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Small Dog Love #SpringForSmallDogs

Choosing a small dog was an easy decision for us. I’ve had big dogs and they are great, but I love small dogs for so many reasons.

It turns out I’m not alone in my love for small breed dogs. 60% of dog households in Canada own a small dog. This trend towards owning smaller breeds is driven not just by our love of dressing our dogs up; it’s led primarily by urbanization and an aging population.

While age of owners and urbanization are the main reasons many people choose to get a small dog they aren’t the only ones. There are many things to consider when you are looking to add a furry friend to your family. Temperament, ease of grooming, lifespan, breed health issues and how big they will get once fully grown are just a few things to consider. Each of these factors will be more or less important depending on your family and the type of home you are able to offer your furever friend.

We focused on whether or not a breed would be hypoallergenic, good with kids, and how big the dog would get once fully grown. I knew I wanted a small dog, which is one that weighs 35lbs or less, being as we are a large family in a small space. Small dogs are at home in smaller spaces, typically require less space to expend their energy, and they live much longer than large dogs (almost twice as long in some cases). Plus the ones I have been lucky enough to own seem to love me just that little bit more.


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While all dogs have unique needs, not all pet owners are treating their small dogs in the ways that they need, mostly because they just don’t realize how small dogs differ from their larger companions. Small dogs reach maturity earlier, pound for pound, small dogs need more energy, like that provided by their food, than large dogs, and small dogs tend to be fussy eaters and more likely to refuse to eat food.

It’s important for Pet parents to look for food designed and developed for a small dog’s needs. Brands like CESAR®, IAMS® and PEDIGREE® offer specialized recipes for small dogs that taste good and provide for the specific nutritional needs of a small dog. Small dogs have smaller mouths and prefer smaller sized kibbles and treats. Both Cesar and Iams provide those needed smaller kibble sizes; Cesar® has “H:” shaped kibble specially designed for easy pick up, IAMS® and Pedigree® kibble is also designed for smaller jaws and easier to chew.

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Since a small dog is much more likely to refuse its food, it has to taste good. Adding wet food made for them into their repertoire adds much needed variety and texture. I typically mix wet and dry together to encourage Buttercup to eat everything in her bowl, otherwise she only eats a few kibble at a time making it harder to track if she’s getting enough to eat.

Smaller dogs teeth also require daily care and attention to help keep their gums & teeth in top shape! Trust me you don’t want a dental bill from your vet. Along with daily brushing, food and treats designed to support oral care can play an important role in your small dogs’ oral care regime.

Taking care of our small dog’s overall heath is as important to me as my kids. I want to make sure to provide her with everything, including the food she needs to keep her healthy, happy, and with us for as long as possible. Judging by her face this morning I’d say she’s happy.

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111 opinions on “Small Dog Love #SpringForSmallDogs”

    1. I have a small mixed standard poodle and french bull dog and call her summer, she is so cute and so smart.

    2. I love miniature longhaired dachshunds and chihuahuas. We have one dachs (Remy) and 2 chihuahuas (Pippi and Indy).

    1. I have a Jack Russell named Sasha she is seven years old and the joy of my life she is not as hyper as some people think Russells are is quite tame, she has given me lots of laughter and love.

  1. Both my father and my mother in law have Bichons and both their doggies love Ceasar,,they`d have to fight over this

  2. I really don’t have any particular type of dog I love, I just love them all! Big or small they’re all just like little kids, lots of love to share, their own personalities, likes and dislikes. So yes, I’m a sucker when it comes to dogs. I always said, if you can’t spoil them, no point in having them. They don’t ask for much, just to be fed and loved!

  3. I love the Pomeranian!! right now my smallest dog that I have is a Pom-Chi and he is my grumpy old fella, he would love to win this and get spoiled!!

  4. I have toy poodles and a Shih Tzu. I love them both for their smarts, personalities and attitudes. I also adore Goldens but small dogs are so much easier to clean up after, they dont take as much room on the bed and costs are lower to feed.

  5. I have a Dachshund named Buffy, and before that a Lhasa Apso. I have always loved smaller dogs. <3 <3

  6. I have 4 yorkies they are my fur babies, They keep me very busy, playing and throwing toys. Love my little fubabies Taffy Harley SassSue and Holly.

  7. What’s not to love about all dogs! I have had 3 Cairn Terriers (like Toto from the Wizard of Oz). I got the first one (Murphy) back in 1990 and he lived for 14-1/2 years. I then decided to get two dogs together so they had company and got 2 brothers (Griffin & Mack) in 2004. I lost Mackie last year and Griffin was so lonely that I decided to add a new brother for him. This time however, since I was now retired, I got a Golden Retriever (Einstein) who just turned 1. They get along great even with the size and age difference and it has brought new life to Griffin!

  8. I’ve had 2 Shih Tzu’s over 15 years and I love them so much but they have been prone to health problems. My current dog is recovering from double knee surgery and hasn’t been able to walk much for about a year. But they are sweet and cuddly.

  9. I have a Shit-zu Names Ginger she brings so much joy to our lives. Take her for walks to the park near us every day and she likes the ducks there. They are so used to her they don’t even fly away she just plays with them lol

    1. We have a maltipoo and she is so sweet. She likes to bark at the window when garbage trucks, etc. go by but other than that she is quite quiet and very loving.

