Small Dog Breeds For Small
- By Ian White
Just because you live in a small home or apartment
doesnt mean you cant have a dog. There
are many small and toy breeds that make excellent
pets for small homes. But even small dogs like
variety and exercise, so it is important that you are
prepared to spend time with your dog, take her for
walks and ensure that she gets the best care. Once
you have made that commitment to yourself, you can
choose which breed of dog is most suitable to you and
Small dog breeds make the cutest puppies, and one of
the cutest small dog puppies around is the Maltese.
This popular small dog breed generally grows to no
more than six or seven pounds in weight, and has a
beautiful white coat. The Maltese is a very ancient
dog breed and has a strong constitution, though it
should not be kept in very hot areas, due to the
thick coat. The Maltese enjoys walks and is very
playful. A great companion if you want a lively
little pet and will enjoy the grooming chores.
Another delightful long haired small dog breed is the
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This lovely small dog
is as courtly as its name and weighs about twice as
much as a Maltese. The King Charles is a friendly and
sociable small dog, well known for giving a lifetime
of loyal attachment. This is the ideal dog if you
prefer to lead a quiet life.
Top of the line in long haired small dog breeds is
the Lowchen, as long as you enjoy spending long hours
brushing, and dont mind the hefty price tag.
The beautiful `Little Lion dog can cost around
$1000. A true indoors dog, the Lowchen is no exercise
fanatic but owners have reported `separation
anxiety to be a problem, so dont get this
dog breed if you are away for long hours every day.
If you want a pet with a shorter coat, try the
Miniature Fox Terrier. This lively little dog will
need lots of exercise, and appreciates having a
collection of toys. Fox terriers can be yappy, so
your pet may need to go to obedience school if she
annoys the neighbors. This is a healthy and low
maintenance dog breed, suitable for the owner who
just wants to enjoy having a pet without all the
A more sleek and elegant short haired pet is the
Italian Greyhound, and if you want a pet that enjoys
exercise, this is the dog breed for you. Owners
report that the Italian greyhound is a very well
behaved dog, but prone to stress, so it is not a
suitable pet where there are small children. This dog
breed grows to a height of about 15 inches but is
very lightweight around 5 pounds.
The Welsh Corgi is one of the classic small dog
breeds, and very popular with Queen Elizabeth II of
England. They will be popular with you, too, if you
want a playful, affectionate pet. The Welsh corgi
comes in two breeds, the Cardigan and the
Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire is smaller and more
popular than the Cardigan, but both make faithful
pets for small homes.
Finally, there is the ultimate small dog breed for
apartment living the Toy Poodle. Naturally
popular in Europe, the toy poodle is somewhat high
maintenance regarding its fluffy coat, but a
surprisingly undemanding pet. Toy poodles love to
play and appreciate having their own toys, but they
are easy to train and adapt to their owners. Like
most pets, the toy poodle prefers company to being
left alone, but if you spend a lot of time away from
home, perhaps you should think twice about getting a
Copyright © 2005, Ian White
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