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Small Dog Breeds: Blended With Enormous Hearts And Personalities

Updated on November 10, 2015
The Yorkshire Terrier or "Yorkie," is one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world and for many good reasons!
The Yorkshire Terrier or "Yorkie," is one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world and for many good reasons!

Researching the different dog breeds is the best way to determine which dog will fit in with a particular lifestyle. Due to a lot of people dwelling in small apartments and homes, small dog breeds tend to be a favorite of those with space limitations. Dogs need ample room to run and play especially large dogs such as the Great Dane, Doberman, St. Bernard, and other bigger dog breeds.

Small Size Makes Everything Easier

Though many people love the looks and characteristics of larger dogs, many people find a smaller breed to be more suitable to their household. For a smaller dog such as a Chihuahua or a poodle, a small apartment is equivalent to living in a castle. Smaller breeds are perfect for more confined areas and most do not need nearly as much exercise as large dogs. When combining all of the awesome benefits of owning a smaller dog, many people prefer the characteristics of small dogs.

A small dog just makes more sense for those who are on a tight budget, with time and space restrictions. There are numerous different types of tiny dogs that are perfect for families with or without young children. If searching for the perfect small dog, it is always wise to consider the characteristics and historical behaviors of all small dog breeds towards small children.

Choose the Right Breed for Your Needs

Knowing how well a breed gets along around children is very important for families. Some types of dogs are just naturally intolerant towards small people. These dogs tend to be 'nippy' towards children and do not enjoy the companionship of tiny humans. A Dachshund is an example of a breed that might not be a wise choice for families with younger kids.

Generally a Dachshund is primarily only shy and nippy with unfamiliar strangers and children, but families should exercise caution with this breed. Please keep in mind that sometimes a breed will get a bad rap due to improper training or handling of a dog, and then bad rumors start to spread about the breed. This is why it is so important to thoroughly research any breed before getting one as a pet.

Good Choices for Families

The list of breeds that have stood the test of time with smaller children has quite a few remarkable dogs to choose from. One family favorite is the Beagle, which is well known for its loving and loyal nature. Other dogs that are considered to be on the list of small dog breeds good with kids are the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Shih Tzu, the Bichon Frise, Boston Terriers, Poodles, and of course the Maltese.

A few other favored family friendly pint sized dogs are the Brussels Griffon Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Mini Schnauzer, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Norwich Terriers, Pekinese, Papillon, Shetland Sheepdog, Pomeranian, and Havanese. Many of the dogs listed are referred to with different names, so here again; researching will help familiarize someone looking for a particular breed.

These dogs are certainly not the extended list of dogs that are considered among the best small dog breeds for families. When choosing from among the different breeds it is easy to find any color, shape, and size of small dog desired. Many of the smaller breeds have loving personalities that far outweigh their tiny little bodies. The best choice for a small dog is one that has desirable characteristics, coat length and colors, size, and most importantly, the intelligence required to be properly trained.

Training is Key

Training is essential for any size or breed of dog. Without proper guidance and training, any sized dog can wreak havoc on a home and its contents. Some of the dogs that have undesirable characteristics can be trained to behave properly. Pet owners should always remember that exercising a dog of any size is pivotal to their good behavior and happiness. If looking for a dog that is great with kids, be sure the kids will also be great with the dog.

Unfortunately, many dogs are euthanized each year for biting or nipping at children, with little regards as to why the incident occurred. Just as most people will not tolerate someone bullying them, dogs are also intolerant of having their ears and tails pulled, being kicked, or taunted in any other manner. Sure, some roughness may occur with small children underfoot; however, keeping an eye on both the two and four legged children in a household is the key to happy families and pets.

Learning as much as possible about proper training methods and having patience is important to make any dog breed a forever pet. Nothing is worse than seeing all of the dogs waiting to be adopted because their previous owners did not spend time training them to fit in. Remember that adopting saves lives, so always adopt when it is an option.


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