Good evening readers, tonight I am going to continue with the small dog breeds that are recognized by the American Kennel Club for your viewing pleasure and possibly to help you find a new doggie for you or you and your family.
The Norrbottenspets originated from Sweden as a farm and hunting dog, the breed is a type of spritz dog, they are a small, slightly rectangular, well poised, with sinewy and well-developed muscles. Norrbottenspets are used to hunt wood grouse, black grouse, capercaillie and hazel grouse, but also fox, marten, and raccoon in the Northern parts of Sweden and Finland.
They are always on alert with the head carried high, their fearless attitude and extremely agility make them able to navigate the rough terrain and climate of the Scandinavian forests holding a large dangerous game like the moose. They are calm, keen, daring, alert, confident, active, attentive, and have a kind disposition. Tough and rugged their bodies are built to withstand punishing terrain and harsh climates, while at the same time kind and affectionate to have as a home companion.
Their compact size of 16.5 to 18 inches at the withers, weighing 20 to 30 pounds, and with a life expectancy of 14 to 17 years they are a playful and happy dog good with children of all ages, just remember to always be gentle, kind, and patient with them. These dogs are usually good with other dogs and cats in the house but are active and energetic requiring at least an hour or two of exercise each day. Color varieties are Brown & White, White & Blonde, and White & Tan.
The Norwegian Lundehund is a small dog of the Spitz type that originates from Norway, its name is a compound noun imposed of elements Lunde, meaning puffin, and hund, meaning dog. This breed was originally for the hunting of puffins (birds) and their eggs.
Puffins are now on the endangered species list so there is no need for the Norwegian Lundehund for hunting these birds at this time so today’s Ludehund is a friendly companion for people.
Looking at the Lundehunds they seem like a typical northern breed of the spitz type with triangular ears, the curving tail, and a dense double coat. Looking closer will reveal several unique traits they have feet with at least six functioning toes and extra paw pads, the elastic neck will crane back so the head touches the spine, they can fold their ears shut, and have flexible shoulders which allow forelegs to extend to the side, perpendicular to the body, in humans referred to as being double-jointed.
The compact breed stands 12 to 15 inches at the withers, weighs 20 to 30 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. A very friendly and happy small dog breed, that gets along well with children and strangers, their temperament is energetic, loyal, alert, and protective, make sure they get proper socializing as a puppy or they could be shy with people they are not familiar with. Colors are Black, White, Sable & White, Red, Grey, and Yellow.
The Norwich Terrier breed originated in the United Kingdom named for their hometown in England and was bred to hunt small vermin or rodents. With the friendly personality, Norwich Terriers are today are a companion dog breed. Norwich Terriers are plucky little earth dogs named for their hometown in England. The old cliché “a big dog in a small package” was coined for breeds like the Norwich, who can be oblivious to the fact that they are just 10 inches tall.
Small and compact standing no more than 10 inches at the shoulder, weighing about 12 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years the Norwich Terrier is among the smallest working terriers. Being considered a hypoallergenic pet they have a wiry coat and are a stocky, substantial dog. Norwich might be a toy-size but are not satin-pillow dogs they were originally bred as tough and fearless ratters. They are distinguished from the Norfolk Terrier by their erect, pointed ears.
Happy-go-lucky, affectionate, intelligent, sensitive, fearless, and sometimes even bossy, the Norwich are energetic enough to play fetch all day, but affectionate enough to enjoy hours of lap time with their favorite human. They are known for their loves of everyone and this includes children, but they will do better in homes where they are raised with children. Just remember no dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child due to the size a child could easily hurt this breed and cause them to snap. They are good little dogs that will do well with other dogs and tend to get along well with most other canine pets. They come in colors of Wheaten, Black & Tan, Tan, Red, and Grizzle.
Parson Russell Terrier
The Parson Russell Terrier is a breed of small white terrier that was the original Fox Terrier of the 18th century, Originating from the United Kingdom and England breeding in the United States has contributed to this breeds overall traits more commonly known as the Jack Russell the breed is named after the Reverend John “Jack” Russell, credited with the creation of this breed of dog.
Parson Russell Terriers are a bold and clever terrier, swift enough to run with horses and fearless enough to dig in and flush a fox from his lair. Known for being tough little guys build for England’s traditional sport of foxhunting keep in mind this breed does have the tendency to dig and bark. Being energetic, obedient, eager, intelligent, and happy do not let the adorable looks of this breed fool you.
Standing from 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder, weighing 13 to 17 pounds, and having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years, with their mostly white coats gives them the adorable look of a plush toy come to life. These little cuties mix well with strangers and get along well with children making them a great family pet. Beware they may get into a scrap with unknown other canines and will chase cats or rodents if they see them, but know they get along well with horses and are a great dog to have on a horse farm.
The Pekingese is an ancient breed of dog, originating in China, they are called Lion Dogs due to their resemblance to Chinese guardian lions. The Pekingese is a compact companion of regal bearing and was one of several breeds created for the ruling classes of ancient China.
Pekingese are compact, stocky dogs weighing up to 14 pounds, they stand a short 6 to 9 inches at the withers, and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Their coat is longest at the neck and shoulders, giving them their famous “lion’s mane” their coats come in various colors of reds, from a golden-red to darker shades, including black, black & tan, fawn brindle, fawn, cream, and gray. Their temperament is stubborn, opinionated, good-natured, affectionate, intelligent, and aggressive.
Pekingese are charming, confident companions who develop a tight bond with their favorite human. Bred to live in palaces, and very independent they are a good apartment or small area breed, always alert, they make good watchdogs. The breed being bold but with a humorous nature can make a family pet but in my opinion, they are better as a companion to older adults or if in a family situation older children, the sudden moves and noise of small children might frighten them and cause them to snap at young children.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog breed which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This is one of the two breeds known as a Welsh Corgi, the other is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and both are descendants from the line that is the northern spitz-type dog.
Among one of the most agreeable of all small house dogs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a strong, tenacious, bold, outgoing, playful, protective, friendly, and, athletic, who is a lively little herder affectionate and companionable without being needy. At 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder, 22 to 31 pounds, with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, a well-built Pembroke represents a big dog in a small package. Their short but powerful legs, muscular thighs, and a deep chest make them well-equipped for a hard day’s work. They can be red, sable, fawn, blue, black and white, and black and tan, with or without white markings. They are one the world’s most popular herding breeds to this day.
Pembrokes are a bright, sensitive dog who will enjoy playing with his human family and does respond well to training. As herders bred to move cattle, they are fearless and independent. They are vigilant watchdogs, with acute senses and a “big dog” bark. Families who can meet their bold but kindly Pembroke’s need for activity and togetherness will never have a more loyal, loving pet. Because the herding breeds are not as tolerant of a small child’s behavior any sort of herding dog is not exactly the best choice for families with children under 8 years old.
We now have another half dozen of the small breeds to add to the collection, have you found any of these breeds to your liking so far?
Finding it difficult to select just one dog breed is so difficult for me, even if I already have three dogs now, I just find them all so irresistible I could have one of each.
Which one is your favorite so far?
Can you just pick one?
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