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Dog Beds: Everything You Need To Know!

Dog Beds: Everything You Need To Know!

Dog Beds

Part of keeping your dog happy and healthy means providing it with a comfortable place to sleep and rest. While as many dog owners know dogs can and will sleep just about anywhere whether that means the floor, couch, chair, or even your own bed.  However, they really require a spot of their own where they can feel not only relaxed but feel safe as well. Because all dogs and wolves are den-living animals it’s natural for them to sleep in a space which is slightly confined and that they feel is their own.

Dog beds function to fulfill this need which helps them to feel safe and secure.   In the wild, dogs and wolves also sleep on soft surfaces like soil or matted down grass.  When dogs lie or sleep on hard surfaces in our outside or homes like tile or cement, for long periods of time, they tend to develop painful sores on their legs and joints.  These sores many times go unnoticed even if the dog is in a lot of pain.  Dog beds offer a soft spot to sleep but also the support needed for dogs’ bodies and joints.

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Support is even more crucial with older dogs, dogs which are overweight, and dogs that have physical problems. These dogs not only need support but have a high risk of injuring themselves when trying to jump up onto the couch and other high up places in search of a soft place to take nap.  The risk is even higher when the dog is jumping down or off.

Knowing you could have very easily prevented an accident like this is a very horrible feeling after the fact, and often ends up being way more expensive than if you had purchased a dog bed in the first place.  Dog beds are also a great way to keep dog hair off of your furniture and in one concentrated spot.  This makes it not only much easier to clean but is also great for people with pet hair allergies.

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Purchasing Dog Beds
-How big is my dog now and if it’s not fully grown, how big will it get?

This will determine the size of the bed you need to purchase.  If you own a puppy or dog that is not yet fully grown make sure you know about how big they will get and purchase accordingly.  It’s also a good idea to measure your dog and know about around much it weighs or will weigh when it is fully grown to help you estimate the size of the bed.

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-How does your dog sleep?

Some dogs love to sleep all stretched out while other like to curl up, all dogs are different no matter what size or breed.  Measuring your dog while in its favorite sleeping position or at least taking it into consideration will also help you when you are deciding not only on the size of the bed but on the type of dog bed you buy.

-Where are you going to put the bed?

Where you are going to place your dog’s bed can have an impact on the material and along with the type of bed you choose. A dog bed that will be near a door for example, might get cold drafts and should therefore  be a material or type that keeps your dog warmer. Dog beds which are going to be used for an outdoor dog must be tougher than ones used indoors as well as water resistant and so on.

-Does your dog have any special problems, requirements, or preferences?

Always take into consideration any physical problems or other problems your dog may have.  Your individual dog’s likes and dislikes are important too.  Some dogs need more support than others or prefer to sleep on certain materials. Or  your dog may  even like to chew on a particular material, so taking these into account will really help you choose the best dog bed for your own dog’s needs.

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-Do you want it to match your home?

While many dog owners don’t really care about this question, it is something to consider because with the endless variety of dog beds on the market with a little searching you are sure to find a dog bed which your dog not only loves but which compliments your homes interior as well. There are dog beds for every style and preference.

Top 3 Tips For Purchasing Dog Beds
1.Buy quality and buy once.

It’s always smarter to buy a quality dog bed. Cheap dog beds will need to be replaced and in doing so will often be more expensive than purchasing one good quality bed the first time.

2.Make sure the bed is both washable and durable.

Being able to wash your dog’s bed is a must.  Not will a dirty dog bed start to smell but attract unwanted pests as well. Cheap dog beds will rip when washed, sometimes only after one time.  Quality dog beds are ones which are tough enough to not only to handle a good washing but also your dog occasionally mouthing or chewing on the bed as well. If you can’t clean it and it’s not tough don’t buy it.

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3.Know your dog.

Keeping your dog’s individual preferences and sleep style in mind will help you choose the best material, style and size for your dog.  Remember you know your dog more than any sales person does so go with what you think will work best for your dog.

