It's an exciting time when anyone decides to share a home with a four-legged companion in the form of a dog. It's even more thrilling when the choice is to get a puppy. It goes without saying that all puppies have a tremendous cute factor about them, but there are some that are incredibly sweet looking when they are young, but are quite different looking when older not to mention how some pups grow into huge mature dogs. Below is a list of three such breeds where puppies are incredibly cute, furry balls of fluff, but they grow into majestic, impressive and rather large dogs.
Great Dane puppies are all legs, paws and floppy ears. In fact, the size of their paws is a good indication of just how big they get when they are mature, adult dogs. They may be small and cute when they are puppies, but even as awkward "teenagers", a Great Dane is a sizeable dog! When fully grown, a male can weigh in at anything from 54 to 62 kg with their female counterparts not being that much lighter. Males stand from 76 to 81 cm tall at the withers while females are smaller in height being anything from 46 to 54 cm tall.
They may be cute puppies, but playtime can be boisterous and although Great Danes are known to be "gentle giants", even when only a few months old they can easily knock over a small child albeit by accident. Like other large breed puppies, it's important not to let them overdo things on the exercise front when still young because it puts too much pressure on their still growing joints and bones. Great Dane puppies also need to be fed a well-balanced, nutritious diet so they get all the nutrients they need to develop properly.
Irish Wolfhound puppies are incredibly cute with their stocky bodies, elegant long legs and adorable eyes. Anyone wanting to share a home with an Irish Wolfhound would need lots of space to accommodate their four-legged companion because even as teenagers, an Irish Wolfhound grows to an impressive size. A mature, adult dog can stand at anything from 71 to 90 cm at the wither with their female counterparts not being that much shorter. A male dog weighs in at an impressive 40 to 60 kg and again females are not that much lighter.
It would be hard not to fall in love with an Irish Wolfhound puppy because they are incredibly cute and like other puppies they tend to fall over their own legs when it's playtime. They need to be fed a good, well-balanced, nutritious diet so they get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need for their bones to develop properly and it's important to keep an eye on the amount of exercise they get when they are still young. The reason being that like all large breeds, it's best to avoid putting too much pressure on their joints and bones until they are fully developed.
Irish Wolfhounds take their time about things and they do make wonderful family pets, but their size alone when fully mature can be rather intimidating, especially to younger kids. As such, they are best suited to families where the children are slightly older and who therefore don't run the risk of being knocked over by their very large four-legged friend.
Saint Bernard puppies have to be among the cutest on the planet and it's hard to believe they grow in such large and impressive adult dogs. Everything about a Saint Bernard puppy is "sweet" which includes their lovely markings and their gorgeously large paws and fluffy coats. However, like any other larger than life breeds, a Saint Bernard needs lots of space to express themselves properly and these cute puppies soon start to grow into awkward teenagers. A fully grown, mature Saint Bernard can weigh in at anything from 64 to 120 kg and when it comes to height, a male dog can stand at up to 80 cm at the wither. Females tend to be that much shorter standing at anything from 65 to 80 cm at the wither.
Saint Bernards love being part of the family and for such large dogs, they are placid by nature which makes them great family pets. However, because of their sheer size when adults, they are best suited to families with older children rather than toddlers. Again, like other large breeds, it's essential to keep an eye on the amount of exercise a Saint Bernard puppy is given because too much pressure on their young joints and bones could lead to a dog developing serious health issues when they are older.
With this said, Saint Bernard puppies need to be fed a well-balanced, nutritious diet that provides all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals a pup needs to develop properly. However, it's also important not to overfeed an adult Saint Bernard because they are prone to plough on the pounds which could lead to health issues too.
Anyone who is thinking about getting a puppy should make sure they realise just how big they might get when they are fully grown, mature dogs. There are a lot of breeds where puppies are small and cute, but as soon as they start to mature they turn into handsome, majestic and very large dogs that need lots of space to express themselves as they should.