The Benefits of Having a Small Dog

Looking to adopt a dog? There are a lot of important factors to consider, including size. We'll tell you all the benefits of having a small dog.
The Benefits of Having a Small Dog

Last update: 11 April, 2019

When deciding to adopt a dog, you need to decide whether you want a large or small dog. You might love big dogs, but, before making this decision, we’ll tell you about the many benefits of having a small dog.

The benefits of having a small dog

There are many reasons why a small dog might be the best option for you. Here are a few:

They adapt

For homeowners with a large yard, this is less of a problem. However, if you are renting, you never know what the next place you live in will be like. What if you move and your new house doesn’t have a big enough yard for a large dog to run and play?

With a small dog, you don’t have to worry about these issues. Small dogs can adapt to large or small spaces. As a result, if you have a small house or think you may end up in a small house in the future, then a small dog might be a good option.

They cost less to look after

Because of the smaller size, there is less cost and effort involved in caring for a smaller dog. They need less food, less shampoo, fewer toys, and require less effort. Their accessories are usually cheaper. You can also bathe them at home without spending much or having to pay for a groomer.

They don’t need as much exercise

If you decide to adopt a large dog, you have to take the time to exercise with them. This is because large dogs tend to suffer from joint problems. A small dog, however, doesn’t need as many long walks. That’s why you’d spend much less time taking them out for exercise.

There are many benefits to having a small dog.

They don’t get as stressed out

Some breeds are more prone to stress than others, but small dogs tend to get bored less when they are left at home. Given their adaptability, they don’t get as nervous and exhibit fewer destructive behaviors.

On the other hand, we don’t recommend leaving large dogs alone in the house for too long. You may arrive home to find a lot of damage if a large dog isn’t trained properly and used to being alone.

They are easier to train

One of the benefits of having a small dog is that they are usually easier to train. Large dogs, depending on the breed, may require the help of a professional trainer.

A woman with a small dog.

This isn’t to say that you can’t try to train your large dog on your own. However, because of their body size, they sometimes have a hard time controlling their strength and energy. That’s why doing basic training with a small dog is usually easier, since you don’t have to deal with those issues.

You’ll clean less

Small dogs just make less mess than larger dogs. They shed less, drool less, and bring in less dirt from outside. Because of that, you’ll spend less time cleaning, which will give you more time to enjoy your pet.

Walks are easier

Ever seen an owner being dragged down the street by their big dog? You need strength to control a large dog, at least until they are very well trained.

A small dog, on the other hand, is much more manageable. They are easier to walk or pick up if you need to. You also don’t need to worry about them interacting with other dogs or scaring people away because of their size.

We love big dogs, but size is an important factor to consider when adopting a pet. We just want to make sure you know the benefits of having a small dog when making your decision.

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