5 Lesser Known Facts About Small Dog Breeds That Every Pet Parent Must Know

Breeds, last updated 09th, Sep 2017, Anshika Saxena

Small dogs are those breeds which typically would have a height of less than eighteen inches or weigh less than 20lbs. West Highland Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Shih Tzu, Pomeranians, Bichon Frise and dozens of other breeds fall into this category.

A lot of these dogs look like cute little teddy bears, but you have to remember that they are living, breathing creatures with (often very strong) personalities who require a high standard of care if they are to thrive in your home. Every dog is different and unique in  it's own sweet way. There are certain hassles that the pet-parent has to be mindful of. Here is a list of five such things.

1. Little dogs tend to be treated like toys.

It’s worth remembering that smaller dogs are sometimes treated like the stuffed animals they vaguely resemble. Sure, they’re small, cute and cuddly — but they’re also living, breathing creatures with measurable intelligence. That’s why canines value the mental stimulation that training games provide — and your guests will value their good behavior. Thus, arises the need to monitor your small dog around others, and take the time to teach basic commands.

2. They are usually, mobility-challenged.

Smaller dogs with sufficient determination can hurt themselves trying to get into cars or onto couches. Some will miss, bounce off, jump again and fall to the floor repeatedly — until you stop them, it is difficult for them to move around without hurting them from things such as a sofa.


3. Little dogs are easier to lose — even in your own home.

From my personal experience, small-breed dogs can be easy to misplace, even indoors. I have a pug, when we first got him home, we figured out that it wont be easy to keep a track of this little poochie's movement, eventually, we ended up tying some cute jingle bells to his collar, which solved the problem.


4. Pet-Parent has to be cautious of certain Health Problems.

Smaller dogs often have more fragile neck structures in comparison to their larger counterparts. This can make them especially susceptible to tracheal injury — and thus their guardians are advised to use chest harnesses instead of collars. Additionally, flatter-faced breeds like the French Bulldog or Brussels Griffon tend to have respiratory issues especially in hot conditions.


5.  Separation-Anxiety in Small Dogs.

It is a state of intense panic brought on by the dog’s isolation/separation from her owners. It usually develops in small breeds.This anxiety increases very quickly even before a person leaves the home.  Dogs are very clever at picking up on our routines and rituals and can predict when we will leave. Dogs who have been bred to be companions are very susceptible to separation anxiety because they feel they are not doing their job if their human is not right next to them.