Small Breed Dogs


Hi! Thanks for clicking over! My name is Brooke Faulder and I'm glad you stopped by! I completed this site along with the help of friend or two to further the mission of helping dogs.

My original passion was art, and incidentally, I paint mostly dogs, so what a great way to combine the two! You can see more of that here.

I get to sprinkle these pages with colorful and fun dog art while I spread awareness about the not-so-fun stuff.

First and foremore what I care about is the dogs themselves. 

I'm sure you landed here because you have questions. There is a contact form at the bottom if you didn't find your answer on the previous pages or in the context below. Thanks for stopping by!

Is there any such thing as a non-shedding dog?

Are non-shedding dogs hypoallergenic?

Why are toy breeds harder to housebreak?

Why do small breeds typically have more health problems?

Where do pet store puppies come from?

What exactly is a puppy mill?

How do backyard breeders differ from puppy mills?

How do I know if a breeder is reputable?

What can I do to help the dogs in puppy mills?

Is there any such thing as a non-shedding dog?
Yes and No. There are dogs who shed less hair than others, but just as people do, they will still lose a small amount of hair. These breeds will not shed like a husky, but may have higher maintenance needs.

We've created a list of some non shedding dogs along with links to their breed profile.

Are non-shedding dogs hypoallergenic?
Non-shedding does not necessarily mean that these dogs are safe for a person with dog allergies. An allergic reaction to a dog isn't usually caused by dog hair alone. Most people with allergies are actually allergic to a protein in dog saliva, mucus, urine, etc.

A non-shedding dog can be a more hypoallergenic dog simply because the the saliva contaminated dog hair is less scattered and less likely to be covering furniture, etc. But there is even better news than that. Read here all of the ways that a person with allergies can reduce symptoms and still own a dog!

Why are toy breeds harder to housebreak?
In short, toy breeds are harder to housebreak because they have much smaller bladders and a higher metabolism than their larger cousins and they need to eliminate much more often. We know of several toy breed owners who've had success with the housetraining methods we refer to on our dog training page.

Why do small breed dogs typically have more health problems?
Sadly, Smaller dogs have more health concerns, in part, because puppy mills breed them more often than larger dogs. A small dog doesn't cost as much to feed, so their profit potential is greater. The proprietors of these operations don't concern themselves with the health of their dogs or possible genetic conditions that could occur in the puppies.

Another reason small dogs seem to have more health concerns is a simple matter of stature. Conditions like Hypoglycemia are more prevalent in toy breeds.

Toy breeds are also more fragile by nature.

To prevent injuries from jumping or falling, pet steps are very useful, but not foolproof.

Where do pet store puppies come from?
Almost all pet store puppies come from puppy mills. These miserable and deplorable conditions are not fit for any living creature. There are no words to accurately describe the horrors of these places.

Ever wonder why so many pet store puppies are sick or become sick within weeks of bringing them home? That's due, in large part, to the conditions they were housed in before arriving at the pet store.

Breeding dogs in puppy mills are rarely treated for parasties or given their shots. They are also never screened for genetic health issues and they almost always have them. Puppy mills concern themselves only with profit. Please watch the short video below, but be advised that the content is very disturbing.

What exactly is a puppy mill?
For the proprietors of these operations, it's a business and the breeding dogs are considered inventory. Their lives are not valued for anything other than profit. They are not socialized. They are not given basic medical care and they are not screened for health problems.

The dogs will live their entire lives within the confines of a wire cage. They are not walked, their nails are not trimmed and they will never know the comfort of sleeping in a warm, comfortable bed.

A puppy mill can have a website or place ads in a local newspaper. They can even be a sign along the road... And they are almost always behind that cute puppy in pet stores.

There is absolutely nothing cute about the place that puppy came from. The breeding dogs will spend their entire life dirty and neglected. Most often they are matted and sick. The females don't live as long (which is almost fortunate for them) thanks to being used up from years of over breeding. They eat and sleep and use the potty in the same place they die, so that oppurtunistic breeders can profit from the puppies.

This precious little Yorkie suffered despicable injuries caused by a crude method of debarking. Several of her teeth were missing and her jaw was badly injured. She would have lived the rest of her life in pain... and even in her condition would have been forced to give birth to several more litters if she had not been rescued.

