I've noticed on some message boards and a couple times in person that sometimes some (not all) small dog breed owners seem to be of the opinion that their dogs are smarter and more humanlike than larger breeds and larger breeds are scary and dumb. On the flip side some large breed owners write off toy breeds as neurotic and snappy. It's understandable how they may form these opinions, but I wish they would both try to see it from each other's perspectives. I like both large and small breeds and I think they both can be great companions.
I do not think I have personally experienced it, but you make a good point. I am obviously just an individual, not a chat room or message board. I have owned virtually all large/giant dogs, but a couple of Brittanys thrown in. Once owned a Wire Haired Fox Terrier ...tough and a real clown. I suppose I prefer the big guys and girls. I am a realist, some people will always be biased. That's OK, in some ways I am too. But fundamentally I hope all dog owners are dog lovers, I'm sure most are. I just prefer the biguns nothing more nothing less. My home environment and work calls for a big dog.
I haven't really noticed this. I have owned both small and large breed and love both. And when I take my golden to the vet he always ends up playing with the small breed pups, and the owns can't get over how sweet duke is and how great their dogs respond to the big dog. I think they are suprised that such a big dog can be gentel enough not to hurt the smaller dogs.
Very well said, Icy. I have seen that many times. It used to bother me when people defined small dogs as Yappy ankle biters, and some have gone as far as to say they hate all small dogs. I used to have large breed dogs, and do not hate any dog, because I feel they are a product of the people that care for them.
well said icy and cricketmom. i have seen more bias though from small dog owners towards large breed owners. i hate when i take scout out to stores and stuff and the people with their little dogs look at scout like she is going to eat their dog. i had one extremely rude woman actually tell me to stay away from her and her little dog when i was in a petstore. scout didn pay any attention to the dog and the dog keopt trying to come over to say hello. the woman tried very hard to avoid me in the store but being me i followed her around a bit for good measure. lol it was kinda funny, to me at least.
The other side of the coin is that we must remember, as dog owners, others do not see our dogs as we do.
My GSD is a perfect example. He is a sweet goofy thing that loves baby animals and sleeps in my bed.
When the adverge person meets him, they meet ninty pounds of teeth and anger. Why? You probably knocked on the door. That sets a first impression, he is a guard dog first and he takes his responsibility seriusly.
When people interact with our dogs, its normally not at their best. I find that many (not all) small dog owners are attracted to their dogs safe size in my area (not everywhere) and they are frightened of my larger dogs. When Daemion was six months old I had people ask me if he was going to grow anymore and they where horrified when I said yes.
Anyway, that personal fear transmits into their dogs, who then become yappy ankle bitters lungng at the large dog and its owner to protect their master.
The large dog owner then goes "what a nasty yappy beast" without understanding the entire situation.
To flip that, a large breed owner who is amused by their big dog thinking a Pom is a stuffed toy, wno't understand that their dogs bumbling attempts to play upsets the toy dog owner who goes "What a nasty big brute of an animal, big dogs are so uncontrolable."
Scout, that is because you have large breeds. I have small breeds and feel that the bias is against them. As I was reading what Icy said I realized that must be why I love Yorkies. They do not fear any dog no matter how large, and neither do I. They have spunk, to a fault sometimes. I'll bet my dog can whip your dog. LOL.
lol cricket i bet they could. scout is such a mush and would most definitely resemble that bumbling idiot trying to play with a little dog. it take her a few minutes to comprehend they are smal when she finally does she lays down and plays with them that way. it really is quite adorable. me personally, i have no bias towards any size of dog.
I myself prefer small dogs....my living situation calls for it and I really love having a lap dog. On the other hand, I would love a big dog to take to the park, go jogging with, and guard my home. I've always had small dogs, but my best friends have big dogs. I love both. Small dogs are just easier for me to deal with and raise, but I love visiting my friends' Rottie and Boxer!
I love all kinds of dogs and happen to have a small dog because we sneak her in and out of work and could not do that if the dog were large. There are advantages to both.
Scout, if I saw you at Petsmart I would just ask if your dog was nice and could stand hyper dogs. I like to give fair warning about Georgie since she is aggressively friendly and I don't want her around a dog that will not stand for that. She does so much better with big dogs because they generally do not get as intimidated as the small dogs do. It is rare that I find a small dog that can tolerate her. That is one reason I would like another Miniature Pinscher. If I can't find a good playmate, I may have to get her one.
The only time I had to pull Georgie away from a larger dog is when the dog did not seem to realize it was so much bigger and played like she does. I was afraid he would smash her since the owner was having a hard time handling the dog. Very friendly dog but it was a Pit Bull/Lab mix and very much a puppy in a full sized dog body.
Generally, I have found people at Petsmart to be friendly and when they put up with Georgie I am very appreciative. Small dog owners are a bit more protective even with my 9 lb. dog and I am actually more afraid of the small dogs biting than the big dogs since they are usually afraid of her and she does not realize it.
I love all dogs because they love their people so much!! Different sizes and personalities just mean different kinds of fun.
I have a big dog and a little dog. I like having both, they are very different and have different roles in my life. mazel fits in my purse and she is so very portable on the other hand, dalia goes running with me. I enjoy having big and small but if i could only have one dog it would be a big one for sure, but that's just me.
Mazel (the yorkie) loves to play with big dogs, she has no interest in little dogs at all, her favorite thing to do it boss around diesel (a rottie/gsd mix). she is funny cause she has no clue that she is so tiny, i fear that her guts may get her in trouble one day.
i let my little dog meet big dogs but i always ask the owner if their dog is little-dog-friendly first. i am aware that large dogs have the potential to hurt mazel so unless i am confidant that they won't i will pick her up, make sure she is out of harms way.
I think what icy said hit the bullseye- people do not see our dogs like we do. people at the front door are very scared of dalia (my dalmatian who is not to huge) cause she has a big bark, what i find the funniest is when she smiles, people who arent familiar with it think that she is growling and are even more affraid.
My dogs are medium-sized, but I guess they seem large to toy owners. Hard to tell if the prejudice I encounter from people about them is because of their size or their breed-- I just assume it's the breed. Small dog owners do sometimes tend to snatch up their dogs or go out of their way to avoid mine, but it really doesn't offend me, as I can understand where they could be concerned because of the size difference. I just assure them in a friendly way that I have my dog on a leash, and though they have never tried to hurt dogs we meet in public, they will remain close to me on-leash and I will not allow them to bother the little guy.
Cricket, about those brave, stubborn, and feisty yorkies-- I agree with you 100% from experience! We did have a yorkie that hated Missy. He would bark and growl and even bite her, and we had to keep them separated so that she wouldn't kill him.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 3/20/2005 1:58:29 PM*** Reason: asdfasdf
I totally believe you Shiny. Another thing that Cricket and I have in commom. A lot of spunk, and her mouth has gotten her into all kind of trouble. I have worked with her since the beginning about that. My son has a Rottweiler and Cricket hates her. I have her where she will not bark, but Dear God. She snarls back her lip and has death written in her eyes. She just doesn't know it would be her's. That is why I hold her, or crate her when poor Lola is around. My son says they need to learn to be friends. I always tell him the same thing, "don't see that happening."
When my big dogs meets a little one, I make sure their leash is short, and i let the little dog make the first move. Duke I do not have to worry about, when he meets them he makes himself as little as possible, so he doesn't scare them, he just love any animal. Daisy on the other had can't be with a really small animal/dog, her prey drive is strong, and I think she may go after a smaller dog and hurt it. that's why when I adopted my cat, I adopted the biggest one, and the one with the most attitude, so that daisy will not see him a small.