Here is an overview of small dog breeds with a shoulder height up to 39 cm.
Read about the breed characteristics, the nature, the character and the origin of the small breeds. In addition, we provide you with information about the diet and the diseases of certain breeds on the hand.
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Dog breeds with a shoulder height up to 39 cm
Advantages of small breeds
- Space requirements: Whether in the house, in the car or in the size of the ceiling - a small dog needs less space. This does not mean that a small dog needs less exercise. Each breed has its own and sometimes special claims.
- Traveling with your dog: When traveling, in hotels, in the restaurant or when traveling by public transport - for owners with small dogs, it is often easier to take the dog everywhere.
- Carrying the dog: Doubtless, for example, a dachshund in an emergency can quickly take on the arm and carry as a Great Dane. Especially owners who live in an apartment without an elevator should take this into account. Especially with injured and older dogs, it can happen that you have to be able to act on the body weight of the dog.
- Cost: Whether a small or a large dog - everyone needs a certain equipment and brings with them food, insurance and veterinary costs. So you can not say flat rate that a smaller dog is cheaper than a large breed.
- Education: There are also breed-specific differences in education and work with the dog. Every dog, even the smallest breeds, needs a certain education, consistency and a good bond with their caregiver. Here, dog owners should see how their own personality fits the particular breed.
- Higher age: Small dog breeds are usually older than large ones.
Characteristics and needs of small breeds
Small dogs are often said to need less exercise and are more frugal than large dogs. However, this is not always the case and dog owners should be aware of breed-specific and individual differences. The small breeds include many terriers and the dachshunds that are used for hunting earlier and even today. Also, some races that are held after the family still tend to territorial behavior, barking and hunting behavior. The advantage is that many dogs, which were formerly used for the work, can be inspired for dog sports and other activities and with the necessary education can be great companion dogs. Take a look at our breeds from A to Z and find out about the origin and history of the breeds.
Health and nutrition of small breeds
Small breed dogs usually have a higher life expectancy than large dogs. However, one can not say that small dog breeds are more resilient. As with all dogs, certain breeds have a predisposition to disease. Patellar dislocation and the tendency to calculus and other dental problems can be mentioned in small breeds. As with any dog, keepers should pay attention to a diet that takes into account the dog's individual nutritional requirements.