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Living Small is Living Large

Having a small dog is a wonderful experience. Not only can they be cuddly companions who nestle in your lap, they can also be diligent watchdogs too. It just depends on what breed you choose.

Every breed has its own personality and little quirks. It’s those quirks that make each one so special. However, there are some common traits between every small breed, no matter how unique their personality.

Common ground

Small dogs are great all ‘round, but if you live in an apartment in the city, they’re pretty much perfect. After all, they can be paper trained and even taught to go in a litter box for those times you can’t get home to go for a walk together.

Another advantage is that small dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds. This means you will have even more years to spend with your new special friend!

These breeds also tend to require less exercise. With such short legs, they can get a workout by running around your home or apartment. Of course, taking your dog outside isn’t just great for her, it’s a wonderful time for you two to bond.

That being said, small dogs use more energy per pound than larger breeds and require a diet high in energy to feed their lively behaviour. But since they’re so small, they will eat less which means your food bills will be smaller.

Small children and smaller dogs

It seems kids and dogs are made for each other. But young children may not quite grasp the difference between playing with a larger dog and playing with a small breed.

Where a lab or retriever can handle the roughhousing of the little ones, small dogs don’t have the size advantage of larger breeds.

Some small dogs can be less tolerant of children. If playtime gets a little too rambunctious, your small dog may get hurt and that might cause her to nip. So it’s important to keep an eye on playtime between kids and your pet.

Your dog, and the children adoring her, will thank you.