Dog Bed Sizes

Dog beds are sold in all sizes from small to extra large to fit every type of dog.  The size of the bed is most often described by its dimensions in inches or centimeters depending on what country you live in, as well as the weight of the dog it can accommodate.  These are just a general guide, remember its more important to keep in mind your dogs individual sleeping style(and measure your dog in that position) as well as how big it will be when it is full grown when choosing a dog bed.  Keep in mind that there are no standard sizes, so what is medium for one brand might be large for another. The chart below is typical of what you will see when shopping for dog beds: Dog Beds


Different Types Of Dog Beds
Mat/pad dog beds:

The simplest as well as the most inexpensive dog beds are mats and pads.  While they don’t offer all the cushioning of other options, they still can be very comfortable.  They have many other advantages too like being easier to move than larger beds, they can be used inside your dog kennel, crate, or carrier, and are easily washed and dried.  Most models are also easily rolled up making them great for travelling as well. Because they are so inexpensive, many dog owners actually purchase more than one of these and place them in their dogs’ favorite spots in different rooms of the house. Dog Beds

Raised dog beds:

Raised dog beds are an excellent choice for outdoor dogs.  These beds give them a chance to sleep in comfort above the ground and dirty soil as well as out of the path of annoying pests.  Of course they work indoors too.  Many raised dog beds are extremely durable, UV resistant, and chew-proof.  Some are even made with special fabric to keep your dog cool.  Raised dog beds are always light weight and very easy to wipe clean.


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Pillow dog beds:

Another simple option, pillow beds are just like a big pillow for your dog to sleep on, but specially made for dogs of course.  They are usually either square or rectangular in shape.  Unlike mats or pads where you wash the whole thing in the washing machine with the majority of pillow beds you just wash the removable zip off cover.  Because they offer more room and are not enclosed by walls these are great for dogs who like to sleep in any position and especially if they like to stretch out while sleeping.  You can find them in a variety of colors, patterns, and with pictures as well.  Many models come with handles making them much more convenient to move and carry. Some of these are also tough enough to be used outdoors.   In choosing a pillow bed it’s important to find one which keeps its fluffiness and does not flatten out too much over time or with the weight of your dog. Dog Beds


Nest dog beds:

Some dogs like to be curled up in a snug spot which totally surrounds them almost like a nest.  Nest dog beds(also referred to as donut or bagel beds) do just that with their raised walls or bolsters(soft pillow walls).  They keep your dog comfortable and surrounded by soft material in a circular or oval shape just like a bird’s nest but comfier. Perfect for the dog that prefer to sleep in a small space and also for dogs that like to circle around before lying down.  However, if you do want this type of bed and your dog likes to stretch its body out when it sleeps, simply  purchase a size or two larger than is recommended for the size of your dog so it will have room to do so.

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Heated dog beds:

Making sure your dog is warm in its bed is especially important for dogs that are sick, older, have short hair, or suffering from joint or arthritis pain.  There are actually 2 different kinds of heated dog beds for owners to choose from:

1)Self-warming dog beds do not require any electricity they actually radiate your dogs own heat back to it by using a two layer fabric system keeping your dog warm from its’ own body heat.

2)Heated dog beds are plugged in and performs like a heating pad or electric blanket.  With these you can control the exact temperature, however they are not recommended for dogs that love to chew for obvious reasons. Dog Beds

Cooling dog beds:

For dog owners who want to keep their dog cool cooling dog beds are a great option.  These are especially good for dogs that live in areas with high temperatures, hot summer months, or dog breeds that tend to over-heat.  They are also perfect for the dog that loves to exercise or run because they are a great way to cool down after vigorous exercise.  Cooling dog beds don’t use any electricity to keep your pet cool, they actually use water or a coolant. With the water filled type you simply add the amount of water recommended for your specific model and as your dog is relaxing or sleeping the excess body heat is evaporated in the air from the cooling effect of the water inside the bed.  These beds have strong and durable exteriors keeping the water in that are still soft enough to be very comfortable for your dog.  Beds which do not use water but instead a non-toxic coolant, do not require you to fill them yourself they have the coolant already inside. This coolant can keep your dog cool for hours by directly absorbing their extra heat. Dog Beds


Luxury dog beds:

Because dog beds are relatively inexpensive, it’s easy to pamper your pet by purchasing one that is extra soft, comfy, or large.  With so many types of beds available luxury dog beds aren’t really one type of bed, but are the top-of –the-line beds which offer your dog the most comfortable sleeping spot available.  There are outdoor chaise lounges, mini-couches, big extra comfortable fleece beds, and memory foam dog beds just to name a few.  There is nothing wrong with spoiling your pet by giving it the best and most comfortable place to sleep. Dog Beds

Orthopedic dog beds:

