I prefer bigger dogs just because they can have more of a deterrent look to them. I get nervous when I am alone, but I feel more comfortable if my dogs are bigger. That and I need a big dog to keep up with my rigorous activities.
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions" - Confucius
I'm partial to Aussies and currently raise mini Aussies as a compromise. SWMBO is partial to smaller dogs.
When I was a kid I read the book "Where The Red Fern Grows". We had a beagle mix and from that moment on I wanted a larger dog...one that could kill a mountain lion..LOL.
Before I get too wordy I want to ask this. I've read that "giant" breeds only live 8-10 years. Knowing how much we all fall in love with our dogs how hard is it to know you have to trade off life-span for those particular breeds?
The only purpose of life is the very moment you currently occupy. Dogs get this....
I like the compactness of a smaller dog.....smaller everything!!! Love my tiny toy for all her tinyness...love,love, love my cardigan welsh corgi for his big dog...short legs......makes me feel like I have a big dog...but not tall enough to knock things over....and love my medium small dog...my mini schnauzer...but Hate her bark...Overall, small to medium size is best for me and my lifestyle...(I like to take em with!!!)
Have had mostly smaller dogs, but the neighbors all have large dogs, Labs, Setters, 1 Irish Wolfhound, Retrievers, and I get to love them all, every day when I take Rocky out for a walk or just walk myself.
Irish, I wish you would put up more pictures more often. They are the most richly colored Setters I have ever seen.
My largest was a Rottie and smallest a Chi. I didn't think I had a preference, but I think I'll stay with smaller/medium sized dogs from now on. I thought I wanted another Rottie at some point, but I honestly don't see it happening again.
Big Big Big!! LOL I want a DOG not a catdog...(no offense intended) I prefer medium to large dogs. Which is why we have American Pit Bull Terriers as well as a Rottweiler. My parents have small dogs, a chi-weenie, and a rat terrier, they yap too much for me. When my dogs bark, I know something is not right. I think they are all cute, but I would never own a small dog...sorry,,,JMO