As many of us know, there are numerous types of dogs recognized today that are known for such things as long luxurious coats as well as short simple coats, human like hair rather than fur, lap dogs or watch dogs and most importantly all of these different types of dogs come in many different shapes as well as sizes. The aesthetics of dogs is vast and often times prove to be the common allure as well as the personality attributed to the particular breed of dog. However if looked upon closely, there are really two main types of personalities that dog's fall into and that is of the small dog breed and the big dog breed. Regardless of the classification of the specific dog lineage, small dogs and big dogs for the most part encompass similar personalities within their stature.
While some of us are familiar with the common term given to Napoleon Bonaparte known as the "Napoleon Complex" which essentially denotes a man who is short in stature but behaves as if he is a giant, there are some of us that are unaware that the majority of small dogs encompass the same personality. Normally, smaller dog types are not conscious of their size and often times contain the personality of a guard who is protective as well as always on the lookout for an intruder. Surprisingly or not, this is especially true concerning the small dog classes of the Miniature Poodle, Beagle and Miniature Pincher to name only a few.
Also, the smaller dog varieties tend to have a much more energy driven personality that requires a lot of attention as well as repetition which is close in nature to that of a two year old child that does not alter until they are at a much older age . Therefore, many of the small dog types demand a great amount of an owner's time as they very much need consideration as well as appreciation due to their high strung personalities. Unfortunately many of the small dog classes seem to have a remarkable memory and although this can be a positive attribute, there are times when this can become an issue as the personality of the small dog species can be apt to hold a grudge. This can be especially true within the Chihuahua breeds as well as the Pomeranian dogs.
On a different tone, the term "Gentle Giant" is most certainly suitable for the personality of the major of big dog breeds as they are more inclined to not only be calm in nature but also quite delicate their size. Although big dogs can be good watch dogs, they tend to have a more amicable personality with everyone that they meet rather than just their owners. For the most part, big types are more apt to greet a guest with a wagging tail rather than a vicious bark. This tendency appears to be dominant within the Labrador, Husky and Bernese Mountain.
Although controversial, the personality of a big dog breed, such as the Golden Retriever, Siberian Husky, Great Dane, seem to contain the motto towards trust first and ask questions later. Although the big varieties can not only appear daunting upon first glance but also very audibly alarm their owners that someone is approaching, the truth is that they would rather make friends over enemies for the most part and greatly enjoy a friendly pat on the head above most else. Big dog brands can contain a majority excellent memory but they are more apt to remember the last time an individual stroked them nicely than a negative situation with an angry stranger. Controversial to popular belief, it does take a great deal of effort to not only provoke but also permanently dissuade many of the big dog styles towards an outside individual's presence.
Fundamentally, it is important to understand these two basic categories of small breeds versus big breeds not only to understand the type of dog that you currently own but also to identify what size of dog that would best suite your lifestyle. This is especially important if you have behavior issues with your current dog or if you are looking for a new puppy as the match between your personality and your dog is not only essential but also utterly imperative in order to form the relationship required to maintain happiness among all through a lifetime. Understanding the personality of dogs can either make or break a relationship so it is important to recognize what your dog desires as well as expects in order to live a cohesive, happy and unbreakably loving life together in harmony.