Small Breeds – Lancashire Heeler to Norfolk Terrier
I managed to finish off another six of the small dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club for you to read and see I thought maybe we could take a look at some of these breeds a bit closer.
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The Lancashire Heeler is a medium to high energy dog. Intelligent, alert and friendly, they are quick and clever to learn new tasks. A sturdy little dog with a short, weather-resistant coat of black and tan or liver and tan, they are affectionate with their owners, always happy, talkative (they love the sound of their own voice) and always ready for a walk. Their small size is what gives them their charm and they rarely ever suffer from any separation anxiety so being left alone is not a problem.
Small, only growing to a 10 to 12 inches in height at the withers, and weighing 9 to 17 pounds they are powerful, sturdily built, alert and an energetic worker, the Lancashire Heeler works cattle but has terrier instincts when rabbiting and ratting. They have a unique characteristic called the Heeler Smile; when content, Heelers have been known to draw back their lips in an effort that emulates a human smile. In 2003, the breed was placed on the Endangered Breeds list of The Kennel Club, U. K, due to the small number of dogs composing the gene pool and the risk of several inherited diseases.
The Lancashire Heeler is considered a generally healthy breed, living anywhere from 12 to 15 years. Some common diseases seen in the Lancashire are Heelerinclude Collie eye anomaly, primary lens luxation, and Persistent Papillary Membrane, all of which affect the dog’s sight. Finding a reputable breeder for this breed is difficult and knowing the health histories is important.
The Lhasa Apso is a thousand-year-old breed who served as sentinels at palaces and monasteries isolated high in the Himalayas. A non-sporting dog breed originating in Tibet, they were bred as an interior sentinel in the Buddhist monasteries, to alert the monks to any intruders who entered.
Lhasa Apso stand10 to 11 inches high at the shoulder, weigh only 12 to 18 pounds they are a small but hardy dog of aristocratic bearing. Famous for a floor-length, flat-hanging coat, parted in the middle and draping each side of the body, a feathery tail curls over the back in the distinct manner of Tibetan breeds. The breed’s fans say the dark, oval-shaped eyes—peeping through lavish facial hair are the windows of a Lhasa Apso’s soul. With a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, these cuties with long dense hair are actually hypoallergenic.
The temperament of these tiny doggies is steady, fearless, assertive, energetic, lively, obedient, spirited, devoted, intelligent, playful, and friendly. But the Lhasa Apso no matter how affectionate and loyal toward their family is wary of strangers. These are great lap dogs for adults and older owners but not a patient breed so not always good with children as a family dog.
A companion dog whose name is German for “little lion,” the Löwchen has been a popular pet among Continental Europeans for more than 500 years with a history of being bred from Germany, France, and places in Europe. The portable, hypoallergenic, non-shedding Löwchen is said to be affectionate, lively, and brave as a lion.
Small dogs with enormous heart, Löwchen (the same singular or plural) stand at 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder, weigh at the most around 15 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. Their coat is traditionally kept cut in a “lion clip,” in which most of the hindquarters and tail are clipped down close to the skin. The overall effect is that of a mini lion, with a full mane and plumed tail. Their coat comes in several colors and color combinations of Black, Chocolate, Cream, Black & Tan, Black & Silver, and Blue. Beneath the coat is a dog that is not only, strong and sturdy, but elegant and artfully balanced.
The Löwchen or Little Lion Dog is a breed of dog. A small dog, they are considered by some registries as a toy dog and by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting dog. The Löwchen once had the dubious distinction, like the Portuguese Water Dog and the Havanese, of being the rarest dog in the world. They are known for being intelligent, playful, happy, active, friendly, and familial. A really great small family dog loving to cuddle and snuggle just be wary with small children they do not squeeze too tight.
Miniature Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a breed with origins in the extinct English White Terrier, the Dalmatian and the Bulldog and the first existence is documented 1872 in The Dogs of British Island.
Feisty and mischievous the Miniature Bull Terrier is a Bull Terrier, only smaller dogs they come equipped with terrier fire and fearlessness. If ever a dog could claim the title “Clown Prince of Dogdom,” it’s the Miniature Bull Terrier.
In nearly every way the Miniature is a Bull Terrier, only smaller, standing at 10 to 14 inches at the withers, weighing only 20 to 35 pounds as an adult, they have a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years. In fact, before 1991 the AKC classified the two Bully breeds as varieties of the same breed. They are square, muscular, and, for their size, quite strong, their trademark is a large egg-shaped head, with its dark, triangular eyes. It is impossible to mistake the Bull Terrier breeds for any other, the coat can be pure white, or fawn, black and tan, tricolor, black brindle, and red. They are considered to be hypoallergenic as well.
Considering their temperament of being even-tempered, stubborn, energetic, playful, loving, and courageous families with children should socialize puppies early on to accept outside children as welcome guests. Although Miniature Bull Terriers will bond nicely with kids in their own family, they can sometimes be aggressive toward other children and should be taught early that all kids are to be welcomed with open arms.
Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Being the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds is generally a healthy, long-lived, low-shedding (hypoallergenic) companion dog.
Add an outgoing personality, a portable size, and sporty good looks, and you’ve got an ideal family dog.
This stocky, robust little dog stands 12 to 14 inches, weighs 12 to 20 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Miniature Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers, and the bushy beard and eyebrows give Miniatures a charming, human-like expression. The hard, wiry coat comes in three color patterns: salt (white) and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. Breed to be all-around farm dogs and ratters, they are tough, muscular, and fearless without being aggressive. Having a temperament of being fearless, alert, obedient, spirited, intelligent, and friendly these dogs and not well-suited for hones with small children.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, small enough to adapt to apartment life but tireless enough to patrol acres of farmland. They get along well with other animals they are sturdy little guys and enjoy a vigorous play, and they make great watchdogs.
The Norfolk Terrier is a British breed of dog. Prior to gaining recognition as an independent breed in 1964, it was a variety of the Norwich Terrier, distinguished from the “prick eared” Norwich by its “drop ears”. Together, the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers are the smallest of the working terriers.
Norfolk Terriers are little, cute, and loyal, and they will gladly curl up in your lap, but don’t dare call them lapdogs. Norfolks, despite their toyish qualities, are genuine terriers feisty, confident, sturdy, and game for adventure. You will find them in four colors to choose from Black & Tan, Red, Wheaten, and Grizzle.
Norfolk Terriers are among the smallest working terriers, standing no higher than 9 to 10 inches at the shoulder, weighing 11 to 12 pounds, they have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. Their coat is hard, wiry, and straight making them in the class of hypoallergenic dogs. They share many traits with their close cousins, Norwich Terriers in order to tell them apart, you have to look at the ears: the Norwich has erect, pointed ears and the Norfolk’s ears are neatly folded over.
Bred to work in packs, Norfolks are more gregarious than a typical terrier, but they have plenty of the old terrier pep. Few Norfolks these days earn their living hunting rodents, but a good one will fearlessly do so when given a chance. Norfolk Terriers bond closely, sometimes jealousy, with their owners and make nice watchdogs, with temperaments of self-confidence, lovable, fearless, spirited, companionable, and happy; they have a reputation as a good traveler: portable, adaptable, and up for anything.
Wow, I am hoping that you are enjoying learning about these small breed dogs like I am they sure are cute and so adorable wish I could have one of each (laughing) being a dog lover makes picking just one very hard.
So now that we are up to about the middle of the alphabet with breeds what are your thoughts?
Find any that interest you? Maybe one certain breed you want to take home?
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