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is there such a thing? iv noticed alot of smaller dogs that keep trying to attack bailey when shes having a sniff, one was a tiny chihuahua on sunday, bailey wasnt nowhere near it but kept lunging for her snarling and barking lol.

so are "ankle biters" really like that? im not too keen on smaller dogs, but i doesnt mean i wouldnt adopt one :D
 

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is there such a thing? iv noticed alot of smaller dogs that keep trying to attack bailey when shes having a sniff, one was a tiny chihuahua on sunday, bailey wasnt nowhere near it but kept lunging for her snarling and barking lol.

so are "ankle biters" really like that? im not too keen on smaller dogs, but i doesnt mean i wouldnt adopt one :D
this is a very dangerous subject lol i personally dont like little dogs! (personal preference) in my experience all little dogs i have met have always been a little snappy and agressive!
 

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i dont mean it nasty! and i dont want to upset anyone :(

my sister has two small dogs, there lovely, but her JRT is snappy but the bischon[spelling?!] is fine lol
 

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i dont mean it nasty! and i dont want to upset anyone :(

my sister has two small dogs, there lovely, but her JRT is snappy but the bischon[spelling?!] is fine lol
nah i know you dont, i dont have anything against little dogs and im sure some are lovely, im sure their is plenty of people who dont like giant breeds its peronanal preference. but they do seem a bit more mouthy and agressive, maybe coz they r small they feel the need to warn off bigger dogs lol
 

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They're not all like that. There are a lot of small dogs around here who are quite happy to interact with big dogs and are anything but snappy and nasty. A dog Spen gets to play with at times (no idea what breed or mix she is) can walk under him with room to spare and although she'll tell him off for being too rough or too pushy she's not at all aggressive.
 

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I think in that situation, its most likely the smaller dog feels threatened and overwhelmed by the sheer size of the larger dog and felt the need to defend itself. Having a small dog who has never bitten anyone and has only ever snapped in warning at other dogs that get too close to his sore hips, I resent this silly belief that all little dogs are yappy snappers, its as silly as saying all Staffies are child-maulers!
 

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Definitely there is and Bruce has it to a degree but Teebs has it massively! :mad:

Bruce is eight and he got these reactions from me being a wally when he was small and picking him up if a dog came near, so now he'll start to sound off but he's not too bad because he stops when i tell him, a bit embarrassing though!

Teebs is like the devil incarnate :rolleyes: and my daughter (her dog) does nothing to stop him. He goes banana's at other dogs, people, kids, bikes - literally anything and because he's tiny she says it doesn't matter. Went so berserk recently at a girl getting off the bus one evening that he managed to wiggle himself free of the harness and chase after her. She stood still, he barked at her a couple of times then ran back to us all happy like he'd seen her off for us :eek: we on the other hand could hardly stop shaking thinking he was going to run off completely. Though he'd done a bad thing we had to praise him for returning and I bet the girl thought we were idiots!

It does matter and it just shows her up as far as I'm concerned. I said that his reaction is precisely why large dog owners don't like silly little yappers. Also if a dog like Flynn were to come along it's possible Teebs could rile it up to aggression and if it got off the lead then what? :(

I love Teebs unconditionally, he such a gorgeous boy and next to Flynn he's my best guy but I don't like going out with him because he's an embarrassment. She needs to take him training because i believe it's fear related and I have no idea how to fix it now that it's so far advanced!
 

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I think small dog syndrome refers more to what happens if owners baby them and forget that they have a real live dog on their hands and not a cuddly toy!:D
They can be more yappy and defensive and also quicker to react to rude dogs but that makes perfect sense really. I mean if a Lab barged into a Staffie it would barely notice but it might break a Yorkies leg. Also for some reason big dogs often dont take little dogs seriously when they are warning them off (Ive had it happen tons of times with mine) which means they have to be very forceful to make themselves understood!
 

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Any dog can have issues if it's not socialised properly or doesn't feel comfortable in certain situations. Now I have a large dog I've noticed that the majority of people around here have small dogs so whilst it's hard to find big playmates for her it must have been hard for small dog owners to socialise their dogs to larger ones also, and if you were minding your own business and someone who was 6 times your size walked over you'd be a bit uncomfortable too and either be defensive or scared.
 

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It's the excuse some owners use when they are happy to allow their dog to behave in an aggressive manner towards other dogs - saves them the headache of training if it's got a 'name' as it obviously can't be helped :rolleyes:.
 

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yeah i agree with the babying!

I just asking because when i googled i found a site that said:

"If a small 7lb dog is jumping up, ud think it was cute, but a 10st mastiff, youd be scared"

and same with barking and people, lunging ect.


i do like the chihuahuas though, maybe thats because id know id be one of the ones who dress them up and carry them :blushing::blushing::eek:ut:
 

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Any dog can have issues if it's not socialised properly or doesn't feel comfortable in certain situations. Now I have a large dog I've noticed that the majority of people around here have small dogs so whilst it's hard to find big playmates for her it must have been hard for small dog owners to socialise their dogs to larger ones also, and if you were minding your own business and someone who was 6 times your size walked over you'd be a bit uncomfortable too and either be defensive or scared.
Its not so bad round here, the majority are small dogs but all the rest are collies or labs almost exclusively, but Ginge does have a wolfhound friend, cant really say playmate, not sure if Tamzin wants to play but knows she is too big or if she thinks Ginge and Rudi are daft.

