Humans have a tendency to judge on the basis of size and quantity. The same judgmental attitude is seen when one goes to adopt or buy a pup. Small breed dogs are often neglected due to some or the other reasons, or maybe because of just the myths prevailing about them.
There are many misconceptions about small breed dogs that does not allow people to choose them as pets. However, as Mark Twain has said, the size of the dog do not justify the quality of fight, it is the inner strength that is virtuous.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Let’s check the facts behind the most famous myths about small breed dogs!
- Small breeds are not manly enough!
Yes, there are still some people who think their self-esteem is at stake if they walk with a small breed dog. “Not manly enough” is the usual tag given to cute, small pooches. But, it is an absolute myth!
Before falling for this myth just think, do you have Facebook followers in the millions? Or, is there a book written about you? “Boo” has both! Boo is a Pomeranian having over 17 million followers on Facebook and a book named “Boo- Life of the world’s cutest dog”. Another example is Menswear dog. He is ranked $15,000 a month. These examples put down the popular myth that small dogs are not manly. Their popularity shows their rage! So, size may not be the right criteria to choose a pet.
- They are the yappiest breeds
This is the most famous myth about small breed dogs. Yes, there are some that bark a lot, but not all of them are noisy. Breeds like Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Italian Greyhounds made in the list of the quietest breed. There are some other breeds which are not barkers, like Chinese Cresteds, Boston Terriers, Japanese Chins and Shiba Inus.
Small or large breed dogs, their barks can be controlled by the pet parents. We often pay attention to all their talks. Instead, if we teach them a “shush” command, maybe they would not yap a lot. Just some training and your pet will know when to be quiet.
- All small breeds are for women to be carried around in purse!
Some breeds like Jack Russell and Pomeranian are made to sit on your laps or carried around in purses. But that does not mean that all small breeds are the same. Airedale terrier is one of the breeds that is a great runner.
So, if you would let them walk on their paws, they will definitely walk around. It is a misconception that small breed dogs are best fit in lap or purse. You can actually have a great jogging time with them!
- “Aww! She is so small, doesn’t need exercise at all!”
This is a human tendency to think that small or thin people do not need exercise. This is a myth in both, people and dogs. Small breed dogs are little, but they too consume food and need exercise to stay fit and healthy.
In fact, Terriers like, Boston terrier, Australian terrier, Border terrier and many more needs a lot of physical as well as mental exercise. If these small breeds with high energy levels are not given regular exercise, then they might get bored and destructive. So, it is a fact that small breeds need exercise!
- Sizes and care has no connection!
It has been observed that some people buy small breeds with a reason in mind that, ”It is easier to take care of small breed dogs than the larger breeds”. This is absolutely a myth! Undoubtedly, small breed dogs are easier to carry and their appetite is comparatively less. But, according to some studies, small breeds need the highest attention and affection. They are also difficult to train. And, without training they can be very bold which may irritate you at public places.
Breeds like Shih Tzus and Yorkies need high maintenance and grooming. Some breeds like Bichon Frises can be very notorious, they often pee inside. With their tiny bodies, they have tiny jaws and teeth too. Dental care can ask a little more effort from you. So, smaller breeds can come with a lot of challenges and are definitely not easy to care!
All in all, size cannot be the only factor to make any choice for a lifelong furry friend. Facts may help you choose a little pooch that brings in a bundle of happiness. These 5 facts over 5 myths prove that small breed dogs can be the best pet. So, check them and don’t hesitate to bring in a tiny little pooch in your life!