Small Breeds – French Bulldog to Lakeland Terrier
Watch out some of these are cute as buttons, they will steal your heart just looking at them. Remember looks could be deceiving so read what the personality type is before deciding.
I am continuing with the small dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club hoping this will aid in your search for a new doggie to add to your wonderful family.
The French Bulldog, with his large bat ears and even disposition, is one of the world’s most popular small-dog breeds, especially among city dwellers. The French Bulldog is playful, alert, adaptable, affectionate, patient, lively, easygoing, keen, sociable, athletic, bright and completely irresistible. Always dressed to go out in his tuxedo who can resist?
The French Bulldog resembles a Bulldog in miniature, except for the large, erect “bat ears” that are the breed’s trademark feature they grow to adult size of 11 to 13 inches at the shoulder, weigh under 28 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Their heads are large and square, with heavy wrinkles rolled above the extremely short nose, the body beneath the smooth, shiny coat is compact and quite muscular. They come in five colors Brindle, Fawn, White, Brindle & White, and Tan.
Although bright affectionate the French Bulldog is a charmer and does not bark much, but their alertness makes them an excellent watchdog. They are happy with singles, couples, or families, and do not require a lot of outdoor exercise. They get on well with other animals and enjoy making new friends of the human variety. It is no wonder that city people all over the world swear by this amusing and companionable breed. Supervision is advisable when small children play with French Bulldogs due to their small size French Bulldogs will have a tendency to snap when hurt by a small child.
Glen of Imaal Terrier
As its name would give it away the Glen of Imaal Terrier originated in Ireland they are gentler, less excitable than most terriers, but still bold and spirited. The double-coated Glen of Imaal Terrier is named for one of Ireland’s most remote locales.
Glens are scruffy, sturdy, low-slung terriers standing no more than 14 inches at the shoulder, they weigh 32 to 40 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. There’s nothing fancy or fussed-over about these little dogs they are loyal, agile, spirited, active, gentle, and courageous. The brave but docile Glen is a strong, no-fuss dog built for hard work.
Their wiry no-frills coat, broad head, and bowed front legs suggest a working farm dog from a time and place where taking care of business was more important than style to survive. But yet, they are ridiculously cute, and it takes a heart of stone to resist bending down to give a Glen of Imaal Terrier a scratch behind the ear and a pat on the well-muscled rump. They only come in two colors that would be Blue Brindle and Wheaten. As a family dog, the Glen is good with older children but will snap at toddlers because they may not know their boundaries with a small dog. A tip is they love to dig so even in a fenced in yard do not leave them unsupervised they will dig a hole under the fence looking for adventure on the other side.
Havanese, the only dog breed native to Cuba, are cheerful little dogs with a spring in their step and a gleam in their big, brown eyes. Their temperament of being affectionate, responsive, companionable, intelligent, playful, and gentle are making them most popular with American city dwellers.
The distinctive features of the Havanese include a curled-over tail and a gorgeous silky coat, which comes in a variety of colors. Being hypoallergenic they do require grooming and some owners enjoy cording the coat, in the manner of a Puli, and others clip it short to reduce grooming time. Havanese is cute no matter what hairstyle you chose to give them.
Their small but sturdy bodies, adaptable nature, and social skills make Havanese an ideal city dog, growing to 11.5 inches max at the withers, weighing 7 to 13 pounds, with a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years who could ask for a more compact bundle of joy. They are content to be anywhere that you are and they can command the attention of admirers young and old alike. Havanese is smart and trainable extroverts with the comical instincts, they are natural trick dogs. Havanese are also excellent watchdogs and take this job seriously, but usually, keep the barking to a minimum.
These are great family dogs even with toddlers built strong and can endure the lively play of a small child. They do not like being left alone and due to their compact size are wonderful for traveling with the family anywhere.
The Italian Greyhound is a true Greyhound in miniature, the elegant Italian Greyhound is an alert, playful, mischievous, agile, athletic, intelligent, and highly affectionate toy companion. Italian Greyhounds make decorative couch dogs, but at heart, they are flash-and-dash coursing hounds with an instinct for chasing loving the pursuit.
Italian Greyhounds are Greyhounds in miniature more slender, but a Greyhound equal in grace and elegance. Standing ideally 13 to 15 inches at the withers, weighing 7 to 14 pounds, they present the sleek, curving lines common to all coursing hounds. They are hypoallergenic and have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Multiple colors to choose from making your decision hard to pick are Black, Blue Fawn, Fawn, Chocolate, Sable, Tan, Red Fawn, Blue, Slate Grey, Red, Grey, and Yellow.
The Italian Greyhounds combine the pleasure of being lapdogs with the complexity of ancient hounds they were bred for centuries to be doting companions and jesters, these attention-grabbing hounds refuse to be ignored. “On the whole,” writes an Italian Greyhound expert, “the breed would much rather be in your lap or bed than on the floor.” Being a short-coat, low-fat breed, Italian Greyhounds require extra care in cold weather making sure to keep them warm and healthy. Not a good choice in the breed for a family dog with children sudden noises will stress them out and due to their size not a dog to romp with.
The Jagdterrier is a versatile hunting dog from Germany. In German, jagdterrier literally means “hunt terrier.” Also known as the Deutscher Jagdterrier, the Jagdterrier is courageous, enduring, vital, full of temperament, reliable, sociable, adaptable, intelligent, strong-willed, courageous and trainable.
He is particularly suited to hunting under the ground with his small size standing 13 to 16 inches tall, weighing 17 to 22 pounds, and as a flushing dog is relatively small, compact, and well-proportioned. His dense coat, either hard and rough or course and smooth, is usually black and tan but can be dark brown or grayish-black as well. The tan markings are on his eyebrows, muzzle, chest, legs, and at the base of his tail. He could also have small white markings on his chest and toes.
As a family dog, the Jagdterrier is great with older children, but for toddlers and small children can be trying due to the terrier breed they love chasing and with a small toddler running through the house this could become very challenging. Jagerriers are very active and need a fenced in yard to get plenty of exercise daily they are best used as a hunting dog.
Lakeland Terriers are named for the Lake District of England, they were once used as a sheep farmer’s dog breed to work in packs on sheep-stealing foxes.
These terriers are square and study standing at the most 15″ at the shoulder, weighing around 17 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. A temperament of being bold, independent, intelligent, confident, highly trainable, and friendly they make a great family pet. These little dogs are what you could call a “big dog in a small package” the coat is hard, wiry and low-shedding making them a hypoallergenic breed.
Square and sturdy Lakelands are small dogs but do not tell them that, with their cocky walk swagger, and folded V-shaped ears, straight front, rectangular head, and a mischievous twinkle in their eye, Lakelands are the blueprint of a long-legged British terrier.
Lakelands come in several colors; Black, Black & Tan, Blue, Red, Grizzle & Tan, Wheaten and some have a sporty saddle mark on the back. Being an active breed these are not dogs for apartment dwellers they require a place to get plenty of exercise and should have a fenced yard to run and play.
Here we have another half dozen of the small dog breeds recognized by the AKC and possibly the one or two that you are looking for to take home and make a part of your family.
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