I have big problems with this stereotype :D, it was one I used to believe in:mad:, then I was turned around and got myself a small scruff bag :), now I am the owner of a yapping dog :eek:- is it small dog syndrome - I don't know, but it does hurt your ears.
 

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yeah i agree with the babying!

I just asking because when i googled i found a site that said:

"If a small 7lb dog is jumping up, ud think it was cute, but a 10st mastiff, youd be scared"

and same with barking and people, lunging ect.
Obviously people have more incentive to stop jumping and lunging with a large dog for their own safety!!:D
I think its a fair stereotype to say alot of small breeds are yappy/barky and those aggressive ones are an irritant to all dog owners but alot of small dogs bark because they are feeling small and defenceless. So the question is would they still feel the need to bark if they were bigger?;)
 

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It's the excuse some owners use when they are happy to allow their dog to behave in an aggressive manner towards other dogs - saves them the headache of training if it's got a 'name' as it obviously can't be helped :rolleyes:.
I agree with you Dogless. Teebs was doing great when out with me as a youngster so I offered to train him for Rosie, said I'd take him out every day for a fee of £15 per week. Seems mean but I have three to walk as it is and Teebs could be a feisty lad, with his mix of ChixJrt I thought he may become a handful - and now he is! The 'fee' was going to be put in the doggie Christmas kitty as a little bunce.

I had him meeting people and allowing them to stroke him, treats for good behaviour but she said she was capable of training him herself - Kids eh, always know best don't they? :rolleyes:

I absolutely loathe dogs like that and when I'm with Flynn it's the last thing I want, same as anyone with a strong dog. Because it easy to handle an out of control little dog it's not fair to just allow it to run riot - no matter how cute you think it is! :mad:

ETA - I don't half love him though, he such a laugh when indoors and so intelligent - knocks spots off the rest of them with his brightness!
 

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I agree with you Dogless. Teebs was doing great when out with me as a youngster so I offered to train him for Rosie, said I'd take him out every day for a fee of £15 per week. Seems mean but I have three to walk as it is and Teebs could be a feisty lad, with his mix of ChixJrt I thought he may become a handful - and now he is! The 'fee' was going to be put in the doggie Christmas kitty as a little bunce.

I had him meeting people and allowing them to stroke him, treats for good behaviour but she said she was capable of training him herself - Kids eh, always know best don't they? :rolleyes:

I absolutely loathe dogs like that and when I'm with Flynn it's the last thing I want, same as anyone with a strong dog. Because it easy to handle an out of control little dog it's not fair to just allow it to run riot - no matter how cute you think it is! :mad:

ETA - I don't half love him though, he such a laugh when indoors and so intelligent - knocks spots off the rest of them with his brightness!
I know all dogs bark and for all sorts of reasons and I am conscious that large dogs scare small dogs sometimes so always give them room, sit Kilo, cross the road etc unless we know them and they are fine or the owner looks happy and relaxed with us heading their way.

I don't think any less of an owner if their small dog is reacting at all; usually I feel empathy as I know how Kilo goes off at a cat. The only part that I actually object to is "He's got small dog syndrome", "He thinks he's a big dog", "He doesn't know his own size etc". Really annoys me.
 

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The 2 girls are fine with other dogs but Lily doesn't like an akita that we sometime see being walked. Buck and Willow although at 15"and 17" are not strictly small do have it. Buck start barking at other dogs after breaking his leg and not being allowed near other dogs for 13 weeks and Willow followed suit. They are however friendly and if the other dog owner allows their dogs to say hello they are fine its just noise really and they never bother about dogs they have met before.
 

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Teebs could be a feisty lad, with his mix of ChixJrt I thought he may become a handful - and now he is!
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That is such a bad mix with the wrong owner isnt it?:D My friend had one who was lovely as a puppy but wasnt socialized properly and was allowed to think he owned the world and now my friend has palmed him off on a relative as he was becoming aggressive with him.:(
My lot can be yappy with other dogs but I like to think they have a proportionate response!:) In fact it doesnt matter if its a Rottie or a Cocker Spaniel as long as its calm and polite then mine will say hello....if its rude and bouncy then they will shout the house down and turn the air blue in doggy language!!LOL:rolleyes: I dont mind that though as they are only protecting themselves. I have had the odd tutt and rolled eyes when this happens as I dont think some owners realiese just how fragile toy breeds can be and how dangerous a misplaced paw might be.
 

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All my boys are lovely well mannered littluns

Rocky has some problems with cyclists and runners which we do not find funny and have worked hard on, including t touch and extensive training. We have come a long way considering he never left one house for the first 14months of his life.

All of my Cresteds are expected to work through their KC Good Citizen Scheme the same as my Golden Retriever.
My 9 month old Chinese Crested Dillon who weighs less than 5kg is already working towards his Gold Good Citizen.

I think the spread of good and bad owners is equal amongst little and large dogs.
 
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