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Choose a small dog for adopting?

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Posted on October 06 2018

Each dog has its own character, its specificities. That's what makes it unique. However, even though race and size do not determine the characteristics of an animal alone, they do contribute to it. Small dogs have some common traits.



In most cases, small dogs are full of vitality , sometimes a little more nervous than their larger counterparts, they do not lack courage and can be possessive and dominant . They consume smaller quantities of food, but they sometimes rush over their bowls and claim a little too much candy. To help you choose,  Chien.fr  offers his test to find out which dog suits you !

The benefits of a small dog

There are, among the small dogs, breeds like the Cavalier King Charles , the Yorkshire Terrie r , the Boston Terrier , the French Bulldog , the Chihuahua , the Dachshund , the Jack Russell Terrier , the Coton de Tulear , the Maltese , the Havanese , the Pekingese , the Shih Tzu , the Pug or the Pinscher Dwarf . The  French Bulldog  is the heaviest in the category of small dogs (15 kg maximum)

These dogs are all appreciated for their adorable, cute appearance, as well as for the little physical space they occupy. These small animals do not need a large living space. Placing their sleeping arrangements is easy enough, as is their transportation . You can take them everywhere without difficulty, especially in public transport. By car, their small cage slips easily into the cabin.

The economic aspect of such a choice is also often put forward. The croquettes budget is, of course, lower than that of a big dog, but other important expenses can be imposed, as for the grooming .

Moreover, it is, of course, easier to brush , wash, handle and heal a small dog than a large one. A task that can however become complicated if the animal is agitated , uncooperative.

Behavior and education of a small dog

In general, small dogs are known to be a little more nervous than their larger counterparts. They are also very active and often tend to be dominant.

This is a global observation and there are, of course, exceptions, such as Coton de Tuléar, Havanese and Maltese Bichon which are known for their calm . Small dogs are also players , full of joy of living and sometimes a little "clowns" at the edges, like the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier. They are therefore perfect companions for children .

For all these reasons, small dogs must be educated at once soft and firm . They must also be socialized from an early age. In addition, we tend to want to spoil them by offering a little too much treats , which can only affect their behavior and health.

The dietary needs of a small dog

This brings us to evoke the diet of the small dog . It is clear that his dietary needs are different, especially because of his high activity, his accelerated metabolism , his small stomach and his small mouth . Not to mention that small dogs live longer and are therefore more exposed to the effects of old age, including oxidative stress .

Energy needs are higher and antioxidant intake must be properly ensured. Small dogs eat less than adults, but the quality of their food is preferred.

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