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A Dog Fire Hydrant Potty Is Your Lawn’s Best Friend

A Dog Fire Hydrant Potty Is Your Lawn’s Best Friend

Dog Fire Hydrant

Every dog owner has been frustrated at some point with their pooch urinating somewhere in their yard or outdoor space that they shouldn’t. This can often lead to damage and smells which aren’t fun to get rid of. A dog fire hydrant is an uncommon yet extremely useful solution for this very common problem.

The Problem With Pee
A dog’s urine has a very high nitrogen content which can easily lead to lawn damage. Areas of grass that have been peed on multiple times will turn brown which can be a major pain to deal with and an eyesore. This is actually known as lawn burn since the nitrogen in the urine scalds the grass.

Of course there are many other areas where dogs may like to relieve themselves that may not be to your liking, this often especially true with male dogs that use urine to scent mark their territory. Flower and vegetable gardens, car tires, concrete, garage walls, children’s play areas, and even the side of the house may be at risk for your pooch raising his leg.
Dog Fire Hydrant

 

Create A Spot
The easiest solution for you and your pet is to create a spot for them to do their business and mark their territory that is convenient for the both of you. A fun and functional option is a dog fire hydrant post. Everyone one knows the classic image of a male dog peeing on a fire hydrant and luckily you don’t need to live in the city to be able to have your very own. There are many manufacturers who offer replica hydrants made specifically for both adding some fun garden décor to your yard and as a place for your dog to do its thing.

Dog Fire Hydant

Male Or Female It Doesn’t Matter
A dog fire hydrant potty is not just for male dogs but can be used with females as well. While of they are not going to lift their leg and spray, a hydrant can be an excellent visual marker for where you want your dog regardless of its sex, to use the bathroom.

If you are having trouble training your pet to use the area you may want to consider using an attractant spray which will let them know it’s okay to “go” in the spot where you have placed your hydrant. Some owners will actually place their dog fire hydrant on top of a puppy pad indoors to get them used to using it and then gradually move it to a spot outside.

Dog Fire Hydrant

 

Choices To Make Both Owners and Pooches Happy
Hydrants come in a few different materials depending on what you are looking for. Resin and metal options usually cost a little more but many are hand-painted and crafted to give them an extremely realistic or even vintage look which can really add to the overall appearance of your space.

There are also plastic models that are less expensive for those whose canine only requires a basic dog fire hydrant to pee on. Of course whatever type or material you choose you should occasionally give it a good hosing down with water.

Dog Fire Hydrant

 

Storage Space
Some hydrants can be opened allowing you to use the hollow inside for storage. This can be really convenient for keeping poop bags, and other dog-related items and accessories. Some people will even use it as a poop container. Filling it with sand or gravel can be a good idea to make it sturdier so that your hydrant can stand up to high winds and heavy snow. If you choose to do this you may want to leave a little space for storage at the top as well.

Dog Fire Hydrant

 

Indoors?
Since the dog and fire hydrant go together so well, replicas are often purchased for those who have pet-related businesses or other dog owners as a piece of indoor décor (not for the dog to urinate on). When used inside the house, hydrants with storage often make an adorable place to keep dog food and treats along with other pet supplies.

Dog Fire Hydrant

 

Outdoor Placement

Where you place your hydrant will determine where pooch uses the potty so you’ll want to decide wisely. An area with good drainage is always preferred and if you don’t have one you can always create it using materials like gravel, river rocks, or fine sand.

You may want to consider a spot that is close to your garbage cans for easy waste disposal and away from your garden or lawn to avoid any damage. A dog kennel or run, can often look quite bare and adding a dog pee fire hydrant can help to add some playful personality and of course a spot for pets to relieve themselves.

Dog Fire Hydrant

To protect your lawn, garden and yard, while creating a landmark for your dog to use for its potty area, a replica hydrant is a fun and good looking option. Whether for male or female pets, owners who want storage or an interesting accent, a hydrant is a conversation piece that will work well.

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Dog Gates Make Your Life Easy!

Dog Gates Make Your Life Easy!

Dog Gates

While we all love our dogs, we don’t always love what they get up to in our homes or apartments when we are not around.  Dog gates come in many different types, sizes, and with many convenient features. Yet even with so much to choose from, each one is of course made to provide a barrier that keeps your pets right where you want them. This is not only convenient and can make daily life much easier but often a necessary part of owning a pooch. So here’s a guide to help you learn all the basics.

The Top Reasons  To Use Dog Gates 
-Keep your dog out of certain rooms

Many dog owners don’t want or trust their dog in certain rooms of the house either all the time or when unsupervised.  Whether it’s your office, bedroom, or living room there is a lot of damage a dog can do when their owner is out.  Dog gates are an easy way to confine your dog to one room or keep it out of another.Dog Gates

 

-Keep your dog and cat separate

If your cat and dog don’t get along dog gates is a necessity.  However, even if they do, they are the best way to keep your dog out of your cat’s litter box and away from the cat’s food.  Unless they are very tall dog gates can also almost always be jumped by cats but not by dogs.  This allows your cat can go wherever it wants, while your dog can’t.  Some even have small doors just for your cat.

-Keep multiple dogs separate

As owners of multiple dogs know, dogs don’t always get along.  Dog gates allow you to keep your dogs separate, giving them each their own separate space which prevents fights as well as rough play which can end in injuries and of course your things being broken.
Dog Gates

-Keep your house cleaner

Keeping your dog in a certain area means less dog hair, muddy paw prints or messy accidents to clean up in other areas of the house.

-Keep your dog on one level of the house

Dog gates are also an excellent way to keep your dog only on one level of your home.  Using one to block them from going up or downstairs will keep them out of rooms on a whole floor or level.

Dog Gates

 

-Keep your dog safe

Dog gates are also a great way to keep dogs safe.  Many owners use them to block the stairs preventing older dogs from falling or slipping.  And of course if your dog is a chewer using a dog gate can prevent it from getting into rooms where it can chew on electrical cords or items which could be toxic.

-Keep your dog confined but not too confined

Using a dog gate allows you to keep it confined but still with space to move and  of course lounge around without being nearly as confined as it would be if it were left in a dog kennel.

-Keep yourself stress and worry free

Not having to worry about your dogs safety, the safety of your possessions and furniture, and of course what kind of mess your dog is making in your home, is a huge weight off any dog owner’s shoulders, and one which allows you to go about your day feeling great.

