Archive for August, 2009

Small dogs for adoption

Exhaustive list of all small dog breeds for adoption: from companion dog breeds to terrier dogs, small scent dogs and small herding dogs.

Small companion dogs for adoption


Be warned that not all small dogs are companion dogs, although most are. When adopting one of the small companion dog breeds below, make sure you give them as much attention and companionship as they will give you. These dogs don’t thrive well at all when left too long on their own:


  • Affenpinsher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bolognese
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton De Tulear
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Maltese
  • Miniature and Toy Poodle
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Silky Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Small herding dogs and scent dogs for adoption


Herding dogs and scent dogs are normally larger dog breeds with the following 2 exceptions:


  • Herding dog – Shetland Sheepdog
    Shetland Sheepdog
  • Scent dog – Dachshunds aka Whinner Dogs, Weiner Dogs, Dachshunds, Sausage Dogs or Teckles.


Small terrier dogs for adoption


Terriers were originally bred solely to help in exterminating small rodents and other vermin by burrowing them out of their dens. They are usually small but full of energy since they are bred to be work dogs. Some small terriers ideal for adoption:


  • Australian Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Fox Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier


Training small dogs after adoption


Small dogs like any other dogs should be trained by adults. Don’t let your children be the master of your small dog: children are growing up themselves and aren’t the master of the house. Make sure you are "the top dog", then your children follow in the "dog" hierarchy, then your small adopted dog.


Small dogs are also full of affection and energy yet require the same amount of upkeep and responsibility as big dogs:


  • go for daily walks with your dog
  • give your dog daily attention for play, bonding and dog training
  • make sure even small dogs can get rid of their overwhelming amount of energy in and around your house, garden or apartment.


Make sure you get all medical papers in order before you adopt small dogs or any dogs for that matter.