Top ten small dog breeds that can live in small spaces

If you are thinking of getting a dog but you live in a small apartment, a small dog might be the solution. Getting a small dog does not mean that they don’t have high energy requirements. Some do less than others. Some small dogs have high energy and require a lot of exercises, therefore, You need to research the dog breed properly based on character and not just look before you make a final selection. Having said that, small dogs can make wonderful companions and some have very big personalities. Their quirky antics will surely make you laugh and their big hearts will make you love them as a best friend or family member. Here are the top ten small dog breeds that can live in small spaces.

Yorkshire Terrier

Group: Toy dog

Origins: England

Life Expectancy:11-15 years

Personality: Playful, Energetic, Don’t like to be left alone (People often buy them in pairs for that reason) Easy dog breed to train. They need regular walks and mental stimulation but also love curling up with their owners.

Dachshund

Group: Hound

Origins: Germany

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: Stubborn and playful, They are devoted to their owners and often choose to follow their favorite person in the house. They can sometimes be aggressive towards strangers.

Pug

Group: Toy

Origins: China

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: Suitable for families with children as they are rarely aggressive. They are sweet, charming and attentive. They are eager to please their owners and spend a lot of time napping. They can suffer from respiratory issues due to the odd shape of their face and nose.

Pomeranian

Group: Toy

Origins: Germany/Poland

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: They are typically playful and loyal to their owners. They tend to bark often and can also show aggression towards strangers, other dogs or other people, in general, to try to prove themselves. They are intelligent and respond well to training.

Chihuahua

Group: Toy

Origins: Mexico

Life Expectancy: 15-20 years

Personality: The smallest breed of dog with a big personality to match. They don’t respond well to negative reinforcement. (As with all dogs, training should always be done with positive reinforcement.) Because they are so small they are prone to accidents and also get startled easily. That is why it’s not a great idea to have them when small children are present. They are extremely intelligent.

Miniature schnauzer

Group: Terrier

Origins: Germany

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: Easy to train with good instincts, this is a dog that is friendly and obedient. They like to play and care should be taken to give them things to do, or else they will get bored. They are highly trainable and often compete in dog agility trials.

Miniature Pinscher

Group: Toy

Origins: Germany

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: This is a stubborn dog breed and therefore should have a more experienced owner. This is an active dog who will love to go for walks and learn new tricks. They have a lot of energy and will require to have a daily exercise routine with their owners.

Silky Terrier

Group: Toy

Origins: Australia

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: This is a friendly and Inquisitive dog breed. They are playful and generally have a happy personality. They are meant to be companions and love to be close to their people. Miniature/Toy poodle

Miniature/Toy poodle

Group: Non sporting/ Toy

Origins: France/Germany

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: Ranked second most intelligent dog breed, the poodle champions many dog sports and is excellent at obedience tasks of various kinds. They can be slightly reserved when introduced to strangers but warm up to them after a short period of time. They are devoted to their families and make very loving family dogs.

Shih Tzu

Group: Toy

Origins: China/Tibet

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Personality: This is a dog who is loyal and affectionate. Generally friendly with strangers, he loves companionship. This dog breed is also alert and at times stubborn therefore care must be taken to train and socialize them properly when young. They are suitable for families and are typically good dogs.

Resources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dog_breeds

https://www.akc.org/

https://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/profiles

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