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So you’re thinking about getting a puppy. Congratulations! There are a lot of things to consider before adopting a puppy, and we have lots of tips for that! One thing that you might not think about when looking at that sweet, soft, wiggly little puppy is how gosh darn big it’s going to get!
We get all types of breeds at the SPCA of Texas, both purebred and mixed. Sometimes puppies are adopted as little bitty guys and gals, only to have the owners surrender them when they’ve gotten too big for their lifestyle. Whether you’re trying to avoid adopting a puppy that’s going to get too big, or if you’re hoping to find a puppy that will grow up to be a huge dog, here are five popular breeds that are going to get a LOT bigger than you might think!
People go crazy for these gorgeous dogs that originated in Japan. What a lot of adopters don’t know is that these poofy little puppies are going to be massive! Male Akitas can grow to 130 pounds and will need a decent bit of daily exercise and play time.
Great Pyrenees dogs have beautiful, fluffy white coats and a smile to die for, but believe us when we say it’s common for people to underestimate how big they can get. That little Pyr puppy is going to be at least 100 pounds if it’s a male! That means a whole lot of fur flying around come shedding season. But, if you like to keep a regular routine and keep things simple, a Great Pyrenees will fit right into your life.
These dogs are often sought after for their intelligence and trainability. They can be protective of their owners and make great family companions. What many people don’t expect is just how big they can get! While some German Shepherd Dogs might be smaller, around 60 pounds, many can grow up to 95 pounds or even larger! It’s difficult to predict just how large a GSD puppy will end up once they reach full maturity, so be prepared to have a mountain of a dog in a year or two!
All of these dogs will eat A LOT, so keep in mind their food costs will be a lot higher. If the grooming, feeding, activity and space requirements of these breeds won’t fit with your lifestyle, we encourage you to research other dog breeds. Even better, adopt an adult dog so you know what you’re getting! Breed specific rescues will have detailed information about each available dog or puppy’s temperament, training and individual needs so you can be as informed as possible prior to adoption.
The SPCA of Texas also gets purebred dogs and cats on a regular basis, so we encourage you to set up a Pet Alert so you’ll be notified as soon as your desired breed becomes available. As always, we hope you will make adoption your first option!
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