Small Dog Coat: The Best Dressed Petite Pooches
What are Small Dog Coats?
The term “small” refers to the size of the dog. A miniature poodle might be considered small. Some dogs are smaller than others, but all small dogs have some features that make them desirable pets for families. They tend to be quiet, obedient, affectionate and playful.
There are many different types of small dogs. There are the miniature poodles, the chihuahuas, the terriers and other large breeds such as Great Danes or German Shepherds.
These dogs range from 10 pounds up to 150 pounds (70 kilograms).
Some of these dogs are very small, like the Chihuahua. Others are medium sized, like the miniature poodle.
Still others are larger than most people would consider small, such as the Great Dane or German Shepherd. All of these dogs share one thing in common: they’re all extremely cute!
Here’s a list of some popular small dog breeds:
What Are Their Features?
What do these dogs have in common?
They all have very distinct features that make them look so cute and cuddly. They also have some unique features that serve a purpose:
Little Size: All small dogs are, well, small. This makes them easier to handle and easier to carry around.
Unlike large dogs, they can be brought along when you travel in the car or on public transportation. They don’t need as much exercise either.
Shed Less: One thing most small dogs have in common is that they shed less than other dogs. This means you’ll spend less time cleaning up after them and more time playing with them.
The smaller the dog, the less it tends to shed. For example, a chihuahua might shed a few hairs after it plays but you probably won’t even notice. On the other hand, a great dane might shed enough hair to knit yourself a new sweater.
Friendly: Most small dogs are friendly and love people. They grow up getting a lot of attention and they expect it continue as adults.
Small dogs make excellent companions and are always interested in what you have to say. On top of that, small dogs are easier to handle and control. If you decide to take your dog out for a walk, you can hold onto their little harness and keep them from running off or crossing the street without looking both ways first.
Playful: These dogs need exercise to stay fit and healthy. For the most part, they’ll get that exercise playing with you!
Many small dogs seem to have endless energy and will happily chase a ball or Frisbee for hours. Some, such as the Chihuahua, were bred to hunt small animals such as rodents — they were bred to be energetic! Without enough exercise, these dogs may develop behavior problems such as biting at your heels.
Healthier: Due to generations of careful breeding, most small dogs are healthier than most large breeds. They’re less likely to suffer from hip dysplasia or digestive problems.
Of course, there are some exceptions so it’s still a good idea to look for a healthy diet and take your dog to the vet for regular checkups.
Lower Maintenance: Even the healthiest dog needs some maintenance. After all, they can’t groom themselves!
However, most small dogs require less maintenance than a large breed. For example, a Yorkshire Terrier only needs to be brushed a few times a week rather than every day.
What About Drawbacks?
Small dog owners are sometimes the target of ridicule by their peers. Many people believe that small dogs are more suited for women and that anyone who chooses one is less masculine. (
After all, only a sissy would want to cuddle with a dog instead of watching the game, right?
) Unfortunately, there are some health issues that seem to be more common in certain breeds. For example, if you have a Chihuahua, you may need to take them to the vet more often than other dog owners do because of heart problems.
On the whole, however, small dogs make excellent pets for adults and children alike.
Sources & references used in this article:
A matter of breeding: a biting history of pedigree dogs and how the quest for status has harmed Man’s best friend by M Fetty – 2009 – Bearport Publishing
3 Good Things Come in Small Packages by M Brandow – 2015 – books.google.com
Carmen dog by L Zizi – The Big Smallness: Niche Marketing, the American …, 2016 – books.google.com
Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, and Emily Brontë by MA Abate – The Big Smallness, 2016 – Routledge