Small dogs, I love them.  I love big dogs too, no big dog hate here, but after having 2 small dogs for the better part of 4 years, I can tell you they are awesome.  First off, they are easy to transport, from going to the park, taking long road trips, visiting the family for dinner and more, it is easy to take them with you, and they adapt to any size enviroment.  Second, they don’t take up the whole bed when sleeping, unlike my American Bulldog whos 120lbs took up as much space as me!  Third, they fit anywhere, they cuddle easily and curl up next you in your favorite chair.  Fourth, they can be more affordable, requiring less food and supplies.

A key thing to know, I don’t mind stating it over and over again, a pet may be part of your life, but you are a pets whole life.  That means that dogs experience in life, is you as its owner and you get to dictate how amazing a life they have!

As a preface, Small dog breeds are generally seen as weighing under 25lbs, and standing shorter than 18 inches.

So, with being said lets have a K9 conversation about some of the best small dog breed for your home!

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Small Sized Dog Breeds

Great for people living in apartments and small living spaces.  Here are 10 great small dog breeds to consider:

American Eskimo
White American Eskimo Dog Sitting On A Wet Wooden Walkway

White American Eskimo Dog Sitting On A Wet Wooden Walkway

Brains and beauty, this dog has a striking white coat, super soft and fluffy, combined with wits and a cleaver mind.  They make great companions.

Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
Yorkie Sitting In a Feild Wind Blowing In Its Face

Yorkie Sitting In a Feild Wind Blowing In Its Face

Loads of character and larger than life personalities!  These dogs are great friends, are very active and interactive.  Their hair type makes grooming them not the easiest, but they shed very little.  They can be noisy and can be difficult to house train, so they require some extra patience.

Italian Greyhound
Brown Italian Greyhound look at the camera in the sun.

Brown Italian Greyhound look at the camera in the sun.

Playful and affectionate, these dogs make fantastic companions, they love to cuddle, and have their owners attention.  They enjoy chasing after birds, squirrels and rabbits, becasue of their prey drive, make sure to take them out for excercise regularly.

Pug
Pug with a blonde coat looking off to the left

Pug with a blonde coat looking off to the left

Loud snorers, yes I will put it out there, they are loud.  But loyal and will follow their human everywhere.  They can be a bit stubborn so be ready with some patience. 

Boston Terrier
Brown with White Features Boston Terrier sitting on the grass

Brown with White Features Boston Terrier sitting on the grass

With a common name of “American Gentlemen” because of their tuxedo-like hair coloring & patterns, these dogs are great for first-time dog owners. They don’t drool much, shed very little, are easy to groom and are friendly dogs.  They have high energy levels, love to play and are generally easy to train.

Bulldogs
white short haired bulldog smiling

White short haired bulldog smiling

One of the easiest going and friendliest dogs you can find. Take them for a rapid walk, a short run or some fetch then hit the couch and watch some TV and your bulldog will be happy.  They are kind, love to cuddle and easy-going, fantastic with children and like to play. Energy is short-lived, once they have had enough fun, they love a nice long nap!

Corgi
Tan and White Corgi walking on wall next to lake with tongue out

Tan and White Corgi walking on wall next to lake with tongue out

Very smart, affectionate and handle children well. They have a herding tendency so when children are playing they will try and get involved and may nip.  They handle being left alone pretty well, but do require daily exercise and have a tendency to overindulge, so watch the food intake.

Miniature Pinscher
Two Miniature Pinschers wearing red and white sweaters

Two Miniature Pinschers wearing red and white sweaters

Ahh the Min-Pin, fearless, energic, self-assured with a stoic stance. These dogs are alphas, they are also very curious and will investigate everything. They have loads of energy and love to play. A dog with plenty of character, attitude, and personality, Miniature Pinschers are one of a kind.

Maltese
White Maltese, walking in the snow with a black coat on

White Maltese, walking in the snow with a black coat on

Silk smooth coats, these dogs are some of the softest around.  Gentle and kind these dogs have been lap dogs for ages.

Chihuahua
tan and white chihuahua looking right into the camera with ears perked

tan and white chihuahua looking right into the camera with ears perked

Loads of character, huge personality and kind are the main traits of this dog. They love attention from their human and affection, are easy to groom and easy to train.  They can be fragile, so they are best suited for new dog owners who have children over 8 years of age.


First Time Pet Parent?

Check out our post for first time pet owners, we check out 5 of the best small dog breeds and 5 of the best large dog breeds for first time owners.

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