Nicknamed the monkey dog, the affenpinscher is confident and “famously funny,”. This little pooch is a fearless watchdog, and though they don’t shed much, they will still need regular grooming. If you don’t mind a lot of grooming and a little bit of barking, then the little Yorkie could be the dog for you. They look like little teddy bears, and Yorkies are described as affectionate and sprightly. They can be a little feisty, so might not be the best choice if you have small children. Toy poodles are proud, active and very smart, which makes them fabulous watchdogs. This non-shedding dog is often overbred, so make sure to buy from a reputable breeder to avoid health issues. Friendly and active, the shih tzu doesn’t shed much, but needs lots of grooming for all that hair. This little dog is smart and easily trainable. Pugs look a little bit like aliens. Pugs are charming, mischievous and loving — which makes them a great choice for families with kids and other pets. Just remember it can be hard for them to breathe, so they aren’t much for exercising and need to live in a home that is well ventilated. These guys are just little fluff balls of love with a whole lot of personality. They don’t need much exercise, but the Pomeranian does need some training to avoid being too yappy. Get a good vacuum cleaner, because this little lap dog does shed. Named for their big beautiful butterfly ears, this smart, trainable toy dog is smart, alert and friendly. They are very devoted and love being the center of attention. The Manchester is spirited, bright, keenly observant and dead loyal, in an independent terrier way so they make for great watchdogs. They are a perfect partner for an active owner. Similar in looks to the Manchester terrier, the miniature pinscher is actually not a miniature doberman pinscher at all — it’s a different breed. The high-energy min pin is proud, fearless and fun-loving. They are an excellent watchdog, but not a good choice for families with small children. Gentle, playful, affectionate, the maltese is fearless in a charming toy-dog way. This small white dog is easy to train and has an easygoing personality. Though it takes some work to keep his coat white and lustrous, the Maltese is worth the effort. He’s intelligent, lively and lots of fun.