May 6, 2010

Small Dog Breeds That Make Excellent House Dogs and Companions

Small dog breeds are becoming increasingly popular as companion dogs because they are extremely portable, adaptable to nearly any living environment, easier to take care of and cheaper to upkeep. With an overwhelming number of small dog breeds available, this may makes finding the perfect small companion a difficult task.

Breeds of small dogs have a reputation for being excellent companion pets for someone living alone or for an older couple. This is because these types of small house dogs are happy and energetic, making them a great pet for a family, but are also small enough to do well in a small apartment because they don’t require much exercise.

Another benefit of small dog breeds is that they have an average life expectancy of 14-16 years. While some are prone to ailments simply because of their size, many experience less health problems than large breeds that deal with hip dysplasia, arthritis, or joint problems. Before selecting a small dog breed, you will want to do some research regarding potential breed specific health issues.

Often small dogs, usually less than 15 pounds or so, are considered part of the "toy" or "miniature" group. Some small breeds like the Poodle, are actually a tiny version of the Standard Poodle. You may find some small dog breeds available in weighs as little as 4-6 pounds at full growth, while others will weigh closer to 14-16 pounds.

Although there are great benefits to owning a small dog, you will need to be especially careful with some of the smallest breeds outdoors in the cold, as well as around other large dogs, as they are more vulnerable to injury. If you live in a cold climate zone and are interested in a small dog, you might want to consider small fluffy dog breeds, like a Shih Tzu or a Pomeranian.

As well, just because these dogs are small does not always mean that they are instantly cute and sweet. Many small dog breeds, like the Chihuahua and Pomeranian, have a reputation for being temperamental, jealous and downright spoiled at times. Depending on the breed, some may also be difficult to train and housebreak, as they are often known for being headstrong to make up for their small stature. Before deciding on a small dog, you will also want to do some research, as some are better suited with children or other pets, while others may not be suited in these homes.

Their benefits as pets far outweigh any downfalls and this shows as they continue to rise in popularity. They are wonderful family dogs, as well as easy going companions that are usually content doing whatever their owners do. Most just enjoy snuggling up while their owners watch a movie and many are content with a little romp in the backyard.

Some of the most popular breeds of small dogs include…

Chihuahuas: This pup is known for being fiercely loyal, as well as having a big dog attitude. Although this works well for couples looking for a little watch dog, Chihuahuas may not do well with children because of this loyalty and attitude. Because of their short hair, they will do best in a warm climate zone or where they can be kept indoors unless they are of the long-haired variety.

Dachshunds: Most recognize the "wiener dog" right away and this has helped to make them one of the most popular small dog breeds in America. They are popular because of their fun and fearless attitude, a happy personality as well as being a great companion dog. Owners need to regularly exercise them and be careful of overfeeding because they are short and long.

Pomeranians: This breed loves to be spoiled, so will do well with a companion that wants to make their pet the center of attention. They don’t mind sitting on their companion’s lap all day long, although they are known for being jealous. Poms are one of the most popular small fluffy breeds that have more bite than its bark, making it a great watchdog.

Pugs: A sweet and lovable small dog with lots of energy, Pugs fit well with any type of family, although they will need regular exercise because of their tendency towards being overweight.

Shih Tzus: Often referred to as the little lion because of their lion face and big personality, this breed commands attention and respect. Surprisingly, although they are long-haired and require regular grooming, Shih Tzus are actually considered hypoallergenic.

Yorkshire Terriers: One of the smallest of the small breeds, Yorkies are actually pretty hardy and can stand up to a little rough housing. These dogs are extremely loyal companion dog that will usually pick their favorite owner, and have a tendency towards being jealous.

These are just a few of the many small dog breeds out there, and if chosen carefully, both you and your pup will benefit with years of love and companionship.

When Richard Livitski isn't busy digging up information about various dog breeds, he's working on his dog names website where dog names and puppy names in all shapes and sizes can be found.

