For those who love dogs, but want to keep them inside or perhaps do not have much in the way of space for them can relax in knowing that there are small dog breeds perfect for many homes. Small dogs are just as trainable as larger one and many have their own advantages as well.
A small dog is one that weighs less than 22 pounds and is shorter than 16 inches. However, there are distinctive differences in the breeds and general behavior. This means that selecting a small breed takes more consideration than just size alone.
Small Dog Breeds
There are 94 small dog breeds and each of them has their own unique traits. The Chihuahua is the smallest standing at a mere 6 to 10 inches tall while weighing around 6 to 8 pounds. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier who stands up to 16 inches tall and can weigh as much as 36 pounds which puts them into the medium dog breeds.
Good Things about Small Dogs
There are lots of good things about all dogs, but small dogs do have their advantages.
Less Food: Because they are smaller, they consume less food than their medium and larger counterparts which makes small dogs in general cheaper to feed.
Ease of Transport: Basically, it’s a lot easier to carry around a small dog that a medium or large one. Try carrying around a St. Bernard as compared to a Chihuahua.
Maintenance: A small, short-haired dog requires very little maintenance compared to larger, longer-haired breeds that shed hair frequently. This is one reason why Chihuahuas are highly popular in apartments is that they shed very little and take up less room.
What is Good About Medium Dog Breeds?
Medium dog breeds like their smaller counterparts have their own distinct advantages as well. Like all dogs, they can be trained and each has their own temperament.
A medium size dog is one that weighs between 40 to 60 pounds and is taller in stature than their smaller counterparts. Their personality will depend in large part on their breed and home environment. But they do bring their own set of advantages.
Adaptable to Indoor Living: Like small dog breeds, the medium size ones can adapt to apartment life as well. However, they will need more exercise as they have larger muscles that need to stay in shape.
Less Maintenance than Larger Breeds: Generally speaking, the larger the dog the more you have to take care of them. Many medium size breeds require low to moderate maintenance depending on their breed, so choose the one that best suits your living conditions.
Toughness: Medium size dogs are well suited for play with children and don’t mind a bit of wrestling and good natured fun. The breeds that are gentle are perfect for hyperactive children.
All in all, there are advantages to all breeds of dogs, finding the right one for your needs will require more than just how they look. You will need to consider the size and breed of the dog to see if they are best for you.