Small Breeds – American Eskimo Dog to Cardigan Welsh Corgi
When it comes to small dog breeds finding just one that all can settle on is none other than difficult decision making at its finest.
Start off the next listing of small dog breeds, not the toys which we have already covered these are the next step up and each one is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed.
I will give all of you a brief detail about each breed to help in deciding which doggie would be great to take home and be part of your family.
American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog which is white or white with creamy color combines striking good looks with a quick and clever mind in a total brains-and-beauty package. Neither shy nor aggressive, Eskies are always alert and friendly, though a bit conservative when making new friends.
Distinctive traits include a dense, sparkling white coat with a lion-like ruff around the chest and shoulders; a smiling face, with black nose, lips, and eye-rims that convey a keen, intelligent expression; and a plumed tail curled and carried over the back. Some Eskies have markings with the delicious color name “biscuit cream.”
Eskies are social animals and will develop problem behaviors when neglected or under trained they insist on being part of family life. Among the most trainable of breeds, the clever, kid-friendly Eskie practically invented the phrase “eager to please.”
They come in three sizes and I listed them in the small breeds Height: (toy) 9-12 inches, (miniature) 12-15 inches, and the (standard) is 15-19 inches at the shoulder. The three sizes range in weight from 6 pounds up to 35 pounds and their life expectancy is 13 to 15 years.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is a Louisiana native they are a smart, inquisitive, and playful dog that comes in hairless and coated varieties. He is a fine choice for allergy sufferers who want a dog with true terrier grit and courage.
They stand between 12 to 16 inches at the shoulder weighing between 12 and 16 pounds as adults and have a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years. The hairless variety might have eyebrows and whiskers, while the coated has a short, shiny coat. The skin of the hairless is smooth and warm to the touch and they need special care in hot places because they can sunburn easily or in cold places have no way to keep in the heat. The broad, wedge-shaped head is a hallmark of both varieties. Erect, V-shaped ears frame the round, expressive eyes that gleam with curiosity.
The American Hairless moves with jaunty pep in his step that announces a real terrier attitude. The hairless variety is as hypoallergenic as a dog can get. This breed is protective of their humans and makes a good alert watchdog. A good dog with children especially if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Great temperament being inquisitive, lively, alert, intelligent, playful, and loving. They come in four colors Pink & Gold, Pink & Grey, Pink & Red, and Pink & Black.
The Basenji, Africa’s “Barkless Dog,” is a compact, sweet-faced hunter of intelligence and poise. They are unique and beguiling pets, best for owners who can meet their exercise needs and the challenge of training this catlike canine.
Basenjis are small, graceful hounds standing 16 or 17 inches at the shoulder and weighing from 22 to 24 pounds they have a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years. They are recognizable by their glistening short coat, tightly curled tail, and wrinkled forehead and expressive almond-shaped eyes that convey a variety of subtle, human-like emotions.
Basenjis are lovely at a standstill but more impressive yet at a fast trot, when they exhibit the long, smooth strides of a mini-racehorse. It’s true, they don’t bark, but they make their feelings known with an odd sound described as something between a chortle and a yodel. Basenjis are fastidious and will groom themselves like cats, this has been called a “cult breed” small in numbers, but those lucky enough to own one do so with singular devotion.
Their temperament is affectionate, energetic, curious, alert, intelligent, and playful, but these are not a dog for children they are very clever dogs, but not easy to train.
Graceful terriers in sheep’s clothing, Bedlington Terriers, named for the English mining shire where they were first bred, are genial housemates, alert watchdogs, versatile athletes, and irresistibly cuddly TV-time companions.
Bedlingtons have a crisp, curly coat; arched back; tasseled ears; scimitar-shaped tail; and fleecy, pear-shaped head are identifying features of this one-of-a-kind breed. As the curvy contours indicate, there’s sighthound, Whippet, most likely, in their family tree. Bedlingtons move with a light, springy step and when roused to pursuit can run like the wind.
Rollicking, charming, and full of fun, Bedlingtons want most to be their family’s center of attention and are known to be protective of loved ones. For an active family looking for a no-shedding, lively, and loyal companion, the search might end here. Bedlingtons stand from 15 to 17.5 inches at the shoulder, weigh from 17 to 23 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 11 to 16 years. Temperament is affectionate, spirited, intelligent, and good-tempered; making this a great child’s companion dog. Colors include Liver, Blue, Blue & Tan, Liver & Tan, Sandy, and Sandy & Tan.
The Boston Terrier is a lively little companion recognized by his tight tuxedo jacket, sporty but compact body, and the friendly glow in his big, round eyes. His impeccable manners have earned him the nickname “The American Gentleman.”
Boston Terriers are compact, short-tailed, well-balanced little dogs weighing no more than 25 pounds, they stand 15 to 17 inches at the withers, and have a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. The stylish “tuxedo” coat can be white and either black, brindle, or seal (dark brown). The head is square, the muzzle is short, and the large, round eyes can shine with kindness, curiosity, or mischief. Ever alert to their surroundings, Bostons move with a jaunty, rhythmic step.
A Boston Terrier is a breed named for a city and with this in mind makes an excellent urban pet in small spaces. Bostons are sturdy but portable, people-oriented, and always up for a brisk walk to the park or outdoor cafe. Bostons are very energetic and enjoy taking part in all activities of a family including dog dancing, agility, and obedience training. Their temperament is lively, intelligent, and friendly, but must be supervised with younger children.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi originated from Wales and is a masterpiece of the breeder’s art. Every aspect of its makeup is perfectly suited to moving cattle, and yet it is so congenial and sweet-faced that it would be a cherished companion even if it never did a day’s work.
Corgis are long, low-set dogs with sturdy bones, short legs, and a deep chest. Cardigan Corgis are powerful workers of deceptive speed and grace. Cardis can weigh anywhere from 25 to 34 pounds, stand from only 10 to 13 inches tall at the shoulders, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, with females at the lower end of the scale. They come in several coat colors, from Merle, Sable & White, Brindle & White, Black & White, Red & White, and Blue Merle & White. The quickest way to distinguish Cardis from their cousins, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, is to check out the hindquarters: Cardigans have tails and Pembrokes do not.
Cardis are trainable, faithful, and vigilant guardians with a “big dog” bark and temperaments of affectionate, alert, devoted, companionable, intelligent, and active. Well-socialized they are especially fond of children and agreeable with other pets. These athletic, rugged herders have a love for the outdoors, still used on farms and ranches today. They thrive on mental stimulation and physical activity making them an energetic family companion as well as a reliable watchdog.
This is a small peek at the first half dozen (six) small breed dogs on our list hoping you found some useful information about these wonderful little doggies for your selection.
Which one above is your favorite so far? Find one that is interesting?
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I will continue to post more of the small breed dogs along with information about them until next time,