Why do little dogs have big dog attitudes?

United States
January 22, 2008 12:10pm CST
Have you ever noticed that the smaller the dog, the bigger the attitude? I've seen dogs that weigh 140 lbs that are Rottweilers and they are the most loving sweetest dogs on the planet, and little 3 pound Chihuahuas that think they are bigger than the biggest Rottweiler and will attempt to tear your leg off. Are these dogs born with a complex? Do they just not believe they're really little dogs? What would cause a little dog to think he could protect the house from an intruder in your absence?
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6 responses
22 Jan 08
it could be a case of small man syndrome totally, but at the same time becuase there so tiny they gotta fight harder to be boss
@luanakent (795)
• Brazil
22 Jan 08
They are like this.. it's true lolol
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3 Mar 08
They see at the other dog on the road and would like to be like it. I think that this is a reason even for people.
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• Canada
2 Mar 08
I think you are on to something. Our friends have a little, yappy, dog...with a huge attitude! He rules the roost..and even their trainer said that he thinks of himself as the little prince of the household. Whereas we have always had bigger dogs and none of them have been that way. Maybe it is something in the breeding...or just a way to compensate for their smaller stature. It is rather curious alright! Raia
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@saraloui (25)
23 Feb 08
I have a really big german sheperd dog, and the amount of dogs that have wanted to try to take him on, pull on their leads to try to get closer to him is amazing. My dog will grumble at them while on the lead and try to play when off the lead. I dont think he knows how to react to them when they come charging at him. Must be a nepolean complex
@Winter08 (441)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
I wonder if it's because some of the smaller dogs were bred for specific purposes like the terriers that were created to hunt vermin (e.g. rats). Their instincts are still intact so maybe they identify intruders as just slightly larger rats. Or they have really poor depth perception and are unable to see the true size of whatever they are attacking. :)
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