10 Best Small Dog Breeds for Indoor Pets


Small dogs have become a popular fashion accessory for celebrities, but they make great indoor pets for kids. They are small in stature, but they more than make up for it with their playfulness and personality. Choosing the right small breed for your family depends on many factors, including your lifestyle, children’s age, and the size of your home. There are multiple small dog breeds and each one has several pros and cons. The following guide will help you choose a breed that’s the right fit for your family.

1. Maltese

This breed doesn’t shed much, so it’s an excellent choice if you have issues with pet hair and allergies. They’re friendly dogs and get along well with other dogs and cats. Since this dog will need consistent human contact, it’s not a smart choice if you cannot commit a lot of time to pet care. You can easily identify¬†Maltese by its straight and long white coat, which you’ll have to groom regularly to keep in tip-top shape. Keep your Maltese close but don’t lavish too much attention on him as it could lead to behavior disorders.

2. Boston Terrier

Boston terriers make terrific family pets as they bond well with children. It’s a cost saving choice because they won’t need constant grooming and won’t shed a lot of hair on your furniture. Brush once or twice a week to remove excess hair, and you’ll reduce shedding. Training might be necessary if your terrier demonstrates a tendency to chew on your furniture, shoes, and other valuables.

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3. Pugs

Short legs, wrinkled faces, and lovable personality, pugs make excellent companions. But be prepared: they could be headstrong but are generally willing to please. The shape of their faces means pugs are prone to wheezing and snoring, so they might keep you awake if you bring the dog into your bedroom at night.

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4. Pomeranian

Pomeranians are mellow and gentle, but hey can get noisy especially when interacting with kids. However, they make a fantastic addition to households with children as long as you get a puppy. A major downside is that they shed a lot so don’t get one if you have a new baby at home.

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5. Chihuahua

Don’t be deceived by the Chihuahua‘s meek appearance, they’re sassy and unpredictable, and they’ll nip at kids when they’re disturbed, so don’t get one if you have small children in the household. They’ll also bark incessantly if they sense a new dog in the building and will demand a lot of your attention. The upsides are their fierce loyalty to their owners and ability to get along with cats – after a proper introduction.

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6. Miniature Schnauzer

This breed is sassy, curious, playful and not as aggressive as a typical terrier so it’s a great choice for kids. They bark at passersby or at the slightest noise outside your door. Your kids will enjoy petting and interacting with this playful dog and the Miniature Schnauzer will return the affection without reservations.

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7. Shih Tzu

These were bred for companionship, which is fitting because their gentle and friendly demeanor is perfect if you have small children at home. They don’t shed much, but the dense coat needs regular grooming to prevent matting. Consider getting a Shih Tzu if you want a loyal and lovable friend.

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8. Miniature Poodle

Miniature poodles are extremely sensitive and shy, so they are best suited to a single owner, at least until they get used to being around people. This breed gets along well with other dogs, children and a few other pets as long as there’s a proper introduction and time allowed to get over their initial shyness. Get a groomer to cut your poodle’s coat in your preferred style.

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9. Papillons

One of the most overlooked dog breeds in terms of making good indoor pets is Papillons. Due to their high intelligence, sensitivity and compassion towards people, Papillons are usually used as seizure alert dogs and therapy dogs. Since Papillons are easy to train, they’re often used as show dogs as well. Papillons don’t shed too often and they don’t suffer skin allergies.

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10. Pekingese

Pekingese is an incredibly loving dog that requires little exercise, though likes a great walk. These dogs make wonderful lap dogs, yet they enjoy doing their own things too. I have a Pekingese dog and she is one of the best indoor pets I have ever had. She is loving, protective and great with kids. Pekingese doesn’t shed that often, though you will need to brush their hair at least once a month. Pekingese may take longer to house-train than other dogs, but they are easy to care for and great to play with.

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These are just eight of the world’s smallest dog breeds. They’re loyal, friendly, and require minimum upkeep, so they generally make for delightful indoor pets. Whatever breed you eventually choose, make sure you shower the dog with love and you’ll be rewarded with the dog’s unconditional love and loyalty. You’ll need to exercise patience as you take the dog through the first few weeks of house-training but after that everything should fall into place. Choose the right indoor pet and pet ownership will be exciting and rewarding.