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Would you like a dog and think that a small dog breed would be best for you, but you’re afraid it will bark too much? While it is true that there are many small dog breeds known for their tendency to bark excessively, there are also small dog breeds that are calm and quiet.
These particular dog breeds are ideal for living inside an apartment, as there are slim chances that they will bother your neighbors. Of course, don’t expect for your dog not to bark at all. Barking is their form of communication, so it may want to say something from time to time.
Still, considering that we are talking about small dogs that don’t bark, it means that the breeds presented below will bark less, not that they are completely silent. Even so, it is worth taking them into account, as they can be great companions.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This is a small dog breed that is very calm by nature. These dogs are extremely pleasant and lovable and they will get along with anyone and anything. Thus, you can stop worrying about barking when having such a calm dog around. They are, on the other hand, very loyal and will love going wherever its family and owner is going.
Still, even if they are calm and easy-going, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will still enjoy play sessions and long walks. This is why they are recommended even in the case of families with children. But, at the same time, they are great for seniors too, as they love lounging on the sofa next to your side.
The French Bulldog is a great small dog breed for apartment owners. This dog has a medium level of activity, short hair, and reduced needs to bark. In fact, you will rarely hear the voice of your Frenchie, so you may find it very special when your dog will actually bark.
But, you should know that French Bulldogs don’t appreciate being left home alone for extended periods. Thus, if you have a rather busy schedule and spend numerous hours away from home, your Frenchie may suffer and develop separation anxiety issues.
If you don’t leave your dog too much alone in the house, you will appreciate the fun and loving nature of the French Bulldog and its low grooming requirements.
It is so easy to fall in love with this white ball of happiness. The Bolognese is the kind of dog that will be happy to see anyone. It is very friendly, but also quite, and won’t bark without reason. Although it is considered to be related with breeds like the Maltese and Coton de Tulear, the Bolognese is far quieter and calmer than its relatives.
The only thing you need to pay attention to is for your Bolognese not to develop the so-called “small dog syndrome”. This when dog owners treat their dogs as small babies instead of seeing it like a dog. While they are small, they are still dogs and must be treated and educated adequately.
So, by training, educating, and socializing your Bolognese starting at an early age, it is possible to avoid such issues. If you don’t do it, there are high chances that your small dog to turn into a vicious and hard to control dog.
If barking and dog hair are two of the main reasons you avoided having a dog so far, you must know that both problems can be solved if you opt for a Chinese Crested. This dog is known for its original appearance, with a bit of hair present on its head and tail. The rest of the dog’s body will be completely hairless, so you can stop worrying about dog hair around the house.
Still, a hairless dog means that you will need to properly protect it on both cold and hot weather. The absence of a proper coat will make the dog sensitive to low temperatures in the cold season. Also, during summer, its skin can get easily burnt under the sun.
When it comes to barking, this breed will not be too keen on barking excessively. But, like any other dog breed, it will require early training for keeping unwanted behavior at bay.
The Basenji is probably the only dog breed in the world that does not bark, at all. This dog breed has a rather unique way of communication, made through sounds that are specific to this breed. Thus, you will never hear a Basenji bark like a normal dog. These dogs howl or growl, even yodel according to some owners.
If any of these dog breeds charmed you, do check out the small puppies site PremierPups and find the perfect puppy. This website works only with reliable dog breeders, so you can be sure of the exceptional quality of the puppies available here.
Dogs are called man’s best friend for good reason. The loyalty and affection that they give in return for the humans caring for them is immeasurable—sometimes, even if the amount of love and affection that we give to them to begin with is lacking. They are always willing to give their affection to us even if we have been remiss in our duties to look out for them and give them attention.
It is thus very important to make sure that your pet is loved. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see a pet being neglected by its owner. If you want to be a responsible pet owner, here are a few simple ways by which you can begin to show your dog that you love him:
Feed him regularly and on time. One of the most basic ways to show your concern for your pet is to feed him. Depending on your dog’s breed and size, you would need to give him food at least twice a day. Fresh, clean water should also always be available. If you will be away for a long period of time, entrust your dog to a neighbor or a friend, or make sure that they will be visited and given food regularly.
Bring him out to play. Pet owners often overlook the importance of exercise and activity for their dogs. A sedentary lifestyle makes them susceptible to lethargy, obesity, and a host of diseases. Making playtime fun for both of you is easy, especially if you get a custom dog collar for your pet as both of you go out for a walk in the park. Play catch or simply let your dog run free in the field once in a while. You will see the benefits of your dog’s regular physical activity by way of his more calm and relaxed demeanor back at home.
Bring him to the vet for check-ups. At the very minimum, make sure to bring your dog to the vet for yearly anti-rabies shots and other vital immunizations, such as for heartworm. At the sign of alarming symptoms such as excessive vomiting, lethargy, or skin disease, don’t hesitate to bring him in for a check-up. The vet is the best person to judge whether your dog needs medical care or not.
