Small dogs: the best breeds to have at home

Currently, the size of homes in urban areas is reduced from promotion to promotion. That can be a problem for those of us who love animals and like to enjoy their company. But for all evil there is a remedy. And, in this case, the remedy is as simple as choosing small dogs. Therefore, we offer you a list of the ten small dog breeds, and their characteristics, that will best adapt to a small space.

Small dog breeds

Before choosing a dog for your home, you must take into account the needs of the animal and if you can cover them. For example, in tight spaces it is not good to have very vital animals such as a Dalmatian that need space to vent. But remember, that a dog is small does not mean that it does not have vitality or that it is playful, only that it requires a little less space. Think that many of the small dog breeds were originally hunting dogs. In addition, at times, they will need more care and attention than larger breeds.


Perhaps one of the most easily identifiable and most common breeds in Spanish cities. Originally, the Yorkshire were bred to bring them into rabbit warrens, but eventually was turned into the favorite pet of the English nobility. They are extremely familiar and docile dogs, which have made them one of the best companions for one-person households.

Australian Silky Terrier

It is one of the most common breeds to find in a home. Perhaps one of the smaller breeds that we will talk about today. They were originally rodent hunters. They are nervous and highly mobile dogs, so they are ideal in families with children. The  Australian Silky Terrier  is a variant of the Yorkshire adapted to the particularities of the Australian climate and life.


He is a regal dog, whose legend tells us of the crossing between a lion and a monkey, so he is strong and brave like his father; and intelligent and affectionate like his mother. For centuries, they could only be found within the Forbidden City where the Emperor of China and his family resided. It was considered that it kept away evil spirits (perhaps that is why they are so barking) and it was totally forbidden to harm them, under pain of death.

When five copies were delivered to Queen Victoria of England in the mid-19th century, the Pekingese began to spread across Europe. They are very vital, affectionate and loyal dogs that are characterized by a flattened muzzle, similar to that of mastiffs. The only downside to them is that, as we have already said, they are excessively barking. Especially with those people who do not know.


It is one of the most common dogs in Spanish homes. Its small size, its joy and vitality. The poodles are very familiar and that makes them extremely protective of the people they want.

There is an even smaller variant: the toy poodle . This is reduced in size and although it maintains the traditional curls, it changes its color from traditional white to brown. These even smaller dogs are very playful and patient, so they are ideal if there are children at home.


Of Mexican origin, it seems that it was already a companion animal in pre-Hispanic cultures. It is one of the smallest dogs of all we can find. But if a physical feature makes them absolutely recognizable, it is their extremely large ears for their body. The Chihuahuas are very playful animals and life, like being among people but they can be very surly with those who do not know.

Hot dog

It may not be as common as the previous ones, but it is a dog that begins to be seen more and more on our streets every day. Of German origin, they are very nervous dogs that need routines imposed on them. A good training is necessary if you want to enjoy their best version, since they are very disobedient dogs and do not seem to know limits. They are intelligent, curious, brave and funny dogs, but you have to be careful with them. If it falls into a humanization, dachshunds are prone to become surly (even with their owners), jealous and barking.

By the way, although in Spain they are called sausage dogs, their original name is Dachshund, which in German means badger.

Jack russell terrier

They are named after the English Reverend John Russell who bred these dogs for fox hunting. This makes them keep their hunting instincts very much alive and requires an iron education. The Jack Russell Terrier are very intelligent and they both love to play with other dogs and people.


It is the oldest European breed and it is relatively easy to find it represented in Dutch, French and Italian works of art. It is a very loving and intelligent dog. But if there is one trait that stands out from the rest, it is their curiosity. Although you should not expect him to approach strangers at the first exchange, since papillon , despite his curiosity, is suspicious of those he does not know well.

Miniature pinscher

The  Miniature Pinscher  comes from the Dachshund, crossed with the Italian Greyhound and the German Pinscher. It is very active and with a very strong character, so severe training and harsh treatment is necessary to prevent it from controlling the owner. They tend to run into other dogs, so it is not advisable to bring other animals into the house if we already have one and have not had previous contact with animals.

A dog for every house

Each house is a world and each dog, another. That is why it is good to know the characteristics and care that each breed should have to know if it is our ideal pet. We have offered you a list of small dogs that do not take up much space, but that does not mean that they do not require it.

All dogs need to run and get out of the house. And you must also remember that small dogs have a lot of vitality, so you must give them space to run and play. In addition, they often require a lot of care, mainly four:

  1. You should trim his nails more often.
  2. They usually have delicate teeth, so you should be attentive to any symptoms and provide them with a feed that takes care of their gums and teeth .
  3. Beware of extreme temperatures, as they are very sensitive to changes.
  4. Heart problems, which affect almost 60% of small dogs.

Finally, each breed has its own personality and it is good to choose one that suits your own personal and social characteristics. Remember, for example, that a not sociable dog can have a bad time, and make it worse, if you receive continuous visits.


Divyesh Patel