Small Dogs - Different Breeds, Different
- By Pat Schraier
Small dog breeds are great pets, but since their
personalities are all different, it's a good idea to
look at their individual characteristics to see if
they fit with your lifestyle.
Pomeranians developed from a much larger dog breed
and seem to have retained the mellow character. They
are good with children if they have been raised with
them from puppyhood. They are playful and active.
They tend to bark and require daily grooming.
Chihuahuas are an interesting small breed. I have
raised several herds - and that is a good word for a
group of chihuahuas - and their temperment is a bit
different from other small dogs. They can be very
aggressive towards other dog breeds. I adopted one
chihuahua who kept attacking a German Shepherd who
finally bit her. After she got out of the hospital
she went after him again. I ended up with her because
she wasn't going to quit attacking bigger dogs. Some
chihuahuas will growl and nip at small children. Good
points - chihuahuas are very loyal and affectionate.
They don't require as much exercise as other small
breeds so they make ideal pets for apartment dwellers
or older people. They are good with cats.
Good with children and other animals, the Boston
terrier is a good small dog for families. They are
suitable for any lifestyle. They can be aggressive
chewers. Their short coat is easy to keep clean.
Jack Russell Terrier:
This dog breed is only for the most active owners.
They love to chase balls, can hop onto a table with
ease and can be aggressive if not trained properly.
Very intelligent and lively, they require a lot of
attention and discipline.
This small dog breed can be very protective of its
owner. It is not suitable for families with children
because they are very fragile.
Shitzu or Shih tzu:
Good natured and non-aggressive, these friendly
little dogs make great family pets. They require
daily brushing but their hair is non-shedding. Good
with other animals.
These little dogs make good family pets. They are
good with children as well as other animals. Very
intelligent, easy to train and lively. Their coat
Not a hound but a terrier bred to go after vermin,
the breed is lively and affectionate. Good with
family members but will become aggressive to children
outside the family. They make good watchdogs and will
bark frequently to alert their owners.
Very fierce and loyal, these little dogs are not good
around children or other animals. These are good dogs
for the elderly. Their coats require a good deal of
Great with children, okay with other dogs but not
tolerant of cats. This unique breed makes a fine pet.
Distrustful of strangers.
The next step after selecting a breed is to find a
reputable breeder. To get more information, visit us
Pat Schraier has not only owned chihuahuas but a
cocker spaniel, a dachshund, a black lab, a boxer,
and a terrier mix. Visit the website http://www.dog-match.com for breed
information, health care and other resources.
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