The Daisy Dog is a mix. However, where most mixes combine two breeds to create something new, the Daisy Dog combines traits from three separate breeds. On the plus side, this means that the Daisy Dog can inherit positive characteristics from all three of its predecessors, which has contributed much to their status as outstanding canine companions. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Daisy Dog:
1. Considerable Variation
Mixes tend to be see a fair amount of variation because they inherit characteristics from both of their parent breeds. In the case of the Daisy Dog, this is even more true because the breed has been crossbred from not two but rather three separate breeds.
2. Crossbred from the Poodle
The Poodle is a very intelligent breed, so much so that it places behind the Border Collie and no other breed. Due to this, the Poodle can be trained to perform in a wide range of roles, which is one reason that it is so often associated with circus performances. The Standard Poodle is the first version of the Poodle, meaning that it is the source of both the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle.
3. Crossbred from the Bichon Frise
Once upon a time, the Bichon Frise was a popular choice for sailors who wanted to bring a canine companion with them onto their ships. In time, it became a popular companion for the European elite, which is why they can often be spotted in the paintings of the Spanish school. Amusingly, the Bichon Frise has what has been called a “cheerful” temperament, which explains why their owners so often choose to bring members of the breed on their outings.
4. Crossbred from the Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is named thus because the Chinese called it by the Chinese word for “lion,” not least because it was bred to look like representations of lions in Chinese art. To prevent confusion, the Shih Tzu is now called the Xi Shi Dog by modern Chinese people, which is a reference to a beautiful woman who played an important role in helping her home state of Yue make a comeback after being subjugated by the state of Wu.
5. Uncertain Origins
No one is sure about when the Daisy Dog came into existence. However, there is a good chance that it started becoming popular in the 1980s, which was when the designer dog started taking off because more and more people wanted dogs of particular breeds with desirable traits from other breeds.
6. Fond of Humans
The Poodle, the Bichon Frise, and the Shih Tzu are all popular choices for canine companions. As a result, it makes sense that the Daisy Dog would be fond of humans as well. In fact, the breed is so fond of human companionship that they shouldn’t be left on their own for prolonged periods of time.
7. Not a Good Choice for a Watchdog
On a semi-related note, the Daisy Dog is not a good choice for a watchdog. In part, this is because they tend to be friendly even towards strangers. Combined with the fact that they are not prone to barking, this means that the breed just isn’t watchdog material.
8. Relatively Easy to Train
A friendly nature combines with a keen intelligence to make the Daisy Dog relatively easy to train. However, this doesn’t mean that interested individuals can skip out on the basics. For example, they need to establish themselves as the boss if they want their Daisy Dogs to listen to them. Likewise, they should get their Daisy Dogs properly socialized to prevent potential behavioral issues in the future.
9. Responds Well to Positive Reinforcement
Generally speaking, the Daisy Dog responds well to positive reinforcement. As a result, interested individuals might want to look some of the training methods that fall into this category. One excellent example is clicker training, which is particularly helpful because it is relatively easy to set up and easy to use.
10. Needs Regular Exercise But Not Hyperactive
On a final note, the Daisy Dog is like most dogs in that it needs regular exercise to do its best. However, its small size means that its exercise requirements are not particularly strenuous by human standards, which should come as welcome news to dog owners who prefer to go at a more relaxed pace. One of the interesting things that distinguish the Daisy Dog from the stereotypical small dog is that they are not prone to being hyper-active, which is another point in their favor.