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Old 10-06-2006, 03:06 AM
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Question are toy breeds fragile?

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juz asking out of curiousity...are all toy breeds really really fragile? if not,which one is considered tougher than other toy breeds? are papillons really fragile? to the point of breaking their bone juz from jumping onto the floor from..lets say..a couch?
i would like to hear the opinion of ppl who had experience with small breeds..
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Old 10-06-2006, 04:03 AM
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My Pap has really thin little legs, but I wouldn't call her fragile, she jumps off furniture, (which she shouldn't because of her knees) and wrestels with my BF. She is not as tough as my BC but not like glass. I don't know if that makes any sense.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:12 AM
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so she doesnt get injured from jumping off furnitures?? thats a relieve to hear,since all i've usually heard is that paps are one of the most fragile toy breeds..is that true?
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:23 AM
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She doesn't get hurt from doing that no, she is not really all that fragile no. She lived in the bush for about 4 months before she was found by animal welfare, she is a tough little thing.

My BF is quite rough with her sometimes but she seems to be fine with and in fact go back for more. She will squeal if he hurts her but she really does love the rough and tumble.
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Old 10-06-2006, 10:55 AM
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my Toy Poodle isn;t fragile at all...He jumps and runs all over the place...He just can't climb stairs...haha
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:15 PM
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I have 2 Chis and I wouldn't consider them to be fragile. BUT of course, that depends on what you do and in my case, they just run around and jump up and off furniture. They can jump off low furniture (ones they can easily get up on as well) fine. I don't consider their bones to be easily broken. I'm trying to stop my older one from doing it as much since she has luxating patellas and jumping off things could worsen it.

Then again, I can't really say because I've never owned a dog bigger than a Chi but it's not like I have to be extra careful all the time. I'm more afraid of stepping on their toes (yes, I've accidentally done it before).
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:23 PM
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Toy breeds are not fragile for their size. But they can't necessarily do some things that a larger dog can do. For example, take a toy breed puppy jumping off a bed. That's equivalent to a German Shepherd jumping off a nine-foot cliff. Not something you'd encourage.

If I remember right, somebody on the forum recently posted about their poodle puppy breaking a leg by jumping off a piece of furniture. The lady who bred Scandal, my mom's maltese, recently lost her best-of-breed Westminster winner from injuries. He fell off a grooming table at a show.

That doesn't mean you have to treat them like glass. But try to be considerate about how much stress those tiny bodies can take.
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:33 PM
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Pugs are FAR from fragile!
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Old 10-06-2006, 04:44 PM
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My Papillon is fragile, but not a snowflake. He jumps on and off furniture (especially loves leaping off the back of the couch) and jumps in and out of our big truck on his own. Basically, he usually doesn't do things that will injure himself. I've hurt him a few times by accident and other people have made him yip, too. You have to handle them more delicately than you would handle a large dog. When you take a walk, you can't pull on the leash if you reach over to get something. With my Border Collie, some tension on the leash is just something for him to brace himself against. With my Papillon, that same tension will knock him off his feet or drag him around.
If I step on my BC's paw, he just whines and pulls it out from under my foot (I go barefoot in the house anyway so I don't hurt any doggie feet). If I stepped on my Papillons paw, it could break. You have to be more careful about walking around the house when you have a toy dog.

Overall I'd say yes, most "tiny-toy" breeds are fragile.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:07 PM
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I really wouldn't consider my chihuahuas fragile... but you do have to be more gentle with them than larger breeds. We always call our 3.5lb chihuahua a "tank" because she is built very cobby and does not look too delicate (Rylie). My three run around and jump on and off the furniture. They can jump on and off the couch, but cannot jump on and off of the bed. As I type this, Chloe is climbing on the back of the couch, lol.
On the other hand, I have heard of many min pins breaking their legs because they are very thin.
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