Dog Gates

 

Dog Gate Materials

Gates typically come in 3 materials: wood, plastic, or metal. Some are combination of more than one. Wooden dog gates are the most popular because of their durability, fairly light weight and the fact that wood is naturally good looking.  There are actually wooden varieties of every type of dog gate.  Metal is also a good looking option and is most often used in walk-thru gates or gates for larger dogs.  Plastic is a light weight and inexpensive option however it is only used with pressure mounted gates and for small or medium dogs.

Dog Gates

 

Dog Gate Sizes

Before purchasing any dog gate you need to measure the space or doorway in which you are planning to use it.  While virtually all dog gates will fit in a standard sized doorway and even larger depending on the type you choose, you may need an extra wide dog gate in order to fit a very wide space or a tall gate to keep in your large dog.

Extra Wide Dog Gates

For dog owners who have an extra wide doorway, entryway, or hallway to block you will need an extra wide dog gate.  Extra wide gates are usually either walk-thru gates, freestanding gates, or expansion gates many of which can open to more than 80” wide.

Dog Gates

 

Tall Dog Gates

Large dog breeds or medium sized dogs that are good jumpers require a tall dog gate to keep them out of trouble.  The sturdiest types of tall gates are the walk-thru variety because they are securely mounted in the door frame as well as the free standing type as they have sturdy feet to keep them upright.  Most are around 36” high and made form metal or wood.

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The Many Different Types of Dog Gates
Pressure Mounted Gates

These are by far the most common dog gates purchased by dog owners.  These gates usually have a wooden frame with either plastic or wire mesh to keep your dog from getting through.  They also can be all plastic and sometimes metal.  Pressure mounted dog gates are spread out to the width of your doorway and then easily locked in place.  They are lightweight which makes them very easy to carry, setup, or put away as well as very inexpensive starting at around $15 U.S.

Dog Gates

This type is also easy to adjust so you can use it with different door frames of different sizes in your home.  Most pressure mounted dog gates are around 24” high and can extend from about 26-42” depending on the brand. When purchasing one make sure that you buy a model which has bumpers which are advertised as non-marking, as you don’t want your gate to leave marks on your door frame.  Keep in mind that while this type of dog gate is simple and easy to remove, you don’t remove it every time you enter or leave the room, you step over it instead.

Dog Gates

 

Walk-Thru Gates

A more permanent option, walk-thru gates, are pressure or tension mounted on either side, and have a door in the center allowing you to walk through.  These are a good idea for home owners who want to leave their gate in one doorway for an extended period of time and don’t want to deal with the hassle of stepping over it every time they enter or leave the room.  The fact that you don’t have to step over them makes them much safer than other types of gates because you’re not at risk for falling down.   They are an especially smart and safe idea for use at the top of a staircase because stepping over another type of gate could end in a serious injury from falling down the stairs.

Dog Gates

Installing a walk-thru gate also makes it easy for you to let your pet into the room when you want to because all you have to do is open the door, as opposed to having to lift your pet over it or take the entire gate out of the doorway. This type fits all normal door frame sizes and there are extra-wide and extra tall versions available too. Walk-thru gates are very popular with large dog owners because they come in sizes high enough so that big dogs are not to be able to get over and are very tough.  They are usually either made from wood or different types of metal and have bars instead of using mesh panels.   It always a good idea to choose a model which locks easily and that has a door which swings both ways.

Dog Gates

 

Free Standing Dog Gates

Another option which many owners like and are very popular are free standing gates.  These are more expensive than other types of gates but are much more luxurious looking and can compliment your home very well as they are usually made from various beautiful hardwoods like walnut and cherry.  Free standing dog gates have two feet, one on each side to hold it up and have 2-3 panels which you can spread apart until the gate is the length you need.  They can be placed inside your door frame, just in front, or behind it, it’s up to you.  Many people actually purchase them to use in a hallway or a double-door entry.

 

Dog Gates

This type of gate often can extend to cover a much longer area than your door frame depending on how many panels it has.   A small free standing gate can usually fit a door frame as small as 26” and open up to around 40” while some extra wide gates can extend to around about 80”.  When buying one, make sure to purchase a model that has rubber feet so your floor will not get scratched when moving the gate.  A good option for someone who does not want to step over the gate every time they go in and out, are models which have a walk through door which allows the owner to open it and walk through but that locks when you close it so your dog cannot.  Another good feature to look for is that the gate can fold together for easy storage.  Free standing dog gates do require assembly; however it’s pretty easy and should take only about 10-20 minutes.

 

Dog Gates

 

Modular Free Standing Dog Gates

Also called folding gates, convertible gates, or configurable gates, these gates are also freestanding but a little different.  They don’t have feet and are made up of double hinged panels which can be placed straight, configured to fit in odd spaces, or even to form a pen around your dog.  Light weight and easy to move, you can also fold one panel onto another for easy storage.

Dog Gates

This type is also normally made from good-looking hardwoods and can both function to keep your dog in a certain room and also compliment your home as well. Most modular free standing dog gates don’t require any assembly and can conveniently be used right out of the box.

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Expansion Swing Dog Gates  

Perfect for wide doorways or hallways, expansion gates can expand from the width of a normal doorway to one which is extra-wide.  They are convenient to use because the whole gate swings open in both directions and functions as a door which is easy to open, close, and lock even with one hand.  Expansion dog gates are made from wood and come with mounting hardware which usually only require a screwdriver to mount in the door frame or wall.

Dog Gates

Because they swing open its important to purchase one with a rubber base so that it does not scratch your floor.  Another good feature that many gates have which is very convenient is that they can be lifted right out of the hinges or mounts and quickly stored.  Most expanding dog gates are around 32-33” tall and many can open up to around 84” wide.  They are a good option because they are cheaper than freestanding gates but can still provide the length of extra wide dog gates.

Dog Gates

 

***Dog Gate Tips***

-Dog gates also function as gates for small children. So whether you are expecting kids in the future or have them already, installing a dog gate can function to keep both your dog and children out of trouble.  In fact many of the gates designed for big dogs are much sturdier than the ones made for kids anyway.

-When using a pressure mounted dog gate drawing a small line next to the correct notch for your doorway is a quick and easy way to remember what setting to use without wasting anytime.  You could even use different colors for different sized doorways.

Dog Gates

-If you have a large dog or one which is a good jumper and have a pressure mounted gate, walk-thru gate, or expansion gate, installing it a few inches higher from ground level, but not high enough for your dog to get under, will give you a few inched of height for free.

–  If you own one of the small dog breeds make sure the bars of the model you purchase are close enough so as not to let your dog get through.

