7 Best Small Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners Newbies

You’re Watching Animal Facts! Today, approximately 44% of US households
include a dog. That’s an estimated 78 million dogs in the
US alone! If you want to become part of the dog-loving
elite, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the huge number of breeds available to you. If you live in an apartment or travel often
a small dog breed might be the best choice for you. So, which seven small dogs are on our list
of best breeds for first-time dog owners? Stick around and let’s find out. Let’s get started, but before we start,
make sure to hit that subscribe button and click the bell icon to become part of our
notification squad. 7. Havanese Bred as a companion dog to the Cuban aristocracy
in the 1800s, the Havanese has a small but sturdy body, an adaptable nature, and social
skills that make him an ideal city companion. But he can be content to live anywhere as
long as he can command your attention. The Havanese is a smart and trainable extrovert
with the comic instincts of a clown. He’s also a natural trick dog. Don’t write him off as just a lap dog. The Havanese makes an excellent watchdog as
well and takes the job seriously, but he’ll usually keep the barking to a minimum. He doesn’t shed much, but daily brushing
is required to keep his long, soft coat free of tangles or you can choose to have it clipped
to a puppy cut for an easy-care companion. 6. Pug Originating in China, during the Han dynasty,
the Pug is a lot of dog, just in a small package. He has a big personality and a great sense
of humor and like most of the dogs on this list, he was bred to be a companion. He’s a very playful dog and loves to play
games, but he’s also down to cuddle with his favorite humans. He’s intelligent, but new owners should
know that he can be a bit stubborn and that training can be a challenge, but it is very
doable with patience, praise, and snacks. He has a short, smooth, easy-care coat, but
he does shed, especially in the summer. 5. Papillon The Papillion, whose name comes from the French
word for butterfly, descends from toy spaniels. As such, he’s highly active and highly intelligent. If you’re looking for a dog to sit on your
lap while you watch Animal Facts, he might not be the best breed for you. But if an outgoing and energetic companion
is more your style, look no further. He loves to be with people and to him, a stranger
is just a friend he hasn’t met. He’s not all bubbly. He has a level of alertness that makes him
an excellent watchdog. He’ll let you know if there is an intruder,
but he lacks the size to actually do anything about it. The Papillion is quite intelligent and known
for being highly trainable. Combined with his sometimes intense energy
levels, he’s a great choice if you’d like to get into dog sports such as agility and
rally. Or you may be happy with intense games of
fetch in your living room. 4. Boston Terrier In the late 1800s, a new breed was created
in Boston Massachusetts. He was named the Boston Terrier and given
the nickname “The American Gentleman”. This beautiful tuxedo coated dog has been
popular ever since. He’s intelligent, affectionate, lively,
even-tempered and extremely lovable. He can be a bit stubborn, so patience will
be a virtue when training him. His exercise needs are minimal and while his
coat does shed, that can be easily managed with weekly brushing. Oh, and did we mention he loves children and
makes an excellent playmate for them? 3. Bichon Frise The Bichon Frise is the most mentioned dog
breed on this channel. It seems like he shows up on every video we
do. There’s not a whole lot more for us to say
about him. Once a favorite of the 16th-century French
royal court, in modern times, the Bichon has become one of the most popular dog breeds
across the globe. The Bichon Frise is a playful white powder
puff of a dog and a merry marriage of athleticism and intelligence, with plenty of cheer thrown
in for good measure. He’s easy to train. In fact, he’s quite gifted at learning tricks. He’s also easy to care for and with a daily
combing to keep his hair untangled he sheds no more hair than a human. Have you seen our Animal Facts Merch? Of course, we’ve got Bichon Frise t-shirts
and more. There is a link in the description or on the
card in the upper right corner of this video. 2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel The Cavie is an affectionate, gentle, and
graceful companion and carries his connection to British Royalty in his name. His regal grace and even temper mark him as
one of dogdom’s noblemen, but he’ll gladly descend from his throne for a good romp in
the garden or for an old-fashioned squirrel chase. The Cavalier does equally well with an active
owner or a homebody—he can be an upbeat athlete or shameless couch potato, depending
on your lifestyle. Your Cavie will want to meet everyone. He truly loves people and a lap is his favorite
throne. Before we get to number one, what breed was
your first dog? Let’s us know about your first K9 companion
in the comments. 1. Miniature or Toy Poodle Few lists of dogs are complete without the
Poodle. In this case, the Miniature or Toy Poodle
fit the bill quite well. The Poodle, no matter his size, is ranked
as one of the most intelligent dogs on the planet. And he’s not at all a froo froo dog Beneath
the curly, hypoallergenic coat is an elegant athlete and companion for all seasons. Let’s go over the pluses the Poodle has
to his advantage: He’s intelligent, easy to train, non-shedding,
hypoallergenic, athletic, versatile, playful, and a happy people-pleaser. The only real drawback of the Poodle is that
he requires a decent amount of grooming. His hair mats easily and require regular brushing
to keep it looking its best and he’ll need a haircut every six to eight weeks. The upside of that is the cool hairdos that
your poodle can sport. This is only a short list and there are hundreds
of breeds to choose from. But one type of dog that we’d most like
to add to most of our “best lists” is the humble shelter dog. These videos are merely for entertainment,
but in reality, your new best friend may be waiting for you at your local animal shelter. You owe it to yourself to go have a look. Both of our dogs are rescues and I wouldn’t
trade either of them for the world. If you like this video, check out some of
our other videos here. Don’t forget to subscribe and hit that notification
bell for more cute doggies. And as always, catch ya next time.

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