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Most Popular Small Dog Breeds For Apartments | The Doggy World

Most Popular Small Dog Breeds For Apartments

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Here is a list of the most popular small dog breeds for apartments. Which one will you choose?

- Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a compact and small dog with a powder puff appearance.

It is a gentle, affectionate, and playful dog. It has a moderate activity level.

They require grooming, socialization, and training.

Size: 9.5 to 11.5 inches

Weight: 10 to 14 pounds

Longevity: 13 to 15 years.

- Chihuahua

chihuahuaThe Chihuahua is a very small dog, with a bright and alert expression. There are two varieties of this breed: the longhaired and the shorthaired. It is a sensitive dog and requires socialization to be comfortable with strangers, children and other dogs.  Grooming is not difficult.  Activity level is low. The Chihuahua makes an excellent companion dog for an elderly and sedentary adult.

Size: 6 to 9 inches

Weight: 2 to 6 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 18 years

- English Toy Spaniel

english-toy-spanielThe English Toy Spaniel is a small, compact and short-bodied dog. It is friendly, affectionate and eager to please. Very intelligent and laid-back breed. It needs constant grooming. It has a low activity level. They love to spend time with his owners, and is good with children and other pets.

Size: 9 to 11 inches

Weight: 8 to 14 pounds

Longevity: 13 to 15 years

- French Bulldog

french-bulldog-dogsThe French Bulldog is a muscular, compact, and heavy boned dog. It is affectionate, stable, and intelligent dog that can be stubborn. Activity level is low. It gets along with most people, including strangers, children and other animals.

Size: 10 to 12 inches

Weight: 18 to 28 pounds

Longevity: 12 to 14 years

- Lhasa Apso

lhasa-apso1The Lhasa Apso is a small dog and its body is longer than it is tall. It is an intelligent and watchful breed. They need attention, grooming, socialization and training. Activity level is low. They are excellent with single adults. It can be good with children who treat them with respect.

Size: 10 to 11 inches

Weight: 14 to 15 pounds

Longevity: 12 to 14 years

- Maltese

malteseThe Maltese is a small dog with a compact body. It is a fearless dog and is trusting and gentle with friends. They are really affectionate and playful dogs. It requires constant grooming. Low activity level. The Maltese makes a great companion dog.

Size: 5 to 8 inches

Weight: 4 to 7 inches

Longevity: 13 to 15 years

- Miniature Dachshund

miniature_daschundThe Dachshund is a friendly and fun-loving dog. It is also intelligent, affectionate and playful. Grooming depends upon the coat type. Moderate to high activity level.

They are very devoted to their families. Good with children.

Size: No standard available.

Weight: Under 11 pounds.

Longevity: 12 to 14 years.

- Miniature Pinscher

miniature_pinscher_The Min-Pin is a small and sturdy dog. It is a alert dog, fearless and self-confident. They need exercise, socialization, supervision with children and training. It requires very little grooming. Moderate to high activity level. It does well with a patient and active owner.

Size: 10 to 12 inches

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

Longevity: 12 to 14 years

- Miniature Schnauzer

miniature-schnauzerThe Miniature Schnauzer is a smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer. It is sturdy and active. It is also an alert, spirited, and intelligent dog. They require special needs like grooming, indoor lifestyle and socialization. Moderate activity level. It gets along with most people and other dogs.

Size: 12 to 14 inches

Weight: 14 to 18 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 16 years

- Papillon

papillonThe Papillon is a small fine-boned dog. It is an alert dog, and very friendly toward almost everyone, including children and other animals. Moderate to high activity level.

It needs grooming and socialization.

Size: 8 to 11 inches

Weight: 3 to 9 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 16 years

- Pekingese

pekingeseThe Pekingese is a small, stocky dog. It is a independent and stubborn breed. The coat requires constant grooming. Training this breed can be a challenge. Low activity level.

It is aloof with strangers, so early socialization is important.

Size: 8 to 9 inches

Weight: 8 to 14 pounds

Longevity: 10 to 12 years

- Poodle (Miniature and Toy)

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They are small to medium size square dogs, and very elegant looking. Poodles are intelligent and highly trainable. They require constant grooming, socialization, and training. Moderate activity level.  Most are good with children and other animals as long as they are socialized.

Miniature

Size: 11 to 15 inches

Weight: 14 to 16 pounds

Toy

Size: Up to 10 inches

Weight: 5 to 7 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 16 years

- Pomeranian

pomeranianThe Pomeranian is a small dog with a foxy appearance.

They are happy, affectionate and make great pets for the elderly.  Moderate activity level.

It needs constant grooming, socialization and training.

Size: 8 to 11 inches

Weight: 3 to 7 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 16 years

- Pug

pugThe Pug is a square, short, and stocky dog with straight legs. They are loving and affectionate animals. It tends to snore. Low activity level. Special needs: they need protection from heat, wrinkle cleaning and avoid strenuous exercise. It enjoys the company of children.

Size: 10 to 11 inches

Weight: 14 to 18 inches

Longevity: 13 to 16 years

- Shih Tzu

shih-tzuThe Shih Tzu is a small, compact and sturdy dog. It is friendly, trusting and companionable dog. It is also lively, alert, and affectionate. Low activity level. It needs constant grooming. They get along with everyone, including children, strangers, and other animals.

Size: 8 to 11 inches

Weight: 9 to 16 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 16 years

- Yorkshire Terrier

yorkshire_terrierThe Yorkie is a very small, well-balanced dog. Despite its small size, it is courageous and assertive. It tends to get along with most animals and children. Moderate activity level. It requires grooming, socialization, dental care, training, and supervision with children and larger animals.

Size: 7 to 9 inches

Weight: 3 to 7 pounds

Longevity: 14 to 16 years

For more information about dog breeds:

Choosing The Best Dog Breed
Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog
The Howell Book of Dogs: The Definitive Reference to 300 Breeds and Varieties

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