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Small Dog Breeds - The Ultimate List for 2018

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  2. CUTEST
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  4. NON-SHEDDING
  5. WHITE
  6. FAMILY & CHILD FRIENDLY

THE ULTIMATE LIST OF SMALL DOG BREEDS (2018)

Dogs are Australians’ favourite pets with some 4.8 million dogs in Australia today.

And small dog breeds account for nearly 40% of that number.

Small dog breeds are increasingly popular as companions for older citizens, for apartment dwellers, and for families with young children.

But with hundreds of dogs available to choose from how do you know which dog is the right one for you?

We’ve put together this guide to small dog breeds to help you choose your very own special little fur baby.

We’ve listed the dogs in categories to give you a good place to start working out your shortlist of dogs.

MOST POPULAR

Australians are falling head over heels with small dogs. Some of the most popular include:

CUTEST SMALL DOG BREEDS

Cuteness is in - we just love cute small dogs with adorable looks and a larger than life personality.

Of course everyone’s taste differs but what’s not to love about gorgeous little fur babies like the:

SMALL SHORT HAIRED

Short haired dog breeds make life easier with reduced grooming time and fewer dog hairs around the house.

Check out these short-haired breeds:

SMALL DOGS THAT DON'T SHED HAIR

Whether you dislike cleaning up dog hair or you are highly sensitive or allergic to dog hair you should check out these small dog breeds:

SMALL WHITE DOGS

Small white dogs often look like pure sweet little angels. But beware, sometimes behind that facade lurks an impish personality.

Take a look at these:

BEST FOR FAMILY OR CHILDREN

Some small dog breeds have a tendency to develop the idea they’re the leader of the pack and become a little snappy.

You can avoid this by setting appropriate rules for your dog.

You also need to teach your children how to treat the dog gently.

But some dogs are just more tolerant than others. Small dog breeds that are particularly suited for families with children include:

BEST SMALL DOG PET PRODUCTS

Just like us humans, our dogs need a place they can call their own, a space where they can chill out and watch the grass grow or engage in some focused tasty treat demolition.

Here's just a few of the best Somerzby pet products perfect for your doggie.

 

 SMALL DOG BREEDS

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher comes from Germany and its name (‘monkey-like terrier’ in English) aptly describes its lively, intelligent personality. In France they are known as ‘Diablotin Moustachu’ or the little devil with a moustache.

They are loyal and affectionate but they can also be bossy and will frequently do things their way not yours. Weighing around 5kgs their comedian antics make them the centre of attention in any home.

 

American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

The American hairless terrier comes from Louisiana and is a lively, intelligent, and playful dog. This hairless little dog makes an ideal choice for allergy sufferers. There is a coated variety as well and its very short and shiny coat is low shedding too.

Owners need to be careful about exposing hairless dogs to the sun and cold weather. They love human companionship and will happily lounge about the house with their human family. Exercise needs are moderate.

 

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

The ‘Aussie’ is a working dog bred for killing rodents and snakes and acting as watchdogs. They need exercise and to be kept occupied.

Boredom and lack of attention can cause the Aussie to become noisy and destructive. Aussies are loyal, loving, and obedient (with training) and can make a wonderful companion.

Their need to be the centre of attention does not always make them a great choice for homes with other animals.

The Australian Terrier is a healthy breed with fewer genetic defects than most other terriers. Their coat doesn’t shed too often, so only moderate grooming is necessary.

They weigh between 7 and 9kgs.


Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrior

Weighing in at around 4.5kgs The Silky is a real powerhouse of energy coupled with a larger than life loving and affectionate personality. They love to be active; chasing anything that moves and digging in the garden.

It was bred in Australia and is closely related to the Yorkshire terrier. The Silky, as the name suggest, has a long coat with a beautifully soft silky sheen but it will need frequent grooming to avoid becoming a tangled mess.

It is a true toy dog but doesn’t usually become overly ‘yappy’.


Basenji

Basenji

Basenji are an elegant small hunting dog breed of the hound family. The Basenji is one of the oldest domesticated dog breeds known. They are sometimes known as Africa’s barkless dog because they cannot bark; instead they will yodel.

