Today we complete the Purebred Breeders Top Ten small dogs for families by presenting numbers 9 and 10. Enjoy!
These are often little darlings who love cuddling, rolling around and just being with their owners. They are entertaining, playful, affectionate pooches who crave social activities, and hate being alone or ignored. French Bulldogs tend to stick closely to the family, well-behaved, and calm. Considered an indoor dog, they like walks and little bouts of playing, but do not demand a lot of exercise from you. They tend to be great with other animals, and can befriend cats if they grow up together, but Purebred Breeders must point out that male French Bulldogs do not often get along well with each other. This breed can be protective at times, and prone to medium amounts of shedding. They love to please, yet they may be stubborn during training therefore, you must be patient. Positive reinforcement works best since they do not respond well to harsh treatment. They like to be a part of everything, and are usually comical.
Historically bred to herd, the Shetland Sheepdog is high-energy, playful, and quick to work. They have the tendency to herd anything they can (people and cars included), are fast, exhibit great agility, and often form an unbreakable attachment with a specific family member. They make excellent guards because they hate being petted by strangers, are weary of people they do not know, and can be loud barkers. Purebred Breeders wishes to note that they should be trained to cease on command since there is no way to curb the tendency to bark excessively at perceived intruders.
Shelties (as they are also called) are suckers for recognition and reward for a job well done, they are also real people pleasers. It is in their nature to be sensitive to their owners needs, obedient, and gentle. They do shed excessively, and are best with children if introduced to them when young. They are also best around older children who are trained to treat dogs with respect. They should be walked daily (on a leash) and allowed the space to run about.