|About the Book|
Small Dog Breeds. Including some popular and less well known breeds has been specifically written for anyone who is considering getting a small dog breed dog or puppy. With over 160 small dog breeds, and with so much information available, choosingMoreSmall Dog Breeds. Including some popular and less well known breeds has been specifically written for anyone who is considering getting a small dog breed dog or puppy. With over 160 small dog breeds, and with so much information available, choosing can be quite difficult and confusing. This book aims to assist you in making your choice. Useful information about preparing yourself and your home for dog ownership is the focus of our companion book ‘Getting a dog. Preparing yourself and your home for dog ownership’ by the same author, and we recommend you also read this book.Chapter 1: About small dog breeds suggests some possible advantages and disadvantages of owning a small dog. Whether you decide to choose a dog from one of the breeds described in this book, or do your own research, it is very important to do your homework so that you know what is involved and what to expect. There is also advice about temperament, and a useful section on shedding and allergies, including a list of low-to-high hair shedding small dog breeds.Chapter 2: Choosing your dog gives invaluable advice about how to choose your puppy – the importance of contacting your local veterinarian, of where to buy your dog, differences in breeders, and of many more things you need to be aware of.Some breed-specific information regarding temperament and other features of nine breeds are included in Chapter 3: Nine very popular small dog breeds. There you will find a photo or photos /photos and a short description of nine breeds that could be worthy of your consideration in choosing a small breed dog for yourself or your family. The nine small dog breeds featured are only a small number of available breeds and are selected for you as a starting point. We would like to point out that these final nine breeds have been chosen after a considerable amount of research and are influenced by personal knowledge of a range of small dogs, information from their owners and breeders, as well as discussions with veterinarians, older people, people with health and limited mobility, and others whose environment and lifestyle may be enriched by owning a small dog. They do not preclude consideration of any other small dog breeds.To help you if you wish to research other small dog breeds, we have set out in Chapter 4: More small dog breeds a list of small dog breeds and how to find out more about them. Photos of some of these appear at the end of the chapter.Chapter 5: Making the most of your dog suggests how you can make the most of your dog’s company and appreciate his ability to attract others who may to enhance your social life. You will learn the benefits of teaching him new tricks - for your self-esteem and his - and, importantly, to train him as a ‘canine security agent’ and an asset who can be of real assistance in an emergency. The chapter ends with some advice about clubs and organisations you can join which will help you learn a lot more about the breed of dog you have chosen.Whichever dog you choose, it is important to note that the relationship between the owner and a dog is essential in influencing his behavior. Dogs come in many shapes and sizes and have different characteristics. This means that whoever you are and wherever you live, you will be able to find your perfect canine companion.