Small dog breeds are increasing in popularity because they can be carried easily and fit in your lap. Bigger dogs are harder to bring along in the car and do not fit on a person’s lap very well. If you are looking for a small breed then perhaps you should consider one of these.
Top List of Small Dogs
- The French bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog related to the English and American bulldogs. This dog features a small but muscular body and offers an easygoing personality. This breed gets along well with everyone, including small children. This is a rare breed which hard to find. If you should decide you want one, you will probably be placed on a waiting list with other people who want to own one of these dogs. The French bulldog typically weighs between 16 and 28 pounds.
- The Papillon is a Spaniel breed and is the oldest of the toy spaniels. This small dog is always busy looking for something to do. If you are looking for a pet that will sit in your lap and watch television, this is not the right breed for you. This breeds name is French for butterfly and refers to his upright ears that resemble the outstretched wings of a butterfly. This breed acts tough, not having any idea that he only weighs four to nine pounds.
- The Pomeranian is a loyal dog who is gentle, nice and mellow. When they are properly socialized, Pomeranians get along well with other pets in the home. These feisty little dogs are known for attacking larger animals because they think they are bigger than they actually are. They are cocky and bold and feature a huge personality. Although small, the Pomeranian makes an excellent watch dog because it is very vocal. The Pomeranian weighs between three and seven pounds when full-grown.
- Part of the American Kennel Club’s Toy group, the Pug is a small dog with a muscular body. They are the clowns of the dog world, are loveable and want to be around their humans all the time. This breed thrives when it is the center of attention in the family. Pugs are very intelligent but can be challenging to train because of their stubbornness. The average pug weighs approximately 14 to 18 pounds when full-grown.
- The Shih Tzu gets along well with other animals making it an excellent choice for families with other pets. This dog is loyal and sociable. A Shih Tzu will thrive in a small apartment or on a large farm. Although small, this is a sturdy dog. The origin of the Shih Tzu is ancient, dating back to as early as 8,000 B. C. This companion dog weighs nine to 16 pounds when full-grown.
- The Toy Poodle was originally bred as a water dog but the toy poodle is accomplishedin many sports. Although most poodles are styled elaborately, this breed was originally bred with the intention to hunt waterfowl. There are actually three different sizes of poodles, the toy, the miniature and the standard poodle. Regardless to their size, the toy poodle is an intelligent and loving dog who likes to be close to his family. This elegant and clever companion dog can weigh between 5 and 10 pounds.
- The Yorkshire terrier is a dependable and caring dog that does not get along well with cats. They are suspicious of strangers and tend to bark at people they do not know as well as strange noises. They need a lot of attention from their family and do not like being alone for long periods. Although the Yorkshire terrier acts tough and can show aggression toward other dogs, they thrive on attention from their families. The average Yorkshire terrier weighs between four and six pounds.
The Bichon Frise is one of the most loyal breeds for families to own. This cute little dog is popular for its fluffy coat. It is friendly and plays well with other pets and children. These small dogs are often confused with small poodles. This breed is always white with black noses and black eyes. The Bichon Frise weighs between seven and 12 pounds when fully grown.
Height : The Bichon Frise stands approximately nine to 11 inches tall at its shoulders.
The Boston terrier is a family dog who is excellent with children and other pets. They are an intelligent breed. This type of dog needs toys that it can chew on otherwise it will cause damage to the items in your home with its constant chewing. Nicknamed the “American Gentleman” this dog features markings that are tuxedo-like. This dog weighs between 10 and 25 pounds when full grown.
Height : The Boston terrier stands between 12 and 15 inches tall at the shoulders.
The Chihuahua is charming because of his small stature, huge personality and various colors and markings. This breed does not tolerate small children very well. It is not the ideal choice of for families with young kids. The Chihuahua requires only minimal grooming and exercise.The Chihuahua weighs between three and six pounds when fully grown.
Height : The Chihuahua has a height of between six and nine inches tall at the shoulders.
Height : The French bulldog stands approximately 11 to 12 inches tall when fully grown.
Height : The Papillon dog breed stands eight to 11 inches tall at its shoulders when it is full-grown.
Height : This Pomeranian stands at an average of seven to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.
Height : When full-grown, the Pug will stand between 10 and 15 inches tall at the shoulders.
Height : The Shih Tzu stands nine to ten inches tall at the shoulders.
Height : The Toy Poodle stands approximately 10-inches tall at the shoulders.
Height : The Yorkshire terrier grows to be between eight and nine inches tall at the shoulders.
Reasons for Small Breeds
You may be wondering why there are so many people attracted to these small dog breeds. One of the biggest reasons that people want them is that they save space. If you live in a small apartment or home and want a pet, a small breed dog is the perfect fit. They also tend to have a longer lifespan than their larger counterparts do. Additionally, small dogs make great companions. They are small enough to take nearly any place and they love to go everyplace with their owners.
Health Problems Common in Small Breeds
Four conditions typically affect small dog breeds. These conditions include the following:
The first condition, patellar luxation occurs when a knee joint becomes dislocated and causes pain and limping. This condition is not always easy to detect in the small breeds because they have lighter bodies and can tolerate the pain and discomfort longer than the bigger breeds can.
The second concern, brachiocephalic problems can occur in dogs that have a squashed face appearance such as Shih Tzus and Pugs. Although this appearance is cute, it can cause breathing problems for these dogs. Symptoms include excessive panting, snorting and wheezing.
Additionally, birthing may be problematic for small dogs due to their narrow pelvis. Certain small breeds are more prone to birthing problems than others are. Cesarean sections performed by veterinarians are common with small breeds.
Finally, extreme temperatures are also a concern for small breeds. During cold weather, rapid body heat loss is a problem. During warm summer months, exposure to excessive heat can lead to death in smaller breeds. Their bodies have trouble adjusting to extreme changes in the environment and they are unable to tolerate temperature fluctuations very well.
Litter Training the Small Dog
Many owners of small dogs opt for litter box training versus taking them outside to relieve themselves. The biggest reason to do this is that their bodies have trouble adapting to extreme temperatures and small dogs have a hard time, especially in the cold weather. Litter training your small dog has both pros and cons.
On the upside, if you litter train your dog, you can leave him or her alone while you are at work, you do not have to take him or her outside during bad weather and your schedule will not be interrupted by having to take the dog outside. Additionally, you do not have to clean up the mess outside where it can sometimes be difficult to clean up without leaving a mess in the grass.
The downside to litter training your dog is that if you have cats, the animals may fight over the boxes. In addition, litter used for your dog will cost more than cat litter. Because the smell can be unpleasant after the dog relieves himself, it is essential that you have an out of the way place to put the box where people will not be offended by the odor.