Most large-breed dogs don’t need as much exercise as you think
Many large and extra-large dogs, such as Great Danes, were bred to be guard dogs, which requires a whole lot of sitting around. Smaller dogs, on the other hand, may be hard-wired to move (a lot). “Size doesn’t correlate to energy level. I own and breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks, for example, and as long as they get a nice long walk and some mental stimulation during the day, most adults are happy to lounge around in the house or apartment,” says Denise Flaim. “Other breeds, like many herding or retrieving dogs, are smaller, but require way more exercise to burn off their energy.” The exception: puppies. Any puppy, no matter its breed or size, is usually in what Flaim calls “the zoomy stage” until it hits at least 18 months to two years old. But gangly, still-growing-into-their-limbs, large-breed pups shouldn’t be over-exercised, or they run the risk of injury.