Adopting a dog into your life and home is one of the greatest things a person can do, not just for the dog but for themselves as well. Made up of endless amounts of love, owning a dog is like having constant access to your best friend in the world. No matter what kind of day you’ve had or what’s on your mind, if you’ve got a dog that loves you then you can rest assured that the weight of the world will suddenly drop from your shoulders the moment you walk in your house to be greeted by your four-legged bestie.
For a lot of first-time doggy adopters, there is a good deal of research that goes into picking out your best forever friend. What kind of dogs are good for families? Will my house and my daily life suit their needs? Are they costly to take care of? The list of questions when narrowing down your choices to the perfect furbaby can literally just go on an on.
Regardless of how much effort you pour into your search for answers, though, there are a plethora of other factors that can influence just exactly how your dog will turn out to be, especially regarding their growth. You might THINK that you adopted a medium-sized dog that prefers to run around and play more than he likes to snooze on the couch and cuddle but, sure enough, and all too often, it doesn’t turn out that way. Here are 25+ examples of times that people thought they were adopting a dog only to end up with a small house bear!
1. Colossal Shaggy Dog or Small Shaggy Bear?
2. “when your dog thinks he is a lap dog…..”
3. “This good boye did a heck of a grow this year”
While it was all cute and easy in the beginning, this pup is used to cuddling in Dad’s sweater when they’re outside and doesn’t seem to think that his now-enormous size should make any difference one way or the other.
4. “My English teacher’s huge boi named Havoc”
We can’t hold it against him, though, because big dogs need love too, Craig!
5. Dances With Bears
Unless, of course, your dog is the size of a small bear like this dog is. Then it’s simply a matter of standing up and demanding a dance with their hoomans!
6. Enormous Plush Teddy Bear?
7. “You’re Never Too Big For A Bear Hug”
8. He Almost Blends Right In
9. “If I am extra big, I get extra BIG loves, right?!”
So, if you’ve got a furry giant living with you make sure to lay the pets and snuggles on extra-thick, so they know that their massive bodies are nowhere near as big as the mountain of love you have for them.
10. “big boye (270 lbs of love) with 5’2 human for scale”
11. “Big pupper: ‘Why u so smol?’ Little pupper: ‘Am sausage.'”
12. “My doodle was out cold for 20 min like this. Not a move.”
13. “Floofy pupper doin a heckin grow into a big ol’ woofer”
14. “He looks like a puppy to me”
15. “The Size of this Alaskan Malamute’s Head”
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16. Danger; This Guard Dog WILL Cuddle You To Death
17. “Really Big Doggo cuddles. 180lbs and 165lbs respectively, but think they’re smol puppers”
18. “From pupper to woofer in just 1 year!”
19. They Might As Well Give Up…
20. “Rare 216 lb pupper! (not the hooman, the PUPPER!)”
21. The Friendliest Bear In The World
22. Drogon The Great: Keeper of the Couch of Dreams
23. “Ridiculously massive doggo spotted on the underground”
24. “The elusive 180lb lap pupper”
25. The Rare Bear Species Massive Mastiff
26. “An absolute unit, 238 lbs.”
27. “thought I was dogsitting a pupper but instead ended up with this (very dirty) polar bear”
28. “Pupper just wants to play”
29. The Goofy Newfie Bear
30. “Military Grade Chonk”
Bred throughout Tibet, China, and Mongolia, these beasties were bred to be able to fight off any bears, tigers, lions, and wolves that might be thinking of having some tasty sheep for dinner. Now, these countries frequently employ these house-sized dogs in military service, protecting bases from any unwanted intruders. From the looks of them, we can totally see why!
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If the people in these photos have taught you anything, it should be that even though you might have wanted a dog and ended up with a house bear, it is always SO worth it! Please SHARE this with your friends and family, and let us know of any house bears you might be familiar with!