A look at Small Dog Syndrome
Everyone has their preference for which kind of dog they’d like to have. Often times, people might opt for a bigger dog because they will likely make a nice body pillow to spoon at night. At other times, one might want an athletic dog who will be an awesome hiking partner. One thing that small dog owners are always mindful of is that there is a chance that their dog will suffer from the small dog syndrome- a condition that makes them sometimes way louder than the larger dog breeds!
Behind the term “Small Dog Syndrome”
Small dog syndrome is not a medical condition. It is basically a term that is used in the dog community to refer to a situation where a small dog, often one that is below the weight limit of twenty pounds (and sometimes as small as three pounds) makes really loud noises, barks, growls and basically does anything and everything possible to show its dominance. This means, small dog syndrome is not solved by prescription (as much as we would like it to be). It is solved through correcting LEARNED behaviors.
It is important to understand small dog syndrome first if you are planning to deal with it in an effective manner. A very common reason why a dog might display small dog syndrome is because they are not being shown proper leadership from their owner. Many believe, including popular dog enthusiast Cesar Millan (opinion on this individual may vary) that dogs are pack animals that tend to live in a pack in order for them to be able to survive. The leader of the pack, also known as the alpha, is the one who usually decides when it is time to eat, when it is time to start playing, when it is time to stop playing, when it is time to look out the window and bark at things and when it is time to stop doing whatever it is that the dog has planned to do. In order to avoid a small dog from getting small dog syndrome, it is important that the human beings establish that they are the alpha in the household from the very beginning. When the dog thinks that the leader is weak, they also tend to think that their well-being is at stake and this is when they try to step up as the alpha to protect their pack. This can give rise to the small dog syndrome, a condition where the small dogs try to establish themselves as the alpha and show everyone that they are the leader of the pack.
Do Chihuahuas Have Small Dog Syndrome?
It is completely false that Chihuahuas, by default, have small dog syndrome. Chihuahuas are lovely dogs and get their reputation for being loud is partially due to the fact that it is true! However, it is very possible to train your Chihuahua to not bark. To learn more about Chihuahua training check out Totally Chihuahuas for more information.
Additionally, Chihuahuas are one of the most popular dogs breeds and our friends over at Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder do a great job of illustrating the breed’s beauty and charm.