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8 Small Dog Breeds That Start With The Letter S (Solved)


One of the many benefits of small dog breeds is that they have loads of fun. Many people don’t realize just how much fun they can have with a small breed. You will find small dogs a joy to be around and because of their small size, they are also easier to care for. If you are a busy person who doesn’t have time to care for a large dog, then maybe you should think about getting a small dog.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
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The Shih Tzu,  is often considered one of the most intelligent dogs on the planet. It is said to possess a mind that is more advanced than even a child and can be trained to do practically anything. This energetic and intelligent breed is also extremely friendly and loyal, making it an excellent choice for family pets.

The Shih Tzu originates from China and is one of the few dog breeds that is purebred, or genetic stock, and not a mixture of different breeds. Because of its seemingly endless supply of energy and intelligence, the Shih Tzu has been bred worldwide for hundreds of years. 

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier
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The Scottish Terrier, more commonly known as the Scottie, is actually a small breed of long-haired dog.  It is said to have been bred with the intention of fighting, and its excellent athletic abilities and innate hunting instincts make it an extremely effective companion and watchdog for hunters.

To look for the ideal Scottish Terrier puppy from a reputable breeder is definitely the best way to get your hands on one. The Scottish Terrier is smart and eager to learn, however this trait can work against you if you are not careful as these dogs tend to be very stubborn. 

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier
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The Silky Terrier, despite being so diminutive in size, is an active and healthy animal that will accompany its owner’s almost anywhere. They have a friendly and playful temperament and are affectionate by nature. They are also house pets and do quite well with a mix of people and animals in its household, and are not known to bark much.

Many people consider the Silky Terrier as a substitute for the Yorkie, considering the Yorkie more aggressive and domineering than the more cuddly Silky Terrier. The two breeds of dogs complement each other perfectly, and both are very popular pets.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog
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The Shetland Sheepdog was originally bred for herding purposes, which explains the fact that the Shetland Sheepdog of today is a smaller breed than the original Shetland collies used for herding purposes. In the early 20th century, these dogs became popular with horse breeders who had an excess of them for their breeding programs.

In the years since, these Shetland sheepdogs have become increasingly popular as house pets, herders, show champions and even as pets at daycares. Their gentle, loving disposition makes them an excellent choice for any family.

Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier
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The Smooth Fox Terrier is actually a very sweet breed of purebred dog, among many other common terrier breeds. Like most terriers the Smooth Fox Terrier should reach between 16 – 20 pounds in weight. They do not shed much, and they have almost double the amount of energy of their long-haired counterparts.

They are very smart dogs that are eager to please, and they are great with children. Because of their sweet nature and their beautiful coat they are wonderful for those who are looking for a dog that is cuddly and loves attention. If you are interested in getting a pet that has a loving and friendly personality than the smooth fox terrier might be just perfect for you.

Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier
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The Sealyham Terrier tends to have a sweet temperament and is extremely trusting of people and other animals. Their gentleness and devotion to their owners make them endearing to many people. They were first bred in England in the late 1800s as a non-working dog used as an attendant for the deaf. Since then, they have been bred for their excellent obedience and great temperament.

Despite their wiry coat, the Sealyham Terrier requires only an occasional brushing. They tend to shed more than other breeds, particularly if a family with young children is considering acquiring one. They are not aggressive and do not harbor any bad temperaments, they make wonderful additions to families with kids.

Skye Terrier

The Skye Terrier, sometimes called the “Master chief” is one of the many breeds of dog that the Kennel Club classifies as rare. It is also one of the many types of working dog in the world as well. They have been known to be used for everything from hunting to tracking. Skye Terriers are also known to be some of the friendliest dogs in the world. The Skye Terrier has come to be loved by people around the world because of its gentle, loving temperament and beautiful, intelligent coat color.

The Skye Terrier responds positively to the voice commands of the master and are therefore great companions for house guests. Working dogs like the Skye Terrier require discipline and leadership, so owners should not expect to receive these traits from their dogs right away. It is necessary to use positive reinforcement and patience to train these dogs. 

Smaland Hound

Smaland Hound is a highly intelligent and nose studded dog, Smaland Hound also have alert temperament, are compact and good-natured, strong-willed and affectionate towards children. This breed is a very popular pet among families because they are very good-natured and easy to train, and they love all children.

These dogs were originally bred for hunting, and so they have a naturally fast movement which makes them ideal for the outdoors. Their great nose for food as well as their alertness make them an excellent choice for those who own hunting dogs. It is important to note that when buying a salad hound puppy, you need to ensure that he has been socialized properly in order to avoid excessive barking.


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