Small Dog Breeds

June 9th, 2009

A Dog is a man’s best friend. This phrase is not as simple as it seems, and has an intrinsic meaning to it. There are several reasons a dog lover can give for this incredible bond between humans and dogs like a dog’s faithfulness, their unconditional love and their faithful companionship regardless of our nature and social status. A dog never threatens to leave us, always protects us and forgives us easily. The link between humans and dogs has been profound for hundreds of years now and dogs are an integral part of many households, not only in rural areas but also in towns and cities. A dog fits easily into a family and thrives on love and care. Though any breed of dog is suited for households, a medium size or a small size dog is well suited for towns and cities where space is an everlasting problem.

There are numerous small dog breeds like Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Chihuahua, Pug, Toy Poodle, Silky Terrier, Yorkshire terrier, Maltese, Shih Tzu, etc with most popular in recent times being the Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Chihuahua and Shih Tzu. Small dog breeds adapt well to our busy schedules and live longer than large dogs. Another reason for increasing popularity of small dogs is that, they are cute, attractive and they can be easily taken along, anywhere and are also allowed in airlines.

An important point needed to be kept in mind is the training of small dogs. Training helps to transform an animal into a pet who can adjust to our hectic lives. Small dogs show a wide range of behavioural patterns, some dogs are submissive and are controlled easily while some are dominant and initially are tough to control. Small dogs seldom have strange habits like climbing beds, scratching floors, doors and glasses, and many a times they pester you until you play with them. At times, small god breeds might also show separation anxiety. Thus, is it very important to teach and train a dog just as we teach etiquettes to our children during the early stages of their lives. Puppies get best acquainted to the environment in which they live in early stages of their lives and hence its best to keep and train a dog in the house where it will spend his life.
When a dog is properly trained, it can help in many activities like fetching the newspaper, picking dropped items, locating missing articles, etc. There are several books and tutorials that help to train dogs and if you are too busy with your work there are several training schools for dogs which can do the task for you.
A very important part of our relation with dogs is the way we care for them, showing love and care towards your dog makes him more affectionate towards you and instils faithfulness towards his master. Activities like feeding your dog at proper time, grooming him well, protecting him, playing with him are few of the ways to solidify the relation we have with our faithful friend. Thus it is important that if you have a dog in your house you should treat him with love and not consider him as someone who does not require your care and affection. All these things become all the more important in the case of small dog breeds because they can be much more affection-seeking than larger dogs. Besides, smaller dogs are more insecure and demand more care and attention on the part of the owner. Thus, if you have loads of time on hand and you are looking for the perfect companion, then you must go in to a kennel and get yourself a small dog today itself!