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Monday, April 29, 2019

Myths about Small Dogs vs Large Dogs

There are some myths about small dogs.
Here are a few points about these myths and the reality.

  • Small dogs live longer.

No myth here.
The life expectancy of  small dogs is 11-18 years, where their big buddies only live 7-12 years.

  • Small dog - small housing, or apartment.

Partial myth.
You have to look at the energy level of the particular breed.
 Example:  a Bull Mastiff is a very calm breed, lays around most of the day and sleeps.
Terriers, a small breed is of high energy, not very suitable for an apartment.
You even have to look into the background of your desired Papillon, or Phalene (puppy) . There are family lines of some of them, which where bred mostly for agility sports, and come with a load of energy. Others are mostly bred to be just lap dogs, and house dogs.

  • Small dogs bark more than big dogs.

Partial myth.
Here again, you have to look at the breed .
All watch dog breeds (not to be mistaken for a guard dog breed) are vocal. That is what they where meant to do, and, yes, it includes Papillons.
Papillons, Phalenes where  bred to be a lap dog and watch dog.
They make great mobile door bells!!

  • Larger dogs are more aggressive than their tiny counter partners.

Myths here.
Aggressiveness can be found in all breeds, and it is strictly related to poor breeding programs,  under- socialization, and  purposely misguided training.
It's just that the bigger the dog, with more powerful aggression, the more damage it does.

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