The 6 Sweetest Small and Fluffy Dog Breeds
When choosing a dog, many prefer a particular breed solely for good external data. The approach is fundamentally wrong. Before deciding to buy a puppy, it is important to study the features of the breed, characteristic habits. The appearance of the dog also plays a role.
However, most still prefer to choose beautiful four-legged friends, with long or fluffy fur. Check out a selection of fluffy dog breeds to get a feel for the nature of these handsome pets.
And do not forget that long hair requires careful care: washing, combing, haircuts take away the lion's share of the time and finances. But if you approach the matter with all responsibility, the dog will surprise you and the household with a beautiful appearance.
Honorable first place in the ranking of furry dog breeds give Pomeranian spitz. This miniature pet looks like a ball or fur ball. Small, cute - this dog can become a true friend to an adult or a conscious school-age child. It is better not to bring a Spitz to a family with very young children - the dog will stubbornly defend its right to a quiet life.
Spitz is very active and intelligent which is rare for dogs weighing 2 kg. Surprising as it may sound, but they become excellent guards, a loudly alarmed bark alert about the approach of a person suspected from a dog's point of view. Spit walks are not limited to sitting on a bench in the owner's lap. The animal wants to fall on the grass, climb into a pile of leaves, chase pigeons and bark at anyone who didn't like them.
Representatives of the breed have pronounced leadership qualities, so they should be raised no less than with large dogs. This fluffy baby might be on your neck hanging your legs. Under no circumstances should this be allowed.
Calm giant with sad eyes. St. Bernard feels best in a large and friendly family, surrounded by children and cared for by adults. A typical family dog, without the slightest signs of aggression and the desire to show off and put the owner in his place.
St. Bernards are very calm, but it's hard to call them melancholic. Representatives of the breed don't mind playing active games and chasing your bike. But the older the dog gets, the more balanced its character becomes. Saint Bernard is nearly impossible to provoke aggression; these are surprisingly calm and well-balanced dogs.
From time to time, Saint Bernards fall into their minds, as if in a state between sleep and reality. For all types of outdoor activities, they prefer a serene felt on the carpet or directly on the main sofa.
But it is not worth keeping the dog in the apartment exclusively - due to the small area, the dog will feel confined and unable to relax. And the owners experience discomfort when such a bear wags its tail with everything in its path.
The training process is somewhat complicated by St. Bernard's slowness. Be patient when your puppy executes commands at a snail speed. Over time, it adapts and starts trading much faster. It depends only on the owner whether the young St. Bernard loses interest in classes.
Among breeds of small fluffy dogs Pekingese has a special place. Chinese legend says that the breed is the result of the connection of a lion and a monkey. From his "ancestors" the Pekingese inherited a flexible living mind and a very non-standard appearance.
The impersonation of these blunt babies just rolls over, but behind such a funny appearance is a real gentleman who has a sense of dignity. Sometimes this feeling is even slightly hypertrophied, so the Pekingese will not tolerate the grip and will not rush to do what you told them.
The variety is great for renovated apartments. The true Pekingese will never allow himself to spoil any of the owner's property, not because he loves the owner so much and does not want to upset him, but because the blood of aristocrats pours into him and such behavior for a noble dog is completely unacceptable. Aristocrat is indifferent to walks and physical activity.
The Pekingese can interact with cats, rodents and birds quietly, but not with other dogs. Maybe the "Napoleon complex" plays in these crumbs, so he's aggressive even towards the biggest brothers.
The dog is more than serious but, unlike its size and strength, quite good natured. Only an experienced dog breeder should handle Tibetan mastiffs, as a first experience of keeping a dog a mastiff is clearly not suitable.
In standard apartments, mastiffs cannot turn around, so private house owners usually start out. A staunch defender of his family, a fearless watchman, a mastiff is not devoid of self-worth, stubbornness and willfulness. It will not be easy to deal with such a giant, which is why training and socialization literally start from the first day the mastiff appears in the new home.
A mastiff requires respect. Not as a pet, but as a friend, a full member of the family. Mastiff dominates other pets, but not when they have grown up together. Even the cat with whom fate was brought together in tender puppyhood considers the mastiff to be an equal member of the pack.
Before starting a puppy plan your time. A teddy bear cannot be left home alone for long, as its energy is over the edge and breaking an apartment for this well-fed baby is a matter of a few minutes.
Russian black terrier
One of the largest fluffy dogs - This is a Russian black terrier. The dog is by no means decorative, but it is well suited to keep in a spacious apartment. The breed has a highly developed protective and protective instinct, but at the same time minimal aggression towards strangers.
This makes the breed truly unique: the black will never rush unnecessarily, strictly adhering to the limits of what is allowed, but if he feels hostility to the owner or his property, he will defend without hesitation.
Like any service dog, the Russian Black Terrier needs early socialization, competent training, and daily physical activity. Walking with him should not be limited to 30 minutes daily to 'go into the bushes'. Obstacle race, agility, free-range walking outside the city - all this the owner must offer the black terrier.
The same Scottish collie, only in miniature. If you want to get a nanny dog that won't take your eyes off your baby, go for sheltie. The character of an adult dog with a healthy psyche is completely conflict-free, she loves all members of her family faithfully and does not show groundless aggression towards strangers.
It is noteworthy that the breed ranks sixth in the ranking of the smartest dogs. This is an ideal family dog, always "on the same wavelength" as the owner. The sheltie owner chooses one for life, if they have to leave the sheltie will be in literal despair.
During the training process, the sheltie demonstrates their complete willingness to learn and obey. But under no circumstances should you put pressure on the dog and apply force - delicate sheltie will never do anything under pressure.
Perhaps the only major downside to sheltie is their modesty and shyness. Shelties are so afraid of disappointing the owner that they are more likely to refuse to fully fulfill the command than to perform it poorly.
It is important for the trainer to fully encourage all of the dog's successes and not focus on her mistakes. This is done to instill confidence in a timid Sheltie. Never trust your dog's training to another person - due to the nature of the breed, this should be done solely by the owner.
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