Small Dog Breeds

May 10, 2012 by  
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Small Dog Breeds

The pocket-sized pooch makes an ideal household companion, especially for apartment dwellers or others who must keep a pet that will adapt to a confined space. However, author Dan Rice stresses that different small breeds have different personalities—a fact that should be kept in mind when prospective owners are first acquiring their canine pet. If the animal’s and owner’s lifestyles fail to match, trouble will follow. Described in this book are more than 50 small breeds, with information on their personalities, hereditary traits, nutritional needs, potential health problems, and more. Bichon Frise, Chihuahua, Jack Russell Terrier, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, and many others are discussed in detail. Web addresses of breeders’ clubs are also provided as sources of additional information. Appealing full-color photos throughout.

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Small Dogs, Big Hearts: A Guide to Caring for Your Little Dog , Revised Edition

Small dogs can bring big rewards!Small dogs are charming, intelligent, and loving, but they can also be overly energetic, manipulative, and stubborn. How do you ensure that your little dog becomes a fun, feisty best friend rather than a tiny terror?Small Dogs, Big Hearts is an updated and expanded edition of the classic The Irrepressible Toy Dog. It features the very latest, safest, and fastest training methods for little dogs. There’s no need to use training methods from the past that don’t work well with most dogs, let alone little ones who view the world and their owners from a very different vantage point. You’ll find everything you need to know to train your little dog, from housetraining to house manners, in this updated volume.Small Dogs, Big Hearts follows the small dog from puppyhood through the senior years, giving advice on important topics such as:socializationhousetrainingbehaviornutritionhealthcarepampering your pint-sized poochWith lots of adorable photos, you’ll see sma

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  1. S. McDougald "Susanmac" says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    Trying to Decide?, June 28, 2007
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    S. McDougald “Susanmac” (Suwanee, GA) –
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    Good book for dog lovers. If you are trying to decide whether or not to get a small dog, buy this book. Great pictures. Lots of reminders about the important differences between small and large dogs. Nicely succinct descriptions of breed characteristics and origins, temperament, height and weight expectations, and especially doggy attitude.

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  2. S. Cranford says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    Great info on small dog breeds!, January 24, 2007
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    S. Cranford
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    This review is from: Small Dog Breeds (Paperback)

    This book, made in the Barrons fashion, has wonderfull photos and adequate information on various small dog breeds. Actually this book had a few breeds more than I expected to be in the book like the small Podengo. I was rather confused on why the Keyz was listed…being around 50lbs. I don’t consider it a small breed?! But a good book all around for those who are mainly interested in the small end of the canine spectrum.

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  3. Adrian says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Great Guide!, February 1, 2010
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    This is a splendid little book if one is interested in learning about small breed dogs. Good pictures, well written and organized.

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  4. Diane M. Smith says:
    43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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    Small Dogs, Great Book, July 16, 2006
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    Diane M. Smith (Lexington, VA) –
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    This review is from: Small Dogs, Big Hearts: A Guide to Caring for Your Little Dog , Revised Edition (Paperback)

    Small Dogs, Big Hearts: A Guide to Caring for Your Little Dog, by Darlene Arden, is simply a wonderful book. It takes the reader on a journey from puppyhood to adulthood and old age, in sickness and in health. Arden carefully points out the many ways in which the Toy breeds have unique needs that larger dogs do not have, at the same time emphasizing that they are indeed dogs and so benefit from training in exactly the same ways as larger dogs.

    One of the most interesting points pertinent to this is the discussion of dog training in Britain, where dogs are ubiquitous but also welcome everywhere, because dog owners in the United Kingdom take for granted that all dogs should be well socialized and trained regardless of their size. This is particularly important in the case of Toy breeds, because they can turn into obnoxious little monsters if they are untrained and spoiled. We’ve all run into these Lap Sharks; they aren’t that way because they’re small, but because they haven’t been trained.

    The book contains a wonderful section on nutrition, noting that the energy needs, pound for pound, of a tiny dog are much higher than those of a large dog because of their higher metabolism rate. Furthermore, the author explains the special needs of Toy dogs when they are faced with medical problems, surgery and anesthesia. For example, during surgery, fluid levels and internal temperature control are critical in these dogs. Little dogs, when they fast for surgery, may experience precipitate decreases in blood sugar.

    There is a fascinating section, with photos, on the various breeds of Toy dogs, their characteristics, personalities and any genetic problems. Also, in mid-book, there is an unbeatable group of color photos, page after page, absolutely delightful.

    The author concludes with an appendix that includes traveling with small dogs; clothing (little dogs get cold!); supplies, toys and training aids; treats; and stuff for you, the owner.

    I can’t say enough good thinngs about this fine book. You’ll like it even if you don’t have a Little dog; you’ll like it even if you don’t have a dog at all.

    Diane M. Smith, CVT (certified veterinary technician)

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  5. Pap Mom says:
    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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    Great book for first-time toy dog owners, August 22, 2006
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    This review is from: Small Dogs, Big Hearts: A Guide to Caring for Your Little Dog , Revised Edition (Paperback)

    I hate to be the voice of negativity among all the GREAT raves that this book got. I actually bought this book based on the reviews by other customers. It is a good book and specifies unique needs of small (especially toy) dogs. HOWEVER, as is often the case with an all encompassing book, this book would be great for first-time owners of toy dogs. I enjoyed the original edition which convinced me to get a toy dog (Papillons). If you are an experienced toy dog owner, you would only get a few things out of this book. This is the problem I find with these kind of books. It gets repetitive for the avid dog-book reader. The book doesn’t address the intelligence of dogs and just glosses over each breed’s characteristics. The photos in the books were great though.

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  6. Jessica Sabre "poodles rock" says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    Very Good Resource, Extensive Health Info, January 1, 2007
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    Jessica Sabre “poodles rock” (Fort Collins, CO United States) –

    This review is from: Small Dogs, Big Hearts: A Guide to Caring for Your Little Dog , Revised Edition (Paperback)

    I was very anxious to get this book. In fact by the time I realized there was a second edition of the Irrepressible Toy Dog, I had been waiting several months. This lead me to several other small dog/ breed specific books. This book is definitely top notch However, I was a little biased having read similar information in several other books before reading this book. This made me less excited about its content, however I have to say that it is extremely well compiled, lots of good information and has the best health section on small breed specific disease that I have seen to date. The picture sections are cute, however it could have included more breeds instead of the same breeds over and over. It however was not as much fun as other books, and lacks in the training section when compared to other books. It is a great overall guide on toy dogs and every toy dog owner should keep a copy for a reference guide.

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