Types of Small House Dogs




If you have been considering getting a small dog, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide which one would suit you and your family best.

The individual types of small house dogs that are available vary as much in character as they do in looks. This gives a potential owner lots of choice about which type of small dog to go for.

The Advantages To Some Types Of Small Dogs

There are certain advantages to owning a small dog. One of the main advantages applies to people who live in the city or in small to medium apartments, where space is at a premium. Small dogs can often get enough exercise within the confines of an apartment. That said, every so often, a good walk in the outdoors is essential for any dog.

Small types of dogs are often very happy to sit on your lap and keep you company; something a Rottweiler may have trouble doing! Another major advantage to toy breeds is the overall cost of upkeep. Small dogs will usually eat very little in comparison to a big dog. Very often they have fewer health problems such as bad joints that larger dogs can suffer from. This can drastically keep vets bills down. Try doing a quick comparison of the cost to feed a big dog and a small type of dog. You will soon see how much less a small dog will cost you over a year!

Another consideration when deciding whether to get a small type of dog is what kind of temperament and look appeals to you. Some small dogs can be very aggressive and vocal whilst others can be very timid. How much grooming would you like to be doing over the course of a week? Some short haired terriers require just a quick brush now and again whilst breeds with longer coats will need grooming every day, sometimes twice a day especially around the face and rear end. If you like grooming your dogs, choose a longer haired breed. If the thought of grooming every day seems like a chore, definitely go for a low maintenance breed.

What Types of Small House Dogs Are There?

The American Kennel Club (AKC) categorizes small dogs into the ‘Toy’ breed of dogs. A full list of the different breeds can be found below. Highlighted breeds will take you to a more detailed description of the dog.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • Maltese
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Silky Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Whichever type of small house dog you choose, you can be sure you will have a good friend and companion who will become a fond member of the family.

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