29 Apr

10 Small Dog Breeds to Own if you live in a small apartment

Are you one of those people who really love dogs but hesitate to get one because you don’t have the space for one? Why not go for small breed dogs! They are quite apt for apartment life. Though they are small, they are not just lap-warmers. They are sturdy and vigorous. Below is a list of small breeds that are appropriate for your family and home.

1. Pug

Do you remember the famous “You & I” advertising campaign by Hutch? The Pug has gained popularity owing to its appearance in this campaign. It is known for its social and gentle nature. The short muzzle faced Pug is not in need of an active lifestyle. With an innocent expression and large expressive eyes, Pugs bring out parental feelings in many people.

pug small dog breed

2. Pekingese

Originating in China, Pekingese is also known as Lion Dog, Peking Lion Dog or simply Peke owing to its resemblance to Chinese guardian lions. They are very affectionate with the family but not so friendly with strangers.

pekingese dog breed

3. Wire fox terrier

One of the many terrier breeds, Wire fox terrier is a sturdy and balanced dog. The lovable, enthusiastic canine is very affectionate and loyal to its family. If proper exercise, both physical and mental, is not given to this pet then it can become frustrated and stressed.

Wire fox terrier breed

4. Chihuahua

This smallest breed of dog comes in many colour combinations from solid to mark and has an average lifespan of 12 to 20 years. It is an alert, swift-moving dog with a saucy expression.

chihuahua dog breed

5. Shih tzu

Shih tzu, also known Chrysanthemum dog, is a toy dog breed that has a soft and long double coat. Owing to its long silky coat, the dog requires daily brushing and grooming which might be a costly affair for the owners. Therefore, some owners prefer to clip short their coat, known as “puppy cut”.

Shih tzu small dog breed

6. Papillon

This Spaniel type breed dog is small and fine-boned. It has a straight, long and fine, single coat that covers its body at chest, ears, back of the legs and the tail. Also known as butterfly dog, Papillon is friendly, intelligent and tougher than it looks.

papillon small dog breed

7. Miniature pinscher

Miniature pinscher aka Min Pin is a small breed of dog from Germany. It is known to have Dachshund and Italian Greyhound ancestors. This breed is distinct and much older.


8. Maltese

Gentle and fearless this small breed is extremely lovable and playful. It has a compact and square body and moves with a jaunty and smooth gait.


9. Yorkshire terrier

This small breed dog of terrier type is a popular, loving companion dog. With long, silky coat and perky topknot, the good-looking pet attracts the attention of many people.

yorkshire terrier breed

10. Bichon fries

This non-sporting group of dog breed has a compact body, baby-doll face, and fluffy white hair. When left alone, they tend to suffer from separation anxiety.

bichon frise breed


  • by Shaji P. Koshy, post on | Reply

    Good & brief. Thanks

  • by Susmitha, post on | Reply

    Are these breeds available for sale in I ndia? Bitchon fries, maltese,chihuahua,pekingese

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