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Spotlight On Toy Dog Breeds

April 15, 2022
Little Pampered Dog Day is April 27th! When you picture a little pampered dog, it will likely be one of the toy breeds that comes to mind. These guys may be small, but they have big personalities and lots of love to give. A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses little pampered dogs below.

Basics

Dogs are considered toys if they weigh less than 15 pounds when full grown. They’re called toy because of their size, and also because many of them look like toys! They don’t need much room or exercise, which may be why urban dwellers and socialites love them.

Popular Toy Dogs

Some of the most beloved toy breeds include the Pomeranian, Papillon, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Pug, Miniature Pinscher, Chihuahua, and Yorkie. While all of these guys have their own histories, many of them were bred to be companion dogs. Unlike their bigger kin, who excelled at things like herding and tracking, smaller pups focused on being great cuddlers.

Climate Control

Toy breeds have some specific care needs. For instance, those with thin fur, such as the Chihuahua, get cold very easily, and need warm beds and perhaps tiny sweaters. Fluffier pooches, however, can overheat quickly, and may benefit from getting clipped in summer. As far as exercise, many smaller dogs get a great workout just running around the house. Ask your vet for specific care tips.

Doggo On The Go

Many people like to take their canine pals around with them. Always use some sort of carrier when going out and about with Fido, whether it’s a stroller, carrier, or pet purse. (Tip: hard-shell carriers and strollers offer the most protection.)

Injuries

Because toy breeds are so tiny and delicate, they can easily get injured. Fido can seriously hurt himself if he falls off a couch or bed or gets dropped! Pet ramps and stairs can help prevent falls. We also recommend using a harness, instead of a leash, so you don’t accidentally choke your pooch.

Training

Little dogs can get very pushy, and are sometimes rather reckless. (Napoleon syndrome may very well factor in here.) Training is just as important for pint-sized pups as it is for Saint Bernards! Make sure Fido obeys simple commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. As your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, we’re here to help! Please contact us for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.
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