|Barked: Tue Dec 21, '10 7:13pm PST |
|Most dogs were bred to do a job, including Chihuahuas. Their job was to be a living hot water bottle. The heat from their bodies was used to warm beds on cold nights and to relieve the pain of sore muscles and joints. A hot water bottle that wanted to get up and walk away wouldn't be much good, now would it?
The other job for Chihuahua, as well as many other small dogs, was to be a playtoy, entertainment and companion for wealthy people. In the past, the upper classes showed their status by doing no work, and their pets would also reflex that philosophy. So small dogs were bred to be less active and more attached to humans. They were selected to enjoy sitting in laps and being carried. These traits are still popular in the breed today.
Also, I have my own theory about small dog behavior. I've heard many people say of their small dog "He thinks he's a big dog.", but I don't see that in Birdie. I think he knows he is a very small dog in a big world, and he relies on me for protection. He sticks close to me because he feels safe.
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