Small dogs such as the Chihuahuas, Havaneses, Malteses and Dachshunds look cute and sweet. You can easily pick them up and they’re great for playing with. They only need a small bed and they are cheaper to keep than larger dogs. We created a list of small dogs for you at the end of this article.
Small Dog Facts
Size: max. 16 in (40 cm)
Weight: 6.6-26 lb (3-12 kg)
Lifespan: 11-14 years
What Pros and Cons Are There for Small Dogs?
- Awareness: out of sight, out of mind
Small dogs are often a “trip hazard”. People easily lose sight of them and can hurt them accidentally if they’re just trying to get close and we suddenly move.
- Space: small bed, more of the couch for you
It’s true that small dogs only need small beds and that they take up less of the couch. A lot of people believe that small dogs fit into small homes. But this depends on the dog’s temperament. Read about dogs that are suitable for your home.
Out and about: always with you
Small dogs come with a major pro: they can come with you almost anywhere, and don’t take up much space in the car.
- Weight: easy to carry
Small dogs are easy to pick up and carry. This is especially handy if they get sick and you need to take them to the vet.
- Family: not so good with small children
Small children are not as able to control their muscles, and sometimes pet harder than they mean to. This can lead to injuries in smaller dogs.
- Health: long lives but susceptible to illness
Small (and medium) dogs generally live longer than larger dogs. But small dogs are more susceptible to illness than larger dogs, as their size involves special breeding. Knee and hip problems are especially common in these pint-sized pooches.
- Costs: cheaper
Food and equipment for small dogs is cheaper.
- Effect: not always taken seriously
If you’re looking for a dog that looks protective and strong, a small dog may not be the right fit. Even if they’re very brave, they are likely to be petted and met with “oh, how cute!”.