Aren’t small dogs just adorable? Everything from their miniature appearance to their small barks just melts hearts. And not only that, small dogs are easier to manage, less costly to maintain, and make smaller messes. To really seal the deal, they can even thrive in small apartments, so owning one is much easier than a larger dog!
Dogs qualify as “small” if they only weigh between 12-25 pounds. Even within this range, there is room for loads of diversity, from appearances and grooming requirements to exercise needs and personality and so on.
Many people cut small dogs a lot of slack because of their diminutive stature, but that encourages the wrong kind of behavior. Behavior that a larger dog exhibits that would not be allowed should also not be allowed in a small dog.
It is important to be stern when necessary to show a small dog that you are the leader in the home, not them. Choosing a small dog only based on their looks and not their personality may lead to lots of headaches in the future.
With that said, when you properly train a small dog to be obedient, then you can have all of the benefits of owning a dog, with significantly less downsides if they ever decide to go crazy indoors.
Read more about the various breeds of small dogs by clicking on the links below.