Why do people buy those small furry dogs ?

@ronnyb (6125)
Jamaica
January 24, 2009 8:53am CST
Disclaimer : I don’t hate dogs just trying to get some insight into why people buy a certain kind of dog . I don’t have a dog presently so for those dog enthusiasts who may want to take a piece of me ,please be patient. I am a traditionalists and in my view dogs are supposed to be big animals somewhat rugged and who have a growl and a snarl that can scare away potential robbers. Enter the small flurry animal such as poodles and I get confused as to why anyone would want these animals. As far as I can see they don’t bark ,they don’t bite and they are likely to be friendly with a potential thief. So please help me by telling me the reason why persons buy them and if you have one tell me what type you have ,maybe you can convince me to get one eventually [/em].
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@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
24 Jan 09
My flat is very tiney and I have always had a cats until last year. I would love a dog but it would have to be a tiny one. I have a friend who years ago had a Yorkshire terrier, a really tiny adorable pet. It was as good as gold but whenever the door bell rang it started yapping and yapping and would jump up to the handle on the door trying to open it. I have always remembered that cuddly dog which was very aware when the occasion arised. Big dogs need big spaces and tiny dogs are fine in tiny spaces. Maybe one day I will have one too!
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 09
Ok I see your point ,in your case a tiny dog may be appropriate and I do know they are cuddly ,just not the type of dogs I am used to though.Thank you for your response
@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
24 Jan 09
I definately need a bodyguard and if it's cuddly too (and doesn't ask too many questions, all the better!
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 09
I hope you get you a cuddly bodygaurd that dont ask too much question ,I was about to ask if this body guard would stand on two or four feet but then that wouldbe too many question hahah
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@suzzy3 (8370)
24 Jan 09
I think they just want a small dog to love like they would do a child,something to spoil.Someone I knew had a miniture yorkie and she used to take it out in her pocket,she never used to leave it behind,she used to put ribbons in the dogs hair and bath it like a babybut she had the dog to love,you get rich people who have a little dog on their arm as a status symbol as some of them cost a lot of money.Now the kids have all but grown up ,it would be nice to have a little mate that don't answer back like kids,eat all the goodies while your backs turned and not give you a muddy football kit in front of the washing machine twice a week,then nag you till you have washed all their footballs shirts by hand,a little dog sounds lovely,something to cuddle and love and don't deny all knowledge of you when you bump into their mates down town ,you hear the whisper ,walk away from me mum,I will catch you up,so I walk away and look in a shop window to see him chatting to his mates all happy.Then he catches me up and goes back into moody mood,hands in pockets, head down,not talking to you.accept when you get to the Games store and then you are the best thing since sliced bread while you pay then it goes back to teenager mode as we call it.I want a little dog.!!!!!!!!!
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 09
Wow since you put it that way suzzy ,I see why a little furry dog may actaully be a wothwhile venture .Thank you for your response
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@suzzy3 (8370)
24 Jan 09
Thank you Ronny for my BR.xx
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 09
It was earned,thank you for responding
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
24 Jan 09
i have a cocker spaniel but i wish she was smaller than she is. it's hard for me to give her a bath. if i had a small dog i could just put her in the sink & it would be less strain on my bad back. i think when people get a small dog they just get it to have something to love.
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 09
I ma beginning to see that people chooses these dogs for this very reason,for someone to love and manageability
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@egdcltd (6011)
24 Jan 09
I have a small dog, a miniature dachshund, and they're easier and cheaper to keep than a large dog. They also have an unusually deep bark for their size, and I've known of a number of people who've been surprised at the size of the dog making the noise. My friend has two poodles, and they've got a much higher pitched bark.
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@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I personally like good personality big dogs like I love to play retrieve or swimming with them and they can run fast. And big dogs look tough. I don't particularly like small furry dog, they're just little small toys to me, I would not prefer it. But don't get me wrong, I know they deserve love too, but it's not what I would like to be my pet. :-)
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• India
25 Jan 09
I think small furry dogs are cute to look at so people love them to have those dogs in their hands they look beautuful imagine how one can play with a big dog having strong teeth and many people are afraid to go near to those dogs because they look strong and they are ready to bite a thief. Even i am afraid to go near to those dogs because i am afraid that they may bite i think the people who have those dogs may not fear but others who visit their house will be scared to go near to those big dogs.
