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Small Dog Breeds: Small Bodies, Big Hearts

By Terry Roberts

Newfoundland by DanDee ShotsThere are many different types of small dog breeds, each having their own unique characteristics and traits. Each dog, of course, is a unique individual, but generally most dogs of a given breed have more similarities than dissimilarities of behavior and personality. Although small dog breeds are often thought of as highly strung and yappy, this needn't be true at all as long as the dog is cared for correctly, given lots of love and attention, as well as good socialization and training. Small dogs may perhaps not adjust as well to boisterous children and toddlers, but they can do very well with older children and families. Generally, small dog breeds are just ten inches or less high at the shoulder. In most breeds, the male is slightly larger than the female, but the difference is generally small.

It's extremely easy to love small dogs, and one of their great advantages is that they don't take up too much room. But there are other, numerous reasons why a small dog is one of the best types of dog you can have in your life. No matter who you are, there is a type of pet that is small enough to fit easily into your life, but with a heart big enough to fill your days with joy. If you're thinking about getting a new pet, consider any of the small breeds of dogs that you can hold easily and enjoy to the full.

If necessary, a small animal can easily be carried from place to place, and, of course, they are easier to fit in the home as well. When you take your small dog out for a walk you don't have to be afraid all of the time that he's going to pull you over. If you have to travel, a small dog is easier to get in and out of the car, and at night he can snuggle into smaller spaces and still be wonderfully comfortable. All this means, of course, that little dogs are ideal for homes that are smaller and more compact in nature, but they are also perfect for those people with larger homes who don't want to fill all the space up with animals. And when you consider the very wide range of different small dog breeds to choose from - terriers, spaniels, chihuahuas, pomeranians, pugs, dachshunds, etc., etc. - it seems impossible not to find one that is just right for your needs and preferences.

There are many other small dog breeds available so you need to know exactly what you're looking for. You need to make sure that any new dog - whether a small one or not - fits in with your family, your living space and your lifestyle. Before making a final decision on the breed you want, make sure that you do some thorough research and talk to at least a couple of breeders to find just the right match for you and your family.

About the author: Terry Roberts is a professional translator and linguist, with a wide range of interests. To read more about small dog breeds - and about dogs in general - visit his website http://www.livingwithadog.com