This list of small dog breeds has some of the most popular small breed dogs and may help you find a small breed puppy, especially if a Bichon Frise is not exactly what your family needs.
Not all of the dogs included, have the same personalities. Some are meek, some are arrogant, and still others are loving or excitable.
Knowing the basics of a breed helps in determining what type of puppy is right for you and your home.
As you probably already know, I’m partial to Bichon Frises. As a whole, the Bichon Frise breed has a lot of charm, energy, and an independent spirit.
However, the independence of Bichons can make house training a little tricky. If you’re considering this breed be aware that you need consistency in your training and you need to make it clear that YOU are the pack leader.
Popular Small Dog Breeds
A Bichon pup loves to please its master, but Bichons are not for everyone. They do not take well to harsh correction. And, if left alone for long periods, they may become barkers or chewers.
But, fortunately, if you have your heart set on a smaller dog, there are other nice breeds available.
Here are some of the most popular little pups, including one that just might be right for your family.
- Boston Terriers – This breed gets along well with children, and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance in terms of grooming. However, they are persistent chewers, so make sure you get some indestructible dog toys if you choose this type of puppy.
- Beagle – Beagles are high energy puppies that sometimes prove to be stubborn, when it comes to training them . They make relatively good watch dogs, and Beagles get along very well with children. The breed is happy and affectionate, but prone to howling when left alone for hours at a time. Full grown beagles weigh in around 20-35 pounds, and males are a bit larger.
- Chihuahua – Chihuahuas are not a breed for the meek at heart. These dogs like to bark and some have nipping tendencies. While loving are loyal to their human, they are very high maintenance dogs that demand a lot from their owners.
- Dachshunds – Dachshunds attach themselves to their pack but aren’t overly welcoming of other “packs” particularly children. This means they also make great watchdogs, but take care that your pup doesn’t over-eat. They’re prone to obesity which can also contribute to back issues.
- Maltese – If you have allergies this is a great choice since these dogs do not shed much. The Maltese breed as a whole has a friendly personality so long as you give him lots of regular attention. They also need you to be firm, when training them, to avoid bad behaviors.
- Miniature Poodle – After the initial period of adjustment a miniature poodle is quite the socialite – enjoying other animals and pets. Even so, they’ll tend to bond with one person in a household most strongly, and will shy away from unknown people. Poodles can be high maintenance, and if you groom your dog yourself, Poodle Clipping and Grooming can be a challenge, unless you stick with a “puppy cut”.
- Miniature Schnauzer – These dogs have a tone of spunk and inquisitiveness. Unlike other types of terriers, this breed isn’t aggressive and enjoys children. Generally speaking a Miniature Schnauzer is a good family pet. Miniature schnauzers are hypoallergenic dogs, meaning that they do not shed are most people are not allergic to them.
- Pomeranian – Pomeranians are heavy shedders, and they integrate well with children already in the home. They are pretty laid back, except when playing, which is typically when they bark the most. Overall the Pomeranians’ temperament is kind and gentle.
- Pug – Pugs make agreeable pets, albeit somewhat stubborn at times. The construction of the pug face means that they may snore, so light sleepers beware, or buy ear plugs. The main feature that many people like about this breed is a nearly goofy air, like a class clown.
- Shih Tzu – For families with children, the Shih Tzu breed is a good choice. They’re sweet, dedicated dogs. The only real down side is that you have to dedicate time daily to grooming to keep the coat from knotting.
- The Shetland Sheepdog – Also known as Shelties these dogs are very trainable and equally as active. If you want a partner in play or work – the sheltie is always anxious to be near his human. This breed is known for its loving, trustworthy nature. They often bond with one person strongly, and this dog will perform admirably, if given positive reinforcementWhen deciding on a dog breed for your family, make sure you understand the temperament, characteristics and requirements for each dog breed that you are considering. This list of small dog breeds should help you get started.Then, make your choice based on how the dog will fit with your family—not with how cute the puppies are!
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