Why small dogs should be taken seriously

31 01 2009

And I’m trying not to be biased, as a Chihuahua owner.

Small dogs rule the roost. As anyone with a small dog in their household can tell you, it’s the smallest dogs that manage to get everyone wrapped around their dewclaws. How many St Bernards are able to manipulate their owners into cooing submission on a daily basis? And how many German Shepards are given treats for doing inanely simple things, like simply existing?

Well larger breeds are often acquired with some mundane purpose in mind, for example guarding the house, whereas their smaller counterparts are more prone to be products of fancy, or in space-scarce areas, the results of space constraints. Hence, logically speaking it would make more sense that the tiny guys are more pampered and fussed over than their “functional” friends. Afterall, dressing up your guard Mastiff in a frilly pink dress would just be spoiling her, won’t it?

Then there is the unspoken social consensus worldwide that small dogs have the right to maintenance of their inherent cuteness. Why not! A visually appealing miniature canine is THE ultimate. So bewitching that it made some millionaire woman will all her assets to her little dog. Tiny dogs are King.

Small dogs have greater clout in proportion to their size. It sure isn’t the best of days when your lunch date is cancelled at the eleventh hour because “dear Chichi really can’t miss that long-overdue pedicure!”  Financially speaking, small dogs require a larger portion of the family budget in the long run, for they require just that many grooming sessions and sets of clothes and rhinestone collars and squeaky toys because they look so cute. And I could go on and on. In fact, I was out with my dog the other day, and we saw this man with his dogs, both Malteses, with their ears freshly dyed purple and pink.

In contrast, one hardly sees any leeway being made for bigger dogs. Often they are expected to know their place by nature, and to behave appropriately. People rarely give way to an approaching big dog as it would probably know how to heel; that is, if said human is not already a cynophobic. However, a small dog zigzagging his adorable way can be sure of adoring glances, if not at least a respectful sidestep on the part of the obstructing human.

They are not all bark and no bite. In fact, small dogs are all the more vicious with their tiny barbed fangs and caprice. Your Maltese is more likely to throw a bitch fit at you than your scraggy mongrel, and you are more likely to yelp in pain from being nipped by your toy Poodle than your Golden Retriever. Of course, I am generalising here, as there are indeed big dogs with small temperaments and vice versa.

That’s why small dogs should be taken seriously.



“Oh you have a Chihuahua? How cute!!111”

That’s a response I often get from people who aren’t prejudiced against the breed. Sure, I think my dog is cute, but neither my dog nor I subscribes to the abovementioned fluffy ideal of lace-clad furdom.




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