|03-10-2014 07:13 AM|
I actually am a bit insecure around small dogs...personally I find the expressions of most big dogs are a little easier to read. A lot of the mini tiny dogs are so small that it is more difficult to see and they are so fast that and small that it's more difficult to react appropiate or to block them. I also don't like it when people hold them in their arms because it hides how they stand and can take away some signals they send.
I imagine it to be more difficult for me to train a small dog, because I'd be bit scared to hurt them. I don't hit my dog but I shove him at the side, when he's in the way and hold him in my arms to calm him down...I would also be scared to accidently step on such a little one.
I met pretty cool small dogs though. A JRT-mix which seems to be a lot of fun to work with, our neighbour has a small terrier mix which is very intelligent and learns incredibly fast and I've seen a very relaxed chihuahua recently.
The most terrier breeds are personally not on my must-on-one-day list (which actually pretty short in general). The most I met are very independent and have so much bravery (or recklessness) that it would drive me crazy.
A lot of people forget that they are bred/designed for hunting animals that are often as big or bigger than themselves...they not bred for being nice.
They can be great family dogs, but a lot of them seem to be more little daredevils than couch potatoes.
|03-06-2014 05:53 PM|
|03-06-2014 05:48 PM|
|Galathiel||Yep. .. much better. I like a dark black and tan. Thought about getting a pomeranian that color 'grin'.|
|03-06-2014 05:07 PM|
|03-06-2014 05:00 PM|
|Galathiel||Creepy looking animal .. not a canine, though. I'm not into hairless animals myself.|
|03-06-2014 04:18 PM|
The Mini Dachshund I have now is an abused rescue. She still sports one bow legged trophy from where her leg was broken and never set. She wouldn't hurt a fly. The only way she'd hurt you is if you tripped over her waggly body when you came into my house.
|03-06-2014 03:35 PM|
This thread is really interesting and brings up a lot of good points. I am enjoying it, even though our situation with Ashley is different in so many ways.
By the way, Ashley is housebroken and has been practically since we took her in. She is very smart. Caught her in the act (lucky) of peeing on the carpet one time and scolded her and she hasn't done it again. We have had her 2 1/2 years. At first she did occasionally go in her room, which is in the basement, but usually it was when we were late arriving home, etc. And coming from a hoarding situation where she never went outside, this is really quite a feat.
|03-06-2014 03:27 PM|
|03-06-2014 01:53 PM|
I met a very nice Chi in our Therapy Dog group - she was a real sweetie. I know it's wrong of me to make sweeping generalizations, but IME the people who don't train their small dogs live with them and accept their bad behavior as "quirks" and the people who don't train their large dogs might just get fed up with them and dump them. It's so much easier to live with an 8 lb. maniac than if it weighs 80 lbs.
Brembo, that bite looks really nasty, with those deep tooth marks. Can you imagine if a GSD put as much effort into biting you? Yikes!
|03-06-2014 12:25 PM|
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