Small dogs get a bad rap. According to the stereotypes, they’re yappy ankle biters that make better accessories than companions. But this couldn’t be further from the truth!
No matter what you’ve heard, small dogs can be wonderful companions. As any small dog owner can attest, common stereotypes are no reason not to consider adopting one of these lovable pups! Either way, it’s time to debunk some of the common misconceptions.
Stereotype #1: They’re yappy
When people think of small dogs, ear-piercing yelps are often the first thought that comes to mind. This is certainly true in some cases. But are the dogs really to blame? While some breeds tend to vocalize more than others, a responsible dog owner works patiently with his or her pooch to develop positive habits. “Quiet” commands are simple to teach, and dogs – big or small – crave guidance and are eager to please.
Stereotype #2: They’re not affectionate
The label “ankle biter” has unfortunately become synonymous with small canines. Furthermore, people tend to believe smaller dogs are moody and distant compared to their larger, lovable counterparts. But these assumptions aren’t true. Certain small breed dogs, including the Affenpinscher, Bichon Frise and Bolognese, are affectionate lap dogs that love to snuggle! It can also be said that as dogs age, they start to display similar temperaments to their owners. In other words, if you show your pup love and affection, he’ll return it tenfold!
Stereotype #3: They don’t need exercise
Shame on the person responsible for this myth! Like people, dogs have many different personalities and activity needs – regardless of their size. Your job as a pet parent is to learn about your dog’s breed (or breeds). Some are more active than others, but many are outdoorsy, athletic, and full of energy. Small pups can even be great companions on hikes and runs! Regardless of what type of dog you have, be sure he receives plenty of exercise. Bad behavior can be a sign that your pup is bored and not receiving adequate time to stretch his legs.
Stereotype #4: They’re not “manly”
Blame for this stereotype falls squarely on trendy celebrities stuffing their pups into purses. While tiny canines certainly look cute with their heads poking out of lady’s bags, men can develop wonderful bonds with smaller dogs, too! Choosing the right breed or mix is key, since not all smaller dogs are “purse pooches”. On the contrary, some breeds pack a punch! They are loyal to male and female owners alike, love romping around in the the mud, and can make excellent watchdogs.
Stereotype #5: They do better than big dogs when left home alone
Dogs are social animals, so leaving them home alone takes patience and preparation. As puppies, they spend all of their time with their mother, brothers, and sisters. They crave attention from the humans who adopt them. While some breeds, like the French Bulldog, Chihuahua, or Maltese may do better than others, there is no truth to the stereotype that small canines like to be alone.
Thinking about adopting a small dog? Ignore the stereotypes! The truth is, all dogs are good dogs.