Honest Review On Dog Breeds,
All About Dog Training &
Dog Breeds by Size
All around us we find dogs coming
in a great range of sizes and displaying a wide
variety of characteristics. Studies reveal that
among all mammals, domestic dogs show the greatest
range of body size among its different breeds.
For example: The smallest dog breed-
the Chihuahua can weigh as low as 3.3 lb (with most
members of the breed weighing between 3.3 lb and
6.6 lb). The height of Chihuahuas usually ranges
between 6 and 10 inches though some grow as tall
as 12 inches or even 15 inches.
The largest dog breed, the Great
Dane, weighs over 100 lbs and a male Great Dane
can weigh even up to 200 lbs. The heights of the
dogs of the breed can range between 28 and 42 inches!
Broadly speaking, dog breeds are
classified into 3 varieties on the basis of their
- The very large dogs weighing around 100 pounds
or even more are considered to belong to the giant
variety. Their heights range between 22 and 42 inches.
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- This variety of dogs includes the very
large to large, large to medium and the
medium to small dog breeds. The minimum weights
of dogs belonging to this group lie around 25 pounds
and the maximum weights of the dogs may even exceed
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Very Large to
Large Dog Breeds
Large to Medium Dog
Medium to Small
– Miniature dogs are those that are very small
as compared with other breeds.
- Teacups - ‘Teacup’ dogs or ‘tiny’
dogs are dogs that are smaller than the usual
toy dogs. Chihuahuas of tiny sizes, Tiny English
Spaniels and Tiny Fox Terriers etc are regarded
as Teacup dogs.
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Giant breeds grow rapidly
compared to other smaller breeds but take
longer to mature into their full adult sizes.
These breeds are best suited
to a good sized or even large yard with
ample scope to run around and play.
Large to Large Dog Breeds
Large-sized dogs are classified
as dog breeds weighing 50 or more pounds
Large dogs need more space, and
are best suited to homes with a good sized yard.
These dogs require regular exercise.
Alert and less startled, these
breeds are better intruder detterents compared to
to Medium Dog Breeds
Large to Medium dog breeds
weigh around 35 to 65 pounds, approximately.
These breeds are home loving dogs
and love being around families.
Some of these dog breeds are usually
related to guardian activities and are quite ideal
to protect your house and family from any intruders
to Small Dog Breeds
Dogs, typically between 26
to 50 lbs or between 18 to 25 inch at the
shoulder, approximately, are grouped under
These dog breeds are suited to
both apartments and homes with yard. These breeds
need moderate exercise and daily walks will suffice.
Also known as Pocket Pet
dog breeds and an average 10 inches or under
at the shoulder, small dog breeds do great
as lap dogs.
Small dogs breeds are great for
apartment living as it requires minimum exercise.
These breeds do fine without regular walks or play.
Though of a small size, small breeds
are bold and can be fairly aggressive. They make
What can be the reason
behind this discrepancy in size of domestic dogs?
Researches carried out on 3000
domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) from 143 different
breeds showed that the mutation (alteration) of
a size-influencing gene has given rise to the variety
of small dog breeds. Such mutations are nearly absent
in case of large sized dog breeds.
Mutations in the case of small
breed dogs happened over several years, either through
the natural breeding process of dogs or by human
intervention, through crossbreeding or accidental
Over the years the functional utility
of dogs as efficient aides in hunting and keeping
a watch/guarding has lost significance. Modern city-dwellers
prefer to keep these all time friends of humans
simply as sweet companions. A tiny, cute, slow-moving
creature that has little need for exercise and low
endurance is what people look for in their pet dogs
The miniature and toy varieties
of some breeds of dogs like Dachshund and Poodle
that have been developed by special breeding meet
such requirements of people. They have thus become
It may be noted however that Toy
and Teacup dogs are not recognized as distinct breeds
of dogs and the small sized dogs of different breeds
(those that grow roughly to the size of an arm’s
length) can be classified into the toy dog group.
In recent times the Doxiepoo- a
cross breed of the Dachshund and the Poodle has
also been developed. There are similar other designer
breeds of dogs too like Mauxie, Chug and Muggin
that are hybrids of different dog types.
Dog Breed Size Vs Exercise
A dog's exercising needs depend
on the nature of the dog and its energy level. Its
size has nothing to do with it.
A high-strung dog or a pet who
is a bundle of energy will definitely need higher
workout and play sessions to release its pent-up
energy than dogs who are laid back.
Although, many dog owners believe
that a Toy Dog with a small compact body will need
little amount of exercise than a large breed, that's
not so. Small dogs like the Affenpinscher, Papillon,
Poodle, Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, etc., have
high energy level that need to be released through
exercise to avoid boredom and behavioral problems.
Again medium sized dogs like the
Shetland Sheepdog, Italian Greyhound, Bullmastiff,
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog will remain content with
regular walks and occasional playing sessions.
Working dogs like the Australian
Kelpie or Blue Heeler will need vigorous exercise
to keep them busy and active.
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Breed Exercise Needs
Dog Breed Size & Children
A number of small dog breeds like
the Yorkshire Terrier, Shih-Tzu or Lhasa, tend to
be snappy and moody compared to bigger dogs like
Golden Retriever or Dalmatian who are patient and
charming by nature.
A dog's compatibility with small
children has nothing to do with its size and everything
to do with its nature. Therefore, instead of going
by the size, people with small kids, should do a
good research regarding each dog's nature and temperament,
before actually bringing the dog home.
However, no dog (no matter how
tender its heart is) will tolerate being teased
and irritated. Kids and their parents should always
keep that it mind.
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