It might be impossible to believe but these dogs were originally bred to be indoor monastery-sentinel dogs by Tibetan Buddhist monks. Yes, these tiny dogs are not scared off easily. If these dogs are left untrained, they can turn into aggressive little monsters.
Highly suspicious of strangers, they are eager to express their dissatisfaction with their owners. They can also be very stubborn and have been seen to lie flat on the floor without moving when they are not in the mood for walking.
This Japanese hunting dog has been described as extremely courageous. They have powerful predatory instincts and can often be spotted hunting smaller animals. They were originally bred for boar and deer hunting.
If these dogs are not socialized well, they can easily become quite combative, but with the necessary training, they are devoted and protective dogs. If you end up adopting one, be wary when they meet strangers.
Essentially a popular companion dog, the Shiba still has a predatory instinct as it was bred as a hunting dog. The dogs do not take kindly to provocation and can show aggression, but above all, when expressing emotion, these dogs emit what is labeled as the "Shiba scream." This high-pitched scream can ward off unwanted guests and can also serve as a strong warning sign for mishandling.
The Shiba is Japanese (it is a Japanese breed!) for Brushwood, which is a type of shrub or bush that turns red in the fall. Many people believe that is what was kept in mind when naming the dog. On the other hand, in Nagano, an ancient Japanese dialect, Shiba also means small. Either way, this "Little Brushwood Dog" packs a punch.
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.
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.