They are short-haired and require lots of training and exercise. They are highly independent and you will need an escape proof backyard.

Although they are affectionate with children and will get on well with other animals the need for patient training makes them a better choice for couples and families with older responsible children.

They’re also popular show dogs for agility courses due to their athletic and disciplined nature.


Beagle

Beagle

Dating back to the 1500’s, Beagles are another very old dog breed. Originally used by the English as scent hounds for hunting small animals, their advanced sense of smell has seen them commonly used as detector dogs for quarantine services.

Beagles are an active and friendly breed, making excellent family dogs. Similar in appearance to the larger foxhound, they have a smooth short coat that can be tricolour, red, white or lemon.

They need a good amount of exercise daily to keep them healthy, as their breed becomes easily overweight or destructive if they don’t receive enough. It’s not recommended to keep them in apartments as their exercise requirements suit a fenced yard better.

 

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an old breed dating back to the 14th century. This small bundle of fluff weighing 3 to 6kgs makes a great companion dog.

With an affectionate, gentle, and loving temperament, the Bichon Frise makes a great choice for the elderly or families with young children.

They tend not to bark a lot making them a good choice for apartment living. Make sure your Bichon Frise gets the exercise it needs (two walks a day) to stay healthy mentally and physically.

A Bichon Frise requires a lot of grooming thanks to its puff-ball double coat.

 

Border Terrier

Border Terrier

Weighing between 5 and 7kgs the Border terrier was originally bred for fox hunting but retains the loveable qualities typical of the terrier family: intelligent, loyal, affectionate.

The short undercoat and wiry top coat means the Border terrier sheds very little so is a great choice for allergy sufferers. They love children and get on well with other dogs but may not be so tolerant of cats in the house.

Border terriers tend not to bark a lot so may be a great choice for apartments.

 

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

The Boston terrier is an American breed, its nickname, the ‘Little American Gentleman’ highlights its loyal, gentle, and affectionate people-loving nature. Boston terriers are quite at home as inside dogs and are very obedient.

Their gentle nature makes them an ideal choice for young children and the elderly but you still need to establish yourself as the pack leader.

Their short hair coats tend not to shed much.


Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

The big gorgeous eyes and beard make the Griffon appear very human-like like.

There are two variations of coat: smooth or rough but in both cases will need regular grooming. The Brussels Griffon is a small dog—around 5 kg—and although very happy as an inside dog will still need regular exercise.

They need lots of companionship and are easily trained but their sensitive nature makes them a poor choice for families with young children.

When it comes to strangers Griffons are wary and make a keen watch dog.


Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Although the Cairn terrier is a working dog it loves human companionship and will happily live indoors. Absolutely loyal and deeply affectionate, this 6 to 8kg bundle of joy is an absolute delight.

Although the wiry coat can quickly look very untidy it doesn’t shed much.

Cairn terriers can make good family pets but if annoyed will nip. Like all terriers they can be resistant to training but if you start while they are young your Cairn will become a much loved part of your household.

You need to keep them away from any smaller pets like rats and guinea pigs.

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a long and trusted reputation as a very gentle, affectionate dog around children. However, as with all small dogs you need to establish the rules and maintain them.

Fortunately they respond well to positive reward training. They are quite happy living indoors and generally get on well with other animals too.

They’re very dependent on human companionship and will become stressed if left alone, so best suit a family who is home for the majority of the day and is able to give them plenty of attention.

They can be prone to a number of health issues.

 

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Along with being one of the smallest dog breeds, weighing on average 1-3kgs, Chihuahuas are also one of the oldest known breeds.

Although there is much speculation about their exact origins, most historians believe they are native to Mexico, hence being named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas have a long body with a distinct apple shaped head and erect ears.

Don’t be fooled by their size though, these dogs pack a huge personality and love nothing more than playing with their family. Chihuahuas are a very affectionate breed towards their family, typically following their owners everywhere.

They can come in a variety of colours, in either a short or long length coat.

This breed isn’t for everyone – Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with children under the age of eight, simply because their tiny bodies put them at high risk of injury if mishandled.