Dog Gates

–  When purchasing a dog gate for a puppy that will in the future become a large dog, choosing one that you can use when the dog is full grown as well is a smart idea that will save you from having to buy more than one gate as your puppy grows.

–  Free standing dog gates are an excellent way to block off expensive items in your home.  You can use them to keep your curious child or dog away from speakers, TV’s, and other things that would be easy to knock down and very expensive to replace.

Dog Gates

–  If you want to confine your dog to one room while you are out, the kitchen is usually the best as messes and accidents are easier to clean up on non-carpeted kitchen floor.

–  When using any dog gate its always a good idea to leave dog beds, toys, or bones for your pet to enjoy while you are away.

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Small Dog Breeds: The Ultimate Resource Guide

Small Dog Breeds: The Ultimate Resource Guide

Small Dog Breeds

From the Chihuahua to the Yorkie there are small dog breeds of every different color, shape, and personality type. There are small fluffy dog breeds, small dog breeds good with kids, calm small dog breeds, in fact there is a small dog breed with almost any trait you desire.  But before you decide on what breed you ultimately want, here are a few reasons why small dogs are the choice of millions of dog owners worldwide.

Owning a small dog means everything is smaller! 
Smaller Bills

One of the most obvious advantages of owning a small dog is the fact that everything is cheaper.  And depending where you live, this can mean saving a ton of money.  Just the amount of cash you save on dog food alone over a year, not to mention the lifetime of your pet adds up to a lot.  Small dog breeds also cost less to maintain in many ways not just food. Take the vet for example: shots, medicines, and medical procedures are way cheaper for smaller dogs.  Even such things as toys, dog beds and dog kennels cost much less because they don’t have to be as large or as durable as they would with larger breeds.  Small Dog Breeds

Smaller Amount Of  Exercise

While many small dog breeds like the Jack Russell for example, are definitely high-energy and do need daily exercise, the amount required by small dogs is much less than with medium or large breeds.  Where a larger dog might need a full hour of jogging or walking every day, many small dogs only require a good indoor play session or walk or two around the block.

Smaller Amount Of Time To Maintain  

Because small dogs have smaller bodies they are much easier to maintain and look after.  They leave less hair around the house, leave less to pick up when going to the bathroom, and take way less time to bathe and wash.  Even if your dog needs to be groomed frequently its way easier and way less time consuming than having to do so for a bigger dog.

Small Dog Breeds
-Smaller Amount Of  Space

Sure its great to have a large yard for your dog to run and play in or a big house but the small dog breeds simply don’t need it.  An apartment is the perfect place for any of the small  dog breeds so if you don’t have a huge space don’t despair. While an small apartment might seem like a shoe box for a big dog, for a small one its often more than enough and more like a mansion.

Sometimes Less Is More!

Every dog breed has a purpose.  For some its tracking down game, others it could be guarding homes and property, while other dogs were made to herd farm animals.  Many of the small dog breeds were actually made to specifically be companion dogs.  Their job is to love their masters and family unconditionally as well as provide a lifetime companionship.  Of course all dogs regardless of breed can do so, but small dogs do have big hearts and offer a love and friendship which is eternal.

Here are the amazing breeds that make up this amazing group of pint-sized pooches:                                                                          

                            Small Dog Breeds List

Beagle

Country of Origin:  England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  The Beagle is one of the most recognizable small dog breeds.  It actually looks very similar to its larger relatives the Fox Hound and the Harrier but it’s much smaller.  It has short muscular legs, long ears, and a dome shaped head.  There are really 2 types of Beagle one with a rough coat and the other with a smooth coat, but both coat types are short and very easy to take care of with a quick brushing a few times per week.  They are most often tri-colored(white, brown, and black) like most other hounds.

Size: From 18-30 pounds(8-13.5 kg.) and 13-16 inches(33-40.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Because the Beagle is a dog that was made to hunt in packs it loves to be around other dogs and humans.  This makes it one of the best small dog breeds for families.  This is especially true of families with small children to which the Beagle is both loving but also very tolerant.  They are great with other dogs and always ready to play, but not extremely energetic like some of the terriers.  Beagles do however need a moderate amount of exercise.

Uses:  The Beagle is a hound and was made for tracking rabbits and pheasants.  A long time ago the Beagle was actually carried on horseback by hunters following the larger hounds.  The portable little Beagle would be set down when the hunters were close to the action or when the quarry entered thick brush.  Their noses are so good that they are often seen being uses as service dogs, in airports sniffing out narcotics and helping on rescue missions.  Because they have such a lovely dispositions they make excellent companion dogs as well.

 

 

Bichon Frise

Country of Origin:  France Small Dog BreedsDescription: One of the small fluffy dog breeds these dogs are often compared to a cotton ball  or powder puff especially when it is clipped like a Poodle.  The Bichon Frise, has a  white curly outer coat and soft and silky undercoat.  Their name in French actually means, “fluffy white dog.”  Sometimes their coat can have grey or cream markings.  This coat does needs brushing at least a few times per week.  They have round dark eyes which really stand out against their coats.

Size:  7 to 12 pounds(3-5 kg.) and about 12 inches(30.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  While this breed does have a lot energy it is usually only in short bursts.  However,  these dogs do still require a daily walk.  They are intelligent, learn very quickly, and friendly to everyone including other dogs, animals, and strangers.

Uses:  Originally these were really the dogs of the Spanish sailors, then companion dogs of the Italian nobles as a result of trading, and finally popularized in France as a circus dog because they easily learned tricks and were just so likable and cute.  These dogs obviously make excellent companions and are one of the best breeds for families with small children.

 

Border Terrier

Country of Origin: On the border of both Scotland and England hence its name the Border Terrier.

Small Dog BreedsDescription:  The Border Terrier is the smallest dog in the terrier group and comes in red, pepper and salt, reddish blue, and wheat colored.  They have a broad head yet short muzzle and small v-shaped ears that fall forwards.  This dog has a thick double coat which is both weather and dirt-resistant.

Size:  Usually weighing between 13-15 pounds(6-7 kg.) and only about 10 inches(25.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Very intelligent, this breed loves children. The Border Terrier is easy to teach and excels at agility.  This lively little breed is the favorite of many dog owners especially in the U.K.   

Uses:  A  fox hunting dog, the Border Terrier was also used to hunt other small game such as martens, and was often used when other hunting terriers were to big fit into the burrow of the quarry.  Its small size and bold personality made it perfect for this job, however it is also a great companion dog and does well in an apartment when given daily exercise.

