Small dogs are breeds weighing under 22 lbs. Toy dogs also come under the small dog category but are classified between 5 and 12 lbs. Not all small dogs are toy dogs but all toy dogs are small dogs. In this guide, we’ll explore the various breeds of small dogs and whether one might be right for you.
Small dog breed behaviour
A lot of small dogs belong to the terrier group, who despite their usual size, make up for it with their larger-than-life personalities. Some terriers who are also categorized as small dogs include the Border terrier, West Highland terrier and Patterdale terrier to name a few. Whilst each breed, and individual dog, has their own distinct set of characteristics, many terriers share similarities of being high energy and independent.
Not all small dogs are terriers though. The Pomeranian, for example, is a popular small dog breed that belongs to the Spitz group.
Small dog breeds and exercise
Whilst all dogs require daily walks as well as playtime at home to keep them physically and mentally stimulated, generally speaking, smaller dogs will need less exercise than their larger counterparts. This being said, there are certain breeds of small dogs that can require just as much physical activity, such as Jack Russell terriers, who require frequent exercise and walking.
Are small dogs good with children?
As with any sized dog, small dogs have the potential to be excellent pets for families with children. But, it’s essential to ensure that your dog is trained on how to behave around children as well as teaching your children how to respect a dog’s boundaries. When with any dog, children need supervision at all times.
Rough-and-tumble-play can also initiate dog mouthing behaviour. And whilst perfectly normal for puppies, mouthing and play biting in adult dogs can spell trouble, especially with small hands. Some of the most popular small dog breeds such as the Jack Russell terrier and dachshund also happen to be renowned for being some of the most aggressive, so can have little patience for younger children who haven’t navigated playtime etiquette yet. But, if you look back at what a lot of small dogs were bred to do (pest control), then this behaviour can be understood.
Some small dog breeds are better with children than others. If you have a family and are looking for a small dog, the Boston terrier, cavalier King Charles spaniel, Havanese or corgi might be perfect for you.
Omlet and your small dog
Regardless of size, Omlet’s range of dog products will ensure your pet has everything they need to live a fulfilled life. Plus, our easy-to-clean dog beds, stylish dog crates and dog blankets keep your sofa free from fur and dirt, and will make your life as an owner even better too.