A child could be a sissy, or a kennel-sitting kibble dog, or an active and loving pet.
We take a look at some of the most popular breeds and consider the pros and cons of each.
What are the pros of sissy-dwelling dogs?
Sissy-dogs are the closest thing to purebred dogs that we have.
They are more intelligent than their siblings and have more social skills.
They may be more likely to bond with people and other dogs and to enjoy being around other dogs, so they are a better fit for a family with children.
The sissy breeds have a long and distinguished history, with names like Alsatian, French Bulldog, and Irish Terrier all taking their names from a dog.
The breed’s popularity has waned in recent decades, though some sissy breeders still maintain a small breeding base in Australia and the US.
The popularity of sissies is not limited to pets, though.
Studies have found that they are well-suited to people and children, with studies showing that the more people a dog is around, the more likely it is to socialise and play well with other people.
In a study published in the Journal of Animal Science in 2017, researchers from the University of Melbourne found that sissy dogs were as social as dogs of similar size, and were equally likely to socialize with people, play with children, and have playful behaviours.
What do they look like?
Sissies are a small breed, measuring about 10cm long and weighing between 7 and 12kg, and are usually brown, tan, or grey in colour.
The ears and muzzle are usually straight, and the nose is pointed.
The face is short, with a broad nose and an upright mouth.
There is a bit of a chink to the face at the top of the skull, but otherwise the sissy is a straight-backed dog with a strong chin.
They have long and slender ears, which are angled at an angle to the skull.
The mouth is flat and usually slightly curved, and is often a rounded shape.
Their eyes are large and usually almond shaped.
The nose is slightly wider than the mouth and is pointed, and they have a prominent nose tip.
There are two distinct sides of the head, with the upper one being longer than the lower one, and usually wider than either the upper or lower front teeth.
The back of the sissie is typically flat and generally straight, with two curved areas that extend beyond the ears.
Sissie breeds have more grey hair than their white and brown counterparts, and can be slightly larger than a Labrador Retriever.
The coat is light grey with white or light brown markings on the sides and front.
Sissy dogs are typically shorter than other breeds and have a short coat, which can be curled up into a loose, cuddly bun.
Can sissiedogs be trusted?
They can be.
Research shows that sissying can be a good bonding experience for a dog, with puppies showing positive emotional and behavioural outcomes.
However, sissified dogs are also more likely than other dogs to bite, which is not something they should be allowed to do.
The main thing to remember is that puppies are not always safe, especially when sissing with other dogs.
They should be confined in a home or a quiet place.
If a dog does bite, don’t chase them away.
Take them to the vet immediately and make sure they are getting the treatment they need.
They need to be checked for their heart, lungs, blood pressure, and other vital signs.
The only thing that you should be concerned about is that your dog might bite or injure someone else.