 

Boston Terrier

Country of Origin: USA Small Dog BreedsDescription:  This dog originated in Boston, Massachusetts. unlike its ancestors which were the Boxer, Bulldog, French Bulldog, and the Bull Terrier.  They have a handsome appearance and are very popular.  The Boston Terrier is sometimes called the “American Gentleman,” because of its striking black and white coat  that looks like a tuxedo.  While the chest and in-between the eyes of the Boston Terrier is white, the rest of the body can be black or brindle. They have small erect ears and a short and square muzzle. Like the Bulldog this breed does tend to snore.

Size: Anywhere from 15 -25 pounds(7-11 kg.) and 15-17 inches(38-43 cm.) high.

Personality:  This is a very well-behaved dog that is extremely loyal to its master.  The Boston Terrier is intelligent and one of the small dog breeds good with kids, making it an excellent choice for a family.   They make excellent watchdogs because they only tend to bark when very excited or when they hear suspicious sounds.  An energetic dog they need exercise, but not too much as they are prone to overheating.

Uses:  Originally bred for fighting they are now one of the most popular companion dogs in the U.S. and are great for apartment and city living.

 

Cairn Terrier

Country of Origin:  Scotland Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Known for playing Toto in The Wizard of Oz, the Cairn Terrier has the widest and shortest head of any terrier.  It has short strong legs and a long body.  These dogs have erect pointed ears and can range from light brown or red to almost black in color.  Its coat needs a good combining once a week.

Size:10-14 pounds(4.5-6.5 kg.) and up to 12 inches(30.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  High in energy, this small breed needs daily exercise.  They are good with kids, love to play, and are easily trained to do tricks.  The Cairn Terrier is also known for being very well-mannered when walked on a leash, unlike many other terriers which tend to pull and get very excited when walking.

Uses:  Now mostly used as a companion dog, this breed has been used for hundreds of years to hunt small game such as foxes, badgers, rabbits, and otters by digging into their dens.

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Country of Origin:  England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  This small spaniel has a flat head with high set and long ears.  The breed is known for its characteristic long hair on its feet.  It has large open nostrils as well as big dark colored eyes. Its coat is long and silky and even sometimes wavy, but never curly.

Size:  13 to 19 pounds(6-8.5 kg.) and 12-13 inches(30.5-33 cm.) tall.

Personality:  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very friendly, happy to meet dogs, other pets, and even strangers.  They are great with small children as they are a gentle breed, and love human interaction.  Unlike some other small dogs, they are very quiet and don’t bark often.

Uses:  While they can be used for hunting small game birds like all spaniels, and they do have excellent vision and smell, they have almost always been used as a companion dog.  This can be seen in the many paintings of them with royalty, the wealthy, and of course their namesake King Charles II, who was enamored with the breed and helped to make it so popular.

 

Chihuahua

Country of Origin:  Mexico Small Dog BreedsDescription:  The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world.  There are actually 2 types of this dog: the smooth-coated and the long-coated.  The only difference between the two is that the smooth-coated variety has short hair and the other long hair. While the smooth-coated Chihuahua only needs to be groomed about once a month, the long-coated type requires a brushing about once a week.  No matter which type, they both have large eyes, big erect ears, and an apple-shaped head.  Their bodies are longer than they are tall, with a tail that curves over their back.  Chihuahuas can be many different colors, but the most common are fawn(light brown), black (many times with white or tan markings), gray, and chocolate colored.  They are best kept indoors especially when it is cold because they cannot handle it well.  Many owners deal with this by purchasing dog coats to keep their Chihuahua snug and warm.

Size:  From 2 to 6 pounds(1-3 kg.) and 6-9 inches(15-23 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These tiny dogs have big hearts and really love their owners. They are known for being family dogs but usually becoming very attached to one person more than others in the household.  While they love to play care should be taken that its not too rough because they can be quite fragile.

Uses:  The Chihuahua is a companion dog.  It makes a great friend that is small enough to take anywhere and wants to be with its owner no matter what they are doing.

 

Dachshund

Country of Origin:  Germany Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Sometimes called a “wiener dog,” because of its elongated shape just like a hot dog, there are 3 different varieties: the short-haired, long-haired, and the wire-haired.  The long-haired variety does need to be groomed regularly.  There are also 2 different sizes: standard and miniature.  The Dachshund no matter what type or size, are all long-bodied with short legs. They have long heads and folded down ears which should reach their cheeks.  They are typically either solid in color or bi-colored.  The solid colored being either all yellow or all tan and the bi-colored being brown, black, or gray with light brown markings.

Size: Standard- around 20 pounds(9 kg.) and 8-9 inches(20.5-23 cm.) tall  Miniature- around 10 pounds(4.5 kg.) and 5-6 inches(13-15 cm.) tall.

Personality:  While all Dachshunds are high-energy dogs, they don’t really require too much exercise.  They are good family dogs and love children but not always ones with whom they are not familiar, as they can be stand-offish and nippy with strangers.  These little dogs regardless of their size, are fearless.

Uses:  The Dachshund’s excellent sense of smell, long body, and fearless nature, made it perfect for hunting animals in tunnels, burrows, and dens. And, they are still used to do so in may places today.  Dachshund actually means “badger dog,” in German.  They make good companion dogs, as well as watchdogs because they have a very loud bark.

 

French Bulldog

Country of Origin:  France Small Dog BreedsDescription:  The most distinct feature of this breed are its large bat-like ears.  French Bulldogs have wide chests, eyes which protrude slightly, and a small docked tail which is carried low.  Like other bulldogs they have very short noses, large heads and a wrinkled face.  These wrinkles need to be wiped cleaned frequently.  Because of their short nose, they do tend to snore. And because of their muzzle they also tend drool.  They are a dog which should be kept indoors because they are not very tolerant of the cold and tend to overheat if the weather is too hot. Their short coats are very low-maintenance and do not require frequent grooming.  Typically they are light brown, brindle, brindle and white, or all-white in color.

Size:  13-26 pounds(6-12 kg.) and around 12 inches(30.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  This is an intelligent breed that is easy to train.  Like other bulldogs they are not high energy.  However the French Bulldog is more active than its cousin the English Bulldog and does need at least some exercise everyday, but nothing intense.  The French Bulldog is very friendly with other dogs and animals.

Uses:  Originally lap dogs of the French elite, they still perform this task well with their friendly nature and small size. They also make good little watchdogs as well, and many love to hunt mice.

 

Jack Russell Terrier

Country of Origin: England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Created by Parson Jack Russell, this breed is sometimes called the Parson Russell Terrier.  There are two different types of Jack Russell: the smooth-haired and the wire-haired.  Both of these types are double coated to protect the dog when hunting in the field.  They have folded down v-shaped ears as well as a narrow chest to help them get into the burrows of animals, and short legs. The Jack Russell can be all white, white and brown, white and black, or white, brown, and black.  They are a a very long lived breed and many live for more than 15 years.

