The Joy of Adopting a Small Dog

Check out the photos of some of the small dogs available at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter.


If you are thinking of getting a dog, be sure not to rule out adopting a small one. For some, a small dog will be the perfect companion.

Small dogs are so mobile you can take them practically everywhere with you. And if you are out on a long walk and your little buddy tires out, just pick him up and carry him along!

Other benefits of owning a smaller dog:

  • Most people automatically assume they’re friendly.
  • When it’s bath time, you can easily put him/her in the tub or sink and minutes later you’re done.
  • They can sleep with you without taking over the bed.
  • They tend to live longer than bigger dogs.
  • They fit easily into all types of homes (house, loft or condo).
  • Some aren’t as intimidating to children or cats.
  • Many landlords allow small dogs – just ask.
  • They can cuddle in your lap easier than big dogs.
  • For older people, they are often a more realistic choice.
  • They are easier to walk when they get excited.                 

Take a look at the photos of some of the small breed dogs available at the shelter, then hurry down to adopt one.

The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally, pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit the .

Ellen Share August 21, 2012 at 09:50 AM
I had a medium sized dog adopted from Agoura sheter years ago. She was a wonderful dog and lived a long life. I then fell in love with a small dog at the sheter and took her home. She has been so much fun. We all treat her like a baby. She loves to cuddle and be close to us. She's easy to hold, pick up and we shower her once a week since it is so easy. My kids also enjoy having a small dog since they can pick her up and cuddle with her at bed time. So many people stop us on a walk or at the dog park and ask us what kind of dog she is and tell us she is so pretty. We tell them we ate not sure but she is such a gem! I am so grateful to have her and could not imagine life without her. I just watch her when she goes outside due to cayote. Adopt a small dog and yoy will be so happy how bonded they get to you and love to be in your lap. They are the greatest! Ellen
Pattie McCann Tracy August 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM
There's nothing like the unconditional love of a dog!
Andy August 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
One other thing is to not be so concerned about the little dogs age. They generally live well into their late teens. So many people pass up a dog that is older. They can frequently be the mildest, best behaved dog ever. And this "big dog guy" did adopt an older chihuahua who has fit into his house and other dogs very well.


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