Yes, there are even orthopedic dog beds for man’s best friend as well.  They use memory foam and are perfect for older dogs. They can help to ease the pain of dogs with arthritis, joint problems, hip dysplasia, or make a super-comfy bed for a pampered pooch. These memory foam dog beds adjust to the shape of your dog relieving it from both the stress and pressure on its joints and body. They most often come in a rectangular shape just like a real mattress yet smaller.  Of course there are other shapes available as well and some even come with sewn in cushions which serve as a pillow. Many are actually hypoallergenic making them a great choice for dogs with allergies or very sensitive skin.  If you are purchasing this for an older dog make sure you select one with a water-resistant outer or internal cover to protect the foam from any doggie accidents as tends to happen with age. Dog Beds


Dog bunk beds:

These are great for owners who have 2 dogs and of course make for a fun conversation when you have guests.  They look and function just like a miniature bunk beds.  Most dog bunk beds have steps which allow your pooch to safely walk up to the top bunk without having to jump.  Many dog owners love these because with their height they allow your dog to sleep next to you on the same level as your bed but not actually in it which helps to keep dog hair out yet still allows your dog to feel close to its master.  There are even lighter weight travel models available to keep 2 dogs sleeping in comfort even when on the road. Dog Beds

Dog couch beds:

Another great conversation piece, many dog owners buy their dog their own mini-couch to keep them off the real one.  They are an affordable way to give your dog its very own couch and usually don’t cost more than $100.  Dog couches come in all sizes, styles, and materials from faux leather or rattan to leopard print.


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Travel dog beds:

It’s always nice to have a comfortable place for your dog so sleep when on vacation, camping, or just going for a long drive. Most travel dog beds are either foldable and have handles, or come with a stuff-sack which you stuff the bed into and also functions as a convenient carrying case. Some beds even fold and then zip up making them a bed and carrying case in one!  Many even have pockets or pouches so you can bring your dogs favorite toys with you on your trip!  Travel dog beds are also great for the backs of SUV’s and on top of car seats and can really help to control dog hair. It’s always important to make sure the bottom of the bed is made from a durable and water resistant material if you plan on using it outdoors.

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Cute dog beds:

There is a huge variety of cute dog beds made in almost every shape you can imagine.  Some are not only cute but hilarious.  You can find beds which look like fruits, baby baskets, all types of cars, mini-houses, circus tents, giant shoes, and even sharks with open mouths.  Typically these are made for small dog breeds.Dog Beds


Tough dog beds(for dogs that love to chew on everything):

Some dogs just chew on everything, including their beds.  And many dogs will actually mouth their bed(almost like they are nursing) until they fall asleep. Yet others think that their bed is also a toy to be played with, chewed up, and tossed around.  If you own a dog like this, you need a tough dog bed.  Tough dog beds like these will be double-stitched, have reinforced corners, and are made from extremely durable materials.  They are available in all types like pillows, nests, and even orthopedic. Dog Beds


Outdoor dog beds:

Unlike beds used indoors outdoor dog beds need to be both water resistant to deal with rain as well as tough enough to deal with outside conditions.  Materials that are UV resistant are always a plus because the Sun can cause many materials to fade much faster than they would indoors.  Most beds used outside are either raised dog beds which keep your dog off the ground or very durable pillow beds.  Some even come with their own canopy to provide shade for your dog.Dog Beds


Top Dog Bed Brands

It is always smart to purchase the best brand that you can afford and dog beds are no exception.  Cheap dog beds not only tend to fall apart when washed, but can’t handle daily use for very long. There are quite a few outstanding brands to choose from and here are some which have proven their excellence with millions of satisfied customers and happy dogs .

Orvis dog beds:

One of the most well known brands is Orvis.  They have been making quality beds for a really long time and while they are a little more expensive than other beds, they will last for years to come. They offer a huge variety of types and styles in a wide array of great looking patterns and colors. Unlike many other companies Orvis offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can return any bed after any length of time if your not satisfied for a full refund.  They also make it super-easy to exchange beds if you order the wrong size or simply want to change it for another one.

