Adopting a large dog can be extremely rewarding for a family. Many large breeds look imposing enough to scare away intruders, but are actually extremely gentle. Large dogs make great companions on walks, hikes, and runs, and most are not nearly as high maintenance or as yappy as small breeds. However, there are some concerns that are unique to large dogs that potential owners should be aware of before choosing a dog of considerable size. Large dog breeds stand about 22-26 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 60-90 pounds. Small apartments are generally not the most ideal living situation for large breeds. Big dogs also require much more exercise than small dogs. If they don’t get that exercise, they can become destructive when left alone. Big dogs are ideal for active owners who have plenty of indoor and outdoor space for a pet.