What is the best small dog for a pet?
Delightful Toy and Miniature Breeds of Dogs That Will Bring Your Family Great Pleasure
Like many of us, you may wonder what miniature and toy dog breeds are available to bring home to be your family pet. There may be more than you’re aware of! Most the miniature and toy breeds are merely small counterparts of the same, but larger, breeds.
You may find it interesting to learn that dog breeds considered miniature or toys are actually both modern and ancient. They often are descended from breeds of dogs that have been around for literally centuries, so, in a sense, they are ancient, however some of them have come from purposefully breeding two or more breeds or inbreeding producing the miniature and toy dog breeds we have today, such as the Miniature Pinscher.
Another example would be the Italian Greyhound, which appears to be a small version of the Greyhound as it has the same talents as its larger breed.
You will want to choose carefully from the large selection of miniature and toy breeds of dogs, considering the pros and cons of each to be sure you get a dog that will suit your family and the lifestyle you lead. Something specific to consider about a toy breed of dog is that their extremely small size makes it quite difficult for a vet to treat them, since they don’t have any extra weight and can dehydrate quite easily. Toy breeds also can have a predisposition to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Here are some breeds of small dogs that people have found to make the best pets:
popular small dog breeds
The world’s smallest breed of dog is the Chihuahua (6″ to 11″). A Chihuahua has rather prominent, bulging eyes and ears that are erect, but soft. They are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Chihuahuas can get aggressive when provoked, but are typically very devoted and loving.
The Affenpinscher is a German breed that comes in the small size of 11 inches and with a weight of less than 5 pounds. They have a bit of a mischievous streak and sport a mustached muzzle with a coat that is rather rough. They are generally very playful but can be somewhat obstinate occasionally.
Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
This is a toy breed from Britain well known for its playful personality. Yorkies have soft, downy coats and are typically about 9 inches tall and weigh around 5 or 6 pounds. They get along well with people, are quite intelligent, and tend to be rather bold. They are black with patches of tan.
This is a Chinese breed and is also known as the ‘Chrysanthemum Dog’. It is characterized by a long billowing coat and high intelligence. Normally its height can go up to 11″. Shi Tzu’s are highly affectionate, sporty and courageous.
Other small breeds of dogs that are enjoyed by many are: Pug, Pomeranian, Pekingese, Papillion, Maltese Dog, Lhasa Apso, Havanese, French Bulldog, and Toy Poodle. These are by no means all the dogs that are available in toy and miniature varieties, but indeed many have enjoyed welcoming them into their families and delighted them in the years following their adoptions. If you’re a lover of small breeds of dogs, you will surely find one that will give you immense pleasure among all the varieties that are available to you.
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