  10. Right now I have a Lhasa Apso, but I am getting to like more small breeds. I have always had, and still love, larger breeds, but there is a lot to be said for little monsters too, as her highness is teaching me. 🙂

  11. I have an 8 yr old pomeranian/chihuahua cross and a 1 yr old sheltie and I love both of them. I lost my 14 yr old miniature American eskimo last year and she was so smart and such a doll who loved to lie on her back on the couch beside me when I was watching a movie.

  12. My Molly is a mini poodle and has saved my life with her loyal presence and unconditional love and above all, her hilarious silliness is sure to bust a gut. She is incredibly smart and talented in so many ways. I love her to bits !

  13. I have a mini Dashund and a Shih Tsu! They are so different but get along so well! I use Ceasar wet food and Presidents choice small breed kibble.

  14. We have a yorkie and he’s incredible. He can a little hard headed, but he is too adorable. Our next dog is going to be a small mixed breed as with a purebred you tend to have more genetic issues – looking at maltipoo.

    1. I love poodles. Our dog’s name is Jango. We live in Northern Saskatchewan so the prize would be marvelous.

  15. I love poodles. We have dog that looks just like yours. His name is Jango 🙂 We live in Northern Saskatchewan so this prize would be marvelous as stores are hard to come by where we live.

  16. I have 3 Yorkies…..Termite, Shamrock and Hercules, also a Maltese (DollyDoodle) and a blind diabetic MinPin named Bogart….I have had large dogs before and loved them greatly….but there is something special about the tiny dogs….they rule the house….

  17. I love wee whippits! But mostly love my french bulldog / boston terrier mix. Although really she looks like an alien!

  18. I have a papillon her name is peanut. She has just had two little boy pups they are so sweet. Peanut follows me every where in the house & I can’t leave her in the car to go get something from a store my husband says all she does is whine when I am not near her. What a sweet heart. Love her to bits.

  19. I’ve had poodles over the years and I think are my favorite. However, being a senior, I decided to get another small dog. This one is a Teddy Bear Morkie, part Maltese and part Yorkie. He is just adorable with his cute button nose. Just can’t say no to him.

  20. I love my two Chihuahuas! One of my sisters has had 25 of them over the years, was a breeder.
    We really enjoy a lot of the smaller dogs, but Chihuahuas have really stolen our hearts.

  21. Miniature red Poodles also known as apricot or red nosed Poodles. My first Lil boy ever and O’ My Gosh! Furever!!! The absolute Love of my Life! I never wanted a dog, As I have very severe anxiety. So having to go out everyday was a very scary thought for me.
    My lil Angel saved me in so many ways so many times. He is my Angel. And now I never want to be without a dog. I am head over heels in LOVE. I never understood the relationship humans had with their dogs O wow I am so beyond madly in Love. I am so so grateful I got to experience this Love.
    There truly is no Love like this Love. One of a kind, Unconditional, Loyal, Forgiving, Grateful, Playful, Loving, Sweet, Kind etc.. The list could go on and on.
    I had rescued a few dogs from people who got puppies and could handle them. They knew I am a huge animal lover and had found many cats and a few dogs forever homes. The last lil guy I got destroyed my home. So when my sisters friend kept calling saying please please take this dog my husband hates him. I said no no no this was on a Wednesday it was a long weekend three years back its was in the mid 30 very hot on the Monday they called and said well he has been in the car all weekend. My jaw dropped! I said omg well bring him. It still brings tears to my eye’s. It was obviously meant to be.
    Up rolls a 23 year old woman a 25 year old man with 7 kids under 10 years old with this curly red poodle in her arms. She handed him over with dollar store dog food soaked in water awe.
    Anyways I had the lil guy three weeks with many offers some lots of money that didn’t matter after the first 24hr I was in Love. Still in the back of my mind I didn’t want to be selfish and wanted this sweet lil boy to have the best the World could offer. I finally agreed on a middle ages woman that had a westie and made a time a date to pass him off. I got there holding him in my arms saw the woman and took off the other way. oopsy!! To say the least she was a little upset but I had already falling deeply in love.
    I had realized the best play for him was with me I would take the best care of him as I possibly could not knowing he would do the same for me. My Angel! I am so blessed. I have my lil boy and he has me. Furever

    Ps. Sorry for the long comment just wanted to share I am so in Love everyone should rescue and give a dog a shot in the end they do more for your mind body and soul than you can ever imagine.

    pss.This is my first ever comment lol I don’t think it is supposed to be a book but hey it’s my comment, our story xx Kimberlee

  22. We had a Dandie Dinmont Terrier who lived to be 17 1/2. We got him at 8 weeks. HIs name was Arthur – and we were always told he looked like an Arthur – whatever that meant. He knew 13 cutsie tricks and was the love of our lives. Miss him terribly.

  23. My favorite dog is a Pomeranian. I am on my second one now. Such good and smart dogs. I just love them.

  24. I have 2 Maltipoo’s who are 2 yrs. old. Ricky takes after the Maltese more with longer, straighter hair,
    a black nose and big brown eyes with one small blue spot in one. Lucy takes after the poodle side more
    with curlier hair, smaller eyes and a brown nose. They never fail to make me laugh (just like the original Ricky and Lucy). They are BBFs.

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