If you want to get a small dog, then this article is for you. It will give you important information about small dogs, including breeds variety, toys and food that are suitable for them, as well as common diseases that occur in small dogs.
What are they like?
Small dogs are usually categorised by their size (12-15 inches) and weight (10-20 pounds). They are easy to keep if you live in a smaller place such as an apartment. They eat less food, so they are more economical. Due to their size, they are very portable. Most small dogs don’t require a lot of exercise.
Different small dog breed
There are a lot of small dogs that are purebred as well as mix-bred in shelters. So, do not forget to look at different shelters to find the dog you want to adopt because purchasing dogs will only do more harm than good to our furry friend’s lives.
Here are some of the small dog’s breed:
Click on the picture to see the breed of the dog.
If you want to see a complete list of all small dog breed, visit: http://www.allsmalldogbreeds.com/small-dog-breeds-a-to-z.html
Food for little dogs
choosing the right food for small dogs is very important and it depends on different factors. It depends on what you want for your dog. Good nutrition? Heath problems? Cost saving?
So, Here are 5 considerations when choosing a small breed dog food:
- Kibble Size – small dogs have smaller mouths. Giving your small dog large pieces of kibble can potentially be a choking hazard. One way to avoid this is to soak the kibble in water and mash the kibble. So, it’s easier for your dog to eat. Or you can choose to buy dog food that has smaller kibble
- Protein and Fat – increase in protein and fat because small dogs need more of it.
- Picky eaters – choose dog food that is formulated for picky eaters
- Ingredients – look for healthy ingredients such as lean protein.
Disease that are common among little dogs
It’s a good idea to know common health problems in small dogs. However, that does not mean all small dogs will have them. It is just common health problems to look out for if you have small dogs. Good news is small dogs generally live longer than larger dogs. Bad news is that some health problems result because of their small size and physical structure.
Due to their long lives, they can experience health problems such as:
- Dental issues
- heart disease
- ear infections
- vomiting and diarrheas
Toys for little dogs
The best toys for small dogs are soft and small. So, it will not cause harm to them.