Just because you live in a small home or apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog. There are a lot of small toy and companion breeds that can make excellent pets for people with small flats or homes. However, you should remember that even small dogs like variety and exercise, so be prepared to take your small dog for walks. Once you have made that commitment to yourself, you can choose which breed of dog is most suitable to you and your lifestyle.
Small dog breeds make the cutest puppies, and one of the cutest small dog puppies around is the Maltese. This popular small dog breed usually only grows no more than six or seven pounds in weight. It has a beautiful white coat. The Maltese is a very ancient dog breed and has a strong constitution. However, don’t keep it in very hot areas, due to its thick coat. This is a very playful little dog. A Maltese makes a great companion if you like lively little pets and enjoy the grooming chores as well.
Another very cute long haired small dog breed is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . This lovely small dog is as elegant as its name and weighs about twice as much as a Maltese. The Cavalier is a friendly small dog that gives a lifetime of loyal attachment. This is the ideal dog if you prefer to lead a quiet life.
Top of the line in long haired small dog breeds is the Lowchen. If you enjoy spending long hours brushing, and don’t mind the hefty price tag of this little dog, then the Lowchen is for you. The beautiful `Little Lion’ dog can cost anything from $1000 and upwards. The Lowchen is a true indoors and it also seems to suffer from`separation anxiety’ so don’t get this dog breed if you are away for long hours every day.
If you prefer a little dog with a shorter coat, then a Miniature Fox Terrier can be your pooch. This lively little dog needs lots of exercise, and appreciates having a collection of toys. Fox terriers can be yappy, so your pet may need to go to obedience school if she annoys the neighbors. This is a healthy and low maintenance breed, suitable for the owner who just wants to enjoy having a pet without all fuss associated with long coats and grooming.
If you are looking for an elegant breed, then the sleek, short-haired Italian greyhound is the breed to think about. If you enjoy exercise, then this is the dog breed for you. The Italian greyhound is a very well behaved dog, but prone to stress, so it is not a suitable pet where there are small children. This dog breed grows to a height of about 15 inches but is very lightweight – around 5 pounds.
The Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier are also big favorites in the US; as well as the Havanese, which thanks to its hypoallergenic coat is a great companion dog for asthma and allergy sufferers. Most small breeds look for comapnionship. That is why their group-name is called: “Companion dogs”. They make wonderful family members for small apartments, but keep in mind that if you spend a lot of time away from home, perhaps you should think twice about getting a pet anyway!
Many people would think that the weather in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain or Qatar might be too hot for dogs so they are very rare in the region. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Even though the circumstances are not ideal for breeding, dogs are increasingly popular in the Middle East.
The two main reasons why people in the Middle East own pets are protection and pleasure.
The classic protection breeds like the German Shepherd and Rottweiler are very popular, but there seems to be more and more demand for less known breeds such as the Cane Corso and Caucasian Mountain Dog. These breeds have a natural inclination to guard the territory they live in and the people they regard as family.
There is an important distinction to make between protection or guard dogs and watchdogs. While smaller breeds can also act as watchdogs to alert the family in case of danger, guard dogs must be big and intimidating enough to threaten the possible intruder to the point of retreat.
The second popular dog type in the Middle East is best described as family pets. This group includes the English and American Cocker Spaniel, who have been given the “Merry Cocker” nickname as they are continuously happy and wagging their tail. The one thing they have in common with other small or medium sized breeds such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maltese, Havanese or Bolognese, is that they can cheer you up just by their presence and they are great with children which makes them the perfect family pet.
Wherever you are in the world and whatever breed you may fall in love with, always make sure that you buy a healthy puppy with the necessary documents and vaccinations from a trusted source like Euro Puppy.
It is never easy to lose a loved-one. Dogs are family members. They either grow up with us, or join our circle of trust the moment they enter our family. Nature works in mysterious ways. Small dogs live for a long time. Large dogs live for a short time. A Havanese can live up to 19 years if properly cared for, while a Bernese Mountain Dog lives for about 8 years only. This is an important factor to take into consideration, when buying a certain breed. 8 years is not a long time. How can one say goodbye, when the time comes? Ok, so this is not a happy topic, but it is just as important as when one deals with dog training or canine nutrition. It is inevitable. Why avoid discussing it?
As far back as Ancient Egypt, royalty mummified their favorite cats and dogs to ensure that in the after-life they would stand proudly next to them as well. In many countries, today – especially in the US and Australia- pet cremation services are highly respected. Others choose taxidermy, to force immortality into the body of their pet dog. This is more common in Europe. In Eastern Europe for instance, taxidermy is still more common. The topic of pet cremations can be found in pet forums, but its popularity is not felt yet.
However, loss is loss. And if one treats a dog as a family member, then he or she deserves that final respect as well. Some may choose a burial. There are many companies these days that offer pet cremation services as well as grief counseling services. This can be especially important for children, so that they can accept and understand, what it means for a dog to pass away. Writing poetry or creating a pet memorial blog are also means by which one can digest grief. It is thus not surprising that most dog poems are about those dogs that have gone to doggy heaven.
In a span of 21 years, I have said goodbye to 3 Dobermans, 3 Rottweilers, 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback, 1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 1 Great Dane, 1 German Shepherd, 3 Pavement Specials (please note the capital letters, out of respect) and 3 birds. The cause: a Gypsy lifestyle, African snake bites, old age and dog fights. There were no cremation services…and taxidermy was not an option. Burial …and poetry were. (Hmmmm…maybe we should’ve had a Havanese?) However you choose to say goodbye to your beloved pet is your own choice and own right. Either way is painful. Although the saying: – “It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all”- is true, the final moments are still the hardest to live with…
Nature rewarded me with a love for dogs and an allergy for cats. Had it been the other way around, I might not be writing this article right now. Yet, although I steer clear of cats – for mostly this reason- I would find it unbearable if I were allergic to dogs. Yet some people are not so lucky, since they are allergic to dogs as well. For those dog lovers out there who suffer from allergies, upon high-fiving a doggy-paw, there really is a cure. A cure? Well…..apart from the anti-histamine tablets and nose-drops to alleviate post-nasal drip, the trick really lies in finding the right dog – and more correctly, the right dog breed – for you.
