Smalls dogs may be the cutest and cuddliest bunch, but they can have big personalities too! Some pups are as friendly as they look, while others are surprisingly feisty! If you are getting a small dog for the first time, there’s no need to worry. All pooches are unique, but their breeds can tell you a whole lot about their general temperament. So which small dog should you adopt? Well, it depends on your preference. Let’s take a look at the different personalities:
Calm and Gentle
Dog Breeds: Pug, Bolognese, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Chinese Crested, Italian Greyhound
Some of these dogs are the sweetest you’ll ever find! They are usually well behaved and will shower you with lots of love. There are also generally pretty patient and calm around energetic kids. Probably the most popular breed in this group is the Pug. Who could blame Pug owners? There’s plenty of charm hidden behind those wrinkly faces! According to the Mother Nature Network, Pugs are also one the friendliest breeds and are usually recommended for families.
Active and Playful
Dog Breeds: Beagle, Dachshund, French Bulldog, German Hunting Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Spitz, Shih Tzu
If you want a little pooch that is as active as you are, it’s worth considering these high-energy dog breeds. They love the outdoors and are always eager to play with you. However, without enough exercise though, these restless dogs have the potential to make a mess of your home, so it’s important to spend enough playtime with them. Go Fetch details several tips on how to exercise your dog, from outdoor activities like walking, running, and hiking, to indoor activities such as fitness classes. The article also iterates that certain dogs need more physical exercise than other breeds, which is why it would help to visit a qualified dog trainer.
Some of these canines were originally bred to hunt, which is why you shouldn’t be surprised if you find holes in your lawn. Dachshunds, in particular, are notorious for their digging exploits. Those little hot dogs were once made to catch burrowing prey like badgers and rabbits!
Intelligent and Curious
Dog Breeds: Poodle, Jack Russell Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog, Papillon, Schipperke
These highly intelligent dogs are easily trainable and can impress a crowd with tricks. If you want to own an obedient dog, these are your best bets. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, for instance, can keep up with their owners even with its short legs. Based on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101, they are devoted to their owners and are eager to please. No wonder the Queen is such a huge fan of the breed!
Feisty and Protective
Dog Breeds: Cesky Terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Volpino, Shiba Inu
Don’t be fooled by these little fluffballs; they’re the sassy clique of the small dog breeds. They can be pretty tough to train because of their bossy nature, but make no mistake: they’ll protect you with all their might. Take a look at the Chihuahua for example. As my last post about types of chihuahua, this type of dog sometimes has a short temper and is easily provoked. They are also very territorial, which means they don’t take kindly to other dogs. Though the breed is fun-sized, Chihuahuas aren’t recommended for kids.
Do take note that these are only generalized personality traits based on the breed. There will always be those dogs that break the rules of genetics, like a gentle Chihuahua or an aggressive Pug. Again, it all depends on what personality would suit you. Before deciding on which breed you’ll adopt, make sure to do thorough research. A dog with a temperament that’s incompatible with yours will only give you more stress.