Are you wondering which little dog is best for you? With us you get an overview of small dog breeds. We explain the advantages, characteristics, needs and diets of small dogs to you so that you can make the right decision. Then nothing stands in the way of a future with a dog.
Advantages of Small Breeds of Dogs
Space requirements: Whether in the apartment, on the bus or with the size of the ceiling – a small dog doesn’t need a lot of space. However, this does not automatically mean that small dogs also need less exercise. Each breed has its own individual requirements that the owner should cater to.
Out and about with your dog: When traveling , in hotels, in restaurants or when using public transport – you can often easily take a small dog with you everywhere.
Carrying the dog: You can pick up and carry a small dog faster than a large one. As dogs get older, they may no longer be able to climb stairs on their own. You should definitely consider this before buying a dog.
Costs: Whether a small or a large dog – everyone needs certain equipment and entails food, insurance and veterinary costs. It is only because of their smaller size that small dog breeds are not cheaper to keep.
Upbringing: There are also great breed-specific differences in training and working with dogs. Every dog, including the smallest breeds, needs a certain upbringing, consistency and a good bond with their caregiver. It is important that your personality matches that of the dog.
Older Age: Small breeds of dogs tend to get older than large ones.
Characteristics and needs of small breeds of dogs
It is often said that small breeds of dogs need much less exercise than large breeds and therefore do not need to be outside as often. However, this is not always the case and you should be aware of breed-specific and individual differences. The small breeds of dogs include many terriers and the dachshund, which are used for hunting in the past and still today.
Many breeds still tend to behave in a territorial, barking and hunting manner. One advantage is that you can do dog sports with many dogs that were previously used for work and they can also get excited about other activities. With the necessary education , they can become great companion dogs. Take a closer look at our overview with all small dog breeds and find out about the origins and history of the breeds
Health and Nutrition
Small dog breeds have a longer life expectancy on the shelf. However, it cannot be said in general that small breeds of dogs are more resilient. As with all dogs, certain breeds are more prone to certain diseases .
In small breeds, the luxation of the patella and the tendency towards tartar formation and other dental problems should be mentioned, among other things. As with any dog, owners should follow a diet that takes into account the dog’s individual nutritional needs.
Belittling and Other Problems
There is no question that small dogs are cute. When it comes to dog training, however, it is very important not to constantly belittle them and treat them like cuddly toys. It is not good for the dog if it can behave however it wants and if its owner quickly picks it up when there are problems. You should also not approve of him barking or growling at large dogs and praising him for his courage. Because just because a dog is small does not mean it can behave as it wants.
Other dog owners tend to crush their little four-legged friend with excessive severity and to reprimand them with every peep. This often happens with lively dog breeds like the Jack Russell Terrier and can lead to behavioral problems. If you have a small dog, it is important to find the mediocrity and not to pamper it too much or to boss it around too much.
Small Breeds of Dogs at a Glance
Here you will find an overview of small dog breeds with a shoulder height of up to 39 cm. From origin to character traits and nutrition, you will find out everything you need to know about the respective dog breed.
American Water Spaniel
Basset Bleu de Gascogne
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chinese crested dog
Coton de Tulear
German hunting terrier
English Toy Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Karelian Bear Dog
Mini Australian Shepard
Peruvian hairless dog
Welsh Corgi Pembroke
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