Specialists in miniature breeds in Chamberi
We are widely specialized in miniature breeds: Yorkshire terrier, Bichon Maltese, Chihuahua, Pinscher, etc.
Our centre is prepared at all levels to meet the specific needs of miniature races, especially when different degrees of sedation and/or anaesthesia are applied.
Each animal presents a series of particularities that depend not only on its size but also on its personal and breed characteristics.
“It is not the same to sedate/anaesthetize a German shepherd than a Yorkshire”.
For the same reasons that we just mentioned, any treatment should be customized for each type of animal, thus optimizing the results.
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The great variability in size within the canine species is a really important physiological aspect, as well as all the different breeds (including crossbreeds) that exist.
This is a key factor in something as common as giving a treat. It is not the same thing to give a few treat to a 5kg dog compared with one that could weight 30kg. For us it could be a minimum amount compared to our size and weight, but for a little dog it could be an excessive amount of calories.
Small breeds do not need too much physical wear and they easily adapt to reduced spaces. This turns them into ideal pets for flats in big cities. This ability to adapt to reduced spaces can also be extrapolated to the family environment; they can live with older people who live a calmer life or with children who require more physical activity. The size of these dogs is also an advantage when traveling, for example. It is much more comfortable to carry a small dog in a car or even on the plane, since many airlines allow them to be carried in the cabin.
They don’t compromise the need to go to the countryside to exercise like a bigger dog would. And despite this adaptability, we must not forget that their origin lies in hunting and guard dogs. This is also important when we talk about their weight, they can have a tendency to develop overweight if they don’t exercise enough.
It is very important to watch over their dental health because small and miniature breeds tend to suffer problems with their dental development, related to malocclusion among other problems. They are pets that will suffer from tartar earlier than others, and even though it does depend a lot on each individual, there are some breeds including Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Poodle or Chihuahua with greater predisposition.
They also have a longer life expectancy compared to large and giant breeds. Large and giant dogs can be considered senior when they turn 7-8 years old, but in the case of small and miniature breeds, they become senior around 9-10 years old.
They have an earlier development compared to larger dogs, giant breeds may not reach sexual maturity until after a year and a half. Small breeds develop much earlier, bone formations completes and they reach sexual maturity around 6-8months old (although this can also vary depending on genetics and each individual).
Just like in anaesthesia and sedation weight matters (including other particularities), when it comes to medication or food they are breeds that obviously consume less compared with bigger dogs.
Regarding character, small breeds can be a little bit more nervous and even temperamental compared to larger breeds (except for hunting breeds that usually have quite a lot of energy). Nevertheless, they are quite playful and kind; they socialize easily if they are trained properly.
Even though we are specialized in small and miniature breeds, in our practice we have patients of all kind of sizes!