Poodles, both miniature and toy are often called the quintessential small dogs for the higher class. However they are far from being the only small pets a family can choose to keep them company. In the past 10 years the upsurge of pugs has been noticeable as well as miniature versions of normally large dogs. Some of these toy dogs include miniature schnauzers and miniature pinschers. Small dogs make great family pets. Higher energy dogs like the Boston terrier and the Yorkshire terrier need to have an active life in and outdoors which means at least one walk a day. Most small dogs will live a long time, so a big investment is necessary on the part of any family member involved in the raising, training and caring of small dogs. Every member of the family should have a hand in the training and family pets should never be allowed to feel as if they are the head of the pack. Effective techniques can be learned from accomplished trainers.
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The number of small dogs’ breeds that are available can be daunting, and some breeds can be problematic so it’s important to do your research. The biggest problem many people have with these dogs is the high-strung nature of many smaller breeds. Even the smallest noise can arouse some toy dogs. This is simply their nature. Many small dogs were used as guards and they are following their instincts to alert their owner of an intruder or a potentially harmful situation. Small dogs that are less high strung (namely terrier breeds) may not get along well with other pets or small children due to their nature as pest exterminating dogs.
Terrier breeds can make great family pets, though they may better serve a couple with older children or single adults.
Miniature Schnauzers also are an excellent breed to consider as a small dog family pet. Their fur is hypoallergenic, they do very well with small children but they can be a bit yippy. The family dog can be an important part of the childhood experience, selecting the right breed is an important step in the process.
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