I have two small dogs. Sometimes I have gotten the comment "why don't you get a real dog". Small dogs are not DOGS.
I did have someone tell me with a dog that small I should just get a cat. I already do have a cat.I've never told someone their small dog was useless, but I have commented that I have cats that are bigger than their dog. But that was a fact, not an insult.
UGH! I have had people say this to me, too! My fiance is very much into reptiles and he has a friend with a large reticulated python, and that friend calls EVERY small animal a "feeder ____", so to him Legend is just the feeder dog, the cats are feeder cats, etc etc. It really makes me mad because it gives reptile owners a bad name! We have a boa but we don't go around calling everything small enough for him to eat a feeder animal! It just comes of as being an ass.The worst I've had is someone calling my dog a "feeder dog".
I used to think small dogs were useless too, but that was when I was in my teens, and dreamed of getting a "really big" "really mean" Doberman. *rolleyes*I hate to admit that I used to find small dogs useless myself, but I've matured over the years and realized that different dogs appeal to different people and their circumstances. We now live in a small house with a small yard, and small dogs make more sense.
Our largest cat, a Maine Coon, is 25lbs and our dog, a Chihuahua, is right at 7lbs. She does outweigh our Persian, who's about 6lbs.My cat is 14 lbs. My dog is 9 lbs!!
Ha, I get that too. Well, they never mention what breed they think she is, but people assume weirdly often that she's a puppy. Probably because she's pretty lanky and might be mistaken for a dog that's still growing, but that's just the way she is. I also do a lot of training with a clicker on walks so I bet they think I just recently got her. Although I'm not complaining. People are probably more tolerant of her misbehavior thinking she's young, while in reality she just turned 5. ;pI've never had rude comments about any of my dogs, other then most people think they are both puppies of much larger breeds of dogs when in fact they are full grown lol. Neither are tiny dogs, but they are more small/medium sized. Some people think Thumper is a Doberman puppy, and some think Cash is an Akita puppy or something lol..
This... Today my stepbrother told me there's no point to having a small dog, but if you open the door and let his Lab and my dog out loose, my dog will come when called and his will have to be chased down...I only get rude comments like that and worse from large dog owners that can't/won't even train or hold onto their own dogs.