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Kuranda dog beds:

Specializing in quality raised dog beds that are also chew-proof, Kuranda really makes excellent products.  They are all very durable and easy to clean.  Kuranda also offers replacement fabrics and parts so you will never have to purchase a new bed!  Kuranda dog beds are perfect for dogs who need orthopedic support and are easily tough  enough to be used outdoors as well Dog Beds


Scruffs dog beds:

These are luxury dog beds all the way.  Featuring a large list of collections and styles to choose from Scruffs dog beds are a quality product that also looks fantastic.  They have everything from pillows, self-heating beds, to travel beds all made from quality materials like faux leather, suede, corduroy, willow wood, and more.  A favorite is their giant Grizzly Bear Bed that looks like a huge Grizzy paw with faux fur and suede that provides a ton of comfy space for even the largest of dogs. Dog Beds

Coolaro dog beds:

Australia is known for its harsh conditions and extreme heat, and this Australian company is well-known for blocking out the Sun and keeping people, pets, and plants cool.  They use the same technology from their patented outdoor shades and patio covers which allows cool air to pass through while blocking out harmful UV rays, in their Coolaroo dog beds which are guaranteed to keep your pooch feeling good.  These beds are also resistant to mildew, mold, odors, mites, and fleas.

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 ***Extra Tips***


  • If you’re unsure between 2 sizes always go with the larger, you’re dog is better off with a little more room than not enough.
  • You can make a temporary or DIY dog bed by using an empty drawer filled with old cushions or pillows.
  • Another super-easy DIY dog bed can be made by cutting the top off of an old suit case and stuffing in a cushion.
  • If you have a dog flea treatment spray, spray it on your dogs bed as well to keep fleas out of your dogs favorite spot
  • If your dog is still a puppy you can save money by purchasing the size dog bed that it will grow into instead of having to keep buying new ones as it outgrows them .
  •  If you own multiple small or medium size dogs,  single large dog beds are a great way to serve as one bed for multiple dogs.

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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.
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-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.

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-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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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***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.

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-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.

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–  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.

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–  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.

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-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


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 Best Male Dog Names

The Best Male Dog Names

Male Dog Names

While naming your dog seems like it would be quite simple, most owners actually have a hard time with it.  In fact many people end up naming their dog several times before deciding on one final name. There are many fun ways to come up with names for your new puppy or older adopted dog whose name you would like to change. You can use the personality of your dog, its size and shape, its color, and more, to help you think of or choose a good name.  We’ve compiled a huge list of male dog names, organized in the  most commonly searched for categories with some helpful info. of course, to help you with the process. But first, a few tips to make sure  you start out right:

3 Quick Tips Before You Start:
-Be Sure To Pick Something YOU Like

Remember, you’ll be saying your dog’s name many times every day and for many years to come.  You’re much better off choosing a name that you personally like than one you don’t.  Don’t feel pressured to keep the name of a young puppy which was given to it by a breeder, care taker, or someone else. If you don’t like it, change it, even if you feel a little lazy to do so at first because the puppy already responds to it.  You’d be surprised jut how many owners don’t do so and end up regretting it.  This sounds obvious, and it is, but by following this tip you will save yourself a small daily annoyance that will last the life of your dog.

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-Not Too Long

Dogs respond much better to shorter names than longer ones.  A name which is one or two syllables in length is ideal.  If you go with a longer one, you’ll not only get tired of saying it constantly but most likely end up having to shorten it anyway. So, start with a short name, and save yourself time in the long run.

Try Out The Name For A Few Days First

A test run is always a good idea, particularly when naming your pet.  This will also help you to determine if you like the name you have chosen.   If you don’t,  you still have plenty of options, many of which are listed below.  Also, see how your dog responds to it over the next couple of days.  Some names are easier for dogs to get than others.  And of course, treats and a ton of praise always help a pup to learn his or her name much faster, and come running when they hear it.


Top Male Dog Names / Most Popular Male Dog Names

Male Dog Names

There are some names that are always popular, and for good reason.  Most have stood the test of time because they are appealing, easy on the ears, and just seem to fit the personality of so many dogs.  The top names are the best place to begin because if you like one, there’s no reason to look any further. So here are the top 50 most popular male dog names to help you start:







Unique Male Dog Names / Cool Male Dog Names  

Male Dog Names

Whether you’re just bored of normal names or you want your pet to be unique just like his personality, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a name that’s different enough that it guarantees everyone will remember it.  Cool male dog names ensure there will never be any confusion when calling your dog at the dog park, or when in the waiting room at the vet’s office.

There are actually quite a few ways to come up with excellent ones on your own as well.  Many owners choose names from their favorite hobbies, foods, drinks, sports, songs, movies, and books. If you have a passion for something, or are huge fan of someone or something, these are always fantastic places to start brainstorming.  If you’re going to be using your dog’s name all the time why not pick something you know you love already?  Picking one from your own interests makes sure you will!

