Are you considering adding a furry companion to your family? One of these small breeds of dogs might be just the thing.

Proof that the best things come in small packages (and fluffy ones, too), these pounding pooches have a lot going for them. Perfect for smaller houses (and in some cases even for apartments). Small breeds of dogs typically require less exercise (most on this list take an hour a day, if not less) and also live longer than their larger cousins.

And of course, small doesn’t mean little fun as you can expect big and different personalities from these smaller breeds.

Scroll on to learn more about these small dog breeds.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

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  • Life expectancy: 12-20 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Fur length: short

As a member of the ‘Toy’ breed group, Chihuahuas are tiny, an average of only six inches. They can be snappy, but they are strongly connected with people they know well.

Pomerania

Pomerania

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  • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Coat length: medium

The Pomeranians are also a proud member of the toy breed and are easy to spot thanks to their signature, fluffy fur, which requires brushing up to three times a week. They are social, kind, and love attention. Beware, the Kennel Club has highlighted the Pomeranian health concerns. So be especially curious when you find a breeder.

pug

pug

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 45 minutes a day
  • Fur length: short

The celebrities of the dog world, pugs love to be with people. They thrive on contact (and abdominal massages) and don’t like being left behind for long periods of time. Unfortunately, because of their flat faces, there are health concerns associated with the breed – something to consider before taking one home with you.

French bulldog

French bulldog

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  • Life expectancy: 10-14 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Fur length: short

Persistent, cozy, and snuff are the first three words that come to mind when we think of French bulldogs. The breed’s popularity has grown significantly in recent years, thanks in no small part to its cheeky temperament and gentle manner with children.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

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  • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Fur length: short

Often mistaken for French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers are taller and slimmer than their fat cousins. They are fun-loving and brilliant with children but can suffer from a wide variety of health problems. Ask the breeder or rehab center about your new dog’s medical history so they can make an informed decision.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

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  • Life expectancy: 13-16 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Fur length: long

They may be tiny, but don’t be fooled by the adorable looks of a Yorkshire Terrier – they can do more at barking than they do against larger dogs! They love attention, which makes the necessary daily grooming a luxury rather than a chore. Their stubborn nature can make training difficult, but plenty of patience (and treats!) Will reward you with a well behaved pooch.

West Highland Terrier

West Highland Terrier

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  • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Coat length: medium

Westies (as they are often called) are one of the best dogs for families. They are smart, adaptable, and super loving. They are strong-willed (which can make for a lot of barking) and live just as happily in an urban setting as they do in the country.

Maltese

Maltese

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Fur length: long

Another “toy” breed, Maltese dogs are brilliant lap dogs and love nothing better than snuggling up to their owners. They can be shy with strangers, so it’s important to socialize them as best you can while they are still puppies.

Bichon Frize

Bichon Frize

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Coat length: medium

Bichon Frize are loving dogs who get along well with both children and other dogs – which makes them perfect pets for families. To keep their fluffy fur in top condition, they need regular brushing and grooming every few months.

Border terrier

Border terrier

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Fur length: short

Border Terriers, little bundles of energy, need a lot of exercise and play time to be entertained. They are skilled chewers and diggers, so they can wreak a bit of havoc if left on their own for too long. That being said, they are loving, loyal, and suitable for most homes.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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  • Life expectancy: 9-14 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Coat length: medium

Nicknamed “The Comfort Spaniel,” a Cavalier King Charles might be perfect for you if you’re looking for a dog who loves to cuddle. Mild, sweet, and adaptable, they love hanging out with people and become distressed if left alone for too long.

dachshund

dachshund

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  • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Coat length: medium

Dachshunds are full of energy and small pocket rockets. They love exercise as much as they love a well-deserved nap. They can be either standard or miniature hair and have long or short hair.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell

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  • Life expectancy: 13-16 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Fur length: short

Jack Russell’s are a lovable breed with an (unfair) reputation for being both cheerful and snappy. They love to walk around and are a good match for first-time owners.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

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  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Fur length: long

Lhasa Apso’s love is none other than the excitement of its owners but can be shy when it comes to meeting strangers. They need daily grooming to keep their long coats at their best.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Coat length: medium

The Miniature Schnauzer is easy to spot thanks to its distinctive mustache and offers all of the benefits of the full-size breed in a smaller package. Playful and intelligent, they are best introduced to children at an early age for maximum compatibility.

Pekinese

Pekinese

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Jacket length? Long

Short time for walks? Pekingese don’t need a lot of exercise to be happy and prefer to spend time at home with their owners. Kind and loyal, they tend to pick a favorite in the house.

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 1 hour a day
  • Fur length: long

Originally bred to hunt mice and rats, these are determined dogs that require plenty of exercise and entertainment. They get along well with children and other pets in a friendly and loving manner. Their long coats tend to get matted and grubby. They therefore need to be groomed and professionally cut every few months every day.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

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  • Life expectancy: 10-16 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 45 minutes a day
  • Fur length: long

Did you know that Shih Tzu were originally bred to be guard dogs? They’re still avid barkers (maybe even more reliable than a doorbell!), But they’re better suited as companion dogs.

Fox terrier

Fox terrier

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  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 45 minutes a day
  • Coat length: medium

As you might have guessed from the name, a fox terrier belongs to the family of terriers, originally bred to hunt rats and mice – and even the occasional fox or badger! They’ve retained their brave natures, but are best known for their naughty trail.

Chinese Crested

Chinese hood

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  • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes a day
  • Fur length: short

Chinese Crested Dogs, one of the more unusual breeds of dogs, are completely hairless except for small tufts on the head, tail and feet. You don’t need a lot of exercise and live contentedly in apartments and other houses without a garden.