Quite simply, an “Underfoot” dog is a small breed of dog that can be seriously injured if stepped on.

Some of the most popular small breeds are the Pomeranian, Chihuahua, Miniature Poodle, Maltese, Shih Tzu and the ever so popular Yorkshire Terrier, known as the Yorkie.

There is a high demand for not only small breeds, but also for small dogs that are at the very low end of the accepted weight scale. AKC, the largest and most respected kennel club organization in the United States lists an accepted weight range.

Nevertheless, thousands of people want to have a dog that is either at the very bottom of the accepted size or even below it.

What these owners or potential owners don’t realize is that having a very small dog comes with a huge responsibility. Unfortunately, many owners have acquired a small breed dog only to seriously injure that dog by accident.

People need to realize that having a dog, especially a small one, is very similar to having a baby. The dog will be an “Underfoot” dog. You must always be aware of where the dog is. If you trip over or step on one of these dog breeds, you won’t just say “whoops!”, you’ll most likely rush your Pom, Chi, Yorkie, or other dog to the vet.

These breeds can get broken limbs, even if you don’t put all the weight down. One element that makes these small dog breeds so prone to being under your feet is that they are known to be very loyal, very personable and follow their owner around the home, like a shadow.

People tend to get busy, they may be walking around the house while talking on the phone, cleaning a room, carrying laundry or other things. The dog will be right under your feet, and that’s when it only takes a split second before the dog is accidentally stepped on.

Recovery from broken limbs takes a long time. The dog will be quite immobilized. Sometimes the bones do not heal completely and the dog can limp for the rest of its life. Unfortunately, some dogs are killed when they are stepped on.

Besides being aware of where your dog is at all times, so that he or she is not stepped on, one must also be aware that sitting on a small breed dog can be fatal for the dog. If you’re not looking and your 4 pound Yorkie is in the corner of your sofa and you sit down, this can be devastating.

These small dogs can get hurt when they jump off furniture, when they are pulled on a leash and more.

Take the time to learn about a dog breed before bringing one into your home. Toy dogs are wonderful companions. But to make sure your new fluffy friend lives a long, happy and safe life, take the time to learn about how to care for them and how to keep them out of harm’s way.

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