Understanding Canine Companionship: More Than Just Size and Breed

by Lisa

SINGAPORE: Recent reports indicate a growing inclination among Singaporeans towards smaller dog breeds, such as teacup poodles, despite associated health risks. Pet shops featuring miniaturized breeds are gaining popularity, and social media is filled with advertisements showcasing crossbred pedigrees like “cavapoos” and “pomskys.”

While smaller dogs may seem more manageable, the reality, as highlighted by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), is far more complex. The breed and size of a dog only scratch the surface of its multifaceted personality.


Breed and Size Fall Short in Defining Personality and Traits


Despite extensive research on canine personalities, most studies on breed-specific traits remain inconclusive. A survey involving 18,000 dogs found that modern breeds primarily share physical traits, not behavioral ones. Breed accounts for only 9% of behavioral variations in individual dogs.


Size, while influencing some aspects, does not adhere to a one-size-fits-all rule. Larger dogs may have bigger neocortices, potentially making them more trainable and less anxious. However, smaller dogs may require additional training efforts to bolster confidence.


Irrespective of size or breed, a dog’s genetic background, early socialization, and the owner’s influence play crucial roles in shaping its personality.

Choose a Companion Based on Lifestyle Compatibility

The appeal of small breeds like teacup poodles is undeniable, but it’s essential to understand the health hazards they face due to breeding practices. Crossbred pedigrees also often suffer from congenital issues.

Instead of choosing based on breed or personality, lifestyle compatibility should be the primary consideration. Assessing your energy levels, household dynamics, and future family expansions is crucial. Reflect on your financial stability, medical needs, and the time you can dedicate to a pet.

Benefits of Adopting Instead of Purchasing a Pet

The SPCA emphasizes the benefits of adopting a pet. Adopting provides insight into the pet’s background, temperament, and health, unlike purchasing from breeders. It opposes unethical breeding practices and offers a second chance to animals facing abandonment or neglect.

Shelters provide a diverse range of pets, increasing the likelihood of finding a companion that suits your lifestyle. Bringing a pet into your life is not just about the joy they bring but also the hope you offer them.


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