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May 6, 2010

a l e x @ 1:12 am

I'm making a powerpoint presentation on guinea pigs to convince my step-dad to let me get w/ detail?
Here's what I have so far: (this is just what I wrote not including decor and pics)
Guinea pigs originate from South America. Even though they are not actual pigs, males are called “boars” ,and females “sows”. Females can weigh up to 1lb., males up to 2lbs. The three most common pet breeds of guinea pigs are: The Smooth-Coated, with short, glossy fur, the Abyssinian, with hair that grows in fluffy tufts all over the body, and the Peruvian, with long, silky hair to the ground. Guinea Pigs, otherwise known as “Cavies”, must be kept in pairs because they are social herd animals in the wild and can actually get depressed without someone else to “talk” to. “Guinea pigs make wonderful companions. These docile members of the rodent family rarely bite and are known for squeaking with delight when their favorite humans enter the room. Guinea pigs are excellent starter pets for older children who have mastered proper handling techniques.”-
Well, there are a few reasons why I want Guinea Pigs, here they are:
1. I’m not going to lie, one reason I want them is that they are extremely cute!
2. Another reason I want them is that recently both of my pets that were just mine passed away. I loved them very much and was very sad and although I know you cannot replace animals, I want new ones to love in their place!
3. I also want them because out of all the possible pets I researched (puppy, kitten, etc.) I feel like I am the most ready (maturely and responsibly) for Guinea Pigs.
4. I am ready to take on this new responsibility because I am determined to do it and it will teach me good life lessons for the future.
5. Once I go to college I won’t be able to have my own pets for a long time, so I want to have the things I love the most while I still can.
Slide 4: COST
I know about, and am not avoiding the issue of cost. I have already contemplated it. Guinea Pigs can sometimes be pricey since they need veggies everyday, and toys and bedding and whatnot. Which is why, if I get Guinea Pigs, I am giving up all holiday presents from you for a whole year, and bringing it down to one good present for every holiday for the future years with my Guinea Pigs. That should cover everything considering I can use the holiday money I get from other people for some of the costs too. If this does not work for you we can negotiate it.
* Guinea Pigs’ teeth grow constantly so they need to continually wear them down by chewing on wooden chew sticks.
* Guinea Pigs are the smartest of all rodents. They can be trained to do almost all of the same tricks as dogs.
* A very happy and/or excited Guinea Pig will begin to “hop” up and down. This is called “Popcorning” in young ones.
* Guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C, just like us humans, so they need vitamin C tablets and/or one cup of fruits and veggies per day.
Three other needs of Guinea Pigs are brushing, bathing, and clipping. And by that I mean brushing their fur, bathing them, and clipping their nails. This does not have to be done that often however, and depends on the individual needs of your Guinea Pig.
I know there are some other issues. First of all, is when I go to my dad’s house. I have thought up some options. First of all, I could leave them here and Mom could take care of them (feed them two cups veggies, pet them), but I don’t think you guys would like that. Or, if I get enough money (which I don’t have enough, but like I said about the present deal), I could buy another cage, but just a cheap small-ish one to keep at my dad’s and use the carrier (in my supplies list) to transport them to my dads with me. (I like the second plan better.) Another issue is vacation, but since I would be getting two guinea pigs they would be fine (with the social interaction issue), but Jay would have to feed them veggies, and pet them, and stuff.
Slide 8-11:SUPPLIES
(a bunch of pics of the supplies they need)
Slide 12: ALL IN ALL

I really hope this slide show has changed your mind for the better, at least a little. I really hope you understand that I will be dedicated to these little guys (or should I say girls?). Just please, trust me and give me a chance. If you (my mom) has to take care of them a lot (besides when I’m with my dad, depending on the deal we work out) then you guys can give them away. But I swear that won’t happen, just please, please trust me and give me a chance to prove that I’ve changed and I really am responsible. I will love them with all of my heart.

So, do you think there is anything I need to add or take out? Please, this is very important, I really need to convince him.

B @ 1:14 am

Very persuasive I might need this to help convince my dad!

Actually I have figured out for bedding and pellets and hay it's $20.

The guinea pig where I live is $20.

The cage (if you make one it's so much cheaper they are called C&C cages) is around $20.

It averages out to be around $100 dollars for one guinea pig (or if you get too a little extra).

Please answer mine
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Emily @ 1:16 am

wow! all I can say is if he says no, ask him why. If he gives a reason, give him an answer so he can't fight with it, if not, give a positive info about it.
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