Small companion dogs often make many owners melt. What are their advantages? What are their dietary needs? How should we educate them? Our advices.
Why choose a small dog? These animals are full of vitality, sometimes a little more nervous than their larger counterparts, and they do not lack courage. They consume a small amount of food and are more easily transportable …
What do you call a little dog?
There is a wide variety of breeds of small dogs, which weigh from 1 to 15 kg. These small animals are often very close to their owners and accomplices with the children.
Thus, in the category of small dogs, we find “toys” (less than 5 kilos: chihuahua, yorkie…) and “mini” (from 5 to 10 kilos: pug, dachshund…).
The different breeds of small dogs
Small dogs are loving, loyal beings with a strong character. They make extremely docile companions when properly educated.
Among small dogs, there are strong and energetic breeds such as:
- the Jack Russel,
- the norwich terrier
- the little Spitz
- the dachshund
- Yorkshire Terrier
- the Shih Tzu
- the bichon frize
- the border terrier
Small dogs also have a strong personality, with a fair amount of mischief.
While breeds such as the Bulldog, the Cavalier King Charles and the Bichon are the most popular with owners seeking tranquility as well as companionship and affection.
What are the advantages of a small dog?
Often, adopting a small dog turns out to be the best solution for various reasons:
- They do not need a large living space, some people accept apartment living very well.
- They are easily transportable: small dogs have the advantage of being less bulky. You can buy a small carrying bag, which will make the travel more convenient.
- They cost less: the kibble budget for small dogs remains affordable as well as their accessories. As for grooming, it can be done on your own, without messing up the whole house and spending too much money.
How to educate a small dog?
In general, small dogs are known to be very active, intelligent and also quite cuddly. They are also very playful, athletic and docile, so they are perfect companions for children.
For all of these reasons, small dogs need to be educated that is both gentle and firm. They also need to be socialized from an early age.
Warning: we tend to want to spoil them by offering them a little too many treats, which can only harm their behavior and their health.
Do not hesitate to call on an educator or a dog club for the educational training of your dog. These lessons will allow your dog to practice a physical activity, as well as to create a fusional relationship with your four-legged companion.
What are the dietary requirements for a small dog?
Small dogs eat less than large dogs, but the quality of the food is better. Indeed, they have a fast metabolism due to their small stomachs.
It should be remembered that small dogs live longer (over 15 years) than medium and large dogs and are more exposed to the effects of old age. It is necessary to take care of its food balance and not to give too easily to it delicacies outside meals.