December 30, 2021 3 min read

Estimations have it that half of American dog owners have a small dog in their household. While they’re cute, they can sometimes be little monsters. But that’s the fun of it all. They’re our little monsters, after all. 

Sometimes, you need a way to calm a little dog down. Other times, you want to simply give them a treat. But what do you give them? 

If you’re in the market for gifts for dogs, here’s what you should consider for smaller dog breeds. 

What Works and What You Should Avoid

First and foremost, the biggest problem with small dogs is that choking hazards are much more of a risk. Due to their small mouths and smaller tracheas, it’s far easier for them to choke on an object than a larger breed. 

The best treats for small dogs, for that reason, are treats that don’t pose a choking hazard. The general rule of thumb is that you should not give a dog a treat that is smaller than their snout and bigger than the length of their head. 

Why is that? If something is smaller than their mouth, the likelihood of them trying to swallow it all at once is heightened. For instance, you wouldn’t want to give a larger dog a baby carrot as they might just try and swallow it whole. 

hungry pup waits for treats

You should try and do the same with a smaller dog. Give them treats that are between that range of the length of their snout and the length of their head. 

You should remember that any dog chews you give to your dog should always be given with proper monitoring, too. There is always a choking hazard when a dog is eating a larger treat. Rather than giving it to them and walking into another room, whether to work or listen to music, you should give it to them at a time where you can properly keep an eye on them. 

Explore Our Gifts for Dogs

But what are some of the best treats for small dogs? From jerky treats for dogs to bully sticks, here are some options to consider: 

4-inch bully sticks 

Perfect for small dogs, these odor-free bully sticks are a great choice for dog owners looking to give their dog an all-natural, single-ingredient dog chew. Best of all, they’re low in fat and high in protein, making them a nutritious treat without any of the guilt. 

Duck feet

If you’re looking for another all-natural chew, look no further than our dehydrated duck feet dog treats. Their crunchy texture is sure to make your dog as happy as can be. Better yet, their unique shape and tough texture make them a great dental treat alternative, allowing your dog to clean their teeth while getting a good dose of protein. 

Small whole elk antlers

If you want to stick to interesting animal treats, our small whole elk antlers are the perfect size for a small-breed dog. Varying in density and toughness, they still make for excellent long-lasting treats, letting your dog enjoy a nutritious treat that holds their attention. They’re equally great for those smaller dogs with a lot of energy, as they’re able to stand up to even the most aggressive chewers. 

frenchie jumping for treats

Natural cow hooves

Looking for another natural toothbrush? Our cow hooves have a dense texture, making them the perfect chew for smaller dogs. They can sit for long periods of time, scraping their teeth along the hoof until they’re finished with the treat or want a break. They are 100 percent natural — and coming from free-range, grass-fed cattle, your dog is getting the best of the best.

Small goat horns

Cow hooves and elk antlers are fun, but how about a good-old goat horn? Our all-natural goat horns are great for small dogs, not just for chewing but for the nutrition they’re chock-full of. Inside, you’ll find all-natural marrow, calcium, phosphorus, and keratin. 

5- to 6-inch quick sticks 

Want something a little longer? Our 5- to 6-inch sticks are yet another great option for small dogs. Made from beef and bully flakes, any dog will be clamoring for another once they get their mouth on this delicious treat. Best of all, they can be broken into smaller pieces to make them easier to handle. 

Find the Perfect Small Dog Chews

Find the perfect treat for your small-breed dog today. With Best Bully Sticks, you’re bound to find the perfect treat in no time.


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