Small Dogs – Different Breeds, Different Personalities

Small dog breeds are great pets, but since their personalities are all different, it’s a good idea to look at their individual characteristics to see if they fit with your lifestyle.

Pomeranians:

Pomeranians developed from a much larger dog breed and seem to have retained the mellow character. They are good with children if they have been raised with them from puppyhood. They are playful and active. They tend to bark and require daily grooming.

Pomeranian dog
Pomeranian dog

Chihuahuas:

Chihuahuas are an interesting small breed. I have raised several herds – and that is a good word for a group of chihuahuas – and their temperament is a bit different from other small dogs. They can be very aggressive towards other dog breeds. I adopted one chihuahua who kept attacking a German Shepherd who finally bit her.

Chihuahua
Chihuahua

After she got out of the hospital she went after him again. I ended up with her because she wasn’t going to quit attacking bigger dogs. Some chihuahuas will growl and nip at small children. Good points – chihuahuas are very loyal and affectionate. They don’t require as much exercise as other small breeds so they make ideal pets for apartment dwellers or older people. They are good with cats.

Boston Terrier:

Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier is a breed that originated in the United States of America. Good with children and other animals, the Boston terrier is a good small dog for families. They are suitable for any lifestyle. They can be aggressive chewers. Their short coat is easy to keep clean. Color and markings are important to distinguish this breed from the AKC standard.

Jack Russell Terrier:

Jackson Terrier
Jackson Terrier

It has its origins in fox hunting in England. This dog breed is only for the most active owners. They love to chase balls, can hop onto a table with ease and can be aggressive if not trained properly. Very intelligent and lively, they require a lot of attention and discipline.

Maltese:

Maltese
Maltese

It descends from dogs originating in the central Mediterranean area. This small dog breed can be very protective of its owner. It is not suitable for families with children because they are very fragile.

Shitzu/Shih Tzu:

Shitzu
Shitzu

It is a toy dog breed, which was developed in China. Good-natured and non-aggressive, these friendly little dogs make great family pets. They require daily brushing but their hair is non-shedding. brushing. Good with other animals.

Bichon Frise:

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise

It is a member of the toy dog group in the UK. These little dogs make good family pets. They are good with children as well as other animals. Very intelligent, easy to train and lively. Their coat doesn’t shred.

Dachshund:

Dachshund
Dachshund

It is also called a Wiener dog or a Sausage dog. Not a hound but a terrier bred to go after vermin, the breed is lively and affectionate. Good with family members but will become aggressive to children outside the family. They make good watchdogs and will bark frequently to alert their owners.

Pekinese:

Pekinese
Pekinese

It is a breed of toy dog, originating in China. Very fierce and loyal, these little dogs are not good around children or other animals. These are good dogs for the elderly. Their coats require a good deal of grooming.

Skye Terrier:

Skye Terrier
Skye Terrier

It is one of the most endangered native dogs in the UK. Great with children, okay with other dogs but not tolerant of cats. This unique breed makes a fine pet. Distrustful of strangers. The next step after selecting a breed is to find a reputable breeder.

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