Welcome to Big Dog Mom’s Resources, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for large and giant breed dog owners, or those considering big dog ownership. I have tested or actively use every recommendation on this page.
Before digging into the awesome resources I use and trust, please read this important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.
Must-Have Products for Large Breed and Giant Breed Dogs
To claim a product is a “must-have” is a strong statement, but the following products more than live up to that standard! These are all products I currently use and could not live without as the owner of giant breed dogs. Click the image for more details and to grab one for your big dog! You will NOT be sorry!
Emergency Preparedness for Large Dog Families
While this is not the most enjoyable topic, it is a necessary responsibility of every dog owner. From weather-related disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, or solar flares (coronal mass ejection) to national and global challenges which can affect our food supply, communications, and power grid, planning and preparing for emergencies is critical for ourselves and our large dogs. You do not have to be a doomsday prepper to store some extra dog food or secure a backup power source. Here are a few of my favorite tools for emergency preparedness.
Large Breed Puppy Survival Kit
Raising a large or giant breed puppy into a bomb-proof big dog is a huge responsibility and not for the casual dog owner. Growing bigger faster, yet maturing slower than other breeds, large and giant breed puppies can be a handful. The following list is must-have items for every large breed puppy owner. Click here for more puppy raising tips.
Diet & Nutrition for Big Dogs
I get asked all the time about what supplements I give my dogs in addition to the raw diet they are fed. The following are my top recommended supplements for all dogs, regardless of diet. In addition, I am including a few of my favorite commercial raw diets (or foundations for a raw diet) to assist those who are considering the transition and want an easy way to take the plunge.
Best Books for Big Dog Owners
The following are a few outstanding books that I believe should be in every large breed dog owner’s library. For a more comprehensive list, click here.
Best Toys & Chews for Large and Giant Breed Dogs
Toys and chews that are both safe and durable for big dogs are not easy to find. Here are a few of Junior and Sulley’s favorites! And check out our rundown of the top 10 best toys for big dogs for a few more great ideas.
Pet Insurance I Recommend for Big Dog Owners
Even when they are healthy, large and giant breed dogs are expensive, with veterinary care for them being one of the largest expenses for any dog owner. If you want the latest on just HOW expensive they are, check out some of my original research on the cost of big dog ownership and how much Mastiffs cost specifically. Additionally, in this video, I share with you my own financial records for Junior and Sulley if you want to know why I recommend pet insurance to every big dog owner.
Mompreneurs & Other Digital CEO’s
Some of you may be wondering how I operate Big Dog Mom, LLC on the backend. What tools do I use and love that make this blog and brand work? Well, here they are!
Great Websites for Big Dog Owners
The worldwide web is a vast universe of good and bad content. For this reason, I am including a few websites I trust for dog-related news and information.
NATIONAL BREED CLUBS
Whether you are looking for a breeder for your next purebred puppy, or simply want information about a particular dog breed, here is a list of large and giant breed dogs in the AKC with a link to each of their national parent breed club. Most breed clubs will have information on the breed standard, a code of ethics for member breeders, recommended health testing, and a list of reputable preservation breeders active in the breed.
AKC Working Group
- ALASKAN MALAMUTE
- ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOG
- BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG
- BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
- CANE CORSO
- DOBERMAN PINSCHER
- DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
- GIANT SCHNAUZER
- GREAT DANE
- GREAT PYRENEES
- GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG
- NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF
- TIBETAN MASTIFF
- ST. BERNARD
- SIBERIAN HUSKY