Choosing A Miniature Dog Breed For Your New Pet

Miniature dog breeds are very popular because their small size means they are better suited to apartments or houses with small backyards.

Additionally, they are easier to control than very large dogs, and are generally cheaper to keep. They need less food and medication, though vet consultations are a standard price. Even with longer haired miniature dogs, it is easier to keep them brushed and groomed compared to their larger cousins.

Just because a dog is small, however, does not mean that they all share the same temperament or activity levels. Some of these dogs come from a background where they were used for hunting, like the miniature dachshund, and others, like the Tibetan spaniel, bark a lot. The latter would thus not be ideal for apartment living, unless you have very accommodating neighbors, or a sound proof apartment.

They Need Lots Of Exercise

Small breeds that need a lot of exercise include the dachshund, the Italian greyhound, and the Australian Terrier. Breeds like the maltese, pugs, and chihuahuas will all do well exercising in a small backyard. If you do have a dog in an apartment, it is suggested that he be taken for a walk once or twice a day outside. This basically goes for all miniature dog breeds.

As far as which miniature dog breed to buy, there are many to choose from. As an owner you need to decide which will best suit your needs. Look into things such as temperament, size, and any features that will make your buying decision easier, such as coat length and care, and barking tendencies.

Here are four miniature dog breeds that you may want to check out before you make a purchasing decision:

Miniature Bull Terrier

The Miniature Bull Terrier is a very playful dog that loves their family. It likes strangers as well though, so is not a good choice for a guard dog. They like plenty of activity, and love toys, although they have pretty strong jaws and teeth so they tend to destroy them quite quickly. Miniature Bull Terriers tend to want to please their masters more than their larger brothers.

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Lhasa Apso

Another dog to consider is the Lhasa Apso. Lhasa’s have a distinctively beautiful long coat, and although they are lap dog size, they don’t have the need to be cuddled all the time like some other lap dogs. Like cats, they are independent and will come for attention when they want it, though they are very affectionate by nature. Lhasa’s are very loyal dogs, with a capacity for stubbornness which means they are better suited to those more experienced with handling dogs.

Image Credit: The American Lhasa Apso Club

Miniature Poodle

The Miniature Poodle is always popular. It is one of the most well behaved miniature dog breeds, and one that every dog lover should look into. Miniature poodles can grow up to 20 pounds, and stand about 15 inches in height. This breed is very intelligent and great with small children.

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Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer weighs in at around 15 pounds. This miniature dog breed is affectionate, and is always up for a bit of fun. In addition, they are great for both country and city environments.

Image Credit: The American Miniature Schnauzer Club

Miniature dog breeds have had quite a surge in popularity the last few years, no doubt influenced by the celebrity trend to carry them around in large handbags.

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