Dog lovers are usually divided into two types – those who love big dogs and those who love small ones. Small dog lovers admire the ease of maintaining and caring for a dog who eats less (and presumably poops less!) and who doesn’t take up much space on the couch. Big dog lovers however, claim that they’re not as yappy as the small dogs and are generally more lovable and enjoyable to be with.
Regardless of which camp you’re on, the battle seems to be going in favor the latter. While small dogs are very popular, the most popular dogs seem to be the biggers – German Shepherds, Labs and Golden Retrievers. They are the top three on the American Kennel club’s list.
That trend may be changing however. As more of the world moves into apartments and smaller houses, the small dogs will probably see an increase in their numbers – keep a look out!
Being very portable, easily adaptable to different climates and more affordable in maintenance, it is no wonder that small breed dogs are growing in popularity. Noted for being lively and energetic, they make terrific pets for apartments and are comfort dogs as well. People living alone or the elderly feel better with them around. The following small dogs are popular for their uniqueness.
Shih Tzu’s’: Lion appearance demands attention and respect
Yorkshire terriers: Crave for owner’s company and are known to be jealous.
Pugs: Sweet and huggable
Chihuahuas: Charismatic and have big hearts.
Smaller dogs tend to have a longer life expectancy and not subjected to health concerns of big dogs such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. However keep in mind that smaller dogs don’t mean smaller responsibilities. They still need attention, love and visits to your local veterinarian.
For centuries, people in the West have marveled at the delicate beauty produced by Oriental plant artists and sculptors. Who has not been stricken with the expressive grace of a Japanese Bonsai? Both foot-binding and head-binding were practiced in the Far East, for the purpose of miniaturizing the feet and shaping the head into attractive shapes. But what happens when we not only play God with the physical aspects of organisms, but the genetic make-up of them as well?
Let me paint you a picture. You have a Dalmatian…or a St Bernard…or a Rottweiler…or a Husky…all four of these breeds are considered to be large bodied dog breeds. So what happens when these breeds are “made” to be small? Can you picture a St. Bernard a third of its size…never to grow into the stately, slobbering beast that we know it as? Or a Rottweiler that was meant to be an A-class Schutzhund working dog, in miniature form, yapping like a Havanese? Oh dear…and a sleigh-pulling Husky, that would maximum be able to pull a matchbox, instead of the sleigh that it excels at as a breed?