As a professional pet sitter here at Zoo Sitters, I care for a wide variety of dog breeds, both small and large. I also come across a wide variety of dog water fountains. I can tell you which fountains I love and those I’d like to see head to the trash. It’s because of this that I decided to test a large dog water fountain and settled on the Drinkwell’s Big Dog for review.
In my opinion, Drinkwell is the name to know in pet fountains. I’ve always been impressed with the diverse line they carry. It really allows pet owners to be sure they purchase a dog water fountain that is just right for their pets. Every time I come across a fountain I think is decent, I always end up seeing the Drinkwell name somewhere on it.
Testing the Big Dog
When their “Big Dog” fountain arrived, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test for 30 days, exposing it to the rigors of my own pets. With Pit Bulls and a curious kitty in my pack, a lot could go wrong.
Instead, it couldn’t have gone smoother!
At first, my dog Drayvin was leery of the fountain. Being he’s a rescue, sometimes new things make him tentative. His nervousness however quickly subsided once I slowed the fountain with the flow adjustment feature. I was able to set it to a mere trickle, keeping everything quiet and much less scary. After dinner, Drayvin made his way to the bowl. He tentatively went close, in case it came to life and attacked him, and took his first drink.
The kitty had no issues at all. Her natural curiosity had her checking out the fountain before I even had it filled.
After a week, I adjusted the flow to the highest setting and now the water runs through quickly, being filtered as it goes.
So what type of dog would benefit from this fountain?
The Big Dog water fountain is ideal for large breed dogs. It holds a large capacity (2.25 gallons) and has a very deep drinking dish. The deep dish was helpful in a few ways. First, I think it made Drayvin feel like he was just drinking out of a normal water bowl, making things less scary. It also stopped him from drooling and splashing water all over the floor. For those of you with really messy pets, you can purchase an optional fountain mat that will catch spills for an extra 3 inches around the bowl. While I didn’t personally test the mat, I’m sure it’s helpful.
The Big Dog also comes with an attached 1 gallon reservoir that is easy to fill. I really liked that the opening was large enough to hold ice! This creates a lovely cold drinking fountain for my babies. This fountain also features a covered anti-bite electrical cord. We can never have too many safety features.
Was cleaning the fountain easy?
Cleaning the Big Dog was super easy!
Then again, this is a fountain I’ve had a lot of experience with at client’s homes. Simply unplug the unit, remove the reservoir and carry the base to the sink. Simply use hot water and the sink sprayer to clean out the fountain. Drinkwell also offers an optional cleaning kit to get into those small crevices that may otherwise be overlooked. The bowl part does hold a lot of water so picking the unit up off the ground for cleaning can be a little heavy if water is still in the bowl.
What about other types of pets or small dogs?
While the Big Dog may not be a great option for those with smaller dogs or only cats, keep in mind that Drinkwell does carry a variety of fountains to suit every type of household. If you are thinking of going the fountain route, I’d say keep the Drinkwell line at the top of your list.