Cute, compact, fluffy and full of energy, small dogs are definitely a family favorite when it comes to picking out a perfect pet. They have the courage of a lion, but sometimes they can be as small as the palm of your hand. Small dogs leap and bound across our homes, taking often scary jumps from high feats, just to have the thrill of soaring for that one second. They will take on the biggest dogs and surely not be silent to let these bigger pets know that they will not be intimidated. Chatty, brave, boastful and sometimes bratty, small dogs have not only made a place in our homes but also in our hearts.
Twenty years ago, small dogs were much rarer in homes. The German Sheppard or Golden Retriever was a staple in a suburban house, but as more people in the city have an apartment style living, a compact pet is perfect for a small space in the sky. As medical releases show, many small dogs (primarily of the terrier breed) are hypo allergenic, which means that their fur does not disturb our sensitive allergies. No shedding means no hair to clean up and a lot less sniffles in your house!
Etiquette for the small dog differs from the big dog greatly. Whereas in a big dog’s home, it would be completely taboo for your plus sized pooch to jump on your guests as they enter the door, sit on your couches and chairs, or even beg and receive food from the table. Many small dogs get away with such rules, and are coddled and babied for doing so. Big dogs would definitely be scolded.
If a big dog was at a dog park and nipped another dog, chances are the dog’s owner would hear a scolding or in more extreme cases be sued. Small dogs’ fiery personalities have led them to incidences of nipping other dogs and most of the time it is disregarded. The small dogs are more likely to bite because they are fearful of being bullied, stepped on, or pushed around by the bigger pets. When one dog knocks down a big dog it will not do the same internal damage as a pint sized pet being thrown for a loop at the local dog park.
Small dogs are able to see more of the world! If you’re a traveler, many posh hotels don’t mind a cute little Yorkie being carried into their 5 star hotels then a big Doberman. Small dogs are accepted at a few restaurants, cafes and even shopping malls. Whereas the only bigger dog you would see in these places would be a working police dog or a seeing eye assistant.
Small dogs are easier to groom, require less food but the same amount of love. As small dog owners, we should exercise discipline. Whatever behavior we would not tolerate from a big dog should be the same as what we will deny a small dog. We must also keep a special eye on our defiant leapers. A big dog taking a spill would be a small measure compared to the hospitalization or even death of a tiny pup taking a gigantic leap. Proper training is essential to keep our tiny companions safe.
Our special little friends are an amazing addition to every family. As long as they’re trained and protected from potential harm to their fragile bodies, small dogs are unique, incredibly loyal, and wonderful pets. Enjoy your miniature guardian, loyal companion and adorable newest addition to your family!