Toy breeds are very fragile and need owners prepared to keep them safe. They tend to be suspicious of strangers though, so extensive exposure to people and other animals is important.


Chinese Crested

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The Chinese Crested (sometimes nicknamed the Dr Seuss dog) is the elegant fashionista of the small dog world. It is quite an ancient breed starting life as rodent catching dogs on Chinese vessels in the Middle Ages or earlier.

There are two versions; the hairless, sporting hair only on the head, feet, and tail and the Powder-puff which is covered in a fine silky coat.

The Chinese Crested is a really affectionate and lively little dog and will develop very strong bonds with its human family.

The hairless variety in particular causes few problems with shedding.

 

Coton DeTulear

Coton DeTulear

The Coton de Tulear weighs from 5.5 to 7kgs and as its name suggests has a fluffy cotton-like coat that does need regular grooming. Cotons are very gentle and love their human family.

They need companionship and will respond well to training. Cotons shed almost no hair making them a great choice for allergy sufferers.

Cotons have a tendency to become disruptive and noisy if left alone or allowed to become bored. It’s important to curb their barking before it becomes a habit.

 

Dachshund

Dachshund

Commonly referred to as a 'Sausage dog', Dachshunds are a small breed dog known for their long bodies and short muscular legs. Originating in Germany, they were originally bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits and badgers.

Because of their history they have traits similar to terriers, and love to chase and dig.

This means owners must be prepared to train their dachshunds well, give them moderate exercise, and only let them in the yard supervised unless you want tunnels all over your backyard.

Dachshunds are bred in two sizes, standard or miniature. Their coat is most commonly seen in tan, reddish-brown and black. Due to their elongated bodies they are prone to spinal problems.

Dachshunds are very loyal and make a great companion for families, typically doing well with other animals.

They’ll happy spend their days snuggling on the couch with their owner, and once trained make for a very obedient, clever pet.


English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Originally bred in England for sporting purposes, the English Cocker Spaniel is a lively, playful breed that needs a good amount of exercise.

Their playful nature and sweet-natured, friendly temperament make them a hugely popular choice for many families looking for a pet to share in their energetic lifestyle.

When well-socialised, the Spaniel is a sweet-natured pet who’s friendly to everyone they meet, as well as other animals. They’re very loyal and need a good deal of companionship, and may develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

This breed is perfect for an owner willing to give lots of playtime and attention, particularly towards grooming its beautiful, long-haired coat.


French Bulldog

 French Bulldog

Despite their name, French Bulldogs originated in Nottingham, England.

Lace makers are said to have developed a smaller version of the English Bulldog to use as lap dogs. Many workers relocated to France during the industrial revolution taking their dogs with them, hence the name 'French Bulldog'.

They have a small stocky build, with a large square head, flattened face and erect bat-like ears.

Their gentle, friendly nature has made French Bulldogs one of most popular dogs in Australia. They don’t require much exercise and need to live indoors. This makes them a great choice for the elderly and for apartment living.

They are also renowned for their tolerance and gentleness with young children.

French Bulldogs have an easy going playful temperament but are prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. They also need consistent and patient training.

Their coat is small and smooth and can be seen in a combination of colours including cream, white, fawn, brindle and black.

 

Havanese 

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As the name suggests these delightful, cheerful little dogs come from Cuba.

With their curled over tails and luscious silky thick coat they’re not only exotic but beautifully cute. Havanese love doing tricks and will keep you entertained for many long hours. They’re good watch dogs but tend not to become yappy.

They’re good with children but like most small dogs will not tolerate rough handling.

It’s important to provide adequate companionship, training, and exercise to prevent behaviour problems developing.

 

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is a highly elegant looking dog oozing aristocratic grace.

They love cuddling up in your lap or on your bed but they also adore chasing things at great speed. They are agile and affectionate and really need to be kept inside most of the time.

Only weighing between 3 and 5 kgs Italian Greyhounds’ fine bone structure means they are not cut out for the rough and tumble play of small children.

