Choosing a Small Dog

It is good to have some idea about the kind of canine you want before venturing out to get one for yourself. Although all dogs need care, there is some dissimilarity when it comes to size of the dog. This is bound to affect you and your family while the dog lives in your home.

 

On occasion big K-9s are not fully appreciated. Often, large K-9s are portrayed as having limitless energy and aggressive, this may not be the case all the time. Incidentally, some of the bigger dogs, particularly the giant dogs, tend to be well behaved. Exceptionally large breeds like the Newfoundlands, mastiffs, as well as Saint Bernards can be a difficult to care for even while they’re puppies – and this may be true of all puppies. However, once reach adulthood, they appear to settle down. With regard to the level of energy, giant dogs are more suitable for apartment living than their small and spunky terrier counterparts. These dogs are typically content with their daily walks and perhaps a couple of games of fetch. They often like to cuddle and are happy just hanging around your chair as you watch TV. Additionally, these dogs are actually want-to-be lap dogs since they enjoy laying their head on your lap for most of the day.

 

Nonetheless, giant breeds are not easy to care for. When you consider Saint Bernards, they tend to slobber a lot, and they also have many needs due to their sheer size. This can quite expensive since large K-9s like to eat a lot of treats. Additionally, as they grow they will require bigger crates, toys, grooming accessories, and kenneling – this means that taking care of them will be expensive. Big dogs are also prone to having more health problems. Common medical problems include hip dysplasia as well as joint and arthritic disorders. If a large breed is not bred with caution, it can be hazardous to the dog since it weighs so much.

 

Medium to large dogs have attributes of their own. They also have some of the disadvantages and advantages of big dogs. German shepherds, Border collies, Golden retrievers, and Labrador retrievers have similar characteristics. They tend to be generally active – they enjoy running, fetching, jumping, and other canine activities. These are great K-9s for someone who likes canine sports and enjoys a robust recreational life. These K-9s are great sporting and hiking companions, although they vary slightly in energy level and individual temperament. As they grow older, they tend to become calmer and turn into excellent house K-9s.

 

Small breeds are thought to be ideal companions. They can typically fit into a car or boat. Sometimes, they even travel with their owners on planes as well, if the crate that carries them can fit under the seat. This may be why frequent fliers opt for tiny dogs. In general, small dogs are the most convenient of all K-9s since they can be transported in a portable dog carrier. Nonetheless, the small size makes them vulnerable to other animals and people. A simple step would probably do no damage to a a standard poodle. But it could be enough to kill a tiny 4-pound Chihuahua.

 

Small dogs are also believed to be ideal companions for the elderly and well suited for apartment living. Although this is typically the case, when it comes to reality, smaller breeds are like big dogs in small bodies. In general, terriers are small, however they’re also intelligent and active. More than that, they’re headstrong, and they tend to have instinctive predatory drives. If you’re looking for an easy to raise dog or one that sleeps a lot, then the terrier is definitely not the right canine for you.

 

Small breeds are known to do well in apartments as companions to seniors. A daily walk or two is sufficient for them. Small companion dogs prefer a sedentary lifestyle, since that is the kind of environment that they’ve been used to and bred in for centuries. Their size gives them an advantage since crates and food bowls require less space, and they are easier to clean up after. In addition, it doesn’t cost as much to take care of them – their accessories are cheaper, and their grooming also costs less. But, small dogs also have veterinary issues that bigger dogs do not have. For instance, dental problems are something that needs regular attention in small canines. Moreover, treating small dogs are riskier, since they are sensitive to anesthesia.

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