Just because you live in a small home or apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog. There are a lot of small toy and companion breeds that can make excellent pets for people with small flats or homes. However, you should remember that even small dogs like variety and exercise, so be prepared to take your small dog for walks. Once you have made that commitment to yourself, you can choose which breed of dog is most suitable to you and your lifestyle.
Small dog breeds make the cutest puppies, and one of the cutest small dog puppies around is the Maltese. This popular small dog breed usually only grows no more than six or seven pounds in weight. It has a beautiful white coat. The Maltese is a very ancient dog breed and has a strong constitution. However, don’t keep it in very hot areas, due to its thick coat. This is a very playful little dog. A Maltese makes a great companion if you like lively little pets and enjoy the grooming chores as well.
Another very cute long haired small dog breed is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . This lovely small dog is as elegant as its name and weighs about twice as much as a Maltese. The Cavalier is a friendly small dog that gives a lifetime of loyal attachment. This is the ideal dog if you prefer to lead a quiet life.
Top of the line in long haired small dog breeds is the Lowchen. If you enjoy spending long hours brushing, and don’t mind the hefty price tag of this little dog, then the Lowchen is for you. The beautiful `Little Lion’ dog can cost anything from $1000 and upwards. The Lowchen is a true indoors and it also seems to suffer from`separation anxiety’ so don’t get this dog breed if you are away for long hours every day.
If you prefer a little dog with a shorter coat, then a Miniature Fox Terrier can be your pooch. This lively little dog needs lots of exercise, and appreciates having a collection of toys. Fox terriers can be yappy, so your pet may need to go to obedience school if she annoys the neighbors. This is a healthy and low maintenance breed, suitable for the owner who just wants to enjoy having a pet without all fuss associated with long coats and grooming.
If you are looking for an elegant breed, then the sleek, short-haired Italian greyhound is the breed to think about. If you enjoy exercise, then this is the dog breed for you. The Italian greyhound is a very well behaved dog, but prone to stress, so it is not a suitable pet where there are small children. This dog breed grows to a height of about 15 inches but is very lightweight – around 5 pounds.
The Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier are also big favorites in the US; as well as the Havanese, which thanks to its hypoallergenic coat is a great companion dog for asthma and allergy sufferers. Most small breeds look for comapnionship. That is why their group-name is called: "Companion dogs". They make wonderful family members for small apartments, but keep in mind that if you spend a lot of time away from home, perhaps you should think twice about getting a pet anyway!