Size:  There is no actual standard for the Jack Russell Terrier however most weigh around 10 pounds(4.5 kg.) and stand about 9-16 inches(23-40.5 cm.) high at the shoulder.

Personality:  Very intelligent and independent, these dogs are known for being one of the most, if not the most energetic dog breed in the world.  They need at least a good hour of daily exercise to keep them happy.  If they don’t get it, they might use this energy to get into mischief in your home or apartment. While they are good with children, because of their very high energy level they are more suited towards families with older kids.  They are loyal and obedient dogs, but they do need firm training at an early age to teach them what their boundaries are.

Uses:  This dog’s boundless energy and small size was a big advantage when it came to hunting.  They could  dig into the burrows of small game faster than many other breeds, fit into tighter spaces, and and dispatch them with greater efficiency.  Also excellent fox hunters, they are tough,sturdy, and very fast despite their small size.

 

Lakeland Terrier

Country of Origin: England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  The Lakeland Terrier comes from the lake district of England, hence the name Lakeland.  Known for their good looks Lakeland Terriers have a long and elongated head with long hair that forms a beard.  They have small v-shaped ears and a thick wiry coat which protects it from the weather.  Their coats need to be combed at least once a week and can range in color from red, black, blue, brown, or wheaten.  They have long legs that help them to run fast and a narrow body which originally helped them get into tight spaces and burrows when hunting.

Size:  15-18 pounds(7-8 kg.) and about 14 1/2 inches (37 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Lakeland Terriers are a lively breed and therefore do best with an active family.  While they can be stubborn and independent, they are very affectionate and loving.  They can be aggressive to small animals because of their hunting background and some tend to be aggressive with other dogs as well.

Uses:  These terriers are adept at hunting game both in and out of the water as well as underground.  Originally used to hunt otters, badgers, and foxes, today they are most often used as a companion dog but can also make excellent watchdogs.

 

Lhasa Apso

Country of Origin:  Tibet   Small Dog BreedsDescription:  This dog is of the most well-known long haired small dog breeds.  It is famous for its long coat which covers its body and forms a long dark beard and moustache.  The Lhasa Apso’s also has long hair stemming from its ears as well.  Its tail is carried over its back and it has deeply set dark eyes.  The coat of this breed is strong, hard, and needs to be combed frequently.  They can be honey colored, sandy brown, slate, or even black.

Size:  13 to 15 pounds(6-7 kg.) and 10-11 inches(25.5-28 cm.) tall.

Personality:  The Lhasa Apso is a confident breed which means sometimes it can also be quite stubborn.  They are also a loyal dog that loves to stay by its master’s side.  It is often reserved with strangers and it can be good with children as long as they are not overly rough.

Uses:  This breed makes a good companion as well as watchdog.  With its excellent hearing, in the past it was used to guard the monasteries of Tibet where it was also considered to be good luck.

 

Maltese

Country of Origin:  Malta   Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Most recognizable by its gorgeous long white coat the Maltese is a great-looking dog.  Its coat should touch the ground and be pure white, as well as thick and shiny.  It’s this all white hair that makes its black nose and eyes stand out tremendously.  The tail should fall over its back and like its ears is covered with long hair.  The Maltese does need grooming daily to maintain its coat’s natural beauty.

Size:  From 6 to 9 pounds(3-4 kg.) and 8-10 inches(20.5-25.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These are smart dogs which are easily trained.  Owning a Maltese, you can rest assured your children will have a gentle and loving playmate who is not shy when it comes to showing its affection. Because of this, they are known worldwide for being  one of the small do breeds good with kids.  They are active little dogs so they will need at least a quick walk or play session every day.  Some do not get along well with other dogs.

Uses:  The Maltese is an ancient breed of dog and has always and will always be used as a both a lap and companion dog.  In fact it served both these functions for both Napoleon and Aristotle among a long list of  other well-known Maltese admirers.  Because they are an alert breed, they are good at sounding the alarm to let their family know if they hear a strange sound or see a suspicious person.

 

Manchester Terrier

Country of Origin:  England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Sometimes also called the Black and Tan Terrier, there is actually a toy version of this breed as well.  This is a sleek, lean, yet muscular dog.  It has a short coat that does not require regular maintenance and is always black and tan in color with v-shaped ears that are folded forward.

Size: 16-18 pounds(7-8 kg.) and 16 inches(40.5 cm.)  tall.

Personality:  These are very loyal dogs who are very devoted to their masters and family.  An interesting trait in this breed is that they are known to be amazingly clean and love to groom themselves constantly.  They are also very versatile and are happy both in an apartment or in the country and are easily trained.

Uses: This breed was nicknamed the “Rat Terrier,” because it was so proficient at killing rats and all types of rodents. Because of this skill combined with their pleasant personalities and small size, these dogs were very popular to keep in shops, houses, and on farms keeping the rodent population down while also providing a loyal companion.  They are also excellent rabbit hunters and because they usually only bark when they hear or see something suspicious, make good watchdogs as well.

 

Minature Bull Terrier

Country of Origin: England
Small Dog BreedsDescription:  This is the smaller version of the Bull Terrier. Probably the most distinct looking of all the dog breeds in the world it has an egg-shaped oval head, and is the only dog breed to have triangular shaped eyes.  Pound for pound Bull Terriers also have more muscle than any other breed.   They have erect triangular ears which stand up on their own and do not need to be cropped.  They are classified as either as: all white, white with other colors on its head,  or colored which could be brindle, black, brown, or tri-colored.  Some white bull terriers both standard and miniature are prone to deafness.

Size:  20 to 30 pounds(9-13.5 kg.) and 10-14 inches(25.5-35.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Not realizing it is the smaller type of the Bull Terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier is a ton of dog in a small package.  It has the same personality of its larger counterpart and is extremely loyal to its family and master.   This is a dog that needs to be around people, however it does need supervision when around children.  This is because it tends to get very excited and sometimes does not realize its own strength despite its small size.  These dogs need to be socialized when they are young so that they remain friendly with other dogs as well other pets.  They also can be very independent and stubborn so firm training and is a must.

Uses:  The Miniature Bull Terrier is a companion dog, despite its use in the past as a fighting dog.  They are great mouse and rat hunters and as well, and are also excellent watchdogs.

