Small breed dogs are extremely popular for several reasons. They are "portable," meaning they can fit in little carriers and go with you many places.

Small breed dogs are extremely popular for several reasons. First, they are “portable,” meaning they can fit in little carriers and go with you many places. Small dogs have become a popular fashion accessory for celebrities, but they make great indoor pets for kids. They are small in stature, but they more than make up for it with their playfulness and personality. Choosing the right small breed for your family depends on many factors, including your lifestyle, children’s age, and the size of your home. There are multiple small dog breeds and each one has several pros and cons. The following guide will help you choose a breed that’s the right fit for your family.

Golden Retrievers

Goldens are sweet, loyal, and incredible companion dogs. They’d rather be sleeping at your feet then running around outside without you. They’re also very even-tempered, especially with small children. Goldens make great service and comfort dogs because of their friendly and tolerant attitudes.

Small Dog Breeds for Indoor Pets

Small Dog Breeds for Indoor Pets

Yorkshire Terrier

Hailing from Yorkshire, England, the Yorkshire terrier is really a sweet and loving small breed dog. Actually, they’re amongst the most popular small dogs to become kept as pets.The Yorkie’s coat, which is silky, long, and straight, may be cut in various styles and comes a clear shade of tan with a dark steel blue hue. A beautiful lapdog and wonderful pet addition.


This small but ferocious dog is a faithful companion and good watchdog. The Pekingese’s aggressive nature, however, does make it unsuitable for a family with other pets
and kids. Its thick undercoat and coarse overcoat also requires daily grooming.

Miniature Schnauzer

Known for being less aggressive than the usual terrier, the small bearded Miniature Schnauzer is playful, spunky, and curious. So curious, in fact, that they may bark at every passerby it sees through your window. That being said, Miniature Schauzers enjoy the company of children and make for an excellent family pet.


One of the most overlooked dog breeds in terms of making good indoor pets is Papillons. Due to their high intelligence, sensitivity and compassion towards people, Papillons are usually used as seizure alert dogs and therapy dogs. Since Papillons are easy to train, they’re often used as show dogs as well. Papillons don’t shed too often and they don’t suffer skin allergies.



Shetland Sheepdog

Are you a fan of walking, running or hiking? Then the Shetland Sheepdog is the dog for you. This superb canine athlete, who weighs 30 pounds or less, tends to excel at agility, herding trials and other dog sports. Plus, he’s generally easy to train and can often learn an arsenal of fun tricks.


That’s right, poodles, known for their ‘dos, snagged the eighth spot on the AKC’s popular dog breed list. Though its airy curls may have you believe differently, the poodle is not a fluffy toy, and rather the breed sports major smarts and excels in obedience training.