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If you’re thinking of getting a small dog because they’re cute, cuddly and quiet, you probably should think again; what they lack in stature, they often make up for in arrogance. Sure, small dogs are cute, and some of them look cuddly, but not all small dog breeds have meek personalities. Like people, small dog breeds come with different personalities, so before you pick up your small, cute friend, it’s a good idea to know exactly what you’re getting.
Here are PetMD's 10 favorite "small breed" dogs:
#10 Skye Terrier
Not a dog to get if you own cats, as they dislike those of the feline persuasion. Otherwise, the Skye Terrier is extremely dependable, gets along fine with people, and is a great family pet. It is also a great dog for avid outdoorsmen.
This small but ferocious dog is a faithful companion. The Pekingese's aggressive nature, however, does make it unsuitable for a family with other pets and kids. Its thick undercoat and coarse overcoat also requires a lot of grooming.
Believe it or not, the Dachshund actually makes an excellent watchdog and was bred to exterminate vermin! It is very attached to owner and family, but can be aggressive around unfamiliar children. The daring, adventurous and curious Dachshund is also fond of digging, hunting, chasing game, and tracking by scent.
#7 Bichon Frisé
The small-framed Bichon Frisé gets along well with children and other animals. Known for its white puffy coat and curious name, the Bichon Frisé is considered an active, easily trained dog. Overall, a wonderful breed for families and individuals alike.
#6 Shih Tzu
While it does no shed, it does require daily grooming. The Shih Tzu, also known as the "mini lion," makes for a good family dog -- it is very friendly and gets along with all creatures (even children).
Hairs under the initial coat that are finer and softer than the outer coat
A brush that is used to take the dead hairs out of the coat of a given animal
Term used to refer to a male donkey