Traits of Small Dog Breeds
If you’re thinking about adopting a small dog, Pug suggests to be aware because not all dogs are created equal. Each of the many small dog breeds offers a wide scope of characteristic traits. Contrary to popular belief, there is no “perfect breed.” The important thing in selecting the right small dog for you is to realize what you’re looking for in a dog and what you and your family are capable of raising.
One of the most important factors Pug recommends in selecting a dog is the breed’s ability to coexist happily with children. Not all small dogs have the fabled “Napoleon complex” in which their territoriality is exhibited in fierce barking and defense. Even among the dogs that are highly territorial, the ability to coexist with children is generally an easy one. Dogs known to do well with kids are small dog breeds like Pugs, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Beagles and Eskimo Dogs. Also, you might want to study some medium dogs. Remember, however, that dogs should feel safe in their own homes and that young children should never be left unsupervised with a dog. The Maltese, for example, has a lovely personality for living with children, but must be watched carefully because these dogs are dainty and can be easily injured by an overexcited child. When raising both dogs and kids, make sure your dog has a place to retreat that the child cannot reach, like a kennel or an elevated perch. If you have other dogs, consider getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, as they are excellently dogs for kids.
Training can be hard and if you plan on having a well-disciplined dog, it’s imperative to pick a breed that adapts well to training. Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Papillons, and Shetland Terriers are among some of the easiest small breeds to train. Intelligence and ease of training are not always synonymous in dogs. The Basenji, for example, is a highly intelligent dog, but his intelligence during training is typically geared towards mischief and Basenjis are known for outsmarting their owners.
For people with allergies, breeds like Basenjis, Chinese Cresteds, and Schnauzers are great because they don’t shed much. Long hair does not necessarily mean shedding and vice versa. The Havanese and Silky Terrier both wear long fur but shed very little, and the pug has very short fur but is known for leaving tiny little hairs on just about every surface. For people living in apartments, the ideal small dog breeds are ones that need little exercise and who have minimal watchdog behavior, as this leads to constant barking in busy apartment buildings. Perhaps the best apartment dog is the French Bulldog, who requires little exercise (his favorite recreational activity is cuddling) and who is usually unperturbed by visitors. Whatever your needs, there is bound to be the perfect small dog out there for you.