Their very short, low-shed coat makes them a great choice for allergy sufferers.

 

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

Small and energetic, the Jack Russell Terrier originated in England from dogs bred by Reverend John Russell to hunt small game.

Featuring a predominantly white coat with markings or black or brown, Jack Russells can have one of three different coat varieties, rough, smooth or broken.

Known for their ability to climb and jump great heights, adequate fencing is vital.

Despite their small size they still require a long brisk walk daily as well as plenty of mental stimulation.

 

Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz features a luxurious long haired coat over the top of a dense undercoat. Although they have a similar appearance to the Pomeranian the Spitz is a little larger weighing in at 5 to 10kgs.

These dogs crave attention and are a good choice for families with young children. They are active, agile, intelligent, and respond well to training.

They do need daily exercise to avoid the behaviour problems associated with boredom.

 

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a tiny dog with a very regal bearing. It was bred as a companion dog for royalty.

Its incredibly profuse silky coat covers the entire body including most of the face leaving the large eyes looking out at the world in a very bemused way.

The Japanese Chin displays a very cat-like nature including a tendency to climb, rest in high places, and clean itself. The Chin does shed a reasonable amount and will require regular grooming.

 

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Originally bred to protect sheep from foxes in the Lakes District, U.K. these dogs have heaps of personality and energy.

They carry themselves with a real loveable swagger. It has a wiry dense, bushy coat over the top of a soft undercoat and yet sheds very little hair.

Regular grooming will help keep the coat looking its best. The Lakeland loves children and is generally alert and gentle. But they do need consistent training and exercise.

They’re very smart so training should not be repetitive because they will get bored easily.

 

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

The luxuriously long and silky coat hides a dog straight out of the ancient mysteries of the Himalayas.

It’s named after Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and they were originally used as guard dogs in the monasteries. Despite the lavish coat Lhasas tend not to shed much hair.

They are very intelligent lively dogs but are not suited for families with young children. This is because they can be very possessive, wilful, and do not tolerate teasing or rough handling.

 

Maltese

Maltese

As the name suggests, Maltese Terriers originated in the Isle of Malta from a combination of Spaniel, Poodle and Spitz dogs. They are a small breed usually weighing 3-4 kgs.

Their white silky fur is hypoallergenic making them ideal pets for people with allergies. They are ideal as indoor dogs, only requiring a short daily walk.

Thriving on company, they are a significant barker if left alone for long amounts of time.


Maltese ShihTzu

ShihTzu

The Maltese Shih Tzu has made a name for itself throughout Australia as a highly popular cross-breed dog. They have a very gentle, peaceful nature but love to play.

They are a great choice for families with young children. Like many small dogs the Shih Tzu’s need for attention and interaction can spill over into behavioural problems if it becomes lonely or bored.

Although they look like a fluffy bundle they only shed moderate amounts of hair.


Manchester Terrier (standard and toy)

Manchester terrier

The Manchester terrier (toy) is a miniature version of the standard Manchester terrier and displays all the same features as its larger sibling.

Manchester terriers combine real athletic running ability with all the usual terrier hunting instincts.

The standard Manchester weighs up to 10 kgs while the toy version comes in at around 5.5 kgs. Their short hair coats require minimal grooming but they do shed hair in moderate amounts.

They are highly intelligent and respond well to training and obedience challenges.


Miniature Fox Terrier

Miniature Fox Terrier

The Miniature Fox terrier (or Mini Foxie) is an Australian breed. Their hunting instincts, fearlessness, and alertness stand them in good stead as watch dogs.

They love their human family, and are loveable and readily trained in return. They make wonderful playmates with older children but their hunting instincts may make them unsuitable if you have other small pets such as guinea pigs or mice.

 

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

The miniature Pinscher (sometimes known as the King of Toys) is a dog that carries itself with real confidence. Their high-stepping gait is something like that of a horse on the trot.

They make wonderful guard dogs and will stand up to perceived intruders with a fearless courage way beyond their size. They are intelligent but their independent streak can make them resistant to training.

They need an experienced dog handler and this may make them unsuitable for families with young children.

