(Closed) General Question for Dog Owners

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lbward6:  I don’t think it has anything to do with big or small dogs/ dog owners. I know my mom has yorkies and constantly corrects them. Then there are owners of bigger dogs that do not correct your dogs. It just depends. I don’t think there is a stereotype owner for small versus bigger breeds. 

if that is what you were asking… I was a little confused…

Post # 5
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a doofy, lovelable Lab who wants to play with every dog, cat and baby he sees. My parents have a Beagle/Jack Russell Terrorist … er Terrier who is very snippy and protective of my Mom. They’ll play a little bit, but it usually ends with my parent’s dog snapping and growling at ours. My parents even correct her and make her aware that behavior is not acceptable, but she doesn’t care. From my experience, some smaller dogs have “Napoleon complex” She acts like she’s pissed that she’s small, so she tries to prove she can be like a big, scary dog by biting.




Post # 6
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lbward6:  No, I think that depends on the actual person. Not the breed/size of the dog. Like I said, there really isn’t a stereotype owner. Some people correct their dogs, some dont. 

Post # 7
3943 posts
Honey bee

I dont think it has anything to do with small dog vs. big dog owners. There are good owners and bad owners and some correct dogs mistakes and some just live with it. I dont believe its size specific.

Post # 8
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Some small dogs can be pretty nasty (size complex, owner babying them, or owner not training them since it’s just a SMALL DOG).  Lots of small dogs are great, but unfortunately there are definitely some that just won’t mix well with other dogs period.  Not to say large dogs don’t ever act like this, but being a small dog comes with issues that larger dogs just will never have (being carried constantly, etc).  Sounds like your pup is doing well, keep up the good work Puppy Mommy!


Post # 11
2566 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Small dogs are commonly “land sharks”.  While any dog can be a jerk and there are good owners and bad owners, I think it is a combination of “Napoleon complex” and some owners of small dogs think their behaviour isn’t a problem because they are small and can’t really hurt anyone, but they most certainly can!

Post # 12
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It’s not just a corrections issue, it’s largely a genetics issue. Obviously an aggressive dog of a larger breed is unlikely to be bred further and wouldn’t pass on the genes for its personality to its puppies. Meanwhile, people are largely unfazed and sometimes even amused by small breeds with an “attitude” so they are used for breeding and pass on that personality. Factor in decades or centuries of artificial selection of this sort, and you get small breeds that are much more predisposed to bad temperament than large breeds. Of course the owner can make a difference, but the owners of small breeds are up against an entirely different situation than the owners of large breeds. 

For the record, I have a smaller dog, but she’s a combination of breeds that are known for being agreeable, so she’s very mild. I’ve never had to correct her. I wouldn’t get a dog from a breed known for poor attitude toward other dogs. 

Post # 13
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Lbward6:  Having been a dog owner myself – not currently… but I was responsible for walking the family dog when I was in high school – I think smaller dogs try to make up for their size by appearing threatening to other dogs, especially to bigger dogs. Just my experience. We had a Doberman, a very large guard dog, and when I used to walk her, the smaller dogs around the neighbourhood would try to provoke her by barking and nipping. My Doberman only reacted to some dogs and not to others, and usually only when she thought the other dog was trying to attack ME (Dobermans are guard dogs so they protect their owners). Maybe your Great Dane is doing the same thing. I think some dogs have funny behaviours and reactions that can’t really be explained.

Post # 14
9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Lbward6:  I have found that small dogs are usually the instigators. My dog just looks at them like they are crazy when they bark at him. If he gets really annoyed, he will bark back and then they run away 😛

Post # 16
1651 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@Lbward6:  I think it depends on the person and the personality of the dog. Some little dogs are complete sweethearts that love to cuddle and play and would never snap at anyone. . . other are little ankle-biters from Hell who refuse to be corrected no matter how many times their person tries. Some of them can also have Napoleon Complex as well.

Same goes for big dogs. Some are very trainable and listen well. Others, like the Lab my parents had, are perpetual puppies who get so excited that they don’t listen. And others can get very territorial and defensive.

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