 

Miniature Pinscher

Country of Origin:  Germany Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Looking like a miniature Doberman this recognizable breed is often called the “Min Pin” for short. This breed has cropped(cut) ears and oval-shaped eyes.  They also have a short docked tail which is carried straight up.  Their coat is short, hard, shiny, and very low-maintenance.  The Min Pin can be: all black, chestnut, red, or  black and tan.  This breed is known for it high gait(similar to a trotting horse) despite its small size.

Size:  13 to 18 pounds(6-8 kg.) and 18-19 inches(45.5-48 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Sometimes stubborn, these dogs are at the top of the list when it comes to energy.  They are always ready to play and are much more athletic than almost all of the small dog breeds.  The Miniature Pinscher is very loyal to its master and can be a pleasure to own if you have the patience required to train them and don’t mind owning a smart dog which can sometimes be a little mischevous.

Uses:  While they started out as rat hunters, today they a companion dog which also makes a great watchdog as they are naturally alert.  Miniature Pinschers are also fearless will not hesitate to make use of their sharp teeth to defend their home or property.

 

Miniature and Toy Poodle

Country of origin:  Germany/France Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Both the Miniature Poodle and the Toy Poodle are smaller versions of the Standard Poodle.  All of which are one of the most recognizable dogs in the world.  They all have dense curly coats which don’t shed.  They are also the favorite of many dog owners who are actually allergic dogs because their coat is hypoallergenic.  This coat does grow out quickly and needs professional grooming on a regular basis.  All poodles should only be a single solid color which can be white, black, silver, brown, or cream.  With all coat colors the nose should be black except for brown colored dogs which have a brown or liver colored nose.

Size:  Miniature- Around 26 pounds(12 kg.) and between 10-14 inches(25.5 cm-35.5 cm.) tall Toy- About 15 pounds(7 kg.) and under 10 inches(25.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These are good-natured dogs that are great with children.  They are also very smart which means they are easy to train but also a confident dog.  Poodles of all sizes are very active dogs and need at least a good exercise or play session daily.

Uses:  While today it is a companion dog, in the past the Poodle was in the past actually used as a  water retriever because of its excellent swimming ability.  In fact the famous way in which the Poodle’s coat is clipped was actually first used by hunters to help the Poodle move through the water more efficiently while at the same time keeping their joints warm.  Many Miniature Poodles were used to help find truffles in the field and Toy Poodles were often see in circuses around the world because of how easy they are to train.

 

Miniature Schnauzer

Country of origin:  Germany Small Dog BreedsDescription:  The Miniature Schnauzer like all Schnauzers are most well-known for their long beard, eyebrows, and leg hair but short and wiry body hair.  They are aptly named, as Schnauzer actually means “small beard.”  They only need to be combed weekly and do not shed much which makes them a one of the more popular small dog breeds.  The Miniature Schnauzer can be all black, salt and pepper, or silver and black.

Size:  Between 12-15 pounds(5.5 -7 kg.) and 13-15 inches(33-38 cm.) high.

Personality:  This breed is different than many other terriers in that it generally gets along well with other dogs, pets, and animals.  They are a playful dog that is well-behaved and loving.  Easy to train, the Miniature Schnauzer is very adaptable and can live in an apartment or in the country.  However, it is best raised indoors as it is happiest when with its owners.

Uses:  The Miniature Schnauzer was developed as a small game hunter. It was an especially good rat hunter as well as a farm dog. While it still does both of these today, it is almost always used as a companion dog, and an extremely popular one at that.  They also are very good watchdogs as they are always alert.

 

Norwich Terrier

Country of Origin:  England

Small Dog Breeds Description:  The Norwich is one of the smallest terriers.  Despite its small size it is still a sturdy dog. It has a compact stocky little body with strong short legs.  The Norwich Terrier has stiff coarse hair which forms a double coat and needs a weekly combing. It is usually brown, salt and pepper, red, red wheat, or black and tan.  The ears are always upright and its tail is docked to 50% of its length.

Size:  Between 10-14 pounds(4.5-6.5 cm.) and 10 inches(25.5 cm.) high.

Personality: Lively and very affectionate, the Norwich Terrier makes an excellent apartment dog but it needs to be exercised daily.  The females have been known to be very protective of their puppies.

Uses:  Originally used for hunting small game in their burrows and dens, today it is mostly a companion dog.  This breed is the mascot of Cambridge University.

 

Papillon

Country of Origin:  Italy/France

Small Dog BreedsDescription:  This breed was named for its large erect ears which resemble the wings of a butterfly as Papillon means “butterfly” in French.  These very distinct ears have long and wavy yet fine hairs.  Their colored mask also helps to accentuate this butterfly look. They have a long tail that is carried over their body and looks similar to that of a squirrel’s.  The Papillon’s coat is one of 3 color types: brown and white, black and white, or black and white with tan.  Their coat allows them to deal with the heat quite well but not the cold.  It  does need a moderate amount of grooming.

Size:  9 to 10 pounds(4-4.5 kg.) and about 11 inches(28 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These dogs have a good amount of energy and love to play, but they do not require much exercise.  This breed does need to be socialized when young so it can get along with other dogs and pets.  Time and patience should be taken when training the Papillon because it can be quite stubborn and independent.

Uses:  The Papillon has and always will be a companion and lap dog. Because it is a also a very alert breed it does make a good watchdog as it is always ready to bark at something it finds suspicous.

 

Pekingese

Country of Origin:  China Small Dog BreedsDescription: Often described as looking like a little lion, the Pekingese has double coat with long straight hair.  This is a sturdy dog despite its size, that has a short nose and large dark eyes which are set far apart on its broad head. Its ears are long and heart-shaped. The Pekingese can be any color.  It needs to be groomed at least a few times a week and is not tolerant of the heat at all.  It should therefore be an indoor dog and kept cool.

Size:  8-10 pounds(3.5-4.5 kg.) and from 6 to 9 inches(15-23 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Very confident and courageous for its small size, the Pekingese is very loyal and affectionate to its family and master.  It is a good breed with children however this breed is known for its stubbornness, so patience is required when training.  A Pekingese make an excellent choice for someone living in an apartment because it not an active breed and only requires a minimal amount of exercise.

Uses:  This dog was once only allowed to be owned by royalty in China, and was actually treated like royalty themselves.  This was due to their lion-like looks which was a symbol of Buddha.  They have always been a lapdog and in China were actually carried in the large sleeves that were the fashion at that time. Despite being a lapdog as well as a companion dog, the Pekingese can also make a confident little watchdog as well because it is naturally alert.

