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Types Of Small House Dogs

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Sep 30, 2018
There are many types of small house dogs that become the perfect pet for a small family apartment. If you are looking for some of the best pet options for kids, here are some choices.
Many people love to have a pet dog around the house. They are great stress busters and makes one smile. However, with constraint of place, one thinks twice before bringing home a pet.
Families or single people with small apartments can opt for small-sized breeds that have a very affable nature. There are plenty of different types of small house dogs that come in different sizes and shapes. They will keep you entertained all day long. Also, the average life span is just about 12 to 15 years.

List of Small Dogs

These breeds require less space to live and have fewer health problems as compared to larger breeds. The following list will cover names of breeds that will prove to be a wonderful companion for your family.
  • Affenpinscher
  • Australian Terrier
  • Basenji
  • Beagles
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cairn Terrier Mix
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Cesky Terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton De Tulear
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • French Bulldog
  • Havanese Dogs
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Japanese Chin
  • Klein German Spitz
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Lundehund
  • Maltese
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Dachshund
  • Miniature Doberman Pinscher
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Mittel German Spitz
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Papillon
  • Patterdale Terrier
  • Pekingese
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodles
  • Pug
  • Puli
  • Schipperke
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Shiba Inu
  • Shih Tzu
  • Silky Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Swedish Vallhund
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Toy American Eskimo Dog
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Toy Mexican Hairless
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Most Popular Small Dogs

There are many popular small dog breeds that find a home with many American families. Some of the best breeds that are easy to maintain and need only some basic training are as follows:

Basset hound

The Basset hounds are very social dogs with a calm temperament. They are able to understand the mood of their owners. They are very patient and love their family members, and thus they can be called one of the good options for kids.

Bichon Frise

These are dogs with a very lovable personality. They are good family dogs that are always eager to please. Bichon Frise are also a good choice for people with allergies as they do not shed.


Chihuahuas, one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, are nippy and therefore not good for small children.
However, chihuahua are very affectionate in nature and tend to be a bit over protective about their owners.


Pugs are one of the cutest dogs that are just about 20 pounds in weight. They are very sociable and loving. They get along with children and other pets. One look at them, and your heart will melt.


The long, silky hair of the Maltese, requires a lot of grooming. If you love to take good care and maintain the way your dog looks, then the Maltese is the perfect choice. 
However, those who cannot care for the long, silky hair can always have it cut short. They prove to be fearless guardians of their owners and their property. They are very sociable with cats as well other dogs. Maltese are also considered to be hypoallergenic and thus are good pets for people with allergies.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie is a dog that will give you the looks of a soap diva! 
Yorkshire Terrier are living proof of the saying, 'big surprises come in small sizes'. They are alert and intelligent. Yorkshire terriers get along with children as long as they are treated with care and respect. A bit of pulling here and there may lead to a nip or two.
These are a few types of small house dogs that you can think about for adoption. Most of them prove to be good for kids. Their size and affectionate personality truly makes them the best option for small homes.