Stop insulting my dog....and therefore me!

(59 Posts)

I own a chihuahua. He is lovely. He is clever, well behaved, affectionate, and ok....quite small. This does not mean he is a rat, something a proper dog would eat for breakfast, something that would be nice in a sandwich, or any of the other hilarious comments that we have heard in the last few days.
He's part of our family, so leave him alone!

FellatioNels0n Thu 31-Jan-13 13:07:12

I know! It's a real pisser!

ruled no, you can do as you like with your dog, and I'll do as I like with mine. I do tense when I see certain breeds of dog approaching, (including staffs) but I look at the owner and read the body language of the dog as best I can before I make my decision about whether to walk in the opposite direction or not. But them I rarely walk in places where this kind of thing is a problem.

theodorakisses Thu 31-Jan-13 11:54:38

Fellatio, I am in qatar and know what you mean about the time difference. Ditto we always miss the late night drunken bunfights because we go to bed so early, they are deleted and forgotten by the time we wake up!

ruledbyheart Wed 30-Jan-13 15:14:33

Fellatio does that mean I shouldn't let either of my dogs play with off the lead staffies because they are all obviously agressive? sarcasm

If people have doubt then they should ask, not just call their dogs away and quickly walk off.

tabulahrasa Wed 30-Jan-13 10:30:12

There's no way in the world I'd let my puppy play with a chi and it's got nothing to do with what I do or don't assume their personalities to be like.

At 6 months he's 30kg - he has no manners with other dogs yet and what he wants to do is stick his great big paws on them, followed by the rest of him.

I'm not willing to be responsible for any pain he might cause them while he squashes them.

pugoff Wed 30-Jan-13 06:23:06

Monkeyface, you have 3? You have my utmost respect. My 2 are a handful and then some. I've decided the optimum number of pugs to own in 1.5...confused

FellatioNels0n Wed 30-Jan-13 04:57:07

in my eyes, sorry.

FellatioNels0n Wed 30-Jan-13 04:56:14

I live in the middle east so I am three hours ahead of you and I wake up at 5.30am. Twenty bleary eyed minutes of MN is my way of preparing for my day. grin

I feel a bit bad dissing people's dogs now. It's just that the only Chi I have ever met has been a right horrible bug-eyed bastard. grin I could forgive the bug-eyed thing if he was a nice dog though. I'm sure he's perfectly lovable when you get to know him, he's just horrible from where I'm standing.

I have a dog who can be a bit of an uppity moo though. She's not always easy to love from a strangers POV because she gets nervy around very bouncy 'in your face' dogs and will growl and bare her teeth if they are pushing their luck. She is absolutely fine if she's just left alone though - she doesn't start rucks. And she looks/sounds terrifying if you are a window cleaner or a postman. But she's my eyes she a gentle, perfect, docile baby I am saying that as she trying to savage the gardener through a closed patio door right now.

Fell, why are you awake?

We seem to be the main posters tonight smile

FellatioNels0n Wed 30-Jan-13 03:18:43

I think pugs are adorable. Yes, they have a certain oddness about them, but it's a cute oddness. For me comparing a pug to a chi is like comparing Yoda or ET (ugly but cute) to Gollum (just ugly).

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and never more so that with a dog.

Meh. You're over thinking this.

I have 3 Pugs. They are all fecking ugly....if you dont like that breed. They have the faces only a mother loves. People tell me they are ugly all the time, doesnt bother me.

FellatioNels0n Wed 30-Jan-13 02:50:59

I understand that though ruled. If many people's experiences/perceptions of chihuahuas is that they are confrontational and snappy then it's no surprise that people are nervous about allowing their much bigger dogs to play with them. If is goes a bit wrong and the bigger dog reacts or retaliates the chihuahua is probably dead, let's face it. It's not worth the risk.

FellatioNels0n Wed 30-Jan-13 02:42:34

One of mine is a leaner. Visitors find it most disconcerting.

ruledbyheart Wed 30-Jan-13 00:03:25

I have a chi x and I get it every time I'm out, I have had people call their dogs away because my dog is too small to play hmm she is regularly referred to as a rat dog and because of her breed she must my snappy.

I hate it she is probably the best trained pup I've ever had the pleasure of bringing up, she is a rescue and had a dodgy start but she has no issues, she can play with the bigger dogs as she lives with one and has learned when to use her height to her advantage.

I hate people calling her a rat or not a proper dog, she looks like a dog, acts like a dog and certainly smells like a dog therefore she isn't a rat.

