The Truth About Dogs That Stay Small

Do you wish that you had a pooch that doesn’t grow big and just always stayed small throughout its life? Because it’s perfectly natural to want that. 

After all, dogs that stay small are adorable, easy to carry and don’t eat much. This means they are easier to take care of, even on a budget!

The thing about them is that they don’t always have a good reputation, primarily due to certain misinformed stereotypes. Chances are, you may also be having some of these misgivings. So, we’re going to debunk some of the most common myths and prove to you why they are some of the best companions you could ever ask for.

Myth #1: They are noisy

This is a common myth that many people should know is not exclusive to just small dogs. After all, even large dog breeds like Huskies tend to howl a lot too! Most of the time, you can fix such habits through proper training, so it’s really up to the pet parent to guide their dogs to develop better barking habits, no matter the size.

Myth #2: They are irritable

Many people may have the impression that dogs who stay small can be biters and are usually more moody and irritable than big dog breeds. That is not always true. 

Most of the time, dog temperaments are not determined by their dog sizes but by their breeds, regardless of how big or small they are. 

For instance, small dogs like the Bichon Frise, Pug, and Shih Tzu are overly affectionate by nature and love to snuggle. Plus, as dogs get older, they often mimic their parents' temperaments. So, if you always show love, care, and attention to them, they will undoubtedly return that same type of affection to you.

Myth #3: They are not fit for outdoor activities

Indeed, some small dogs are not well-suited to running around and doing heavy physical activities like the Bulldog, for example. Despite this, it is not exclusive to all small dog breeds, as there are small dogs that are just as athletic and agile as the medium to larger breeds. For instance, Dachshunds and Beagles make excellent hiking companions, so if you are the outdoorsy type, don’t let that discourage you from adopting a small dog.

Myth #4: They are too soft-hearted.

The idea that small dogs are always soft-natured is inaccurate because not all small dog breeds are cute and cuddly. Some breeds, like the Chihuahua, can be aggressive when they want to. Also, the Boston Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier are good examples of tough and protective watchdogs! So, don’t let their small sizes fool you. You just have to take your time to find the right breed, because they are out there!

Myth #5: They need less attention

All dogs are naturally social creatures. This means that they almost always crave attention from humans and while some small dog breeds like the Chihuahua or Bulldog are not that needy, the stereotype that small dogs need less attention is completely false. 

You should always set aside time off to socialize with your pooch. Whether that means going out for short daily walks in the park or just lounging around together. This will do well to keep them in good spirits and makes them feel loved.

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