Countless dog lovers will argue that most any dog is a good companion. Certainly dogs by their pleasant nature are great companion dogs. In the strict sense though and for differentiation, dogs that don't work and usually do not particularly excel at any task other than companionship is really a companion dog. When the decision for adopting a dog is to have a companion, the options will be limited normally to smaller dog breeds which are likely to serve no particular task other than as a pet and as a comforter.
This lifestyle of having small dogs for decoration goes back thousands of years to Chinese nobility where the Pug and the Pekingese where favorites. In Europe, lap dogs also are popular with royalties and the wealthy throughout history and are still used as presents today. In fact because of their generally small breed, companion dogs loves to sit on their owner's lap that earned them the term of lap dogs aside from their comforting warmth.
Many companion dogs for example the Maltese, terriers and spaniels were breed with the intention of serving great company for refined ladies and gentlemen during the 19th century. Children and dogs though have this pure appreciation to one another that interest in companion dog breeds increased. In the 20th century, middle and lower classes began having companion dogs to chum up with their children. In fact, the parameter in which a good dog breed is assessed on is in the dogs being a great family pet. By that it shows that the dog is warm and friendly to both man and other smaller animals and gentle.
Companion dogs have a life expectancy of up to 16 years. They weigh, according to breed, from 4 to 16 pounds and are prone to ailments that are associated with their size. Before adopting a dog for a companionship, it would be well to do a little research regarding health, ailments, and other breed specific issues on health.
Companion dogs being usually small dogs are energetic and rambunctious. While they are not ideal around children because they move very fast, they are great company to older individuals who could use extra cheer at home. One of the downsides to having a companion dog is that because of their size, they are vulnerable to larger animals. When you are located in areas where winters might be very cold, you should consider companion dog breeds which are fluffy or are longhaired.
The huge benefits far outweighs the risk though as these dogs are content to follow wherever their owners go, are very easy going, and are content to sit with their owners for long periods of time. They are excellent pets for people living in small apartments, they also cost less to maintain and are excellent for people which are less active since running at home is exercise enough for them.
Some of the preferred companion breed dogs are the Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs, Dachshunds, and Shih-Tzus.
Article by: Gina Meyer