|Barked: Mon Jun 4, '07 8:49am PST |
|Any dog will benefit from a job, no matter how small. But there are some breeds that NEED a job to a lesser extent. They often include the toy breeds, but there are some larger ones as well. Common companion breeds includ Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Chihuahua, Maltese, Havanese, Bichon Frise, Pekinese, Pug, Coton de Tulear, Pomeranian, and Lowchen. There are also many breeds that were originally bred for a purpose (herding, hunting, hauling, etc.) that have recently had their instinct and drive bred out of them. Rough/Smooth Collies are a good example. There are, of course, still intense working lines of R/S Collies, but many of them have been so intensively bred that they no longer have the drive or instinct to herd. This is also sometimes the case with breeds that have been "miniaturized". So while a standard Poodle still benefits from a job, a miniature Poodle requires one to a lesser extent.
Many times, though, whether a dog will be a good companion or not depends more on the individual and how they are raised/trained than the breed!
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