Small Dog Breeds

Information on small dog breeds.

Some of the biggest personalities around reside in small dog breeds, and our small dog section is a celebration of their mightiness. Read up on your favorite small breeds, and learn about the best small dog breeds for urban living, people with allergies or couples with small children. We’ll coach you on how to select the right breed for your living situation, and give you a primer on the most popular smaller dog breeds out there today. While you're here, check out our Breed Finder, a quick survey that will help you discover your ideal breed based on the qualities you'd like in a dog.

Havanese

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The Havanese

The Havanese may have originated as coddled companions of the wealthy, but over the centuries they have become sweet, endearing family pets. This friendly, affectionate and clever canine is a wonderful member of the household, forming strong family bonds and winning everyone’s heart. It is…

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How to Choose the Best Small Dog for Your Lifestyle

The breed you choose depends on many things: Are you willing to walk your dog everyday? Is there a place where your dog can run safely in a yard? There are many small dogs that do alright in an apartment as long as they get plenty of chances to run around outside. Other dogs can get all of their exercise indoors. What type of grooming are you willing to do? Many small dogs require at least moderate grooming. Will this bother you? Also, be aware that some companion dogs don't do well being alone for long periods of time and may show signs of separation anxiety. So if you work outside the home, they may not be the best choice for you. There are many dogs that can live in an apartment, it's just a matter of what your lifestyle is outside the apartment that will help you determine the breed. My advice is to determine the answers to the above answers and then go from there.

Jennifer A., owner of a Chihuahua mix