When I first adopted Pixie, I was afraid that she would be pretty high maintenance due to her being a toothless dog. I'm happy to report that with a few tips, taking care of a toothless dog may just be easier than taking care of a normal dog with teeth. Here are 5 perks of having a toothless dog.
1. No damage - Toothless dogs will never damage your furniture or chew up your favorite pair of underwear. So I say yes to buying a pair of super fancy underwear if you fancy it.
2. A child's BFF - Toothless dogs are amazing with kids, especially young children. It's easy to introduce them to young children because you know they will do no harm. Pixie's ran into a ton of kids at the park and she's been really good with every single one of them.
3. Fresh Breath - Smelly breath is usually a result of dental disease. When you have no teeth, plaque and tartar isn't an issue. Pixie's breath is fresh... most of the time. There are times where it smells like food because it's on her lip. You can't win all the time right!?
4. Super cute tongue face - Pixie's tongue hangs out just a tiny bit all the time and it's just so darn cute! When she's really tired from a long walk or playing with Daisy, it sticks out even more during her sleep.
5. Sweet as pie - I have no scientific proof but I think that being toothless takes a certain edge off a dog and makes them really sweet. Pixie is very mellow and sweet to everyone. Pixie and I were lucky enough to have met the queen of toothless dogs, @toastmeetsworld and she was the most chill dog I've ever met. She just let everyone hold her like the superstar that she is.
Of course, toothless dogs have special needs. For example, they need to be on a special diet which you can read about here, and you have to make sure that when they interact with other dogs, they are friendly because they can't defend themselves. That's nothing compared to the special happiness toothless dogs bring you and I hope that if you see one in the shelter, you will consider making them part of your family. I think more drool, more happiness!