5 Small Dog Breeds This Veterinarian Would Like to See More Of

Toy Fox Terrier.This breed’s motto always makes me laugh: “Life is merrier with a Toy Fox Terrier.” That’s the truth! Typically playful, silly and fearless, this made-in-America dog was created to be a ratter on small family farms, but he has morphed into a family dog whose personality and activity level can range from couch potato to live wire. He has a lot going for him, including a smooth, easy-care coat; ease of housetraining (including learning to use a litterbox!); and an athletic bent that often makes him a natural at agility, rally and other dog sports. Plan on sharing the furniture with him, though — and don’t be surprised to find him snuggled inside your pillowcase at bedtime.

Miniature Pinscher.This handsome black-and-tan dog is often mistaken for a scaled-down Doberman, but he actually predates that breed. Nicknamed “The King of the Toys,” the Min Pin thinks he’s hot stuff. I can’t tell you how many of them I’ve met who are named Harley, thanks to their tough-guy personae. Underneath it, though, they are most often affectionate and funny dogs with short, easy-care coats. Though a Min Pin can be a hilarious companion, be aware that he sometimes has issues with housetraining and isn’t afraid to take on the Mastiff down the street.

Lowchen.Talk about an old-fashioned breed! The ancestors of the Lowchen can be seen in woodcuts dating to the 15thcentury. In German, his name translates to “little lion,” and that’s what he is supposed to resemble with the mane of fur around his face, bare rear end and bare tail with a pouf of fur at the tip. Of course, that’s all achieved with a lion trim; he doesn’t come that way. You can also let his hair grow out, so he’s furry all over. I love the Lowchen for his outgoing and clownish personality. He tends to be curious and smart, not to mention overflowing with charisma.

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