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Happiness in Small Packages

Miniature dogs are just like cats. They eat very little and they don’t drag their masters outside early in the morning. A miniature dog in the house means minimum care and maximum happiness. That’s why busy people prefer, out of all the types of dogs, “pocket” friends. And there is a lot to choose from…


Chihuahua - sent from space


The smallest dogs in the world come from Mexico. There are many legends about their origin. The dogs were believed to be sent from space, filled with its energy through the soft spot on their head (the characteristic specific to this breed). In Europe, these dogs became popular when in 1890 the President of Mexico presented a bouquet of flowers with a Chihuahua hidden in the middle to an Italian singer, Adelina Patti. Moreover, Xuavier Kjuga would conduct the orchestra holding a Chihuahua under his armpit.


Little Chihuahuas are nicely built, very energetic, brave, and devoted to their masters. The dogs are easily trained, but would certainly bite someone who provokes them. Chihuahuas are the perfect breed for city dwellers, especially elderly ones. However, these little dogs are not for families with small children. Chihuahuas are very clean, don’t smell or shed, are easily housebroken, and they love tasty food and latex toys. They don’t require any special attention except for a once-a-week brushing.


Toy-terriers are a sensitive and devoted friend that love children and play well with other animals. These dogs may live up to 20 years if taken care of properly. Toy terriers require no special attention, are not picky about food, have a small appetite, and are easily groomed and trained. They can be taught to use a litter-box so they don’t need to go outside very often.


If a dog is very energetic and there is no time for a long walk, let it swim in a bath tub for 7 to 10 minutes. Still, the dog shouldn’t be deprived of an occasional long walk around the block in order to stay healthy and live a longer life. During the winter, however, walking time should be reduced. A special bit of information to remember is that toy terriers tremble often due to a special feature called “terrier-trembling”, which is caused by an easily excited nervous system.


Affen pinscher - furry devil


It might remind you of a monkey (Affen(Ger.) – a monkey). This loving and devoted friend, who is always ready to protect its master, comes from Germany. These dogs don’t need any special care. Regular brushing is enough for the dog to look nice and well taken care of. Just like any other miniature breed, they love to spend hours outside. Also, there is a dwarf breed of Affen pinscher that originates from Germany. They are not picky and require hardly any grooming. It’s the best breed for city dwellers with small apartments.


Bichon Frise - simply charming


These dogs look just like a toy. They have gorgeous long, snow-white, frizzy hair and a thick, splendid tail. This breed is preferable for housewives and people with a free work schedule that would have time to brush this lovely pet thoroughly every other day, and to trim its claws and to clean its ears and eyes. In return, these devoted friends would bring great amounts of joy and happiness to their masters.


Maltese - aristocrats of the dog world


Throughout centuries, these dogs were popular in high- society. Ambassadors used to present these gorgeous pets to royal families as a sign of respect. Noble ladies used to take these tiny, kind dogs with splendid white, silky hair everywhere they went.


Maltese are gentle and brave, as well as energetic and healthy. Their long hair needs daily brushing with a stiff brush. Their paws and tummies should be sprinkled regularly with baby powder to prevent heavy soiling in- between washings.


Pug - much in little


In ancient China, pugs were believed to be sent from Heaven and were kept in wealthy families. They are ideal inside dogs, love children, possess an outstanding feeling of self-respect, and are jealous and active. That’s why they are often refereed to as ‘multimum pavro’ (much in little).


Daily brushing of a pug’s short and shiny hair is enough to restrict bathing the dog only 4 times a year. Otherwise, a bioactive film that protects and deodorizes the skin could be washed off and the dog’s hair could become dull and filled with dandruff. A pug is the best choice for both stay-at-home people and workaholics, as this dog doesn’t need long daily walks outside. In the summer, walking time should be reduced as pugs are very sensitive to heat. They aren’t picky about food so sometimes they should be kept to a diet.


Yorkshire terrier - fashionable dogs


Masters carry around these dogs with hair bows as an exquisite accessory. In return, Yorkshire terriers are very devoted and play well with other animals. They are always ready to make friends. Consequently, these dogs

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