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A Detailed Guide to Four Popular Small Dog Breeds

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Do you find small dog breeds extremely cute? Besides their adorable appearance, these canines are affectionate, spirited, and cost-effective. They are highly adaptable, portable, and not demanding in view of exercise. 

Many families decide to adopt small dog breeds because of their friendly personality, devotion, and brightness. The majority of individuals opt for Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, and Pugs when looking for a pet. All these breeds have charming personalities, demonstrate loyalty, and love showing affection. 

Pet owners are expected to learn about the potential genetic conditions of the breed they plan to adopt in order to take better care of their health.

This guide will introduce you to the four most popular small dog breeds.

Bichon Frise

These dark-eyed canines with white coats are among the most adorable small canine breeds. The Bichon Frise is well-liked for its inquisitive personality, charm, remarkable loyalty, and liveliness. It shows affection not only to family members but visitors and other pets as well. 

Nevertheless, pet parents cannot expect the Bichon Frise to guard their homes against intruders, as these creatures are too charming for such a task. These canines aren’t fond of barking, which is why they rarely alert their owners of the presence of unexpected visitors. 

In view of grooming, the Bichon Frise isn’t a heavy shedder but needs regular brushing. In order for mats not to form, owners are expected to brush its coat every couple of days, as well as take to a professional groomer for a haircut. Check out this website for some practical tips about grooming a Bichon Frise. 

The lifespan of these canines ranges between fourteen and fifteen years. It’s considered a healthy breed due to the absence of genetic conditions. However, pet parents are supposed to pay special attention to dental care, as this breed is prone to gum infections. 

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are highly popular for their impeccable manners, which gave this breed the nickname “The American Gentleman”. These small canines have the biggest of hearts, hence being ideal family companions. Boston Terriers aren’t only sociable and comical but surprisingly intelligent as well. Their intelligence facilitates the training process for pet parents, as these dogs learn tricks and commands amazingly quickly. 

Boston Terriers require regular exercise because of their liveliness, but they need only a short time to channel their energy by playing fetch or running in the backyard. These canines adore spending time bonding with their owners either by playing fun games or snuggling with them on the sofa. Unlike the Bichon Frise, Boston Terriers are good guard dogs since they bark whenever they hear or see something suspicious. 

Regarding health, Boston Terriers are genetically predisposed to experiencing breathing difficulties due to their short muzzle. Nowadays, there are numerous pet-friendly websites, such as, offering guides to the personality and health of different dog breeds. Owners of Boston Terriers should prevent their companions from spending too much time exposed to heat and humidity in the summer period to avoid heavy breathing. Also, their eyes are supposed to be regularly checked for irritation and redness. 

Miniature Schnauzer 

The Miniature Schnauzer is known for its muscular body, wiry coat, and bushy eyebrows. Families are in love with this breed because of its obedient personality, intelligence, and adaptability. In order to please its owners, the Miniature Schnauzer adapts to any kind of home, whether it’s a small apartment or a large farm. 

Despite its small size, the Miniature Schnauzer is capable of protecting the home of its owner. This dog breed is popular for its vocal abilities, which are a useful trait of every watchdog. Families adore having a Miniature Schnauzer for a pet, as these canines are extremely loyal and devoted to each member of the family. 

Moreover, individuals with allergies would benefit from adopting a Miniature Schnauzer. Their non-shedding coat is hypoallergenic, thus inducing no allergies in pet parents. In spite of the minimal shedding, their coat has to be brushed frequently. 

As far as health problems are concerned, Miniature Schnauzers are susceptible to diabetes, allergies, pancreatitis, and epilepsy. Additionally, these canines have a genetic predisposition to form bladder stones.

Senior Mini Schnauzers are likely to suffer from central hypothyroidism, manifested with inflammation and shrinkage of the thyroid glands. Consequently, there’s a drop in the secretion of the thyroid hormone, leading to lethargy, obesity, skin problems, and ear infections


Pugs are among the oldest dog breeds, particularly adored by families with children. Their wrinkly face, large eyes, and flat faces are only part of their charm. The small size of these creatures has nothing to do with their big personality. Pugs are temperamental, sociable, playful, mischievous, and extremely affectionate. 

These canines aren’t too demanding in terms of exercise and grooming. Pugs prefer curling up to their owners in bed instead of playing fetch outdoors. Their coat remains glossy without any grooming but their skin requires special attention. Pug owners need to clean their skin regularly to prevent infections and dehydration. 

The flat face of Pugs makes them prone to breathing problems, which is why these canines snore often. Their fondness for food increases the risk of obesity, so make sure your Pug exercises frequently. Also, these dogs cannot stand both freezing and scorching weather. 

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Final word

Small dogs are generous when it comes to love. 

Adopt one to feel the affection!