Chris Jones, 44, releases Precious – a Shih Tzu-Pekingese mix – from her leash and lets her scurry off into the dog park in White Plains. Noticing some other dog owners and park-goers around him, he quickly makes it clear that Precious is not his, but his girlfriend’s.
“I’ve always had big dogs,” he said. “In the past, I’ve owned an Akita, Black Lab and a German Sheppard. I just prefer them because I can wrestle with them. You can’t do that with a little dog.”
In the world of dogs, misconceptions – if you can pardon the pun – quite literally run wild. Little dogs evoke images of Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, peeking arrogantly from out of the top of a woman’s pocketbook, snipping and cowering as soon as you get too close. Then there is the often annoying Chihuahua that barks and nips relentlessly at one’s ankles, as though it were ten feet tall.
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