facts into consideration, it is easy to see why little dogs are better than big dogs. Many people say little things can’t come in small packages, but what’s a rule without an exception?

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