Seven Factors to Keep in Mind When Adopting a Small Dog Pet

There are many factors that come in to play while picking the right dog for you. An adorable face isn’t the only quality you should look for. Although an adorable face does go a long way, you should also take into consideration a number of other important points. Here we have laid out a short description of each point you should take into consideration when picking that perfect addition to your family.

After familiarizing yourself with these important factors, check out our links to some of the most popular small dog pets. We have provided details for each dog in every category discussed below. Also, please remember to visit us again in the future as we are always adding new small dog pets!

Size
Seeing that this is a small dog website you probably already have a small dog breed in mind. In that case it is just a question of how small you want to go. To fall into the small dog category a fully grown breed should generally weigh around twenty pounds and reach around fifteen inches in height. Some small dogs, such as the Chihuahua, weigh as little as six pounds, while the biggest of the small dog breeds can weigh in at around twenty-five pounds.

What you will want to take into consideration is how much weight you will be able to handle. Will you be carrying the dog with you at most times, or will you lead it on a leash? Will it sleep in the bed with you, or will you have a bed or house for it? These are questions that you will want to ask yourself.

Grooming and Maintenance

How much effort you have to put into a dogs grooming and maintenance may effect your decision picking out a small dog pet as they are all very different in this aspect. Some small dog pets may require a daily brushing regimen, while others may only require occasional coat maintenance. Some may need to have their ears, eyes, teeth, etc. checked or cleaned more regularly than others. It all depends on the breed and type of each small dog pet.

Maintenance also includes the amount of exercise the small dog pet gets. The amount of exercise a small dog gets will highly effect its overall health and well being. Some small dog pets require daily walks with plenty of romping around in an open space, while others are happy to have a short walk and play around a bit indoors. Each breed is different. Remember to keep the size of your home and property in mind while adopting a small dog pet.

Shedding

This is kind of a no-brainer. Long haired breeds are in most cases going to shed more than short haired breeds. Long hair will also be more noticeable on floors and clothing. Your short haired breeds will not shed as much, but their fur will not be as noticeable once it is shed. If you don’t mind cleaning up after your pet pretty regularly and you like the look of a long haired dog, then by all means get yourself one. If you want a smooth haired pet that doesn’t require a lot of clean up then your shorter haired dogs will probably be a better fit. Also take into consideration that each particular breed, regardless of their hair length, sheds differently, so research each one so you know what you are getting yourself into.

Allergies

Dander, not hair, triggers allergies. All dogs have dander. Dander are dead skin flakes that fall off the dog and get distributed on the floor, furniture, clothing, and in the air. When the dander is breathed in or makes contact with the eyes and allergic reaction can be triggered. Whether a reaction is triggered depends mostly on the allergies of each individual.

If you are allergic to dog dander then it is suggested that you research each breed in regards to the amount of dander they distribute. The smaller the dog, the less skin they will have and the less dander they will be able to produce. Also, dogs that shed less hair will most likely shed less dander, so this falls somewhat into the shedding category.

Be sure to spend a fair amount of time with the dog you have chosen before taking it home. This way you will know if any allergies are triggered by the particular small dog pet.

Temperament and Trainability

All dogs and breeds behave differently. The way a particular dog behaves usually depends heavily on how it is treated by its master, how it is trained, and what kind of environment it lives in. Whether you want a companion, a watchdog, a guard dog, a dog that is great with children, etc. will affect your decision in adopting a small dog pet.

Fortunately all small breeds can be taught commands, though some take much longer than others. If you don’t mind spending a lot of time or money training your dog then this will not be a huge factor in picking out a small dog pet. If you want a dog that will be trained very quickly then you should take this into consideration when researching each dog.

Most small dog pets are susceptible to developing “Small Dog Syndrome” if not trained and raised properly. Small dog syndrome can lead to behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggressive behavior.This can happen when the dog’s master is not clearly defined as the pack leader. Rules for the small dog pet must be clear and enforced. Small dog pets should not get away with behavior that a normal sized dog would not. This is avoidable with proper training.

Watchdog

Small dog breeds are not going to scare anyone away with their size, but their barks can work as an effective alert system if anyone comes nosing around your property. Every breed is different in their reaction to someone on their territory. Again, this will depend on personal preference. Do you want a dog that is sensitive to strangers and barks at any and everything or do you want a dog that simply growls or yips at a stranger? You’d be surprised but some small dog pets also make decent guard dogs as well!

Health Issues

Every small dog pet has a different life expectancy. Also, every small dog pet is susceptible to different health problems. Just because a small dog pet is susceptible to certain health problems does not mean that it is guaranteed to suffer them. Some health problems are avoidable through proper care, such as proper feeding and allowing the small dog pet to get plenty of exercise. Like humans, small dog pets can not avoid every health problem. Sometimes it just comes down to luck.

Ryan Ferguson is a small dog enthusiast. For more information on some of the most popular small dog pet breeds check out his website at [http://www.smalldogpets.com]

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