There’s no doubt about it – smaller dogs seem to be more popular as pets than ever before nowadays. Apart from the fact that they are seen in some circles as a fashion accessory – actresses, WAGs and socialites seem to carry a trembling Chihuahua in their Chanel handbags wherever they go – lots of people realise that looking after a smaller dog has several advantages.
For a start, there’s the cost. Smaller breeds such as Lhasas or Miniature Schnauzers don’t have the appetite of larger ones, and this translates to a lower weekly food bill. Grooming can be much less of a chore and, again, money can be saved in grooming fees. There’s also the question of space: with a modestly-sized pet, you don’t need a huge house or garden for it to feel comfortable. Smaller dogs usually require less exercise than larger breeds, and a lot of this can be met by playing in the house or garden.
There are other practical advantages too, such as when your dog goes to the toilet; a Chihuahua is less likely to leave you to clear up something that would not look out of place in Jurassic Park – a Great Dane on the other hand could easily leave you with ‘one great big pile of (more…)