Additionally, much to the distress of big-dog humans, many of the giant breeds
are listed on insurance company "do not insure" lists, making it difficult at best, impossible at worst, to find homeowner's or renter's insurance.
Small dogs, such as Jack Russells, need to change at nine to 12 months, while giant breeds
like Great Danes mature later, at about 18 months.
Regarding exercise, most older dogs, apart from giant breeds
, will need the same amount as when young.
My friend has mostly bantam chickens, but my interests seem to be gravitating more to the giant breeds
WDJ's Training Editor, Pat Miller, explains how training and managing large and giant breeds
differs from training smaller dogs in "Going Big" (page 16).
We have had to take steps to reduce our costs by excluding some giant breeds
and those prone to illness.