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Old 10-26-2012, 01:20 PM
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Has anybody else noticed recently there seems to be a trend towards BIG dogs?

It seems like a lot of people are getting Mastiffs of some sort, or the Newfie, St. Bernard, Great White Pyrenese breeds these days. In my neighborhood there's a new Saint Bernard,and also some kind of Mastiff. My one neighbor had a Newfie and ended up rehoming it before it was one year old.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:47 PM
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I've always wanted a newfie. I'm still hoping I'll get one one day (I'll probably look at rescues first). But no, I haven't noticed more of them around, sadly lol.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:57 PM
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Somebody in my neighborhood recently got a Neo Mastiff... They have NO IDEA what they're doing... and then I saw a Fila at PetSmart the other day. LOL.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:58 PM
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I would LOVE an Irish wolfhound.

I just had a client call about her new pup-- a great pyr/ st Bernard mix.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:02 PM
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Opposite for me personally, I have ALWAYS been a Dane girl I cut my teeth on them so to speak with showing and training. While getting more into the dog world as an adult has made it clear that though I love the bigger guys they just dont fit into what I want in a dog.

But recently the bigger is better trend is getting popular here to X2 if its a rare breed.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:15 PM
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The big dog trend peaked around my area about a year or two ago. You couldn't go anywhere without seeing some sort of large or giant breed. Kijiji was also flooded with large/giant dog litters.

Now a lot of those dogs are gone (the owners still live around here, you just don't see the dogs anymore) and we have an influx of small dogs in the neighborhood.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:15 PM
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I think part of it is that people feel less secure -- a large dog brings a sense of protection, whether the dog is truly protective or not. Just the presence of a large dog can make a difference, or make us feel that way.

Also, it's beginning to be more known that big dogs ARE easy house dogs.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:36 PM
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I don't see many big dogs around here, a couple of Danes, but my Pyr is the biggest I see and people freak out when they see her because she's so big.

I got her out of a sense of protectiveness, it was our main reasoning, we were military back then and my husband was gone all the time, so having a huge dog made me feel more secure I love the pyr because of their protectiveness and the fact that they are amazing family dogs <3
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:39 PM
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I've noticed an increase in Danes and big hairy dogs recently. Within the last year or so, I'd say. I think all breeds and types of dogs eventually go through their stages. Doesn't help that there is a byb around here that regularly breeds St. Bernards, St. Bernard/Newf and St. Bernard/Leonberger mixes.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:40 PM
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The small dog trend was big. Really big. Some of it is probably just that waning.

I'm still getting a Newf or a St. one of these days. Depends on where I am living though as to which!
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