What are the reactions that cause humans to suffer from allergies? The allergic response is triggered when our immune system reacts to a perceived threat. Some people have a bad reaction to dander (flaky dead skin cells), saliva or secretion from the sebaceous glands of their dogs. Allergy sufferers can also react to the dust, pollen and dirt that gets caught up and spread around by their dogs.
So what is a hypoallergenic dog breed? Well, hypoallergenic dog breeds, are those breeds that are considered the most suitable for those who suffer from allergies. Although they do produce some dander, the amount is so small that very few people experience allergy symptoms when in contact with these breeds. Hypoallergenic dog breeds are usually single-coated, non-shedding (or low-shedding), generally smaller dogs, those dogs that retain the dander due to their curly coat, or are naked!
A list below shows those breeds that are best suited for allergy sufferers. If you have your sights set on another breed, then the best test to determine whether your allergies will be affected, is to spend 20 minutes in a closed off and confined area with the dog. Cars tend to work well for this. This is a simple test which can save the owner from heartbreak in the future.
However, do bear in mind, that no dog is completely 100% hypoallergenic. The ones below only have a much lower dander producing and shedding activity than the other 100 or so breeds and are thus recommended.
• Airedale Terrier
• American Hairless Terrier
• Barbet (a.k.a: French Water Dog)
• Bedlington Terrier
• Bergamasco (a.ka: Italian Shepherd Dog)
• Bichon Frisé
• Border Terrier
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Cairn Terrier
• Chacy Ranior
• Chinese Crested
• Coton De Tulear
• Dandie Dinmont Terrier
• Fox Terrier (Wire)
• Hungarian Vizsla
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Italian Greyhound
• Kerry Blue Terrier
• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Miniature Poodle
• Miniature Schnauzer
• Peruvian Inca Orchid
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Scottish Terrier
• Shih Tzu
• Silky Terrier
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
• Spanish Water Dog
• Standard Poodle
• Standard Schnauzer
• Tibetan Terrier
• Tibetan Mastiff
• Toy Poodle
• Welsh Terrier
• West Highland White Terrier
• Wirehaired Dachshund
• Yorkshire Terrier
It seems God does indeed work in mysterious ways, since he realized that to create hypoallergenic dog breeds would be like designing sugar-free chocolate for diabetics. At Euro Puppy, we are proud to help dog lovers, who also happen to be allergy sufferers by offering “allergy-friendly”, hypoallergenic puppies for sale. If you suffer from allergies, take a moment – between popping that antihistamine tablet- and wander through our breed infos. If you happen to be an allergy sufferer and a dog lover at that, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
The “Little Dog from Havana” was developed in Cuba, and was brought to the island country by Spanish sailors. The Havanese – as it became known- was considered a rare dog, and the Cuban Revolution didn’t do much to perpetuate their gene-pool. Many of the rich landowners escaped, leaving their dogs behind. By 1970, there were only 11 of these candy-floss dogs in the US, and thanks to the rigorous and well-meaning breeders within the US and Europe, their number and popularity has grown.
Euro Puppy has been working with top Havanese breeders from Europe since the onset. These are breeders who have extensive knowledge about the breed standards and take an active role in socializing the Havanese puppies; making sure that they are healthy and happy puppies. This is an imperative character trait of these little dogs, even as they mature into adulthood. Euro Puppy has a history of working with only the best Havanese breeders and a guarantee has always been given to them concerning the home that their Havanese puppies are shipped to. Since not only the breeders, but the safe shipping and the homes are of high standards as well. The Havanese breeders can thus rest assured that their beloved Havanese puppies are given the same degree of care and love as what they gave them before.
The Havanese is a very people-oriented dog. It is at home with children and is rarely nervous around new people. The Havanese’s love of children stems back to the days when it was often the playmate of the small children of the households to which it belonged. Unlike most toy dogs, who are too delicate and sometimes too aggressive to tolerate the clumsy play of children, they make cheerful companions to even younger children. Havanese puppies and dogs are clever and active and they will often solicit attention by performing tricks. They are very lovable, friendly and have a balanced temperament that many dogs of their size lack. Their small stature makes them “adult dogs with the soul of puppies”. The Havanese is also considered to be a non-allergenic or hypoallergenic dog as it does not shed or have the typical doggy smell. This is no small part of its growing popularity around the world, for allergic and non-allergic dog lovers alike! Another interesting fact about Havanese puppies is that they live for approximately 18-20 years! Our top European breeders at Euro Puppy have also vouched for this and this makes them one of- if not the- healthiest dog breeds alive! What a wonderful prospect of raising a child while raising a dog. Your child can grow up in the company of a good-spirited and healthy puppy that will grow into an equally good-spirited dog!
At Euro Puppy, we have adorable Havanese Puppies for sale. All colors can be found at Euro Puppy. The unique and very rare chocolate-colored Havanese puppies are also for sale. This rare color scheme makes them even more precious. Chocolate Havanese puppies from the most dedicated European breeders will put a smile on your face for the next 18-20 years. Guaranteed! And you wondered up till now why the experts call chocolate the “Happiness Hormone”…