That, but the terrier! Myths about little dogs
Small dogs are often neglected. Shortcomings, they say, a walking misunderstanding. There is no use from them, but they themselves are stupid nonsense.
Such a judgment cannot be called fair.
Small dogs do not deserve neglect on our part.
How were small dogs born?
You may not believe it, but absolutely all the man’s best friends, from the Irish Wolfhound to the Chihuahua, came from one ancestor - the gray wolf. So, all of them are full-fledged dogs, regardless of size.
In addition, small dogs were not always loafers. Almost each of the breeds, which are now commonly called decorative, was bred for quite practical purposes.
For example, a dog claiming to be the smallest, Chihuahua, appeared as a result of crossing a leak with Chinese crested dogs that caught rats on Spanish ships. Chihuahuas are still not timid, they are even called "little warriors", and rightly so.
The ancestors of toy terriers are a miniature version of the Manchester Terrier, perhaps the best Pied Piper of Great Britain.
The ancestors of the modern Yorkshire Terrier fought with rats in coal mines.
Now imagine how much courage there must be in a tiny creature to engage in combat with a rat - a very dangerous adversary, in front of which hunters pass whereaboutLarger size! It is not for nothing that a fighter fighting fiercely is compared to a “rat cornered”.Yorks had not only to engage in combat with a dangerous rodent, but to win victory after victory, standing to their death - otherwise they simply would not have survived!
Is it possible then to call courageous babies "maladies"?
Yorkshire terriers were bred as brave working dogs, courageous not inferior to large relatives, or even surpassing them. Real terriers!
4 myths about small dogs
Myth 1. Small dogs do not have to walk
As we have seen, small dogs are no different from large ones. And they have the same needs.
Among other things, the owners ’duty is to provide them with 5 rights (5 freedoms) that any pet is entitled to rely on. Including the ability to carry out species-typical behavior. So, to explore the environment and communicate with relatives. So walking for them is required.
Myth 2. Small dogs are stupid nonsense
It has long been proven that the intelligence of a dog is independent of the breed. Any dog can be trained and raised - in any case, to the extent that it is necessary for a four-legged friend to feel comfortable in society and fit in well with him.
It’s not the kids’s fault that the owners often don’t take the trouble to deal with the pet and do not allow their potential to be revealed.
As a result, sometimes not only the small dogs themselves suffer, but also everyone around them.
Myth 3. Small dogs - angry and “biting”
Small dogs are by nature no meaner than large ones. But they live in a dangerous world inhabited by gigantic creatures that cost nothing to cripple or even kill such a tiny creature. So their fears for their lives and the desire to defend themselves are fully justified.
In addition, the mood and desires of small dogs are often not taken into account. For example, squeeze without demand, when the pet is not in the mood for it or he decided to take a nap. And when the baby tries to show that he is uncomfortable, they do not pay attention.
If you want, if you don’t want, you will become embittered all over the world ... But is it dog’s fault?
Myth 4. Small dogs “parasitize” on owners
Like, there’s no use from them, but how much attention and care they require! However, let's take a look at the question with an open mind.
A man starts a dog for a specific purpose. He needs to be loved, rejoiced at the meeting, so that there is someone to care for. Oh yes, sometimes - for someone to decorate the interior. And small dogs successfully satisfy all these needs. But their needs (see myths 1-3) are far from always satisfied.
Who is parasitic on whom? The big question!
Now Yorkshire terriers can only catch toy rats. But is it their fault that people do not give the opportunity to reveal the "terrier" potential?
It's a shame for real (albeit small) dogs. Maybe it's time to restore justice? Who but us? What do you think?