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What You Should Consider Before Adopting Large Dogs

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John Griffin is the director of shelter services at the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. They are committed to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals and are distinguished as America’s First Animal Shelter.

Things to consider before adopting a large dog:

So whenever you’re coming in and you think “hey I want to adopt a large dog”, we want to make sure you call whoever your insurer is and say I’m looking at a dog, you might not even know what breed yet I’m looking over a dog 30 pounds. I’m looking to adopt it. Do you have any rules about what are the do’s and don’ts in order to keep my coverage. In addition to that, you want to talk to your landlord if you have a weight restriction, would you also have a breed restriction and this can avoid adopting and then having to bring that animal back.


What dogs are best for apartment living?

Our friends are ForRent.com posted a great article about the different breeds for apartment living. It is so important to take this into consideration before adopting a dog from the shelter.

Greyhound: Even though a greyhound may weigh between 60 and 70 pounds, its temperament is what makes it well-suited for apartment living. This breed is typically quiet, well-mannered and eager to please. Greyhounds are surprisingly lazy and happy to spend the day on your couch. Despite being able to run at speeds up to 45 mph, it can be shy and prefers a calm household. Warning: It has a strong chasing instinct.

Mastiff: This calm and good-natured breed can weigh anywhere between 120 and 230 pounds. A gentle giant, the mastiff is instinctively protective of its family. It needs regular exercise like moderate walks and visits to the park, so make sure these big guys adjust to taking the elevator in your apartment building. Warning: It slobbers and can be stubborn.