There is no doubt that small dogs are cute, and a good companion especially for kids. When you decide to buy a puppy, there are different factors you should consider in choosing the right breed because different breeds have various characters, personalities, ways of training them, and some other factors. Here are the top 5 small dog breeds that you may want to consider as a family pet.
The Maltese was first recognized as a breed in Malta, where it received its name. The Maltese is a good dog for apartment life. They are very active indoors and do well without a yard. Typically calm and friendly, they are also energetic and good-natured. They are intelligent, quick learners and lovable. If you suffer from allergies, this is a good choice.
They are attentive and aware of changes in their environment so they can tend to bark a bit. Friendly and lively, Pomeranians love to be around their owners and are also caring of them. Sometimes it can be difficult to feed them as they are picky eaters. It is also a good choice for apartment dwellers, but if you are receiving guests frequently this is not a very good choice for you.
This breed was created by working men of north England, who developed the breed for catching the awful rats and mice that infected clothing mills. Small in size but big in personality, the Yorkshire Terrier makes an energetic but loving companion. The Yorkie is sensitive to the cold and prefers warm climates. It is very sweet and loving and can be trusted with children. They are very eager for adventure and like to play with kids. The Yorkshire Terrier is very confident, intelligent and an active little dog.
The translation of Shih Tzu means Lion Dog and this breed originated in Tibet where it was admired all the way back in the 1600's. Shih Tzu are very interactive and can adapt well to children and adults. It is loyal, loving, outgoing, and alert. By the age of one year, the Shih Tzu attains its full growth. Shih Tzus are famous for their luxurious coats and need proper care.
The Boston Terrier is really an American breed. It is interesting that some Terriers do not bark at all. This breed is gentle, alert, very intelligent, polite and enthusiastic. Avoid high pitched sounds as they are very sensitive to tones.