Small Dogs Can Make Great Pets – Picking the Right Breed

In the past 10 years, the upsurge of pugs has been noticeable as well as miniature versions of large dogs. Some of the toy dogs that are loved by everyone include miniature schnauzers and miniature pinschers. Small dogs make great family pets. Higher energy dogs like the Boston terrier and the Yorkshire terrier need to have an active life in and outdoors which means at least one walk a day.

Most small dogs will live a long time, so a big investment is necessary on the part of any family member involved in the raising, training, and caring of small dogs. Every member of the family should have a hand in the training and family pets should never be allowed to feel as if they are the head of the pack. Effective techniques can be learned from accomplished trainers. 

Choosing the right small dog breed as a pet from a number of small dogs’ breeds can be quite daunting. Some breeds can even be problematic so it’s important to do your research before getting one for yourself. The biggest problem many people have with these dogs is the high-strung nature of many smaller breeds. Even the smallest noise can arouse some toy dogs. This is simply their nature. Many small dogs were used as guards and they are following their instincts to alert their owner of an intruder or a potentially harmful situation.

Small dogs that are less high strung (namely terrier breeds) may not get along well with other pets or small children due to their nature as pest exterminating dogs. Here is a list of most popular small dog breeds that make perfect companions, you can choose the one that you find fit:

1. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu, also known as Chinese lion dog, is a breed that originated from China. However, the exact breeding location is unknown, but according to some sources they are thought to have originated in the Tibetan plateau in China. Shih Tzu rocks a big mustache on its face and has long silky hair. Most Shih Tzu owners prefer to keep their little pup’s hair trimmed to a shorter length for easy maintenance. Despite its tiny size, this breed is energetic and brave enough to hold its own.

2. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terriers are one of the most adored and popular dogs among seniors and small dog breeds lovers. Weighing just about 7 pounds (when fully grown), these little munchkins pack a lot of energy in a small package. Their long, silky, and smooth tan-colored hair is what distinguishes them from other breeds. But, don’t make a mistake of considering it some wimpy dog – it has quite a personality, and can excel as a watchdog. It can vocally alert you about the current situations, for example, if someone is trespassing on your property. However, you should not opt for it as a watchdog but an affectionate companion that will always be by your side.

3. Poodle


Poodle dogs are famous for their tight curls and unique haircut. They were the favorite dog breed of the aristocracy, and are highly adored by many dog lovers because of their cute looks. Just because of their innocent looks, people don’t realize how intelligent they can be. Plus, another reason for their fame is that they come in all sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. The standard size is just like a normal large to medium-sized dog, but a small dog lover would always go for the miniature or the ever popular Toy poodle puppies

Additionally, the smaller Poodles are also known for their long lives.

4. Miniature Schnauzers

Miniature Schnauzers

Miniature schnauzer, easily recognized by its bearded haircut, is an excellent breed to consider as a small dog family pet. Their fur is hypoallergenic, and they do very well with small children. They are packed with lots of qualities in a small package including affection, intelligence, humor, and personality that is twice as impressive and big as their size. If you are looking for a loving small dog that would never leave you alone and will always entertain you no matter what, you can’t go wrong with a miniature schnauzer.

5. Chihuahua


Considered as one of the world’s tiniest dogs, chihuahua packs a personality that is much bigger than its size. They are often seen in the designer bags many celebrities including Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Paris Hilton, etc. Don’t go their size, they hide the “tough dog” attitude beneath a “small dog” body. They are highly active and sassy, depending on their mood.

These little munchkins make great pets with serious training and socialization.

6. Pug


Being one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world, pugs are known for their chubby little body and cute face. They are playful souls that are ready to play with their humans. Back then, pugs were the companions of Tibetan monks and were known as pets of royalty.

However, they do require extensive care because most of them are diagnosed with breathing and eye problems. Packing a lot of qualities including affection, even-tamper, and energy, pugs make best pets for nearly anyone who loves small dog breeds.

7. Pomeranian


Pomeranians, also known as Poms, have quite impressive looks that define their personality. They look like a breed that is a cross between a little lion and a stuffed animal, but they are not. Its innocent looks and distinct fluffy, long coat are easily recognizable among other dog breeds. They have a larger body and a little face. If you are planning to own a Pomeranian, you should make sure that you take special care to ensure that he never gets too aggressive without any reason, which needs training.

They are best for people who want loving lap dogs that are always ready to fetch a ball for them.

8. Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston terrier, a cross between an English bulldog and an English terrier, is a breed that is smart, loyal, playful, and even-tempered. It is one of the most popular all-American breeds that is adored by many people. It is named after the city in which this breed was originated.

They are energetic and love to move around a lot but still, the best place they consider to spend all their time is in their owner’s laps. Boston Terriers make a great companion for small dog breed lovers who want aggressive and cute looks in one dog.

9. Maltese


Cover a Maltese dog with snow and it will camouflage– all due to its beautiful long, soft, white hair that is just like white snow. They are playful and energetic dogs that love to bond closely with their owners. Back then, Maltese dogs were beloved companions of royal people, hence they inherited that royal behavior and require special treatment. This breed shouldn’t be judged based on its looks because they are tougher and braver than their looks.

10. Affenpinscher


Affenpinscher, also known as “Monkey dog”, is a German breed. These dogs are small, fluffy, feisty, and full of energy – Affenpinscher dogs are the little mustachioed devil that need more attention because they are active and always on their highest energy levels. They descended in the 17th and 18th century from small terriers.