 

Pomeranian

Country of Origin: Germany/Poland Small Dog BreedsDescription: As a member of the Spitz group of dogs, the Pomeranian looks like a typical Spitz only smaller with its curly tail, pointy small ears, dark eyes, and thick double coat.  This coat does need frequent grooming and is typically orange or red in color. However, the Pomeranian can actually also be white, gray, black, or uni-colored.

Size:  Around 11 pounds(5 kg.) and not more than 12 inches(30.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These are very energetic little dogs with a very lively personalities.  Despite how outgoing they are they do not require much exercise.  They are easy to train and obedient family dogs. This breed thrives when raised indoors closely with its owners.  The Pomeranian is good with children however some do tend to bark a lot, especially at strangers.

Uses:  In the past this breed was actually much larger than it is today, weighing in at around 30 pounds or so, and was used as a herding dog to round up sheep. It was also an able-bodied guard and watchdog.  Today’s Pomeranian being much smaller, is exclusively a companion dog and like the Bichon Frise is one of the most popular fluffy small dog breeds.  They do make good watch dogs and despite their small size are not afraid to defend their home if they feel  it is necessary.

 

Pug

Country of Origin:  China Small Dog Breeds Description: A very easy and low-maintenance breed, the Pug is a dense and muscular dog.  It has a small body yet large head with small folded ears and a short twisted tail that rests on its hindquarters.   The Pug has a short nose and a deep wrinkled forehead.  Its short, shiny coat only needs an occasional grooming and can be yellow, black, or silver.  However, all pugs no matter what color have a black mask on their face. Pugs should be kept indoors and out of high heat.

Size: 14-18 pounds(6.5-8 kg.) and 10-11 inches(25.5-28 cm.) tall.

Personality:  The Pug is a loving and affectionate breed.    They are very playful and friendly dogs both with people and animals.  However they may be suspicous of strangers.  A moderate walk or play session is all the Pug needs for a daily exercise session.

Uses:  The Pug was created to be a lap dog and but because of its sweet nature and the fact that it is every even tempered and easy to take care of,  it is now one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world, especially in Asia and the United States.

 

Scottish Terrier

Country of Origin:  Scotland Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Also known as the “Scottie”,  this breed is one of the most recognized small dog breeds in the world.  This small bodied dog has a distinct beard and long eyebrows which are a breed hallmark.   They have pointy ears that stand erect and large noses and teeth for a small dog.  Its double coat is very coarse and needs frequent combing to keep it looking good.  While most people believe these dogs are only black, they actually can be white or brindle as well.

Size: About 20 pounds(9 kg.) and 11 inches(28 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These dogs are unbeleivably courageous especially given theirr small size.  They are unafraid and brave in the face of any type of danger.  However, they are also known for being extremely gentle when it comes to dealing with children and are therefore an ideal family dog.  Many owners say their Scottie is a big dog in a small dog’s body.   The Scottish Terrier will do well in an apartment but because they are an active breed they do need daily exercise.

Uses:  With their strong little bodies and tenacious temperament these dogs were made for dealing with prey like badgers as well as rabbits and otters.  They are now mostly are very popular companion dogs because of how well they get along with children and of course their f.  They also make good watchdogs as they are naturally protective of their home and family.

 

Shetland Sheepdog

Country of Origin: Scotland Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Also known as the “Sheltie,” physically it looks very much a miniature version of the Collie.  It comes in 4 color varieties: brown and white, blue merle, black and white, and tri-color(black, brown, and white). This breed has a double coat. It has a rough outer coat which keeps out water and a soft undercoat which keeps it both cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Like the Collie it has a with a large amount of hair around the neck.

Size: Anywhere from 10-25 pounds(4.5 -11.5 kg.) and 13-16 inches(33-40.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  While it can be a little stubborn, this is a very smart breed.   It is warm and loving to its family yet may be reserved with strangers.   The Shetland Sheepdog is excellent with children and like most herding dogs has a great deal of energy.

Uses:  This is a great companion dog and unlike many small dog breeds the Shetland Sheepdog is a working dog.  Despite its small size it is an excellent herding dog capable of herding both small and large size livestock.  Because of their natural aversion to strangers than can make good watchdogs as well.

 

Shih-Tzu

Country of Origin:  China Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Known for its small size and long flowing straight hair, the Shih-Tzu is a very popular small breed. These dogs have wide skulls and short noses with a large space between their eyes.  Their ears are long and its tail is carried over its back.  The Shih- Tzu’s hair grows from all over its face creating not only a beard but a moustache as well.  Their long coat needs combing at least a few times a week and this breed should be kept indoors as it does not handle the heat or cold well.

Size:Not more than 14 pounds(6.5 kg.) or 10.5 inches(26.5 cm.) tall.

Personality: These are sweet and affectionate pets that are good with other small animals and other dogs. Shih-Tzus are perfect for families with small children because they are so gentle.  They are also very trusting, even with people they don’t know.  These dogs are an active breed that needs at least a short walk daily.

Uses:  Like the Pekingese the Shih-Tzu was revered by Buddhists because of the fact that it looked similar to a lion.  In fact its name actually means “lion dog.”   Because of this, it was considered a holy animal.  Now it is a lap and companion dog that is well-known worldwide.

 

Smooth Fox Terrier

Country of Origin: England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  While it is a small dog, the Smooth Fox Terrier has the strength in both its body and jaws of one which is much larger.  A thin but muscular breed it is white in color with black and or brown marks.  They have smooth short hair that is easy to maintain and only requires an occasional brushing.  The tail is usually docked to about 25% of its total length.

Size:  Around 16-18 pounds(7-8 kg.) and about 16 inches(40.5 cm.) tall.    

Personality:  This is an energetic dog that loves to play.  The Smooth Fox Terrier is also a very loving family dog and while it is good with small children, like many other terriers it may tend to not get along with other dogs.  This breed needs an exercise session daily to keep it happy.

Uses:  As you could probably guess from its name, this breed was originally used for fox hunting.  Small enough to get into a fox’s den as well as strong and tough enough to fight the fox to the death, they also were used to hunt many other types of small game too.  Because they are avid barker the Smooth Fox Terrier can also make a good watchdog for your home or apartment.

 

Tibetan Terrier

Country of Origin:  Tibet Small Dog Breeds Description:  While it is in the terrier group the Tibetan Terrier is not a true terrier, it was called this because its size was similar to that of terriers and the name stuck. It is actually one of the main breeds used to create the Shih-Tzu and the Lhasa Apso.  These compact dogs have long hair covering their eyes and body which helped them to stay warm in their native Tibet.  This double coat comes in almost every color and needs at least weekly grooming.  The Tibetan Terrier has large feet which functioned almost like snowshoes when walking and climbing in Tibet’s snowy conditions.

