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Extreme Dogs

Author: Erin Schneider | Date: June 12, 2012

Two recent stories in the news caught my attention. One was about the world’s smallest puppy, a Dachsund mix named Beyonce and the other story was about the world’s largest dog, a Great Dane named George. At first I was intrigued by these stories, but then after thinking about it, I was completely disturbed by them. Both of these dogs were adorable, don’t get me wrong. But when I thought about all the health issues these dogs will have, I was very upset that they were getting so much attention.

It doesn’t take much to become a trend and I really, really hope that extreme sizes in animals doesn’t become a trend.

Let’s talk about Beyonce first. She is about the size of an iPhone. Yep, you read that right, and iPhone. When I heard that, I actually took my iPhone out and compared it to my 13 pound Westie. An iPhone is pretty darn small. Now, I don’t know anything about the health of Beyonce, but I do know some issues that she may run into. Extremely small dogs like Beyonce can suffer from the following:

    • Very fragile bones that can break easily
    • Respiratory and other organ problems
    • Heart failure
    • Behavioral problems
    • Short life span

Next up is George. He weighs over 245 pounds and is about 43 inches tall. To give you some comparison, a normal Great Dane weighs between 120-190 pounds and are about 28-34 inches tall. So, George is a big dog! Just like extremely small dogs, extremely large dogs can suffer from health issues. A few are:

  • Joint problems such as hip dysplasia
  • Bone and cartilage disease
  • Short life span
  • Bloat
  • Heart disease

Again, both of these dogs are very cute and I have no idea if they currently have any health issues or if they ever will. My whole point is that breeding dogs to the extreme is unhealthy. Whenever you decide to bring a new pet into your life, make sure to do your homework. If you are getting your dog from a breeder, make sure to ask a lot of questions. If you are going to shelters, ask the staff about the dog and get as much information as you can. And never go to a pet store, you just never know what you are going to get. But that is a conversation for another day.

 


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