Opinion

Little dogs are better than big dogs

By Ilias Bakalla

Little dogs are better than big dogs. They do not deserve the stereotypes they receive for being yappy and aggressive.

For starters, they can sit on your lap without breaking your legs and you can pick them up and carry them around under your arm without great strength.

This makes it so much easier to do things like take the dog with you in the car or pick it up and carry it into a shop rather than leaving it outside tied to a pole.

If you let your dog sleep at the end of your bed from time to time or let them cuddle up to you on the couch, they take up less space.

Any dog owner will know the bane of their existence is the amount of hair they leave scattered around the home and in the car.

Do you know what has less hair than a big dog?

A small dog.

One family friend I had growing up used to own a Komondor, which is a large white dog that has dreadlocked hair. Her mum used to spend an hour each day brushing its hair and trimming back its dreads. Who has time for that?

You don’t have to spend as much time training a smaller dog because they are too small to jump up to inappropriate places like the dinner table or the kitchen bench.

But if they can somehow muster up the energy to get on to the dinner table via a chair you use less energy getting them down because they're lighter.

They poop less than big dogs because they’re eating less and that’s a money saver. They also have smaller poop to pick up when walking them in the park or on the street. Honestly, how could you ever think a small dog is inferior!

The relationship between dogs and humans goes back tens of thousands of years and in that time small dogs have helped humans hunt for smaller animals. For example, the miniature dachshund and Jack Russell are used to run down rabbit burrows and flush them out for hunters. It begs the question, would humans have ever invented rabbit pie if it weren’t for small dogs?

I see the prejudices first-hand with my own a smaller-than-usual fluffy pup named Jojo.

“Ohh you’ve got a little dog?” people respond when I reveal he’s a Pomeranian cross Maltese. Their brows drop and furrow, eyes squinting in judgement, chin moving back into their chest as they spout, “I bet he’s yappy.”

No, he is not! Little dogs can have placid personalities as well. Not all of them need to compensate for their lack of size with a big voice and aggression. They can be perfectly happy and comfortable with their size.