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All dog breeds have their own distinct personalities, and this seems even more true when looking at the personalities of smaller dog breeds that so many dog owners prefer. Maybe this is one of the top reasons an individual decides to own one of the smaller breeds of dog. We have all heard of the old saying “it is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog” and this certainly rings true with many of the personalities of smaller dog breeds. Below we will look a few of these breeds and what you can expect if you become the proud owner of one.
The Boston Terriers are very popular small dogs. They are intelligent, take to training well, low maintenance as far as their hair is short and does not shed excessively, get along wonderfully with children and thrive in smaller homes where a larger breed of dog would feel cramped.
For those people who want a small dog with a non-aggressive personality the Shih Tzu makes a perfect small dog. They are very friendly, get along well with any other dogs you may already own, love to be around children as well as adults and while it is a good idea to give their coats a good brushing every day they do not shed the long hair. We have had one purebred and one mix, and both have been a delight.
If you want a small bundle of energy always ready for a good tussle, and not afraid to let strangers and much larger dogs know to stay off their turf the Jack Russell Terrier is the small dog for you. Be prepared to provide this breed with plenty of exercise as they will become a bit ornery if all their energy is not worked off daily. Because they are so full of energy and quite intelligent you need to train these dogs very well in obedience training so they do not become aggressive.
One breed who shares many of the same personalities of smaller dog breeds all exhibit is the Dachshund. Often referred to as “wiener dogs” due to their short legs and long bodies, they are full of energy and very loyal and affectionate small pooches. Bred to act as the hound breeds do by chasing small animals, the Dachshund is good choice for a small watch dog who will bark aggressively when strangers are around but gets along well with his human family.
The personalities of smaller dog breeds are as different as the dogs but they all make excellent dogs in most situations.
Do you own one of these breeds? Please tell our readers about your dog.