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Q. What is the 'Napoleon Complex'? Which dogs are more prone to have it?

Answered By
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS

A. The Napoleon Complex has it origins based on the idea that individuals shorter in stature compensate for this lack of size by being overly aggressive.

In terms of dogs, some clients believe their small breed dogs are prone to being aggressive in order to exert their dominance over larger dogs or even humans. There is no proven evidence that smaller dogs or certain breeds are prone to suffering from small dog syndrome as it is commonly called. Training your dog, regardless of size, is the best approach when it comes to preventing undesired traits such as aggression, dominance and possessiveness of objects, areas or people


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