2001-Fri Aug 18 04:55:49 EDT 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved. Powered by Brightspot.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
When you encounter a giant dog breed, it is quite a sight to behold. It’s hard to imagine that a dog can have such long legs, huge paws and, well, just be so big. But often, the first words that pop out of peoples' mouths at the sight of a Great Dane, Mastiff or other huge breed are the same old things that the dogs' owners have heard a million times — and would probably be happy tonever hear again.
So what should you avoid saying next time you see a big dog? We asked our Facebook audience which clichés about giant dog breeds they’re tired of hearing, and here’s how they responded.
Many people are quick to compare a giant dog to a small horse. While this may be funny the first time you hear a joke about it, after a while, it gets old. Facebook fan Sarah Jane Berry is over people telling her, “You should buy a saddle and ride him!” and Liz Schaff is tired of being asked, “Can you ride him?" She adds: "Argh!” Of course, sometimes it helps to turn a cliché into something that’s actually funny. Facebook fan Toren Culver, as you can see from the picture above, actually does have a saddle for her large dog. She writes, “No, I don’t have a saddle… No, wait. Maybe I do.”
Yeah, we get it; giant dogs often look like they’re walking their humans instead of the other way around. But that doesn’t mean you have to point it out. Several Facebook fans are sick of being asked, “Who walks whom?”
But there's another piece to this, and we think Maryse Acrvadis, whose female American Boxer is often mistaken as a male Mastiff, sums it up best: “Why do people assume that big dogs are male and women can’t take them for walks?” Yes, why indeed?
There are plenty of negative stereotypes out there about large and giant dog breeds, and most of the time, they’re not true. Just because a dog looks intimidating doesn’t mean he acts intimidating. Facebook fan Nicole Hornback has a Boxer who's often mistaken for a Pit Bull. She’s tired of hearing, “Does he bite?” and “Is he going to hurt me?” But she’s come up with the perfect response: “You might drown from all the slobber from when he licks you!”
So there you have it: Giant dogs are not ponies, they are capable of walking on a leash without dragging their human behind them and they are more likely to lick your face than bite it. The next time you encounter a big dog, take our advice and go for the compliment instead of the bad joke — we're sure the dog's owner will appreciate it.
Are there any more clichés about giant dog breeds we’re missing? Share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
More on Vetstreet:
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…
Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? We’ve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him.
Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life.
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.