Every dog has his day

Even small dog breeds can run rings around the big ones with regard to temperament, ability to learn and guard dog capabilities. The experts at Maxi Zoo know that how far off the ground the dog is says nothing about his character and abilities. Future owners should be aware that small dogs are real dogs that have their own individual needs.

How do you find the right dog? Some make choices based on celebrities – “One like Paris Hilton”. Others follow fashion – “It has to be a pug”. Or there could be a personal reason for choice – “I live in an apartment so I want a little dog”. Or – “The dog shouldn’t be too big so I can control him in difficult situations”. Whatever your reason, think well in advance about what sort of characteristics your new family member should have. Just because they are small dogs doesn’t automatically mean that they need less space or care. Here is a selection of small breeds (maximum height at the shoulders 40cm)

The dachshund was originally bred as a hunting dog as he is brave, self-confident and also quite stubborn. He needs lots of exercise. On the whole he is a family and child friendly dog who can live up to 15 years of age.

The Maltese is a loving lap dog. This quiet, affectionate dog is great for older people who have a lot of time for him. He can also be playful and like to romp around. Caring for his long, soft white fur is quite laborious.

The pug, as you can tell, is a small mastiff. This slightly slow but funny dog is very good with children and likes to take his time while out for a walk. This little fellow finds it easy to fit in but needs to be well trained. He will only live to around 10 years of age.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a brave, arduous and intelligent animal. This smooth or coarse haired terrier is extremely good tempered, agile and enjoys running around. He is suitable as a companion for runners, sports people or active children. As all terriers he can be quite stubborn and this should be remembered while training.

The West Highland Terrier comes from Scotland and originally was intended for hunting small animals. His popularity is most certainly to do with his happy-cheeky, loyal nature and his ability to fit in. He gets on well with his contemporaries and with children. He needs long walks so as to be able to let off steam. His long white fur has to be brushed out daily.

The Miniature Schnauzer, like the dachshund, lives for a long time. He is friendly, lively, brave, good with children and watchful. As well as this is enjoys running around and needs lots of space, time and activity. His coarse, wiry fur requires regular care.

Even with their small statures, you can rest assured that Maxi Zoo carries all the tools you need, from extra small collars and harnesses to nutritional recipes specifically designed for tiny bodies.
Call into your local store today to discuss your pet’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.