Purebred Breeders is not sure if there are any unrecognized biases here, but we had so much to say about numbers 6 to 10 that the post just got too long! Not to worry though, 9 and 10 will be here shortly. Until then, here are 6 through 8 of our Top Ten small dogs for families.
Purebred Breeders finds Miniature Schnauzer to be cute, energetic, loving dogs who are considered perfect for those who like to keep things mess-free. This is because they practically do not shed, and tend to keep themselves rather clean. They are loyal to their owners, love to show affection as well as receive it, and are attention-seekers. Though playful, Purebred Breeders must warn that this breed is prone to mischief if the right amount of exercise is not received, so be sure to give your Miniature Schnauzer a walk each day, and allow him or her to frolic around in an enclosed area for a few minutes so the excess energy can be spent.
These dogs are great guards, easy to train, plus they get along well with people and animals, and are exceedingly obedient once trained early. They can be stubborn at times, but are usually eager to please and great with properly instructed children. Purebred Breeders recommends that they be walked on a leash due to their natural tendency to hunt smaller animals and cats.
Short Coat Chihuahua
Chihuahuas tend to be brave, loving and feisty little dogs who are as loyal as they are confident. They are gentle social creatures who love human attention, playing games, and sitting on their owner’s laps. They have the tendency to bond with a specific member of the family, which means they go everywhere and do everything with that person. Purebred Breeders advices that Chihuahuas must be taught to share from early, since their tendency to cling to one person can easily lead to jealousy if that person shows affection to another animal, and even another person.
They are medium shedders, require a small amount of exercise (especially when allowed to play outside at intervals), and are generally good with children once they are taught how to interact with these dogs. Chihuahuas require patience to train since their confidence can make them stubborn. Overall though, they are sweet-natured pooches who love to be petted.
Pomeranians are sweet, social, independent, people-loving dogs, who are loyal as well as playful. They are confident almost to a fault, since this can come off as cocky, and may be picky eaters. Regular dental cleaning may be needed. Also called Poms, they like being active, are eager to please, and are often easy to train because they love learning tasks (although housebreaking may be a bit hard). They crave human affection and often seek attention by following owners wherever they are allowed to go.
They are territorial, and make great watchdogs because they are weary of strangers until taught that they are non-threatening. Owners of Pomeranians should be keen to train them to stop barking on command, and should be sure to walk them on a leash to avoid confrontations with bigger dogs. They are ideal for older children who are gentle and respectful, need their walks, and require playtime in the yard. Bear in mind though that Pomeranians should not be left outdoors alone. Purebred Breeders warns that these are heavy shedders who can get warm often, so do not be surprised if yours develop the tendency to cool down in his or her water bowl.