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Bones for Big Dogs: How Big is Too Big?

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When it comes to bones for big dogs, finding the right size is crucial. A bone that is too small can be easily swallowed and could cause choking. A bone that is too large can cause digestive problems and may not be as enjoyable for your dog to chew on.

In this blog post, we will explain how to determine if the bone size is just right for your big dog and what types of bones you should avoid.

How do I know if my dog is considered a big dog?

There are a few different ways to determine if your dog is considered a big dog. One way is to look at the height and weight of your dog.

For example, the American Kennel Club (AKC) defines a giant breed as any dog that weighs more than 100 pounds or is taller than 24 inches at the shoulder. This would include breeds like the Great Dane, Saint Bernard, and Mastiffs.

Another way to determine if your dog is considered a big dog is by looking at the adult size of the breed. Some medium-sized breeds can reach weights over 100 pounds when fully grown, such as the Newfoundland and Leonberger.

Here is a simple guide to help you determine if your dog is considered a big dog:

If your dog weighs under 20 pounds, they are considered a small dog.

  • Yorkshire
  • Bichon
  • Beagle
  • Boston Terrier
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


If your dog weighs 21-50 pounds, they are considered a medium dog.

  • Dalmatian
  • Bulldog 
  • Border Collie
  • Basset Hounds
  • Australian Shepherd


If your dog weighs 51-90 pounds, they are considered a large dog.

  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Golden Retriever


If your dog weighs over 90-100 pounds, they are considered a giant breed.

  • Great Dane
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Saint Bernard

Is it important to know the difference between a small, medium or large dog when choosing bones?

It's very important to think about the size when it comes to choosing the right bone. As we mentioned earlier, a bone that is too small can pose a choking hazard, while a bone that is too large can cause digestive problems. 

For example, a small dog like a Chihuahua would do better with a smaller bone, such as a marrow bone, while a large dog like a Great Dane would need a larger bone, such as a knuckle bone.


The Consequences of Choosing The Wrong Bone Size

Even though big dogs have strong jaws, choosing the wrong bones will definitely cause problems. Here are the common issues that can occur from bones that are either too big or too small:

  • Choking
  • Digestive problems
  • Broken teeth 
  • Tongue or mouth injuries 
  • Bones wrapped around the lower jaw
  • Blockage in the esophagus, stomach, or digestive system 

The Rule of Thumb to Choosing a Bone Size for Your Big Dog

A good rule of thumb is to choose a bone that is about the size of your dog's head or even a bit bigger. This way, the bone will be big enough to last a while, but not so big that it's unmanageable.


What Types of Bones for Big Dogs to Avoid

There are a lot of bones out there that are marketed as being "safe" for dogs. However, not all bones are created equal. Here are a few samples of what to avoid  giving to your big dog:


1) Cooked Bones

Cooked bones such as those from the kitchen table, are a no-no. These bones are drained of their natural nutrients and can splinter easily, posing a choking hazard to your dog.


2) Chicken Bones

Poultry bones such as chicken bones are also not recommended. These bones are lightweight and can splinter easily. In addition, the bones of smaller animals such as chickens are not as dense as the bones of larger animals. This means that they are not as good for teething puppies or adult dogs who like to chew on bones.


3) Inedible Nylon Bones

Nylon bones are a popular choice for dogs who like to chew. However, these bones are not meant to be eaten and can cause digestive problems if swallowed. In addition, nylon bones can wear down your dog's teeth over time.


To know more about the types of bones you can and cannot give your pup, read more about it here:The Ultimate Guide on Which Types of Bones are Safe or Unsafe for Dogs

The Best Bone for Big Dogs: BetterBone

Now that you know what to look for in a bone for your big dog, it's time to choose the right one. Of course, there's nothing better than a BetterBone.

BetterBone offers bones made from 100% eco-friendly and natural ingredients and free from chemicals, additives, and preservatives. In addition, our bones are splinter resistant and perfect for dogs who like to chew, pup-satisfaction guaranteed!

So, what are you waiting for?Order your big dog a BetterBone today!