 

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers may be small but what they lack in size they make up for in personality. Highly intelligent and curious and with their hunting instincts still very much intact they need consistent training.

They are somewhat wilful and so this may be a challenge. They do tend to bark a lot if they get bored. They need lots of exercise but are also love to be indoors around their humans.

They are good with children. They shed very little hair.

 

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Norwich terriers possess all the usual feisty characteristics of the terrier family.

They are intelligent, high octane dogs that need lots of interaction with their human owners. Norwich terriers are highly affectionate and love children but they may harass other smaller pets such as mice or Guinea pigs.

Their coat is short and wiry and they do shed hair and require frequent grooming. Their independent streak can make them a little domineering and it’s important that you train them and keep them occupied because of this.

 

Papillion

Papillion

The Paillion (French for butterfly) takes its name from its butterfly wing shaped ears.

This tiny bundle of joy weighs between 3 to 5 kgs but is full of life and alert intelligence. They love human companionship, make wonderful family pets, and are easily trained.

In fact, Papillions will love learning all sorts of new tricks and excel in agility and obedience competitions. They do shed reasonable large quantities of hair and need regular grooming.


Pekinese

Pekinese

Looking like a cross between a lion and a dog, Pekinese are one of the oldest domesticated dogs.

Their existence has been recorded as far back as 2,000 years in China. Pekinese may not be a good choice for allergy sufferers because they shed a lot of hair.

They are very affectionate dogs and they make great companions for the elderly or for those in live in apartments because they don’t need a lot of exercise.

They are very loving and easily trained but may not be the best choice for homes with small children. They also tend to have some health issues.

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

This member of the hound family comes from France where it was bred for hunting rabbits.

They have rough, shaggy coats and with their compact solid body weigh as much as 18 kgs. This hound is very extrovert, tough and courageous.

Its bark is likewise powerful and the PBGV will certainly let you know it.

These dogs are strong minded, love to dig, and frequently become accomplished escape artists; probably not the best choice for apartment living or those who cannot give it the training and exercise it needs.

 

Pomeranian

Pomerania

Developed from a mix of Spitz breeds in the region of Pomerania between Germany and Poland, Pomeranians were originally bred for use as sheep herders.

Historically they weighed 12-14kgs, with the modern breed now weighing on average 2-4kgs.

Known for their fox like face, they have a thick and fluffy coat which forms a ruff of fur around the neck. The most common coat colours include cream, black, brown, red, orange or any combination of these.

Although they don’t require a great deal of exercise, their coat requires regular grooming.

 

Pug

Pug

Bred originally in China as lap dogs for royal families, they were imported to Europe in the 16th century. Despite their stocky build they are classified as toy size breed.

Pugs are renowned for their flat wrinkly faces with large eyes, stocky bodies and curled tail.

Due to the shape of their face they are prone to both breathing and eye problems. Their coats are short and smooth and come in a variety of colours including black, fawn and apricot.

Pugs are friendly and easy going, making them great family pets.

 

Schnoodle

Schnoodle

The Schnoodle came about through a cross of the Poodle and the miniature Schnauzer. Schnoodles tend to be very loyal, loving and affectionate.

Their high intelligence levels and desire to please allow them to perform really well in agility and obedience trials. Schnoodles get on well with children and are usually fine with other pets too.

They shed very little hair and so are a good choice for allergy sufferers. They need regular exercise.


Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Like most terriers the Scottish terrier is ruggedly independent, alert, energetic, and a fierce hunter of little critters that go bump in the night. And they won’t tolerate other smaller pets in the house.

They perform well as watch dogs but do tend to bark a lot. They can be aggressive towards other dogs but are generally very affectionate with its human family.

They don’t need a lot of exercise making them a popular choice for the elderly or families with older children.


Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

Looking like a smaller version of a border collie the Shetland Sheepdog is an extremely intelligent, agile working dog. Shetlands, or ‘Shelties’, love human companionship and are very sensitive, gentle, affectionate and devoted.

Their high energy needs and intelligence need to be fulfilled; that means lots of exercise and training is essential.