@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
25 Jan 09
Hi...I love dogs, but I don't have one now coz my fave dog has passed away, but I'll share with you that my dog was furry, didn't bite, didn't even bark and so cute, she lasted for about 4 years. I can say that, they also has a role in everyone's life even if they're not the typical dog we used to know, the one who rescued us from theif. The reason why many people want this kind of dog is because they're very cuddly, keeps you happy, which means they help you get away with stress, they loves attention so you have someone to take good care of and at least a cute companion.(^_^)
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@Annmac (950)
24 Jan 09
You can't have met many toy breeds if you think they don't bark or bite or that they are friendly! Ok the bark is more a Yapping noise and the bite won't break your bones but, believe me, if my German Shepherd behaved like most of the little dogs I've met, she'd be considered viscious and put to sleep. I'm a care-worker and little dogs are far more a hazhard for our profession. I've never been bitten except by a pup but a lot of my collegues have and one girl was nearly crippled when a Chihuahua bit through her Achilles Tendon! I do like some little dogs though, those that are treated like dogs and not toys. I look after a Pomeranian (very furry and 'puppy' cute) and she's every bit as good at 'guarding' the house as my Shepherd. She may not be as loud but you can't ignore her either. A lot of small breeds are members of the Terrier group too and they are just as rugged and protective as some larger breeds.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
What about those people, like my sister, who buy a certain breed of dog just as a "status symbol". She has 2 Yorkshire terriers just because they are supposed to make her look wealthy...I guess. She has no idea about matching breed charastics with her personality, and now those dogs are hated by the entire family because she let them take over the house. No children are allowed near them for fear of being bitten. Those of you who own small dogs need to realize that just because they are tiny, they are still dogs and need to be treated as such. They still need training and discipline. They are not people, they are not babies...they are DOGS! Small dogs can cause big problems if not properly socialized and trained, just as any dog.
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@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I never had those kind of dogs, but believe me, those small dogs do bark, and loud lol. Its like the saying, the smaller the size, the bigger the bite, or something like that. Dont let the size fool you. In fact, those little dogs have some of the most annoying, ear renching barks vs their counterparts. It can pierce your eardrum lol. I by the way am a huge animal lover and love both dogs and cats.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
Yorkshire Terrier - Yorkshire Terrier are very devoted, independent and loyal.
People choose dogs for different reasons. Some people want a dog that have a growl and snarl, that can scare away potential robbers. Some want a service dog so to guide them. Others want a dog just as a companion. Why people would want a poodle, I don't know. Personally, i would not want a poodle. I have never liked their disposition, although they are ranked quite high in intelligence. In fact, look for yourself. Here is a list of the Top Ten Smartest and Dumbest Breeds of Dog http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2008246/posts As you can see, Poodles are being ranked as Second smartest dogs worldwide. The Border Collie is the Number one Smartest Dog Breed. Poodles are easy to train and can be playful and fun. Here is a bit more about what makes the Poodle people's choice number two. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle Frankly as I said before, I would never own a poodle. The number one reason is because I do not want a yappy dog and every poodle I have known was a barker. Not to say that all poodles are barkers either. I do have a small furry dog. See photo attached. The reason I first thought that I wanted a dog was for companionship. then I had to figure out what breed of dog that I wanted. With so many to choose from, the first contributing factor was my lifestyle and living arrangements. What dog would suit me. I wanted a small dog. Not a big Saint Bernard but a small dog, such as a terrier. It was a toss up between a Russel Terrier or a Yorkshire Terrier. Then I decided I didn't want a full breed of dog. As over time, through continual breeding, purebreds can come to have hereditary health problems. I narrowed it down to a Yorkshire Terrier because I enjoy the look of them and their size. Then I had to start researching other small breeds to see what would be acceptable, by my own standards as to what I could look for in a cross breed with A Yorkshire Terrier. I was fussy. I didn't want a bunch of hair all over the furniture, the car and my cloths. Yorkshire Terriers don't shed. Plus they eat very little so is not going to be 20lbs bags of dog food every two weeks. Long story short and trust me, this could get long, I chose my furry dog, Roxy Raphael who is a Yorkshire Terrier mixed with Maltese and Shitz Tzu. I appreciate her tenacity. For a small dog, she is very brave. She makes the best watch dog ever. Isn't yappy, barks to let me know whenever anyone is on the property. Furthermore, she makes an excellent companion for me. Is a very loyal little dog. Intelligent and incredibly forgivable. She is patient and usually quite polite. Although Yorkies are known for their stubbornness, Roxy loves to learn and is always up for a training session. The Yorkie is a very independent little dog as well, so I can leave her alone and be confident that she will have no trouble entertaining herself. Overall, Roxy is adorably cute and very lovable. A great little dog. The two things I didn't want was shedding and barking a lot. My Yorkie is neither of these two. Here is more about the Yorkshire Terrier and their disposition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Terrier I am unsure of their intelligence ranking. I know that they are stubborn but are definitely not a dumb dog. Roxy is a clever little dog that I love with all my heart. She is the best commitment that I have ever made in this life time. Roxy will be two in May 02, 2009. Thank you for the post.
• United States
24 Jan 09
All my dogs have been furry. I have not see to many apart from the Chinese Crested and the Peruvian Hairless. MY small furry dogs are excellent watch dogs and bark at any strange noise. I have had doberman pinschers who looked scary but were friendlier than my little ones (except when commanded to attack).