Another way to ensure extra unique male dog names are to pick ones that relate to specific events or places in your dog’s life or yours.  For example I have a friend who found his dog as a puppy abandoned behind a 7-11 and he named it, “Seven,”  which is not only unique but has a special meaning tied to it.

Physical features and habits can also be a fun way to find names.  I named my dog, “Rhino,” not only because of his long snout and stocky proportions (typical of all bull terriers) but also because as a puppy he would open doors by running into them with his head. Have fun with it!  Here are some extra cool male dog names to consider :

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Best Big Dog Names for Male Dogs

Male Dog NamesIf you own one of the large dog breeds or have one which is just really chubby there are many names which are just the right fit for your jumbo-sized canine.  Coming up with names for your big boy based on his size can be really entertaining. Many of the best big dog names for male dogs come from food, round things, giant-sized monsters we all know, or just sound like a name for a huge dog. Sometimes giving your big dog a small dog name is also a funny idea like naming your Great Dane “Tiny,” for example.  Here is a collection of names which always convey an extra large presence:








Small Male Dog Names

Male Dog Names

Most small male dog names come from objects, words, foods, and animals that make us think of tiny things.  Also many small dog breeds are high energy so their owners decide to name their little guy after something that sounds like it portrays their dog’s liveliness. Some pint-sized dogs just have large personalities, so naming them a big dog name like one in the above section is sometimes deserving or is a funny way to go that will always get a few laughs.







Best Strong Male Dog Names / Tough Male Dog Names 

Male Dog NamesA tough pooch needs a tough name, and sometimes little dogs do too.  Some of the best strong male dog names are the names of gods while others are types of animals that are known for their ferociousness.  Other names come from movies, many of them horror films, and a few are the names of monsters.  Any of the tough male dog names below are an excellent match for a guard dog breed or intimidating pet, even if he really is a sweetheart.  It might be a particularly good idea to choose one these if your dog is scary looking but a little “too nice,” to strangers.  A would-be thief or intruder is much less likely to mess with a dog named “Chopper,” as it’s not a smart idea to find out if he is aptly named.

Just like naming a big dog a little dog name can be hilarious, so can picking one of these for a pet which is not scary looking at all.  A Chihuahua named “Kujo,” will make anyone smile, even if he thinks he is super tough.  If your four-legged friend is a total wimp it could work too.  Anyway, here are the toughest of the tough male dog names:        















Best Male Dog Names Based On Color

Male Dog NamesMany dog owners choose a name for their dog based on its color or markings.  This is actually one one simplest ways to name any dog.  If your pooch is a solid color, has spots, or other distinct markings there are many names which will fit perfectly.  Great names many times come from foods of the same color, animals that have similar markings, or objects we associate with the color of the dog.  For example the name “Oreo” would be perfect for a black and white colored dog, as would “Panda,” especially if it had black markings around its eyes as many breeds do.  Just like “Tiger,” or “Tigger,” could work for a brindle colored one.  Some of the best male dogs based on color are ones which not express the color in a name everyone can recognize but also the dog’s own personality!








Male Hunting Dog Names 

Male Dog Names

Whether a bird dog, catch dog, retriever, hound, or terrier, every good hunting dog’s name is important.  The most popular male hunting dog names are often ones which are associated with the outdoors lifestyle and things which are related to it such as brand names of trucks and hunting equipment like “Remington,” for example.

Another way to go is to pick a name which relates to the toughness of the dog.  These types of name are usually ideal for catch dogs or hunting dogs which are tenacious on game.  If this is the case you should also read the above section entitled: “Best Strong Male Dog Names / Tough Male Dog Names.”

If you’re dog will be hunting in a pack or group of dogs it can be a smart idea to name it after its color or markings. This can help you to recognize it instantly and not have to spend waste time thinking about which dog it is when you have to make a quick shot.

And of course any names that  sounds a little, or very “country” for that matter, can make for excellent and often times funny male hunting dog names.  Many of these you can get from movies, country songs, and popular culture too.









Extra Tips:

-When changing the name of an older dog, the easiest way to do so is to pick one that sounds very similar to, or rhymes with its original name. For example it would be easier for you to re-name “Duke,” to “Luke,” or “Tiger” to “Tigger”.

