There’s a lot of small dogs out there and while we think all of them make great indoor pets – all of them. There are quite a few breeds that stand out as being especially well-suited, for an indoor only life. So, if you live in an apartment, condo, or even an RV, you’ll find a dog on this list to keep both your heart and your lap warm. Small Dog Breeds for Apartments or Tiny Houses
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9. Cardigan Welsh Corgi – Small Dog Breeds for Apartments or Tiny Houses
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi may be small, but they pack a lot of dog into a little body. Unlike many dogs on this list, the Corgi wasn’t bred to be a lap dog.
Originally used to herd cattle and hunt rodents in Cardiganshire, Wales; Corgis were strong working dogs that took their jobs seriously.
Today, the Corgi is still used on farms and ranches but is also an energetic family companion. They are good with other pets, make reliable watchdogs, and are trustworthy around children. Corgis have a mind of their own but still have a desire to please people.
Despite their high energy level, Cardigan Welsh Corgis only need a moderate amount of exercise to keep them happy. They are adaptable, and can happily dwell on a ranch, in a home with a yard, or in your apartment.
Pomeranians weigh about five pounds but they have the personalities of a dog a lot larger. And, because of this small size, they make great indoor pets for those living in small homes or apartments, even those that live in tiny houses and travel vans.
The Pomeranian loves to be the center of attention and becomes very attached to their humans.
The tiny Pomeranian is a fun, energetic and loving dog. He’s a lap dog, but not generally clingy. Your Pom will be happy to do his own thing while you take care of chores.
7. Pekingese – Small Dog Breeds for Apartments or Tiny Houses
The Pekingese is a very easy dog to keep and requires little space to be happy.
While fairly active, Pekingese do not need long walks for their exercise. A short romp indoors or outdoors will suffice.
Pekingese need plenty of human companionships to be happy. They thrive on attention and are very happy to be lap dogs much of the time.
Grooming is an important consideration. Most pet Pekingese have slightly shorter, easier-to-care-for coats, but they still need a quick daily grooming.
Lovingly referred to by fanciers as the Yorkie, the Yorkshire Terrier is a miniature dog breed developed in England in the mid-19th century. Though small in stature, the Yorkie’s large personality brings a love for adventure, activity, and affection to every human family that is lucky to have one in their homes.
The Yorkie’s small size makes him an excellent house dog for any size abode. Yorkies love exercise, but due to his small size, a good run up and down a hallway or a vigorous game of fetch will keep your little pooch in tip-top condition.
Yorkies are also noted for being non-shedding, but his coat should be groomed often.
5. French Bulldog – Small Dog Breeds for Apartments or Tiny Houses
The one-of-a-kind French Bulldog, with trademark large bat ears and even disposition, is one of the world’s most popular small-dog breeds, especially among city dwellers. The Frenchie is playful, alert, adaptable, and completely irresistible.
The Frenchie is a dog of few words, so barking won’t be an issue, but it is alert and will make an excellent watchdog. And, although small the French Bulldog is quite sturdy. No froo froo pup here.
The Frenchie doesn’t require a lot of outdoor activity. In fact, in warmer climates, lots of outdoor exercise is not advised. The French Bulldog can have difficulty keeping cool in hot weather.
Be warned, snorting, snuffling, and flatulence go hand in hand short-faced breeds.
If you want a little house dog with an oversized personality, the chihuahua is there for you. The Chihuahua requires little exercise, little grooming, and very little space, weighing in between 3 and 6 pounds.
The Chihuahua is a saucy little hot tamale and not just because of his association with a certain fast-food Mexican restaurant chain.
The Chihuahua is lively and active, but due to its small size is quite well-suited as an indoor only dog.
Chihuahuas like nothing more than to be close to their people. Eager to please their people, they are intelligent and fast learners.
Potty training does require a bit of patience and discipline on your part. Small bladders don’t go long without needing to be emptied.
3. Papillon – Small Dog Breeds for Apartments or Tiny Houses
Indoors and out, Papillons are lively and playful, yet also light-footed and graceful. With Spaniel heritage, The Papillon is not a calm, cuddly lap dog, but more an active, playful companion. However, the Papi’s small size and grace, fit well into a home of any size.
The Papillon shares top billing with the Toy Poodle as the brightest and most trainable of the toy breeds, so training won’t be an issue, although they can be a bit stubborn.
Papillons do require regular combing to avoid matting on their heavily fringed ears and legs.
Similar in appearance to the aforementioned French Bulldog, the Boston Terrier is another small but sturdy dog that makes a great pet for homes of all sizes.
Like the Frenchie, beware of smelly gaseous anomalies floating about your house, but overall the breed shares all the positive qualities of the Frenchie that make it a great indoor pet.
Originally bred in Boston more than a century ago, they’re gentle, affectionate companions with tuxedo-like markings that earned them the nickname “American Gentleman.”
1. Maltese – Small Dog Breeds for Apartments or Tiny Houses
Maltese dogs are really balanced little dogs because though they enjoy being loved, cuddled and need human contact, they also aren’t needy and can do their own thing if you’re busy.
One of the brightest and gentlest of the toys, the Maltese is exceedingly playful and enjoys clever games of dexterity.
This curious, quick-moving sprite doesn’t need much outdoor exercise, but it does enjoy dashing around the yard and accompanying you for walks.
Like other Bichon breeds, the Maltese is non-shedding and hypoallergenic but does require regular grooming and brushing to keep its hair tangle-free.
Due to the breed’s intelligence, friendly nature, small size and non-shedding coat, we’ve chosen the Maltese as our number one pick for an indoor dog, but then again, we think all dogs should be inside with their families.
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