The Chihuahua was first discovered in 1850 and was named after the Mexican state in which it was found. The diminutive breed is the smallest of all dog breeds, weighing between two to six pounds and standing just inches off the ground. Their bulgy eyes and perky ears define them. But just because it is small doesn’t mean the Chihuahua is innocuous. If it were a larger breed, it would present bigger issues.
Chihuahuas are yappers, nippers, and aggressive. They will courageously go after large dogs with no apparent realization of their smaller size. They are strong-willed, proud, and lively. But they are also affectionate, loving, and a loyal companion. “Small Dog Syndrome” plagues this breed. And, as totally loyal and attached to their human, they go after threats to them, whether real or perceived. Chihuahuas are not good with children. They do not like or trust children and can get snappish.
Basset Hounds may be incredibly adorable but they are also known to be notoriously stubborn, which makes training them quite a challenge. They may be very lovable but their headstrong nature requires a lot of patience.
We have no doubt that adopting a Basset Hound to your home will make for a great addition, but just be prepared for their demanding character.
The Great Dane is an extremely large dog. It holds world records for being the tallest dog. Like the Saint Bernard, it is known as a gentle giant who drools a lot. It’s playful and attentive to children, loves people, and is not overly aggressive. They are known to be dependable and loyal. Great Danes make expert watchdogs.
However, this very large dog needs consistent training, which should start early. Even as a puppy, a Dane can knock over children and small tables. As a grown dog, its tail can clear a coffee table with a single stroke. These dogs grow to 175 pounds. They cannot be carried around the house or easily moved. Contrary to the name, Great Danes were bred in Germany in the 1300s as proficient hunters who were able to take down wild boar.
The Affenpinscher is German for “monkey-like terrier,” and it sure lives up to its name. The inquisitive and busy little guy is also known as “mustachioed devil” in France. The toy-size dog is marked by not just a mustache, but also a beard and bushy eyebrows. At its shoulders is a rough-coat cape. It loves to monkey around and is as playful and mischievous as its appearance suggests.
The Affenpinscher is a barker and a climber. He is not afraid of anything and is a voracious rodent hunter. It will go after big dogs with no regard. This dog makes a stalwart watchdog, but its size prevents any protective service. The Affenpinscher is a loyal family dog but also bold and stubborn. This dog takes vigilant training. Despite its slight size weighing in at barely eight pounds, it will jockey for the pack leader position in your house. Growling, snapping, and biting are your first clue it has taken the lead. Affenpinschers are not good with children, becoming aggressive about toys and territory.
The Shih Tzu is not an outdoor dog, but it is the perfect companion who will share lots of love with you at home in the apartment. They were bred in China for loyalty and as lapdogs. They are playful and fun-loving, and also mischievous. On the other hand, Shih Tzu’s are prone to incessant barking. It’s that familiar high-pitched percussion: Yap! Yap! Yap! House training can be a nightmare unless you plan to replace your floors anyway.
As a brachycephalic, the Shih Tzu is notoriously susceptible to diseases and dental issues. They frequently have respiratory issues that may require surgical treatment. Their round dark eyes are adorable, but bulging eyeballs are at risk for eyeball injury called proptosis, and other eye conditions. There is also a risk for an inherited condition called renal dysplasia.