Less of a dog in the city

The development of urban sprawl and the trend towards greater use of public transport together with an increasing reduction in living space in many large cities has fuelled the spread of small dogs.

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A dog first and foremost


Less bulky and closer in many respects to humans, small dogs have many advantages:

• They take up less space, just like cats, which have also moved into cities en masse.

• They are better suited to urban family life, because they eat less and excrete less. They can even be trained to use a litter tray like a cat.

• They can be conveniently carried in a bag, which means they can be taken on public transport.

The risk is that some owners cease to see their dog as an animal. Instead, it becomes a fully-fledged member of the household, a four-legged child that receives perhaps too much affection. The market for accessories and paraphernalia is growing throughout the world, not least in Asia, where many shops cater to owners. This business does not improve the well-being of the dog in any shape or form and it is worthwhile asking ourselves whether this need to anthropomorphise the dog in some modern societies is particularly healthy.

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The benefits of small town dogs

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They don’t take up much space in appartements, much like the cats which have taken possession of cities.

It is very easy for them to live as part of the urban family, needing only small volumes of food… and producing small quantities of faeces; the dog can even be trained to use a litter tray like a cat.

They are easy to carry in a bag, making it possible to take them on public transport.

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