Top 9 Small Dog Breeds for Indoor Pets (Apartments, Tiny Houses)

You’re Watching Animal Facts 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. 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. 9. Cardigan Welsh Corgi 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. 8. Pomeranian 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 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. 6. Yorkshire Terrier 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 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. 4. Chihuahua 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 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. 2. Boston Terrier 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 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
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47 Responses

  1. Animal Facts says:

    What is your favorite small indoor dog?

  2. Me and my boi Icy says:

    First hi thx for the info

  3. Eunice Mumbit Trill says:

    Love them all but reality struck me, some do have bad habits,
    I got into bed last night to my surprise my bed was cold, to then realise it's cold and wet… why did my pooch pee on the end of the bed last night?

  4. flitterheart Pegasus says:

    My Mom has a Chihuahua and she's is as feisty as all get out. She's loyal though. While she is wary of strangers and barks a lot, once ppl get to know her she's the sweetest dog ever.

  5. Cianeishly Rosado says:

    You deserve way more subs

  6. Dalal Dalol says:

    Maltese are the best 💕

  7. Judy Berends says:

    I have a 20# Pomeranian and he still is a lap dog. He's the largest POM we have had .Our girls were 9 and 10 #. They love to travel.Toby doesn't eat much .

  8. Devora Wharton says:

    Yorkies are great

  9. Sheila Newell says:

    We have an awesome one year old Corgi

  10. Law & Coffee says:

    maltese dogs are the best ❤️

  11. ORLANDO GARCIA says:

    Da rat is there

  12. ORLANDO GARCIA says:

    Da rat is there

  13. Donna Delaney says:

    I love Japanese Chins. Going to have to have mine put down soon. She had a great life and lifespan. It will be one of the hardest things to do. Love her dearly. I also had one put down 2years ago. They will meet again in puppy heaven

  14. fluffyugs says:

    i got a kleinspitz, the slightly bigger version of a pomeranian, and they're perfect for apartments as well! she has a super big personality and hates it when we leave but gets super happy when u come home! i got her from a shelter and she was still a bit scared because of her previous owners but as time went by she became super cuddly and adorable! she doesnt shed a lot or rly at all but she needs attentional at all times but u could probably train ur puppy to be different 🙂

  15. Lakesia Romero says:

    This was a very fun and informative vlog, thank you, keep up the good work!

  16. Leann Gouveia says:

    Can't believe the Poodle didn't make your list. I have a Toy Poodle. He's a great apartment dog.

  17. Janus Loggins says:

    Each and every one of these precious pups would be an excellent choice but the Chihuahua will always be my favorite!

  18. Divine Eternally says:

    Pretty disappointed that Shih Tsu's weren't mentioned. Why is that?

  19. the pet world says:


  20. Epiphany Coleman says:

    Love my yorkie

  21. Greg Miga says:

    I live in Arizona and have worked around apartments for years. It's hard to believe how many people live in these places with large dogs- rottweilers, shepherds, etc.

  22. Jewel Mathews says:

    my shih szu us the best dog I have ever had!


    Shih tzus is the most popular breed and well-loved dog in most household of every Filipinos. I for one, a dog breeder whom blessed to experience having small breed dogs before (almost all breeds mentioned in this vid., now chose to take care of only one breed which is Shih tzu. Most ideal for us. Please feature some infos about Shih tzus. Thanks.

  24. Randy Craft says:

    He actually showed both corgis in this video. I prefer the pembroke corgi

  25. SAD EGG says:

    aww pug could've been number 10. my pug could never survive outdoors lol

  26. Alisa Ottman says:

    I don’t know why corgi people act like they have small dogs. Corgis are not small, they have really short legs.

  27. Omkar 200 says:

    Is a shih tzu good for apartments?

  28. Eliana Valeria Amarillo says:

    I've recently got my first small breed puppy, a French Bulldog, she's now 7 month old… Absolutely in love with the breed! I know they have health issues, but their personality is just the best!…

  29. Lily Seven says:

    Chihuahuas RULE!

  30. Daughter of the King says:

    Can you make a video about rough Collies there is not many videos on them at all

  31. Priya selvarajkumar says:

    Do miniature schnuazers make good indoor breeds .Pls say dude

  32. #Benito says:

    Why there's no Pug? 🙁

  33. Filiberto Lara says:

    I think the Pom is the best

  34. the sinners says:

    Shitzu s d best for me.. i hve 2.. and thyre all nice they dnt bite anybody can touch them thyre friendly..

  35. Anu K says:

    All of the animal facts videos have a lot of information but some are hard to believe

  36. I'm Mad says:

    I have a greyhound and she does extremely well in my apartment and a lot of small dogs do not like small homes. Do your research if you want to get an apartment dog, do research and don't base it off size.

  37. NF • says:

    I have a papillon and I worry that when I move from my farm to a small apartment in the city for uni she will become a problem but I love her so much…hopefully she will settle in well and be ok.

  38. Sarah Knowles says:

    I have a female French Bulldog and a Male. I love them both a lot.

  39. Johnmichael Kauffman says:

    mine is maltese

  40. Johnmichael Kauffman says:

    thanks for licking

  41. Robertas svidra says:

    I'm hate you

  42. Roberta Lee says:

    Mini Schnauzer and pugs. Sorry I have two favorites.

  43. Roberta Lee says:

    Mini schnauzer's and pugs

  44. Midnight Wolf says:

    But what about rat terrier ?
    Sorry to ask that question again but I am curious 😊

  45. Cookwithme Noha says:

    The rat that

  46. deo lopez says:

    Mini schnauzer

  47. BB Deluxe says:

    Great video! Can’t wait to adopt a dog when I’m in residency 💞

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