Shelties can develop behaviour problems such as excessive barking if they are not trained properly or they become bored.

They do not do so well in loud or chaotic environments such as with young children.


Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier

The Skye terrier features very long hair over the face and ears. Its long body stands on short legs so only reaches a height of around 14 cms.

The Skye terrier has a soft undercoat beneath the long-haired overcoat. Generally, Skye terriers are very loyal, affectionate companion dogs that adore being the centre of attention.

They do not need large amounts of exercise but do require consistent training.


Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex spaniel has the droopy ears and hangdog expression typical of a cocker spaniel.

In fact, they tend to be very happy, calm, loving dogs. Although not the fastest moving dog in town the Sussex will still enjoy a good romp outdoors. They do like to bark but not excessively.

They do shed frequently and need lots of grooming to keep their coat looking its best.


Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan spaniel started out as a watch dog in Tibetan monasteries more than 2,500 years ago.

Their feathery tail curled over their back and Pekinese facial expression makes its ancient Asian lineage very obvious. They are highly agile and fast moving but form very tight bonds with their human family.

Although not generally yappy they will bark at strange noises and unknown people. The Tibetan spaniel can resist training but even so with perseverance will make a loving companion dog.

 

Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

The toy poodle probably originated in England from a poodle crossed with a terrier.

They are lively, intelligent, fun-loving dogs that need lots of human attention.

However, they’re not a good choice for families with young children due to their tendency to be impatient, bark and nip children that may inadvertently annoy them.

Toy poodles shed very little making them a good choice for allergy sufferers. However they do need lots of grooming. They usually weigh between 3 and 4 kgs.

 

Welsh Corgi

Welsh Corgi

There are actually two distinct types of corgi: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. The Pembroke does not have a tail whereas the Cardigan does.

Corgis are loyal, loving, and smart. Despite being a small dog they are pretty tough and are fine with young children. However, they may occasionally nip when their sheep herding instincts come out.

They need lots of exercise and have a tendency to become overweight. They also shed heavily twice a year.

 

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

The ‘Welshie’ is a wiry coated powerhouse of energy and inquisitiveness. They need exercise and playtime and make great companions. Welshies are very intelligent and respond well to training.

They are usually very patient around children but, as with other terriers, the Welshie may not tolerate small pets in the house.

They also enjoy climbing onto high places around the house. The Welshie generally grows to a weight of around 9kgs.

 

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

The Westie was bred in Scotland as a rat hunter. They are friendly, lively and like to be engaged in challenging games.

They need regular exercise too. They make great pets except where there are young children. This is because, like many terriers, they can lack patience with rough and tumble play.

Westies usually get on with other similar sized pets especially if the dog is socialised to them from a young age. However, the Westie will probably harass smaller pets.

 

Whippet

Whippet

Related to the greyhound, the whippet is a lean, athletic and incredibly fast dog. Whippets are loving, loyal and usually very gentle companions.

They are very tolerant towards children although they can be sensitive to sudden movement or noise. Although they love to run and can attain speeds in excess of 50 kms per hour they also like to lounge around the house.

When exercising whippets it pays to remember they were originally bred for hunting and love to chase moving targets including cars, cats, and other dogs.

Their very short hair coats make them a good choice for owners who dislike lots of dog hair around the house.

 

Wirefox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

The Wirefox terrier weighs between 6 and 8 kgs but it packs a lot of feisty punch for its size.

Wirefox terriers are highly intelligent and energetic backed up by the typical terrier hunting instincts and independence. They make great pets for families but they do need training (sometimes difficult) and lots of exercise.

They don’t shed much and their adorable faces and bundle of laughs personality are enough to win over the hardest heart. 


Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

The ‘Yorkie’, as the name suggests, comes from Yorkshire.

The Yorkie’s long silky coat hides a little dynamo of a dog with oodles of personality and love to spread around the home.

Weighing little more 3kgs this bundle of joy will prove to be a deeply devoted companion. They need regular exercise and stimulation, like most terriers.

Yorkies do not cope with rough handling so are not a good choice for young children. Yorkies are prone to a number of health issues.

Further Reading

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