Small Dog Breeds Suitable for Small Homes

October 10, 2009

If you have always wanted a dog but feel because you live in a smaller home or apartment it would not be fair to the animal you may wish to reconsider. There are a large number of toy and smaller breeds of dogs that are perfectly content and happy living in smaller places. Whether you choose a large or small dog they all need exercise and companionship. Dogs are very social animals and love to go on walks to see and smell different things. This keeps them happy and from getting bored. Many large dogs require a long walk or run for exercise but most of the little fellows are usually happy with a short walk to keep from becoming bored. Some other advantages to having a small dog are; they make great lap dogs, are easy to take places, if they share your bed you still have room to stretch out and they are less expensive to feed. Once you are committed to accepting the responsibility of owning a small dog, check out different breeds until you find one that best suites your lifestyle.ChihuahuaGingerPiesFirstLitter4Boys1

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

The King Charles Spaniels are definitely a dog that loves affection and curling up in your lap. They are happy, friendly and great with children and other animals. These little fellows are very adaptable to a hectic or calm household. A weekly brushing will keep them looking great.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a very tiny dog that usually does not weight over 6 or 7 pounds and are best suited to older children. There are two varieties of Chihuahua, which are long coats and smooth coats. Brushing them once a week will keep shedding to a minimum. These small dogs are extremely devoted and loyal to their master. An alert, happy and active dog, their average life expectancy is approximately thirteen years.

Toy Poodles

The toy poodle is another great choice for an apartment or small home. They are very intelligent, easy to train and adapt well into quiet or busy households. These lively, happy dogs love playing and being with their family. Poodles do not shed so they require brushing a few times weekly, bathing and trimming, every four to six weeks. Their average life span is eleven years.

Maltese

These adorable little dogs not only want but also need to spend time with their owners. They are only four to six pounds and usually white in color with beautiful dark eyes. These wonderful family dogs love being both inside and outside. They require daily walks or exercise and brushing a couple of times weekly. Their average life span is thirteen years.

Shih Tzu

These little dogs are fantastic family dogs that love people and playing but do require a moderate amount of exercise daily. Because of their long hair, daily brushing is required. The Shih Tzu’s average life span is thirteen years.

Learn as much as possible about the breed of dog you are interested in and talk to several breeders or people that own them. In addition, there are animal rescue organizations that are looking for homes for many small breeds of dogs. You can find a lot of information about this on the internet or locally.

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