What is considered
a small dog breed?
Small breeds are generally defined as dog breeds that weigh 10 kilo or under and can be found in almost every group. Famously classified as “toy”, “miniature” or “companion” dogs, they have special needs according to their biology, breed and disposition.
Small breeds, whose metabolisms are faster than those of large dogs, require about 88 calories per kilogram per day, whereas larger dogs need just over half that amount. Ask your veterinarian what your dog’s ideal weight is.
Due to their longer lifespans, small dogs also benefit from food containing high levels of antioxidants, which can help neutralise free radicals during their long lives.
At Hill’s, we go beyond kibble size to ensure that the nutritional needs of small breed dogs are met with every dedicated recipe. We formulate our small breed dry foods and wet foods for their unique calorie requirements and ageing needs.
DID YOU KNOW? A healthy small breed dog can live up to 20 years of age. It is important to remember that your dog’s lifespan can vary widely depending on several factors.
1 Coates, Jennifer. “Nutritional Differences for Small, Toy, and Large Breed Dogs.” Petmd.Com, PetMD, 3 Feb. 2012, www.petmd.com/blogs/nutritionnuggets/jcoates/2012/feb/nutrition_differences_for_small_toy_large_breeds-12459. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.