This tenacious four legged friend originally hails from Germany, although it is ranked #12 in popularity among dog breeds in the US. They belong to the hound group, although their appearance is slightly different than their fellow hounds. It’s this unique short legged, long body style that has made the breed iconic among dogs. Although they are short in stature, they make up for the height difference with big personalities. There are two different sizes of dachshund, 3 coat types, and an assortment of color variations making them very versatile in appearance. The standard dachshund is 8-9 inches in height, and 5-6 for miniature dachshunds. They weigh between 16-32 pounds in standard size or less than 11 for miniatures with a life expectancy of 12-16 years.
Recognized for their beauty, alertness and intelligence, the Bichon Frise is well known for their white, hypoallergenic coat, their adaptability and playful demeanor. Although they are good watch dogs, they are lovers who believe everyone is their friend. They get along well with children and other animals. Bichon Frises are 9.5 to 11.5 inches to the withers. Weight is between 12 to 18 lbs with a life expectancy of 14 to 15 years.
Miniature Schnauzers are fun and loving dogs. Marley, my Mini, was seven years-old when he came into my life. He had a lot of energy, so much that his previous owners used to call him the "Forever Puppy." He would keep going on and going on. Marley loved to play, socialize and "doggie" talk.
I was always impressed by Marley’s personality. He was a true Mini through and through: loyal, obedient and motivated. And very easy to train too.
I picked Yorkshire Terriers to be the first breed honored because is one of the most popular breed in the shop.Though they are small in size (weighing 7 lbs and 7-8 inches in height); they are spunky, intelligent and very playful. Yorkies have a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.