Probably doesn't help she does have a pink collar lead harness and coat but I refuse to carry her anywhere I just think she looks pretty.

Missboobyvontits Tue 29-Jan-13 16:29:38

i own a chihuahua and completely agree with the OP, our little dog is an absolute delight and we all love him to bits but people think its ok to call him a rat or worse. i also come from Essex so feel like a complete cliche but he would hate being put in a handbag, he loves long walks, having kids around playing in the snow basically everything a so called pampered pooch would not like.

HoneyDragon Tue 29-Jan-13 16:24:56

Yes, my friends horse had quite the crush on me. The more I yelled "get off you big dumb bastard!" The more he leaned grin

MrsDeVere Tue 29-Jan-13 16:17:01

I had a 'leaner'. He was quite large but not massive. My lovely collie/gsd/whatever cross. He was called Giro.

I luffed him. He was the best dog ever. But he did like a nice lean grin

Horses do that as well you know. They love a lean.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Tue 29-Jan-13 11:26:07

That's funny hesterton I imagine my lab has a dumb sidekick type of voice and bounces about with a "play with me, play with me. You are my friend. You move; you are my friend, play with me"

He hasn't quite figured out that "grrr" means "back off" yet, but he's only 18months of oversized lab puppy, and he is slowly getting there.

Hesterton Tue 29-Jan-13 06:29:49

I used to look after a gigantic doberman/rottweiler cross - must have been about 11 stone of dog. People crossed the road rather than walk past us on the pavement on the way to the fields. He looked as if he could have eaten a shetland pony without even chewing.

He was the softest, daftest dog you could ever meet, totally submissive to all animals and humans. The worse thing he did was lean on me (he often did that in an affectionate way as I was making tea and as he was such a big chap, you could lose your balance if you weren't careful...) He used to frolic in the fields with little camp bounces like a 6 year old brownie, you could almost hear him singing the doggy version of 'tra-la-la-la-la I love flowers, I love butterflies!!'

He taught me that you should never stereotype dogs.

littlewhitebag Tue 29-Jan-13 06:07:42

At least I knew what I was letting myself in for, as we had a lab when I was younger. And I am taking her to obedience classes so she is slowly, slowly getting a few manners around other dogs. I dream of a day I can walk her off lead and she doesn't abscond at the first sight of another dog. On the plus side she has never been called ugly.

pugoff Tue 29-Jan-13 05:03:03

I sing Christina Aguilera's 'you are beautiful, no matter what they say' to my two, just so they don't get a complex. blush I am a mental tho...

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 28-Jan-13 23:03:27

My pug gets called ugly a lot. How rude? I mean, it's not her fault is it? grin

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Mon 28-Jan-13 22:58:33

Labs are "blah"?
My lab is a total bouncy, slobbering, over friendly, won't take no for an answer nutter. Little dogs hate him and big dogs don't have the patience for him.

HoneyDragon Mon 28-Jan-13 22:44:00

Littlewhitebag

This one of the "joys" of lab ownership. The 2-3 years of shame faced Lab retrieval amid cries of "get that stupid bastard AWAY".

Why people insist on recommending them as an ideal dog for first timers and young families I don't know.

I adore mine, but it takes WORK to get then capable of functioning in polite society.

littlewhitebag Mon 28-Jan-13 22:11:44

I have lab pup and she is luffly. BUT she will leap like a crazy loon around the head of any.. and i mean any... dog she meets. You would all hate me. <sobs>

MrsDeVere Mon 28-Jan-13 20:01:10

If a staffy is horrible the owner (rightly) gets blamed.
If a chi is horrible the dog gets blamed.

Chihuahuas are lovely dogs. If they are carried about and unsocialised and clutched every time an animal or human approaches, of course they will be snappy.

Show me a dog that wouldn't. If managed to carry a Lab around all day and treated it like a wind up toy and fed it sweets it would be as mean as the meanest chi/pug/yorkie.

My dog puts up with a lot of rough and tumble from the boys. He loves a run though puddles and will happily sit in the snow/rain etc without the need for a protective tutu hmm

He prefers to stick by my side when we are out for a walk and doesn't do the running backwards and forwards thing bigger dogs and terriers do.
And he shivers quite a lot.
He never runs after dogs or cats or squirrels etc

Apart from that he is lie any other dog I have had. A DOG. Just a nice little dog.

Actually it is bliss to not have to worry about him running after or getting snarky around other dogs.

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