Dog Breeds – Companion Dogs

by Jonni

Companion Dogs

The Companion Dogs – Maltese, Pug, Toy Poodle, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Papillon, Lhasa Apso

The first companion dog breed may have been the Maltese, which originated around 3,000 BC – statues of Maltese dogs have been found in Egyptian tombs, and their descendants may include both the pug and the toy poodle. There have been recent indications that the Pug and Shih Tzu, descended from a small Tibetan breed, may have even older lineage.

Most people living in cities and suburbs are looking for a dog that will just be a pet – something that these dogs were actually developed for. In fact, companion dogs are the only dogs that were not originally bred for real work. Companion dogs have spent the last 5,000 years or more just hanging out with and entertaining people. Companion dogs can be perfect for older people who need a lap dog or just company. It’s their job, after all.

The companion dogs may not be a good choice if your children are small, or if your children cannot be trusted to treat the dog gently. Also, some of these little guys are nippy and snappy right from the womb, and can’t be trusted around children, especially if they have been poorly bred. Puppy mills churn out small dogs that have not been carefully bred for temperament or soundness, and companion dogs bred in puppy mills may be difficult to house train. These are excellent reasons for adopting an older dog, after it’s grown up and its personality (and potty habits) can be tested.