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5 common myths about dog breeds

Chihuahuas are universally associated with a yappy bark. Some people also have the idea that all small dog breeds yap a lot. This simply isn’t true. When properly socialised and trained, any small dog, including chihuahua, will learn acceptable behaviour.

Remember to always be patient with your chihuahua. This breed doesn’t like being rough-handled and might be wary of strangers at first ‒ that’s because chihuahuas are fiercely protective of their owners.

Pitbulls get perhaps the worst rap of all dog breeds. They’re thought to be super aggressive, and some people even think they can ‘lock’ their top and bottom jaws together, better enabling them to hang onto whatever‒ or whomever ‒ they’re attacking.

This simply isn’t true ‒ pitbulls’ jaws work exactly the same as every other dog’s. And pitbulls aren’t out to attack you. There’s nothing unusually aggressive about pit bulls ‒ the ones used in illegal dog fights are just treated exceptionally badly and egged on during fights.

Dobermanns is another dog breed with a bad reputation. Many people believe this breed will suddenly and without warning turn on its owner. The most bizarre version of this story we’ve hear is that a dobermann’s brain can swell up larger than the size of its skull, causing it to attack its owner.

While dobermanns were originally bred as personal protection dogs, these aggressive traits have been toned down by modern breeders. Far from turning on their owners, modern dobermanns are known for being extremely loyal and very intelligent, making them easy to train.

Yes, jack russell terriers have lots of energy, but they’re not ‘hyperactive’. Exercise is important, but it’s just as important that jack russells are given something to occupy their minds.

Things like interactive toys and playtime with you will keep your jack russell mentally stimulated.

Guess what? This one’s true. It might sound odd, but there’s a clue in the word ‘retriever’. This breed was originally bred to retrieve drowned waterfowl. But did you know all dog have webbed feet? ‘Water breeds’ like labrador retrievers, though, are bred with more pronounced webbing in their feet. T

While there are many myth floating around about dogs based on their breed, most of them are untrue. When properly trained and socialised, and given love and affection, any breed of dog can be a wonderful companion.

Do you have any other questions about dog breeds? Feel free to call us on: 09 448 2227.


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