(Photo credit: Tanja Walter / EyeEm / Getty Images)

Are you new to the canine world and want to adopt a pooch in need of a good home? Many experts advise first-time dog parents to start with a small dog. “But I want a big dog!” you could say.

I will try to stand up for smaller dogs. Here are a few reasons beginners should start with a little pooch:

  • Small dogs don’t keep growing out of their collars, boxes, beds, or other accessories, which means you have more cash in your pocket!
  • They produce less doggy doo, and that means less poop to scoop.
  • You eat less so you have more money in your pocket.
  • Tiny pooches can’t reach the steaks you’ve thawed on the kitchen counter!

Here are some excellent dog breeds and hybrid breeds for first parenting. And remember, you can get almost any breed of dog out of a rescue or animal shelter. Check DogTime’s adoption page Use it to search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!


  • Bichon Frize

    (Image credit: Apeloga AB / Getty Images)

    Always happy, the Bichon Frize will make a great companion – perfect for any first-time dog.

    They don’t shed as much as many other dogs, so you don’t have to clean up stray fur. Plus, you can take them with you almost anywhere!

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    (Image credit: Max Geller / Getty Images)

    Striving to meet everyone who crosses their path, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great choice for people new to dog parenting.

    They like to please and will fall on themselves trying to make you happy.

  • Cotton Tulear

    Cotton Tulear

    (Image credit: COPYRIGHT, Jong-Won Heo / Getty Images)

    The Coton de Tulear is a great companion dog. They enjoy walking, but can customize their activity to suit yours.

    These are usually very friendly dogs and ideal for people who don’t have a lot of experience with dogs.

  • Havanese

    Havanese

    (Image credit: buchsammy / Getty Images)

    The Havanese get on with everyone – people, children, other dogs and cats.

    They are also very versatile and can live in a large house or small apartment. This puppy is a great choice for everyone!

  • Maltese

    Maltese

    (Image credit: Mixetto / Getty Images)

    The Maltese is a people-oriented dog. You respond well to training.

    Remember to reward them with treats, praise, and play, and you will have a companion for life!

  • Maltese Shih Tzu

    Maltese Shih Tzu

    (Image credit: Briony Durbin / Getty Images)

    This is actually a mixed breed dog that combines the loving traits of two parent breeds on this list: the Maltese and the Shih Tzu.

    In the Maltese Shih Tzu, family is the number one priority and nothing else is as important as being with you! If they have that, everything else is negotiable.

  • Maltipoo

    Maltipoo

    (Image credit: Rita Petcu / Getty Images)

    The Maltipoo is a mix of the Maltese and the Poodle, which results in an active and charming little dog.

    They can fit in all types of houses and families: apartment or house, families with children or single elderly. This hybrid is another great choice for beginners.

  • Norfolk Terrier

    Norfolk Terrier

    (Image Credit: itchySan / Getty Images)

    The Norfolk Terrier is considered a “big dog in a small package”.

    Alert, sociable and nimble, they become a loyal companion with the heart of a working terrier.

  • Papillon

    Papillon

    (Image Credit: Tara Gregg / EyeEm / Getty Images)

    The Papillon is happy, attentive and friendly. You should never be shy or aggressive.

    This is a small dog with moderate to intense activity. They are very smart and very trainable and are best described as doers rather than cuddlers.

  • Peekapoo

    Peekapoo

    (Image credit: Michele Westmorland / Getty Images)

    The Peekapoo is a gentle and rarely combative hybrid of the Pekingese and Poodle breeds.

    Loving and loyal, this hybrid is committed to her family. As the ideal lap dog, they are happy to be part of any family activity.

  • Toy or miniature poodle

    Toy or miniature poodle

    (Image credit: Bagata Photography / Getty Images)

    Behind the blue ribbons, impressive hairstyles, and regal demeanor, there is a loving family dog ​​in the poodle.

    Despite their looks, they can be goofy and love to play!

  • pug

    pug

    (Credit: Javier Sotomayor / EyeEm / Getty Images)

    Pugs are great little dogs for first parents.

    These dogs crave affection and a comfortable spot on your lap!

  • Toy or miniature schnudel

    Toy or miniature schnudel

    (Image credit: Danita Delimont / Getty Images)

    As a hybrid between Schnauzer and Poodle, the Miniature Schnudel is cheerful and intelligent.

    Described as “happy forever”, they will fit into your life and be with love and laughter!

  • Shih Tzu

    Shih Tzu

    (Image credit: Felipe Mulè / Getty Images)

    The Shih Tzu is an ancient, royal breed. Although closely linked to wolves by their DNA, these little dogs are warm and happy.

    You don’t need a lot of activity, you just long to be around you.

  • Yorkipoo

    Yorkipoo

    (Image Credit: StushD80 / Getty Images)

    The Yorkipoo is a large small hybrid dog that combines the characteristics of the Yorkshire Terrier and the poodle.

    They are confident, thanks to their Terrier heritage, but are also easy-going and less demanding than many small breeds.

There are many other dog breeds out there that are great first time puppies! Personally, I’m a fan of the mutt or rescue dog, and older dogs are amazing first-time dogs because they are often already potty trained and know how to walk on a leash.

If you are looking for a dog, check your local shelters and rescue workers to find the perfect pooch for you!

What was your first dog Are there any types of dogs that you recommend for first parents? Let us know in the comments below!