Size: 18-30 pounds(8-13.5) and 12-16 inches(30.5-40.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Usually reserved with strangers, they are very affectionate with their family and children.  They are a medium energy dog but don’t need as much exercise as many other terriers and are also not prone to be aggressive with other dogs or small animals.

Uses:  These dogs were originally kept in Tibetan monasteries and thought to bring good luck.  They are a companion dog but also make good watchdogs as they have a very loud and deep bark.

 

West Highland White Terrier

Country of Origin:  England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  This breed is actually the all-white version of the Cairn Terrier. Also known as the “Westie,” they are small yet tough dogs with  little erect ears and an all-white coat.  Their dense double coat is rough on the outside but soft on the inside.  There long tails were used by hunters to pull them out of holes when hunting.

Size: From 15-20 pounds(7-9 kg.) and about 12 inches(30.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These dogs are confident and friendly.  They are known to bark a lot and also for their fondness of digging.  They can be a little stubborn when it comes to training and do need daily exercise to help them use up their energy.  Westies make are great with the family especially kids, however they usually do not like small animals and will most likely consider them to be prey.

Uses:  Like the Cairn Terrier it was bred for hunting small game underground.  Today however it makes an excellent companion dog that does not need a lot of space.

 

Wirehaired Fox Terrier

Country of Origin:  England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Similar to the Smooth Fox Terrier in color and body type however the Wirehaired Fox Terrier’s coat is shaggy looking and much more dense.  Its coat has a wirey feel and needs regular brushing.  Its tail should be docked to around 25% of its length.

Size:  Not more than 18 pounds(8 kg.) and no taller than 15.5 inches(39.5 cm.) tall.

Personality:  Similar in personality to the Smooth Fox Terrier it’s known for being very energetic, playful, great with small kids, and  an alert watchdog.

Uses:  A fox and small game hunter it was used to enter the den of its quarry and dispatch it.  It is now used as a companion dog.

 

 Yorkshire Terrier  

Country of Origin:  England Small Dog BreedsDescription:  Another one of the small long haired dog breeds the Yorkshire Terrier is probably the most well-known and recognizable.  Also called the “Yorkie,” its most notable feature is its long and silky coat. This coat is actually very similar to human hair and is always straight.  Many owners use a bow or clip to keep the hair off  of the dogs face, which not only helps to keep the hair out of the dogs food and allows it to see much better, but makes its look even cuter as well.  Yorkies are blue and tan colored with either erect or semi-erect small ears.  Their tail should be docked and while they do have along coat they do not handle the cold well and should be kept indoors and warm in the winter. Many owners buy dog jackets to help them do so.  They also do need to be groomed at least a few times per week.          

Size:  About 8 pounds(3.5 kg.) and 9 inches(23 cm.) tall.

Personality:  These dogs are one loyal breed and love their owners unconditionally.  They are an energetic and lively breed that which is good with children because they are naturally gentle.  Like many terriers some Yorkies do not get along with other dogs but can with the proper socialization.  This is also an independent breed and will not hesitate to check out or new places, things or whatever it is they are focused on.  They need daily exercise but a short walk will be enough.

Uses:  Most people don’t realize that the Yorkie, like all terriers, was once a hunting dog.  Named after the county in England where it originated,Yorkshire, this little dog was actually first created to hunt down and kill rats in the local mines and mills.  Today, the Yorkshire Terrier is exclusively used as a companion dog and one which is not only one of the most popular small dog breeds, but one of the most popular of any dog breeds ever created.  They love to do everything and go everywhere with their owner whether its a walk around the block, doing errands, or  just relaxing on the couch.  The Yorkie provides excellent company no matter what you’re doing and always attracts a ton of attention everywhere it goes because of its friendly disposition, long silky coat, and adorable good looks.  Also an very alert breed they will not hesitate to bark if they feel their is a need to sound the alarm for their family making them a good pint-sized watchdog.  And any dog barking regardless of the size of the dog it’s coming from is always a good deterrent to thieves.

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The Most Common Causes Of Dog Aggression

The Most Common Causes Of Dog Aggression

Dog aggression can be a serious problem. However in order to deal with it you need to understand why your pet is aggressive with other canines in the first place. So here are the most common reasons to give you some insight.

Fear

Most people don’t realize it but one of the biggest reasons that dogs can be aggressive is because they are actually afraid. This is not just true when they are dealing with other canines but humans too. While it might sound a little strange, fearful dogs may get aggressive first to simply help make sure they don’t end up getting hurt by a potential threat.

The Need To Protect

Some pets feel the need to protect their property and owners from all threats whether human or dog. This can sometimes be the case with certain guardian breeds but also un-neutered males. As owners of male dogs know they will urine mark their territory and some may be ready and willing to take on all who enter into that area.

 

Possessive

Many pets can get quite possessive over toys, bones, and other things that they view as their own. Sometimes they can even be possessive over members of the family, which of course is not a healthy situation.

Frustration

While not as common, dogs can become aggressive and even attack other pets in the home which they normally have no problem with, if they are frustrated. For example seeing another dog close to the fence or property but not being able to get to it, could cause your pet to attack one of his buddies instead. That’s because this frustration and energy becomes mistakenly re-focused on a fellow furry family member.

 

Never Socialized

This could easily biggest cause of aggression. Puppies need to be properly socialized with other canines, pets, and people so that they are comfortable dealing with them in a normal manner in the future. This is extremely important and needs to be done within the first few months of a puppy’s life.

Dominance

It’s easy to forget that our pets are descendants of wolves. And because of their ancestry they look at their family both human and canine as a pack. With the humans at the top of this hierarchy dogs need to establish a pack order among the other pets in the home. Sometimes dominant dogs feel that they have to remind the other pack members who is the boss and sometimes that position can be challenged.

 

Underlying Medical Condition

This is one of the most often overlooked reasons of dog aggression. If your pet suddenly becomes aggressive for what seems like no apparent reason he could be sick or have a serious medical problem. When dogs are in pain they can’t tell us with words, therefore if this sounds like your situation you should be sure to take your pet to see the veterinarian.

You are much better off checking it out, even if it turns out not to be the case. At least you will know for sure and can start to figure out what the real cause is and work on a solution.

All of these reasons can cause a pet to develop aggression towards other dogs. Regardless of whether you own one of the small dog breeds or a pooch that larger, it is a problem that does need to be dealt with.

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