Not odd to me in the slightest. It wouldn't bother me at all seeing a masculine guy with a Chihuahua or Pomeranian, or any other little dog like a Shih tzu, toy poodle, Jack Russell terrier or Bichon Frise. As long as the owner provides the same care that the dog needs as any other responsible owner would,...
Best answer: Not odd to me in the slightest. It wouldn't bother me at all seeing a masculine guy with a Chihuahua or Pomeranian, or any other little dog like a Shih tzu, toy poodle, Jack Russell terrier or Bichon Frise. As long as the owner provides the same care that the dog needs as any other responsible owner would, there's no problem.
NB it's important to match the dog's breed to your lifestyle, hence why rushing out to get a dog is what to NOT do. For instance, a Pomeranian needs frequent brushing, so you would need to either afford to hire someone to do it for you, or put the time into grooming the dog yourself. They can also have some health problems which can lead to expensive vet bills like heart, dental and skin problems, as well as slipped kneecaps. Chihuahuas feel the cold a lot, plus you need to take real caution around toxic products - like chocolate - since it will only take a small amount to poison them.
Also understand that with small dogs, you need to be able to walk the fine line between thoroughly socializing the dog, treating them like a dog (some people make the mistake of not treating them like a dog, but instead like a baby), and making them stand on their paws, while simultaneously protecting them. If you don't, then the dog can potentially end up developing small dog syndrome.
(Small dog syndrome is a condition when small dogs falsely believe that they're the pack leader to humans and thus are dominant in the home, because people let them get away with dominant aggression behaviors rather than correcting them. This is because while the behaviors are corrected in big dogs due to being seen as problematic or unacceptable in big dogs, they're falsely seen as less of a problem, less of a nuisance, less of a danger, or as 'cute' in small dogs).
Also know that both Pomeranian dogs and Chihuahuas are also often not the best of breeds to have with little children, as they tend to do better with older children, or possibly in an only adult home.
Hope this helps.
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