5 Stereotypes About Small Dogs

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Dogs have a pecking order, with bigger, stronger dogs (the alphas) usually being dominant over their smaller, slower kin. That means small dogs are ready to roll over and be submissive… right? Not quite. While news reports often focus on the larger breeds — bull terriers being an obvious example — small dogs can be fearless defenders of their home turf, too. That means a small dog can make you feel safe in your home, just like a big dog can.

That also means you should treat every strange dog you meet with the same respect and caution, no matter how big it is. Little ones may not look like they pack a wallop, but they can surprise you!

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