Looking for a canine companion that won’t become a humongous hound? Here’s our quick guide to diminutive dogs that you’ll often find in the classifieds.
The Chihuahua is a good dog for people who do not have much time or energy to groom or exercise the dog constantly. They love sitting in your lap and getting attention, and seem to love elderly people very much. Chihuahuas may be aggressive towards any person or animal outside their household. In this sense, they have a complete disregard for their own size.
Because of their small size, care must be taken not to step on Chihuahuas, as they do tend to get under your feet. Move slower to allow puppies to learn to move out of the way. You will need to spend some effort getting them house trained, and disciplining them so they do not become snappy and dominant.
Height: 6-9 inches
Weight: 2-6 pounds
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This little cutie will give you plenty of affection, is easy to train and is loyal. If you would like to own one of these spaniels, you should be prepared to spend some time on grooming as they need regular brushing and tend to shed a lot.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need human company and can develop behavioral problems if left alone a lot. You should also check for heart disease, as this breed is prone to this problem.
Height: 12-13 inches
Weight: 10-18 pounds
This lovely white bundle is intelligent and loves attention. Keeping his coat white and untangled will need some time and effort from you. In fact, their coat is best brushed daily. A great thing about their coats is that they are friendly to allergy sufferers and Maltese dogs do not shed much hair.
With regards to training, the Maltese dog may be hard to housebreak and needs ongoing discipline to stop behavioral problems stemming from being overindulged.
Height: 8-10 inches
Weight: 6-9 pounds
The Mini Pin is a high-energy dog who loves to play and would not hesitate to go after an intruder to protect you. However, because of his sense of adventure, you have to be careful that he does not take off at every opportunity.
Generally, the Miniature Pinscher is not recommended for people who are first time owners, or who have small children.
Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: 8-10 pounds
The pug is another breed that requires little grooming and exercise, though he does tend to shed a lot of hair. In addition, he gets on great with families and kids.
Because of his short snout, he needs air conditioning in hot climates as he can easily overheat. His snout also causes some wheezing and snoring, which can cause quite a few smiles.
Height: 12-14 inches
Weight: 13-20 pounds
There are several other small dog breeds you may consider owning. Always do some research on each breed so that you can match the breeds personality and instinct to your own personality and lifestyle.