It’s OK for Big Guys to Have Small Dogs

I love this.  Check out manly man A.J. Hawk, fearsome linebacker for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers (sorry, honey) talking big about how big dudes shoudn't be ashamed of having little dogs.  Appearing on ESPN's First Take, A.J. was interviewed with his Chihuahua Todd to discuss his pride in owning and loving small dogs, despite the fact that he's one of the most fierce football players in the game today (and part of the reason why my husband's Atlanta Falcons had an early playoff exit).

This is more than just a cute story with a great image attached to it - I think this goes to the heart of the debate over BSL, 'dangerous dogs' and irreputable breeders.  So many sections of our society feel compelled to bow to certain stereotypes and let those factors dictate the type of dog they choose to own.   Whether it's supposed tough guys with bully breeds, soccer moms with designer cross-breeds or the rich and famous with 'handbag' dogs, I agree wholeheartedly with A.J. that we need to move into the 21st century and let those stereotypes die once and for all.

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6 thoughts on “It’s OK for Big Guys to Have Small Dogs

  1. Allie

    Hi there, this is verrry cute, but of an unfortunate saying used by the presenter at the start though "It's not the size of the dog in the fight. it's the size of the fight in the dog" 😉

  2. Kathleen Wilson

    Good for him! My mom and I have always had a theory that real men like little dogs and he just proves it. I may have to become a Packers fan after this. 🙂

  3. Harold

    i have no problem walking my small shih tzu. if anything she attracts attention. and when i put her in her "front pack" and put on her helmet and doggles (both in pink!) and take her for a ride on the harley davidson, heads really turn!

  4. Zoe van Walsum

    Hi, Victoria. My name is Zoe van Walsum and I am into animal behaviour. However my choice about wether to do canine behaviour or all round behaviour has not be made. I love watching it's mm or the dog and I find your work fascinating. If you know of anyone else I can talk to about this carrer I would love to hear it.
    Thanks.

  5. Cheryl

    My husband is a big guy and we have a little dog, He is so gentle and great with him it just makes me love him even more! <3

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