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Why to Get a Small Dog Vs a Big Dog?

Updated on February 17, 2012

Small Dogs have been a little controversial over the years. They have been referred to as rats, fru-fru, ankle-biters, and yappy. Some think all they do is run around and bark, and that they serve no purpose. Many think they are weak and don't add up to a real dog. However, a dog is a dog, and we are going to talk about some of the pros for getting a small dog.


The smaller the dog, the more convenient they are. Who wouldn't want a dog that can sleep in the bed with them, under the covers, without disturbing their slumber? Our dog is a YorkiePoo, which is half Yorkshire Terrier and half Poodle. Yorkiepoo's do not shed, and their hair is very soft and fine. They can end up being all sorts of colors but ours is black, brown, and grey. If you decide to get a standard Yorkshire, they can be up 7 lbs, but teacups are anywhere from 1 to 4 lbs. Small dogs can jump up on the couch and take up minimal space. They can ride in your car without taking up a seat, and even go in the store with you if you have a nice purse or bag to carry them in. Who needs to leave their dog at home when they get to go everywhere with you? They are easy to confine as well. A playpen or a baby gate will keep them from getting into things you don't want them to. Also, if they do get something they shouldn't be handling, they are not going to do much damage to whatever it is because their bite isn't as strong as a Rottweiler's or a Pitt Bull's. Little kids and older people enjoy their size as well. They can sit on their laps and lay with them without crushing their bones. If they need to be moved, anyone can move them or pick them up. Big dogs can ruin objects with their strong bites and high weight.


Caring for a small dog is much less taxing than caring for a large one. For instance, you can bathe them in the sink, rather than the bathtub or having to take them to a professional if you don't have a space large enough. Dogs tend to shake once they get wet. You will not have to change your entire outfit when bathing a smaller dog because you probably won't get dirty. Also, it is much easier to confine them while bathing them.

All dogs need to be brushed on a regular basis, but a small dog takes much less time to brush than a larger one. Also many large dogs shed a lot and small dogs won't shed as much if any. It is much easier to dry your small dog as well.

Experts advise us to brush our dogs teeth. Toothpaste comes cheaper when you use less. You will also save money when you can use the same toothbrush over and over again. A bigger dog will chew up your toothbrushes and cause you to buy more. With a little dog, you can sit on the couch and hold the toothbrush in your hand and let your pup chew it until the toothpaste is gone. A big dog is going to take a lot longer and once again, they will be harder to contain.

Most good dog owners will walk their dogs daily. This is always a good idea. Big dogs need to be exercised much more than the smaller ones. Lassie may need to run a mile or two a day, while To-to could get by on a brisk walk three or four times a week. Many people think that small dogs simply can't run or hike or do whatever it is that you think your big dog can do. This is not true. Small dogs can climb up a mountain or run a mile or two just like your big dog can. It may take longer and they may need a bit more rest but they can do it. If they get tired, they will stop and lay down, and then you can just carry them and keep moving. They know how much they can take. If you don't push them and let them take it at their own pace, you will be surprised at how much your little pup can do.


The smaller the pup, the less money you are going to have to spend. I feel bad for people who have to spend 30 bucks a month on food for their dogs. Our dog takes about 5 days to eat a can of food. She is 2 and half years old and is on her third bag of dry food. Every consumable your dog needs will cost less if you go through less. Shampoo, toothpaste, food, toys, treats, leashes, beds, and anything else than can wear down over time will cost less with a smaller pup. You can use that extra money to bless your pup with more treats or grooming or whatever it is that you feel your pup needs.


My favorite thing about small dogs is their appearance. How often have you heard people say, "I just wish he would stay a puppy forever" ? Well with a little dog, that is kind of what you get. Of course they do get a little bit of a more mature look overtime, but overall they mostly look the same. Grooming can also keep them looking young; Just ask for a "puppy cut". When you see a 3 pound pup walking at the park, you know you are going to have to ask how old it is because you don't have a clue. It could be 5 months or 5 years.That is exactly what we are looking for! Now if we could figure out how to get a teacup Golden Retriever we would be in business!

In conclusion, every dog deserves a loving home and a loving family to serve. Small dogs are just as effective in being a good dog as any other dog on the planet. Choose whichever dog you fall in love with, and don't discriminate against size. Big or Small, with proper care, training, and love you will have a perfect family pet. When looking for a family pet, try the shelters first. There are many purebred dogs just waiting on a good family to take them home before they are put to sleep. Take good care of them and remember to spay or neuter your pup in order to cut down on unwanted pets. I hope this was helpful in changing some stereotypes you may have on small dogs and if you have any questions please ask! Happy wagging!

Sweet Yorkie Playing


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    • thoughtdump profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Amen sherry! I forgot to mention that! Small dog, small poop and potty training was much easier with my yorkiepoo. If she made a mistake it sure was easy to clean up!

    • thoughtdump profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I am glad you agree Jkenny! I also have a labmix and hes the best but he comes with some cons. I prefer to stick with the pros if I can. Although, we found him on the side of the road so we didn't have much of a choice but I love them both!

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Good points all, I have 3 little dogs and one big one. Thank goodness my 130 pound Rottie is well behaved, she wouldn't get away with acting like my little 14 pound Pugsund. With a big dog even playfullness can seem scary or aggressive. The other thing is small dogs, small poop.

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      James Kenny 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi thoughtdump, liked the hub. Totally agree with you, I have a little Jack Russell, and she's really easy to look after. Whereas, when I go to my Nan's house, I'm confronted with two massive Pointers, the one's alright, but the other gets a little too excited and can be hard to control.


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