Weekend Image Post – Small Dog Breeds
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A small dog is generally considered to be one that weighs less than 20 lbs and is shorter than 16 inches. A small dog fits on your lap and is easy to travel with. You may even put a petite pup in a shoulder bag and walk to the store. The nature of small dogs vary from breed to breed so before buying or adopting one first see their characteristics.
In our weekend image blog post we publish absolutely irresistible Ten Popular Small Dog Breeds.
Here is a complete list of all small dog breeds:
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Height: 15.5 to 17.5 inches | Weight: 17 to 23 pounds
Bedlington Terrier breed was developed in the north of England during the 1820s to be an all-purpose terrier: A dog that could swim down an otter, course a rabbit and fight in the pit. Breed fanciers stylized its appearance, improved its manners and turned into one of the most elegant of the terrier breeds. The color may be blue, sandy or liver, with or without tan markings, with the lighter shade of gray-blue most commonly seen.
Bichon Frise (Bichon à poil frisé)
Height: 9 – 12 inches | Weight: 7 – 12 pounds
Standing 12 inches or less at the shoulder, Bichon Frise which means curly-coated lapdog makes an ideal city companion. The round eyes are black or dark brown. The ears are dropped covered in long hair. The double coat is soft to the touch. Coat colors include solid white, cream, gray or apricot. Professional grooming may be required, not always easy to house train. This is a charming breed, and an excellent watchdog that bonds with the entire family.
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Brussels Griffon (Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Belgian Griffon, Petit Brabancon)
Height: 7 – 8 inches | Weight: 6 – 12 pounds
Brussels Griffon from Belgium comes in spot number 5 for littlest breed. They are known for having tiny pointed ears, upturned nose and curly tail. Coat colors include red, beige, black and tan, and solid black. The key to keeping this pup happy and healthy is lots of exercise. The breed is an outstanding watchdog for its size.
Height: 6 – 9 inches | Weight: 2 to 6 pounds
Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog, coming in 6 – 9 inches tall and not over 6lbs. They have become one of the most popular breeds as well! Native to Mexico, these pups have straight or curly hair, usually light brown in color. Trademark traits for these dogs are pointed, large, flaring ears and plumed tails. The coat can be short, long and wavy or flat, and comes in a variety of colors including black, white, chestnut, fawn, sand, silver, sable, steel blue, black & tan or tri-color. Chihuahuas are excellent watchdogs.
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Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel)
Height: 7 – 11 inches | Weight: 4 pounds – 15 pounds
Playful, agile and friendly, with a wonderful sense of humor, this breed makes a charming pet. A beautiful long-coated toy breed, the Japanese Chin was a favorite of the Japanese imperial family and was distinguished from other dogs by its royal status. There are two classes of Japanese Chins: under 7 pounds, and over 7 pounds. The eyes are large and prominent. The tail is carried over the back and covered profusely with hair. The coat is long, straight and silky, and may be white with colored patches. The patches are often black, but can also be red, lemon, orange, sable, black and white with tan points, or brindle.
Maltese (Maltese Lion dog)
Height: 8 – 10 inches | Weight: 4 to 7 pounds
The third smallest dog is the Maltese, first found in Italy. Their long, pure white hair gives them a unique, intriguing appearance. Its silky, pure white coat is long and hangs straight to the ground from a center part running from nose to tail. The coat needs daily brushing to stay tangle-free and frequent bathing to keep it sparkling white, even if you choose to give it a shorter pet trim. Dark eyes and pigmentation of nose, lips and eye rims enhance the alert expression. They make great watchdogs.
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Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel, Phalene, Epagneul nain Continental, Butterfly Dog, Pap)
Height: 8 – 11 inches | Weight: 7-10 pounds
Originating from France, the Papillion is the fourth tiniest toy dog. Named after their beautiful butterfly ears, the Papillon is an adventurous breed that excels in sports such as obedience and agility. Its long coat is fine and silky, adorned with a frill on the chest. The coat is usually white with patches of color from lemon to deep chestnut, but it can also be black and white with tan markings. This breed is a great watchdog.
Pomeranian (Zwergspitz, Dwarf Spitz, Loulou, Pom)
Height: 7 – 12 inches | Weight: 3 to 7 pounds
Ranking as the second smallest breed is the Pomeranian, hailing from Germany. These tiny pups are known for their small muzzle and plume-like tail. The small, erect ears are set high. The feathered tail lies straight and flat over the back. The Pom has a thick, double coat. The outer coat is long, straight and harsh in texture, while the undercoat is soft, thick and short. Comes in a variety of coat colors and patterns including red, orange, white, cream, blue, brown, black, black and tan, wolf sable, orange sable, brindle and parti-color, which is white with colored markings. An inquisitive extrovert, the Pomeranian makes friends wherever it goes. They are great family dogs and absolutely love entertaining guests.
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Tibetan Spaniel (Little Lion)
Height: 10 inches | Weight: 9 to 15 pounds
Smart, sweet and trusting of other dogs and people, the Tibetan Spaniel was bred in the monasteries of Tibet and used as a watchdog and bed warmer.
The silky double coat is moderately long on the body. The richly plumed tail is carried in a curl over the back. All colors and mixtures of colors are acceptable. The neck is covered in a mane of hair which is more prominent in males. A Tibetan Spaniel will sing with your doorbell, announcing all new arrivals.
Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
Height: 6 – 7 inches | Weight: Up to 7 pounds
Yorkshire Terrier is a small, toy-sized dog. The erect ears are V-shaped. The tail is customarily docked to a medium length and carried somewhat higher than the back. The long, glossy coat is fine and silky and falls straight down on either side. The coat comes in a steel blue and tan color. The body and tail are blue and the rest of the dog is tan. Puppies are brown, black and tan. It makes an alert watchdog and its exercise needs are minimal.
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