The Best Small Dog Breed
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If you are looking for the best small dog breed because you will only need to give it half the care or attention of a bigger dog then think again.
Small dog normally means big character
There are many catagories of small dog breed usually under 25lbs and includes animals in the Toy Dog, Miniature and Terrier catagories.
Bred for many different roles such as vermin control or simply companion ‘lap-dog’s the best small dog breed therefore will be the one that sits best with your own lifestyle needs.
Like everything in life there are advantages and disadvantages to even the best small dog breed.
The main benefits to owning a small dog is that they take up less physical space which means they travel easier (Though this may be offset by high activity levels) and are great if you are living in a small area, as they often require less exercise than their larger cousins. This is especially true of the Toy breeds whose main purpose in life is to keep your lap warm and gaze adoringly at you.
Living costs are generally much less as small breeds tend to take small or extra small in everything, less food and cheaper vet bills can make a real difference on the budget in the long term .
Small breeds also make less mess and are physically easier to control or manage. An angry Chihuahua is only a formidable guardian in his own eyes, to everyone else he’s just the subject of an amusing upload on 'You Tube'
For the elderly and infirm a small dog is often just about as manageable as they can cope with, dogs such as the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier , Maltese or Pomerainian excel as companions as they dogs are easy to train, relish the affection and attention from their owners and can be housebroken to use a litter tray indoors.
There are disadvantages to small dogs and you will need to think about this if you are looking to find the best small dog breed for you.
Some small breeds are extremely active and have the stamina of a yak, they can yap like lunatics and tear round the house in a whirlwind offsetting any advantage of their diminutive stature in a small apartment.
Terriers especially can be very stubborn making training more difficult and though these traits aren’t necessarily bad, You just have to remember that you are looking for the best small dog breed FOR YOU.
Giving a Jack Russell to your Gran to keep her company at the old peoples home is a recipe for disaster, we don’t call them ‘Terrier...ists’ for nothing.
One area that you will need to be aware of are health problems specifically related to small breeds.
In general small dogs do live longer than larger breeds primarily because their bodies don’t have to work as hard as larger canines, therefore their organs and physiological systems stay in better shape for longer .
Like the very large breeds however these dogs can suffer from sometimes quite serious congential conditions.
Breeds with squashed up faces such as Pugs and Shih Tzus often have trouble breathing and frequently wheeze or snort. Whilst this may seem cute, in reality it is a serious condition highly stressful for the dog and needs to be treated.
Other common problems found in small dogs include a collapsed trachea, where the cartilage rings in the dogs windpipe start to collapse severely restricting airflow into the lungs.
Luxating patellas(where the kneecap is forced out of position causing pain or sometimes lameness) and
hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels owing to their fast metabolism.) are just some of the problems that some small dog breeds are particularly prone too.
Finally small size means small bones that are easily broken and such injuries make up more than their share of small dog health problems. Their tiny bones are sometimes easily broken, even when a small dog jumps off of the furniture onto a hard surface. As much as possible, try to cushion the normal launch spots by placing carpet and rugs underneath.
Small dogs tend to get underfoot more, and unlike the case with a larger animal, those tiny bones can easily be injured if the dog is accidentally stepped on. Many owners find the best solution is learning to "shuffle" around their dog and not lift their feet too high.
Although small dogs are typically long-lived, illness has even greater ramifications when it comes to small dog health problems. Many opportunistic illnesses like viruses and bacterial infections can take over a small dog's system much more quickly, causing them to go downhill rapidly.
Small dog breeds have been increasing in popularity over the last decade with the Yorkshire Terrier and Dachsund being firm favourites along side The Toy poodle amongst the top ten breeds registered annually by the American Kennel Club
Some of The best small dog breeds are particularly suitable for specific areas of your life.
If you are an allergy sufferer then low allergy/hypoallergenic small breeds include the Bichon Frise, Norfolk Terrier Italian Greyhound..
Good small breeds as family pets assuming young children and toddlers are fully supervised would include theBoston Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
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