Top 10 Small Dog Breeds
Small dog breeds are the babies of the dog world. Everyone loves the small dog breeds because they are so cute and cuddly. Yes, the small breeds melt everyone’s hearts.
It is very important that human beings do some research on a dog breed and their requirements before they decide to adopt or buy them, whether the dog belongs to a small dog breed, a medium dog breed or a large dog breed. Just because your dog is tiny doesn’t mean you can keep him or her stuck in an apartment all day.
There is a rumor that small dog breeds are “easier” to live with and maintain. This is absolutely incorrect in all sorts of ways. Just because a dog is labeled as a small dog breed does not mean that they do not need much exercise in their lives. In fact, sometimes small dog breeds need to be able to have at least one hour of active time with their humans or other dogs in order for them to maintain a healthy mental and physical state. Our dog, Bunk, falls into that category, and despite going to day care for twelve hours a day and five days a week, he has plenty of energy remaining. We still need to walk him a couple of times a week to keep him calm and anxiety free.
There is another rumor that small dog breeds are easier to groom. This, also, is absolutely incorrect. Just like large dog breeds and medium dog breeds, individual dogs that fall under the small dog breed category have different kinds of hair or fur that they will shed differently depending on their own genes.
Small dog breeds are prone to getting the small dog syndrome. This is when a dog tries to make up for it’s small size by being dominant and stubborn. It is very important that owners train their small dog breeds from a very young age to make sure that this does not happen with their dogs! They need to learn and understand that the human is the leader of the pack. You need to be confident around small dog breeds because they need to have that consistent figure in their lives.
Finally, there are a lot of humans out there who do not trust the abilities of the small dog breeds and judge them given the way they look! As a small dog breed owner, we feel it necessary to defend the small dog breeds’ position. Small dog breeds, such as Dachshunds and Chihuahuas can be amazing watch dogs because they are mostly barkers. They might not be guard dogs but they will make enough noise to get you out of danger in record time.
Of course, everyone still loves the small dog breeds because their love, friendship and cuteness more than makes up for their time consuming needs.
Here is a list of some of the most common small dog breeds that you will hear about in the dog community. Please keep in mind that there are more than one hundred small dog breeds and this list is not comprehensive.
Maltese are one of the most famous small dog breeds. They are easily recognizable with their long and straight coat, which always needs to look prim and proper (or else it might get tangled and matted!). They are not heavy shedders, which makes them a great option for those who are allergic to dogs. They are also very friendly with children, other dogs and even cats, which makes this small breed a very popular breed amongst ones with families and other pets. Maltese like spending a lot of time with their humans are don’t do so well when let alone for long periods of time. People who want to get small dog breeds like the Maltese must research their genealogy because over breeding has caused behavioral problems in some Maltese.
9. Boston Terriers
Boston Terriers are considered part of the small dog breeds. They make great family pets because they are friendly and get along well with most children who are mature enough to understand that a Boston needs his privacy while eating. Boston Terriers shed and need to be brushed down a couple of times a week to keep their hair from getting into everything in your house. Boston Terriers are great examples of small dog breeds that need to lead an active life. A Boston Terrier is filled with energy and if they are not allowed to run around every single day, they will develop anxiety. An anxious Boston Terrier can become destructive and chew on your clothes, shoes and even the couch! In general, even without anxiety, Boston Terriers love to chew and so it is a good idea to give them a chew toy that can keep them mentally stimulated.
As pug owners, we strongly believe that pugs are the best of the small dog breed. How can someone not love them? They have wrinkly faces, little legs, a curly tail and a hanging tongue. Pugs, part of the small dog breeds’ family, are really the laughing stock of the internet. Just like many other small dog breeds, pugs are known for being really head strong and stubborn. That being said, there is no pug out there who does not love treats and so they are always more than willing to please those with treats! The pugs are known to be the noisiest of the small breed dogs because their muzzles are small and they tend to snore, snort, fart (not related to the muzzle) and create all sorts of strange noises. If you are considering buying these adorable dogs, you need to accept them for who they are.
Pomeranians are known to be a very adorable member of the small dog breeds family. They are know for their gentleness and soft-hearts even though sometimes they can be quite noisy! This gentleness makes Pomeranians great with kids and an amazing choice for a family dog. One thing to consider is that Pomeranians do shed a lot and so if you are allergic to dander and such you might not be able to adopt them. Make sure to do your research.
As part of the small dog breeds, the Chihuahuas really pack a lot of punch in the small space that they take up. They are known for having massive attitudes. In fact, Chihuahuas are not recommended for families with small children because they might nip if a child who does not understand their boundaries passes those boundaries. They can also be very noisy at times which makes their training very important. These are things you want to think about you want them to be apartment dogs. While the Chihuahua can be demanding and loud, they can also be extremely affectionate and a great companion dog. Sometimes, they even make friends with cats and other small animals.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the most popular small dog breeds. They have the reputation of being less aggressive than most of the other terrier dogs. They are very playful dogs who love to hang out with their humans and sniff everything since they are very curious. This curiousness comes at a cost. Sometimes Miniature Schnauzers might be too curious and bark at everything that is coming your way, a smell or a person. Since they have a very friendly nature, Miniature Schnauzers do well with families that have children (even those ones with small children!).
5. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is considered one of the most adorable small dog breeds. They are very friendly creatures and are very gentle with children. These qualities make them a great family dog for those with children of all ages. Shih Tzu have a coat that needs to be groomed regularly since it can grow really long and get matted. They are a very loving and trustworthy friend that needs to have a home where they will be taken good care of!
4. Miniature Poodle
The Miniature Poodle might be the shiest of the small dog breeds. They like giving all their attention to one person and not always feel comfortable in front of tons of different people. That being said, they get along great with small children and older children, as well as with other dogs and pets in general. This makes them a great choice for a family dog. They are also considered to be hypoallergenic which is great for those who might be allergic to dogs.
Dachshunds are very popular members of the small dog breeds community since they are excellent watch dogs. They were bred to eliminate vermin, which is extremely unique for small dog breeds. The Dachshunds are very attached to their owners and want to be with them at all times. This is why, leaving them alone for large periods of time is probably not a good idea. Even though their small legs and short bodies might look like they will not be as active, they love to move around with their humans. They also are prone to obesity so it is a good idea to give them a lot of activity every single day.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier has been ranked by the America Kennel Association as the tenth most registered dog in America. They have come second place for two years as well. It is very much expected then that they are a very sought after member of the small dog family. They are very curious and love to go on adventures with their humans. They also have a beautiful, silky coat that needs to be cut from time to time to maintain it and avoid matting. They take their job of being a laptop very seriously.
1. French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs are incredibly popular and everyone loves them. They are goofy, fun, and love people. They are great with families and love small children. They do not like being left alone, so it is very important that you keep this in mind if you work long hours and are not able to send them to a doggie daycare.