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Big dogs take longer to rehome as cost of living puts adopters off large breeds

Big dogs take almost twice as long to rehome as smaller breeds, according to figures released by the RSPCA today.

The RSPCA - the world’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity, which celebrates its 200th birthday this year - has released new figures that show it takes almost twice as long to rehome large dog breeds, such as Alaskan malamutes, shar peis and mastiffs, than small breeds, like West Highland terriers and lhasa apsos.

Figures* show that, on average, it takes 33 days to rehome small dogs and 39 days to rehome medium-sized dogs, compared to 60 days to rehome large dogs.

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Moose

Five-year-old mastiff Big Moose [pictured above] weighs more than 60kg (132lb) and has been waiting at the RSPCA’s Stubbington Ark, in Hampshire, since July 2022 for a new home. He’s a big boy with a big heart and the team caring for him describe him as a “gentle giant with a sweet nature who thinks he’s a lap dog - despite his size!”

Nina

Nina may be a big girl at 50kg (110lbs) but she’s also got a big heart; she’s very sweet and loves affection from the people she knows and trusts. You soon become her best friend after some fun games with her favourite toys and some treats!

Anya

Gorgeous gentle giant Anya may only be a baby but she still tips the scales at 54.5kg and measures in at approximately 1m tall! The Tibetan mastiff has specific needs - due to her size - and is ideally looking for someone with experience of her breed, or someone who is prepared to do lots of research on what she’ll need in her new home.

She is loyal, affectionate, clever and strong-willed but can also be aloof and takes her time to get to know new people. She’ll need to meet her new adopters multiple times before she can go home.

Joe

Okay, so Joe isn’t actually a giant breed but his beautiful, fluffy coat makes him look like a rather large (and adorable!) bear! He was in a sorry state when he was rescued by RSPCA officers alongside 20 other husky type dogs; and was filthy, matted and had never had a bath or a brush.

Moose

Five-year-old German Shepherd Moose may look more like a wolf but he has the bravery of a mouse! This sweet lad weighs in at 44kg and is a very clever boy who loves to learn. He’s very active and enjoys going for long walks so is looking for a home that not only has space for him but can also keep up with him!

No one wants rescue dog because of his size

Big crossbreed Benson is struggling to find a home because he’s so big.

A rescue dog is nearing one year in kennels as potential adopters are being put off by his size.

Eight-year-old crossbreed Benson arrived in RSPCA care on 13 October 2020 when his owners were forced to give him up as they were struggling to cope. He came into RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre, in Surrey, where staff have been working with him.

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Bandit

Bandit is a Newfoundland Akita cross – two large breeds – and was advertised for free on a major selling site.

Sweet Sammy needs a supersize home


Have you got space to fit this gentle giant into your home?
Giant Sammy is a very special boy - who is looking for a rather large home!

The two-year-old Anatolian shepherd arrived in RSPCA care at the beginning of the year as his owners - who rescued him from abroad - could no longer care for him.

Now the huge pooch is looking for a loving new home - but anyone who is interested should first think carefully about whether he’ll fit into their home!

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RSPCA have a big challenge finding home for giant dog who is still growing

Finding a forever home for any dog can be a challenge – but some are more of a challenge than others, through no fault of their own. One such dog is Anatolian Shepherd, Bam Bam. Already a very large dog at only a year old, charming Bam Bam is still growing, and needs special home with lots of love – and lots of space!

Bam Bam is currently at theRSPCA’s Sheffield Animal Centre, having been taken in by the Hull branch at just nine weeks of age. He was rehomed not long after that, but found himself back in rescue when his new owner’s circumstances changed.

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189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

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188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

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186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

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