Give him a bath regularly. Bath time is another most often neglected aspect of pet ownership. You may think that allowing your dog to go without having a bath for a number of weeks is fine, but in truth, it is harmful to his health. He can develop skin disease and infections, as well as attract parasites such as fleas, mites, and ticks. It is important for your dog to have a regular bath and grooming, especially if he is among the long-haired breeds. Vets recommend that dogs get a good cleaning around once to twice a week.
Do not forget nail care. A dog's nails need to be trimmed. On average, most dogs will need to have their nails trimmed every 1-2 months. You can also tell that your dog's nails need to be trimmed if they are clicking on the floor when your dog walks. Just make sure you do your research when you are choosing nail clippers for your dog, so that you purchase the best ones.
Build your personal relationship with him. At the end of the day, the best way to love your pet is to treat it like a human with four feet. Talk to him, assure him when he’s scared or anxious, and laugh with him during play. It is always comforting to have your pet sit on your lap while watching TV, or simply having him by your side as you read the morning paper. It is by spending time with your pet that you develop your own silent but meaningful language between the two of you. You’d be surprised at how you can actually understand your pet’s sounds and movements.
Loving your pet dog
Taking a pet into your home and life is a big responsibility—make sure you are able to make time for him and look after his needs. For many people, pets are more than just animals but a veritable part of their own family that need unconditional care and love as well.
The World Health Organisation declared April 7th, 2017 as World Health Day focussing on mental health. This year-long campaign aims to educate, raise awareness and help people suffering from mental illness.
Depression, Anxiety, and other mental health issues now affect over 300 million people worldwide according to the WHO and we think that more needs to be done to educate and inform just how tough this illness can be. It's usually also the underlying cause of many other social issues.
Those of us who have a dog in our life, knows just how important they are for keeping us fit, socializing and living life to the full.
We think that having a dog in your life can really help with coping and so does Andy and the team at Pet Gear Lab. They've created this infographic to highlight 12 reasons why a dog can help you cope with depression and anxiety.
This is what it looks like:
This cute fella is Banner
Head on over to Andy's site to find out more about how dogs are a great asset to your life.
I'd Love to be able to say that I had a 'good time after all' camping, but sadly, no, I did not. I do not think I will ever enjoy being swarmed by bugs (I guess they were gnats so at least they didn't bite), but they were so very thick I couldn't breath. I think my lungs need to be scraped out because they are probably coated in thick blackish green varmints. I did sustain a bright red mosquito bite or two, too.
The nights were colder than Antarctica and I spent them (in the tent) trying to keep my two year old warm in the sleeping bag, so I didn't hardly sleep at all, keeping my kiddo covered up, yet breathing.
I was freaking out because I am a 'wuss' when it comes to insects of any kind, so with every ant or spider I'd see, I'd throw a tizzy fit. I cannot help it, I wasn't raised camping at all. I can't stand being dirty and by day five, I had run completely out of any of my own clothing, due to chasing Braxton into the lake and getting my few pairs of jeans caked with the red clay mud which was an entirely different story in itself...... AND....I had to endure the entire three hour trip home in my underwear, wrapped in a blanket. No clothing left to change into for the ride home. I was covered in filth and had whiskery legs......ewwwwwwwwwwww!
(Good thing my hubby was the driver....and I peed in a cup instead of getting out of the car at rest stops and reavealing my underwear...........when I had to go......peeing all over the seat, because I cannot aim that well into a McDonald's beverage cup........grrrrrr.)
My period had begun on day two and I bled heavily through everything. (Ever since Braxton was born, I have not kept track of my menstrual cycle, although it always is pretty regular, coming around the 21st each month, but alas, I was unprepared.)
I had even ended up running out of diapers and clothes for Braxton, too. He kept on running to the lake (I mean, who could blame him....he's only two and was fascinated throwing rocks into the water.)
The problem was, he kept getting soaked, and then tearing off all of his clothing and throwing them onto the lakeshore. Each time he did that and I, trying to be the good, patient loving mommy, would then have to carry him kicking, screaming, cussing and naked back up to the camp site. I should by all means be as muscular now as a body builder, because Braxton gets to be mighty heavy, especially stiffening up and trying to head butt me as I took him back to get him cleaned up.
(Braxton would get bored throwing rocks into the water and aim for nearby boats....that is why the 'fun' had to stop.....unless I wanted lawsuits.)
So, besides chasing Braxton all day, (which is all a part of Mommyhood, I know........but I had NO help, due to my husband fishing and riding quads all day.)
I love Braxton, but it all felt like work, and I could have done that at home (without the bugs.)
One last thought.....has anyone ever heard of a dog...........(a four year old black lab to be precise) going 'crap' only in the water? How very embarrassing.......every time we took our dog to the lake for a swim, he'd go out about ten feet from shore and empty his bowels.....and I'm talking some serious dumps.......every few yards all the way down the shore. It was very, very obvious to any onlookers what ol' Banner the dog was 'up to.'
I really didn't feel like the water was very clean and I didn't even want to put my toe in it for fear of a huge yellow dog turd floating up at me.
My husband and older kids would go swimming and I just shuddered at the thought of it. The water up there in the mountains was otherwise crystal clear and the fishing was good.....so the guys 'said.' I only saw a few.
This was very hard..............indeed.........I need a VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!