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Looking for information about Small Dog Breeds? From Cairn Terriers to Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dog Adoptions Central offers accurate and informative information on all of the most popular small dog breeds in the USA and Canada.

Learn all about each small dog breed, including a general profile, history, appearance, personality traits, health issues, care concerns such as nutrition, exercise, grooming and training. Each profile from our list of small dog breeds will help you decide on the right small breed of dog to choose for your family.

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Rat Terriers

Rat Terriers

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Rat Terriers

Learn all about the popular small terrier dog breed known as the Rat Terrier. Find a wealth of information about the breed, including the appearance, size, color, personality, exercise, care and grooming needs.

Decide if the Rat Terrier is the right breed of dog for you, and find reputable local Rat Terrier dog breeders offering Rat Terrier puppies for sale. We also showcase Rat Terriers for adoption by owner, as well as Rat Terrier rescue organizations and clubs.

All About Rat Terrier Dogs and Puppies

The Rat Terrier is a dog of early immigrants who made their way into America. Designed as a capable farm or ranch dog, his purpose was to protect the property from the rats and other vermin that plagued the farms during those days and this was a job which he performed wholeheartedly. For a time, the Rat Terrier declined in numbers but recent years has seen a resurgence of the breed, this time as a capable and affectionate little companion animal.

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Scottish Terrier Dog Breed Information

Scottish Terrier Dog Breed Information

All About Scottish Terrier Dogs and Puppies

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One of the most recognizable of the terrier dog breeds, the Scottish Terrier is a handsome and spirited dog with a mind of it’s own and a lot of spunk to back it up. Despite it’s glamorous looks, the Scottie is a terrier, developed and bred to hunt rats, rodents and other vermin. That initial purpose is still very much a part of the Scottish Terrier personality, lending tenacity and fearlessness to this unique and endearing breed of terrier.

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West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed Info

West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed Info

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Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information

Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information

All About Shih-Tzu Dogs and Puppies

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One of the loveable dust mops of the canine world, the Shih Tzu’s sweet face and gentle, loving disposition has made him, not only a favorite pampered pet, but a helpful therapy dog. Additionally, this surprising little dog does extremely well in both obedience and agility courses, and loves an active lifestyle. A top choice with the elderly, the Shih Tzu is more than happy to travel with the retiree throughout their golden years, soaking up the sun and seeing the world with a happily wagging tail.

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Dachshund Dog Breed Information Profile

Dachshund Dog Breed Information Profile

All About Dachshund Dogs and Puppies

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This is a general dog breed description of the Dachshund. Individual dogs within a breed may vary in appearance, temperament, and behavior.

Often called “weiner dogs,” Dachshunds are spirited little dogs with long bodies and short legs. Dachshunds are an ancient breed, although the modern versions are of German origin. They were prized by royal courts throughout Europe for their ability to hunt, chase and flush badger and other burrowing animals. These small, fearless dogs have been known to take on larger animals, like foxes, as well.

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Poodle

Poodle

All About Poodle Dogs and Puppies

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The Poodle is perhaps one of the most easily recognized breeds of dog in the world. Known for his unique coat (and the styles in which he is clipped), superior intelligence and for the ease in which he learns new tricks, it’s no wonder why this dog has captivated people for centuries. While commonly mistaken to be a silly dog, due to the frou-frou styles in which his coat is often trimmed, few who have had the luxury of meeting a Poodle mistake him for a frivolous pet for long.

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Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers

All About Yorkshire Terrier Dogs and Puppies

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Often called the Yorkie or Yorkie dog, the Yorkshire Terrier has enjoyed the status of a favored companion for roughly 200 years. Considered to be the second most popular breed of dog in the world (the Labrador Retriever being the first), his is a story of rags-to-riches. To tell the story of the Yorkshire Terrier is to reveal how one little hero scaled the social barriers to become a pampered pet and a star of the silver screen. There is little hope of ignoring this adorable little canine when he turns on the cuteness and demands your attention.

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