Best small dog breeds in South Africa

A higher percentage of people are lovers of cute and small dogs. However, there are certain things you need to consider before purchasing small dogs breeds.

As you discover and learn about some of the cutest dogs in SA, it is advisable to make your final decision based on a number of factors. Some of them include your budget, daily schedule, activity levels, and living arrangements. Adopting some small dogs breeds is more costly and time-demanding than keeping others. Therefore, it is important to consider different aspects to ensure that you purchase the most suitable dog breed for you.

1. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas fall under the category of cute dogs that stay small. Named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, they come in different colors, sizes, coat lengths, and head shapes. These energetic and adorable dogs are most suitable for people who live at home and elderly persons. If you have toddlers, they may not be the best option for you.

2. Miniature Schnauzer

These miniature dogs are highly intelligent and easy to train. They are excellent family guard dogs as they uphold devotion and loyalty. They are also prone to adding weight when they fail to exercise regularly. Therefore, you need to be ready to put in the extra work in taking walks with them and engaging in other activities that facilitate exercise.

3. Yorkshire Terrier

This is a small dog breed that is naturally curious and overprotective. They crave for endless attention and are not suitable in a household with children under the age of eight.

The Kennel Union of South Africa (K.U.S.A) claims that the standard weight of this breed is up to 3.2 kg. On the other hand, a large number of ‘Yorkie people’ believe that a Yorkshire less than 1.8 kg is not within the breed standard. Therefore, if a Yorkie’s weight is between 1.8 kg and 3.2 kg, it is considered to be a standard breed. However, in South Africa, Yorkshire Terriers are often sold when weighing more than 3.2 kg. Some have even been found to grow and exceed 8 kg.

The smaller a dog is, the more expensive it will be to maintain as it will require special care due to its

4. Maltese Poodle

The Maltese are highly active within a house as they prefer enclosed spaces to outdoor areas. They are an effective watchdog as they are quick to hear and alert their keepers of any suspicious noises. However, they are not the best for guarding a household as they love being around humans.

Life span is between 15-18 years. Colors: White, light ivory. Temperament: Intelligent, spirited, keen, lively, loving, affectionate.

5. Morkie

This is a small and adaptable crossbreed of the Maltese Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier. The Morkie is a playful, friendly, loyal, and happy lap dog that craves for loads of attention from its owner. Despite their small size, they are full of confidence and attitude.

Morkies do not require large amounts of physical exercise as a 20-minute walk every day is enough. They are not the best exercise, running, or hiking partners.

Origin: United States of America

Average mass: Male:2.7-5.5 kg Female:1.8-3.6 kg

Life span: 10-15 years

Colors: Brown, black, tan and white, tan and black

Temperament: Fearless, curious, friendly

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