When we adopted Korona, his cute face was the first thing we fell in love with. However, an adorable face isn’t the only quality you should look for, when you are looking to adopt a small dog. Although it goes a long way, you should also consider these important factors when picking that perfect addition to your family.
If you probably already have a small dog breed in mind, you should know that a fully grown breed should generally weigh around twenty pounds and reach about fifteen inches in height. Some small dogs, such as the Chihuahua, weigh as little as six pounds, while the biggest of the small dog breeds can weigh in at around twenty-five pounds.
You must know how much weight you will be able to handle. Will you be carrying the dog with you most times, or will you lead it on a leash? Will it sleep in the bed with you, or will you have a bed or house for it? These are questions that you will want to ask yourself.
Grooming and Maintenance
How much effort you have to put into dogs’ grooming and maintenance? This is important to know as some small dog pets may require a daily brushing regimen, while others may only require occasional coat maintenance. Some may need to have their ears, eyes, teeth, etc., checked or cleaned more regularly than others. It all depends on the breed and type of each small dog pet.
Maintenance also includes the amount of exercise the small dog pet gets. Some small dog pets require daily walks with plenty of romping around in an open space, while others are happy to have a short walk and play around a bit indoors. Each breed is different.
Remember to keep the size of your home and property in mind while adopting a small dog pet.
This is a no-brainer. Long-haired breeds are in most cases, going to shed more than short-haired breeds. Long hair will also be more noticeable on floors and clothing. Your short-haired breeds will not shed as much, but their fur will not be as noticeable once it is shed. Know how much cleaning you are willing to do. Also, consider that each particular breed, regardless of their hair length, sheds differently, so research each one, so you know what you are getting yourself into.
Allergies in the Family
If you are allergic to dog dander, then it is suggested that you research each breed in regards to the amount of dander they distribute. The smaller the dog, the less skin they will have and the less dander they will produce. Also, dogs that shed less hair will most likely shed less dander, which falls somewhat into the shedding category.
Spend a fair amount of time with the dog you have chosen before taking it home. This way, you will know if the particular small dog pet triggers any allergies.
Temperament and Trainability
All dogs and breeds behave differently. The way a particular dog behaves usually depends heavily on how it is treated by its master, trained, and what kind of environment it lives in. Whether you want a companion, a watchdog, a guard dog, a dog that is great with children, etc. will affect your decision to adopt a small dog pet. Research to find out the best breed for your situation.
Every small dog pet has a different life expectancy. Also, every small dog pet is susceptible to different health problems. Just because a small dog pet is susceptible to certain health problems does not mean that it is guaranteed to suffer them. Some health problems are avoidable through proper care, such as proper feeding and allowing the small dog pet to get plenty of exercise. Like humans, small dog pets cannot avoid every health problem. Sometimes it just comes down to luck.
Thankfully, Korona was a great pet choice for us. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision about whether or not these furry critters are right for your lifestyle, as well as what you need to know when bringing one into your home. Good luck!