Thanks to the work of a caring person, She is one of the few lucky dogs to have escaped her cage, but there are thousands just like her with very little hope of ever making it out alive.

The same as you would never treat an animal like this, you should NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store. A responsible breeder would NEVER sell puppies to a pet store and you should NEVER believe otherwise.

Pet stores will tell you that their dogs come from "Local Breeders", but guess what, every puppy mill in the world is "local" to someone.

There are thousands of puppy mills all across the country with one goal in mind... to produce as many litters as possible.

Please join in the mission to stop them:

  • By refusing to purchase a puppy from a pet store, newspaper ad or website without first inspecting the breeders facility. This must be done in person.
  • Always ask to meet the parents of the puppy. They should both be living INSIDE the home and should be treated as pets, not livestock.
  • Interview breeders about their breeding practices (how often does she have new puppies available... if more than once a year, consider this a red flag).
  •  How many breeds does she have for sale at any given time? If it's more than 1 or 2, this is another huge red flag.
  • Ask for proof of health screenings. A health 'guarantee' is not the same thing. Most will only guarantee you a new puppy if yours should become sick. This kind of health guarantee is another red flag that the breeder is operating a puppy mill.
  • Insist on seeing the parents. A responsible breeder will be glad you asked and more than happy to show-off her well raised dogs!

Check out these website to learn more.

Humane Society of the United States

Puppy Mill Rescue

How do backyard breeders differ from puppy mills?
The major difference between a backyard breeder and a puppy mill is that backyard breeders often raise their dogs as pets. They care about their dogs, but are ignorant of genetics, breed standard, breeding for temperament and proper screening practices.

All too often, a backyard breeder gets in over her head and unwittingly turns a tiny breeding operation into a puppy mill. So what might have started with an accidental pregnancy turns into a full scale puppy mill driven by the desire to profit from the puppies. A backyard breeder could be someone you work with who has puppies for sale or a neighbor who accidentally (or on purpose) allowed her Westies to get pregnant, etc.

How do I know if a breeder is reputable?

  • A reputable breeder cares about each and every one of the puppies she produces and she makes it her business to know the type of person you are and the home the puppy will go to.
  • She has papers to show that her dogs have been tested for possible genetic health issues and she will offer you a "real" health guarantee for your puppy, not just the promise of another potentially sick dog.
  • She only mates her dogs when it will enhance the breed. She may only have puppies available every other year or so and she will enthusiastically be there after the sale if you should have questions about anything related to the precious puppy she's placed in your hands.
  • A reputable breeder will most likely insist on a no-breeding policy with restricted papers so the dog cannot be bred or she will insist on spaying or neutering, so that the puppy she brought into the world will not become a puppy mill victim. 
  • She is an enthusiast of the breed and she will be involved in breed rescue groups, dog shows, field trials, obediance or agility training, or some sort of group or club involving her dogs.
  • She assumes a lifetime responsibility for the puppies she produces and will insist on taking back the dog if a time ever comes that you can no longer care for it.
  • She does not cross-breed her dogs to produce "designer" puppies and she would never breed any bitch more than once a year.
  • AND FINALLY... A reputable breeder does not use marketing terms such as "tea-cup"!! There is no such thing as a "Tea-Cup" dog, Yorkie, Maltese or otherwise. Careless breeders invent these terms as marketing ploys in order to sell tiny dogs for higher prices. A good breeder does not purposely produce dogs below breed standard.

Click here to learn everything there is to know about teacup dogs.

What can I do to help the dogs in puppy mills?
Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Tell your friends about this site or one of the sites listed above. Get the word out. One person can do so much.

Adopting your next dog or choosing a reputable breeder using the guidelines listed above could make all the difference in the world to your future new best friend.

We also need to make animal cruelty a felony, not a misdemeanor for those (like puppy millers) who repeatedly harm animals. Contact your state Representatives by email to express your concern on this issue.

If you're considering buying a puppy online, from a newspaper ad or at a pet store, there is a 99.9% chance that you're about to become a part of the problem. Please watch this video and join us in the fight against the torture of animals in puppy mills

Warning: Please be advised that the video below may be disturbing.

"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."

~Albert Schweitzer

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