Male Dog Names

–  Be careful not to choose a name which sounds too close to a command.  While this is not the case with most choices it can be with a few unique male dog names. Anything that sounds like: “sit,” “stay,” “down,” “shake,” “fetch,” etc., would most likely confuse your dog and should be avoided.

-Naming your pet after someone else living in your home might seem funny but it will not only perplex your pooch but end up being an annoyance.  Your dog will inevitably think it has done something wrong when its human counterpart is at fault.  I had a friend growing up whose name was, “Alex,” and so was his dog’s.  When he got yelled at by his parents, canine “Alex, “ always hid under the table thinking he was being scolded.  And of course, whenever his mom or dad called out his name, the dog came running.  It’s just easier not to use the same name for all involved even your four-legged friend.

– If you have multiple pups, themes are a fun options and make for some really smart dog names.  Deciding on a theme you like, for example food, is an easy way to come up with names you love.  Famous duos and trios can be a great idea too, like “Tom,” and “Jerry.”

Male Dog Names

-You can use the breed of your dog to help you as well.  Most breeds come from a specific country and using a name of a person, place, or thing, from that country is often a good choice, and a unique one at that!

-Always be sure that the name you pick is polite.  You’ll be using it outside of your home in places like at the vet, dog park, or groomer’s office, so it is always wise not to go with something that could be considered offensive to other people.

Whether you decide to name your pet by his color, size, personality, toughness, or lack there of, there are many names to choose from.  Just take your time, follow the tips above and have some fun. Everyone and every dog is different, so regardless of if you choose ,”Meatball,” or “Sam,” if it’s something you like go for it!

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Top Tips To Remember When Housetraining Your Puppy

Top Tips To Remember When Housetraining Your Puppy

There is nothing many new puppy owners dread more than housetraining their pet. But with the right advice you can make this process as easy as possible. So here are the top tips you will want to keep in mind during this important learning period for your new family member.

Stay Consistent And Positive

You can’t expect your pet to learn if you are not consistent in the actions you take to teach him. Staying consistent will help him now exactly what you expect and minimize any confusion. Rewarding your dog with positive praise and treats when he does go to the bathroom outside is just as important. This will quickly help to create a new behavior pattern with little effort.

A Routine Is Critical

Having a routine will help you stay consistent. Dogs love routines and with one you will be greatly cutting down on the chance your dog has an accident indoors. You will want to feed your pet at the same times every day. A regular feeding schedule goes hand in hand with having specific times for taking your dog out to go to the bathroom.


Learn From Accidents

Of course accidents will happen, especially with younger puppies. At around two to three months of age most can only control their bladder for around two hours. Instead of getting angry or frustrated when there is an accident, you can use them to help improve your dog’s routine in the future.

For example if your puppy is consistently going to the bathroom in the house, you most likely will need to take him out sooner after eating. Some young pups may need to be taken out as often as once per hour.

Keep Your Eyes Open

You may be able to catch your pet before an accident happens. By keeping him in view and staying alert you can quickly take him outside if he starts to circle around preparing to go to the toilet.

Choose A Spot

When you do take your pooch outdoors you should pick a specific spot that you want him to use. By bringing your dog to this area each time you take him out it will help to train him to think of it as his bathroom space. This will also help to make sure that he doesn’t make a mess in other outdoor areas.


Pick A Command

You can use a command to teach your dog to go to the toilet on cue.  A command like: “go potty”, “go pee”, or “do your business”, when repeated each time your dog is about to go to the bathroom in his outdoor space can form the association his mind.

Confine To A Crate

If you must leave your puppy alone confining him to a crate will make sure there are no accidents in other areas of the home. Many pets will also prefer not to go to the bathroom in their crate because it’s where they sleep.

But you will want to choose a crate that is the right size. If it’s too large it may not discourage the puppy from going to the toilet. A divider can help with this. And don’t forget to take your dog outdoors to relieve himself before you put him in his crate and after you let him out.



Empty Your Pet Out Before Sleep

The longest your pet will go without being able to go outdoors is when you put him to bed. In order to help him empty his bowels so he’s not uncomfortable and makes a mess in his crate overnight, don’t give him access to food or water for the last two or three hours before you put him to bed. And take him out right before it is time to put him away for the night.

By following these tips you will be helping your puppy to learn as fast as possible while minimizing the risk of accidents in your home. So keep them in mind so your dog can become housetrained in as quick as a few weeks.

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