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Im more of a cat person. Cats are more independant. You can go on a vacation for a week or two and leave them at home alone. Providing that you leave out enough food and water and litter. You can not do that with a dog. Or at least i dont think you can. I have owned dogs before. I like little dogs because they are easier to keep in a house. The only way i would have a large dog is if it were totaly outside. Not being a home owner that is hard to do. No yard. Small dogs you can have in an apt. I had pomerians and they were very good watch dogs. They male dog was very mean to people and i had to put him on the patio to keep him from biting my visitors. He was my bodyguard and a very mean one.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Another important thing. The poop shituation. Cats you scoop the poop and flush it away. Little dogs have little poops and easy to pick up. Large dog......you need a shovel. Not an appealing idea.
@Astro30 (90)
• Indonesia
2 Feb 09
I don't have a dog because I think I don't need any. Dogs are not for show off, they should be helping us. I agree with the traditional purpose.
• United States
2 Feb 09
They are small and take up less space. They find them cute. They don't need as much food as a big dog.
27 Jan 09
Hello! To each his own. That's what "choice" means. All animals are worthwhile and just because you don't like small dogs doesn't mean every one cares about your choice. I love all animals, even you!
@debny711 (265)
• United States
26 Jan 09
First of all, small dogs can be nasty and bite. My grandmother had a small poodle who was nasty and bit so many people. You couln't even go near this dog. When I was a kid we had a daschund, a small dog who was very nasty. People don't always want dogs to scare away people. I have a cocker spaniel who is so sweet. WHy would you want a mean dog? Some people want them as guard dogs to protect their homes and businesses. Thats one thing. I want a dog as a companion. Dogs are man's best friend they are very loyal to their owners. Some dogs have saved their owners lives in fires and other bad situations. They know when you aren't feeling well too. My girlfriend can't have kids, she has two dogs that she considers her children. I am looking to get a small furry dog I think they are very friendly and sweet.
• United States
26 Jan 09
Hello, I am not a big responder here, but this one caught my attention. As an owner of 4 small and furry dogs I have to tell you that no one would ever break in our front door. They sound like a herd of dogs ready to pounce. However, if we are here and tell them to settle down that is the end of it. It sounds horrible but they calm quick. As for bitting anyone I believe that all dogs, big or small, should be socialized to not bite. If my boys felt I was threatened though I know that they would do whatever they had to do to protect me. I have type one diabetes and MS and have had some occasions where I have gotten very ill and they go and get my husband to come and find me. They bark and whine and pull at his pant legs to get him or anyone to follow them. This was never a trained thing. So they do this out of instinct. I love big dogs, but I love being able to cuddle and not feel mugged. I do not have kids so yes, my two toy poodles and 2 yorkshire terriers are my kids. I have had a boxer and a standard poodle too. They were great, but my four little ones are easier. I can take them everywhere with me. My big dog kids where much harder to travel with. Little dogs are cheaper to feed too. Okay I think I covered all I can think of. Hope this has helped you understand some. Angela
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I have three mini Dachshunds and they are wonderful protection. Not only do they have a deeper bark, but they also are unrelenting. They move super fast too. I always thought that bigger dogs were more protection until I attended a seminar presented by our local police. They had a former home intruder that informed us that they much preferred home with larger dogs because of the fact that they could be lured away and stuffed in a closet or another room. The little dogs wouldn't shut up and wouldn't let go of their pants legs (I know it's a riot, I laughed myself sick over that comment!)the little dogs wouldn't let go and were tenacious about their protecting their home and people. As the man said, if the house had a small dog in it they would pass it up. I previously owned Rottweilers...so it was a huge size drop to go from a 100 pound dog to a 9 pound dog. But in the small dog's defense, they are just as good company, they are great about warning me about people in the yard or near my house. They are easier to clean up after (hey, I went from poopies from the size of an elephant to little poopies that are the size of cat poop) and they eat far less than the larger breeds. Also smaller dogs live considerably longer so you have your friend longer. Also, smaller dogs aren't as delicate as you might think. I have even sat on one of the Dachshunds by accident. I worried myself sick, but she was sturdier than she looked. As for the poodles, they are highly intelligent companions. Yes they need to be trimmed because of the fact that they are prone to matting terribly. Also it was traditional from way back in France that the dogs would be trimmed to amuse the French kings. I also owned poodles and I assure you that they are not a wimpy dog!!! One of the poodles that I had would ride motorcycles, water ski, boat, jump off docks and was as rough and tumble as any of the "rugged" dogs that you can think of. I hope this has helped inform you a bit...Oh, by the way as for biting, those little dogs have teeth like sharks! I have been bitten by little dogs and they draw serious blood!! And they have jaws that don't let go... It's like being attacked by a crab or lobster!!!
@lovesummer (1162)
• Malaysia
25 Jan 09
i think they are cute and dogs are very smart and fun they can be our good companion. i think dogs are fun. i would love to have dog if i am allowed to have in my hostel unfortunately not. depends on people some people like big dogs some like small. i think i like small dogs more cause i am small. if i take a big dog with me it must be funny..