Small Breeds – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to German Spitz
Looking at the small dog breeds below you would think most of them were bred for royalty. A few have such gentle attitudes that being the perfect little doggie for you is going to be difficult to decide.
Continuing on with the small dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club as we all know this list is not exclusive of all the small breeds of dogs out there but gives everyone an idea of what to look for when trying to find a small breed dog for their family.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wears his connection to British history in his breed’s name. Cavaliers are the best of two worlds, combining the gentle attentiveness of a toy breed with the verve and athleticism of a sporting spaniel.
The Cavalier’s all-around beauty, regal grace, and even temper mark him as one of dogdom’s noblemen. A toy spaniel is no more than 13 inches high, weighing from 13 to 18 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. The Cavalier draws you in with his face: but the temperament is also another quality you will find superior being affectionate, fearless, patient, sociable, adaptable, and playful. The sweet, gentle, melting expression emanating from large, round eyes is a breed hallmark, along with the silky, richly colored coat that can be one of four distinct varieties in Black & Tan, Tricolor, Blenheim, and Ruby,
Cavaliers are adaptable and do equally well with active owners and homebodies, they are usually good with children and other dogs—they can be upbeat athletes or shameless couch potatoes, depending on an owner’s lifestyle.
Cocker Spaniels are dogs belonging to two breeds of the spaniel dog type: the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel, both of which are commonly called Cocker Spaniel in their countries of origin.
The Cocker Spaniel, with his big, dreamy eyes and impish personality, is one of the world’s best-loved breeds. They were developed as hunting dogs, but Cocker Spaniels have gained their wide popularity as all-around companions. Unfortunately, their extreme popularity leaves them open to the bane of all favorite breeds: unscrupulous people who breed with no regard for temperament, health, or conformation. Pay close attention to the breeder when selecting this breed.
Those big, dark eyes; that sweet expression; those long, lush ears that practically demand to be touched no wonder the Cocker Spaniel spent years as America’s most popular breed. The Cocker Spaniel is the AKC’s smallest sporting spaniel, standing about 14 to 15 inches, weighing 20 to 30 pounds, and with a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years. The coat comes in enough colors and patterns to please any taste. The well-balanced body is sturdy and solid, and these quick, durable gun dogs move with a smooth, easy gait.
Cocker Spaniels are eager playmates for kids and are easily trained as companions and athletes. They are big enough to be sporty, but compact enough to be portable. A Cocker Spaniel in full coat requires extra grooming time by being the prettiest dog on the block. The typical Cocker Spaniel is gentle, a loving and trustworthy family companion who is good with children, other pets, and the elderly. These energetic sporting dogs love playtime and brisk walks.
The Dachshund originates from Germany and is known for its famously long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality. Dachshunds come in two sizes and in three coat types of various colors and patterns including Black, Black & Tan, Cream, Tan, Blue & Tan, Chocolate & Cream, Red, and, Chocolate & Tan.
Dachshunds are unmistakable with their long-backed body, little legs, and big personality they are truly an icon of purebred dogdom. Dachshunds can be standard-sized (usually 16 to 32 pounds) or miniature (11 pounds or under), and come in one of three coat types: smooth, wirehaired, or long haired. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years and what a temperament these little dogs have known to be stubborn, clever, lively, devoted, playful, and courageous.
Dachshunds are not built for distance running, leaping, or strenuous swimming, but otherwise, these tireless hounds are game for anything. Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they make fine watchdogs. Bred to be an independent hunter of dangerous prey, they can be brave to the point of rashness, and a bit stubborn, but their endearing nature and unique look has won millions of hearts the world over.
Dachshunds are good with children in their own family if introduced to them early. They may not be as fond of some of your children’s friends, so always supervise playtime. With his long back, the Dachshund can be easily injured if they are not handled properly, remember NO dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Danish-Swedish Farmdog originates from Sweden and Denmark, known as the Little Big Dog, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a companion dog that loves to work and enjoys a challenge. They are a small, compact and slightly rectangular dog, known to mature late.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog makes a great companion for the elderly and does very well with children making them a popular family pet. They come in three colors Brown & White, Tricolor, and Black & White, normal height at the shoulders is 12.5 inches to 14.5 inches, weight is from 15 to 20 pounds, and the life expectancy is 11 to 13 years for these little dogs.
Because they are known to be late maturer’s you will find a temperament of lively, alert, and intelligent throughout their lifetime. Although the Danish Swedish Farmdog has terrier blood in its veins it is not particularly’ high-strung like the other terrier breeds and is actually a very calm and good household companion.
English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel was bred to be the companion of kings. But English Toy Spaniels are spaniels first and pampered lapdogs second, and beneath the patrician exterior beats the heart of a real doggy dog bright, loving, and willing to please.
English Toy Spaniel is a square, snub-nosed toy weighing 8 to 14 pounds, with a height of 9 to 10 inches, and a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. The large domed head with its long and lush ears, dark melting eyes, and chubby cheeks is a famous breed trait. The profuse coat comes in four colors, each with its own proper name: red and white (Blenheim); black and tan (King Charles); white, black, and tan (Prince Charles); and a solid red (Ruby). Blenheims often have a red mark, the “Blenheim Spot,” on top of their head.
The English Toy Spaniels, like many small breeds, was kept by royals, came to assume the personalities of their aristocratic owners. They can be proud and willful, and extremely discriminating in their choice of friends. With their favored humans, they are affectionate at home and exuberant and curious at play. This breed is a loving dog that will usually do well with children but not the ideal breed for a home with busy children they will become overwhelmed by the noise and excitement children can make. The English Toy Spaniels are companion dogs and thrive when they are with the people they love.
The German Spitz is always attentive, lively and exceptionally devoted to his owner. He is very teachable and easy to train. His distrust towards strangers and lack of hunting instinct make him the ideal watchdog for the home. His indifference to weather, robustness, and longevity are his most outstanding attributes. These come in two varieties and both at the time are not recognized by the AKC that I am aware of they are the Keeshond and the Mittel. The Mittel is mostly known as the German Spritz and has a temperament of trainable, lively, devoted, attentive, and robust. Size can range from the height of 12 to 15 inches and a weight of 15 to 24 pounds with a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
Spitz breeds like the German Spitz is captivating on account of their beautiful coats, in the colors of White, Black, Cream, Black & Tan, Brown, and Orange made to stand-off by a plentiful undercoat. Particularly impressive is his strong, mane-like collar around his neck, called a ruff, and the bushy tail carried boldly over his back. His foxy head, alert eyes, and small, pointed, closely-set ears give the German Spitz his unique cheeky appearance. Though easily trainable, this lively and intelligent breed can also have an independent streak. If properly trained (so as not to be too noisy) and well socialized, the German Spitz will be happy mingling with other people and dogs.
It’s not typical for him to be nervous or aggressive. This breed generally gets along well with other dogs. The German Spitz can be a good family dog if he’s raised with the children, but adult supervision is still needed to ensure that young children do not accidentally injure the dog.
So we have now covered a dozen (twelve) of the small dog breeds which are recognized by the American Kennel Club they are just so darling.
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