When choosing a small dog breed, it’s important to keep in mind that the defining characteristics of the group a dog belongs to will have more to do with his temperament and personality than his size. While many small dogs, especially toy dog breeds, are well-suited for city life and apartment dwelling, Dachshunds and certain terriers that were bred to catch vermin and other small game would also feel quite at home on a farm or in the country where they can engage their hunting instincts.


The main thing to keep in mind is that, just as with larger breeds, small dog breeds differ in temperament and physical requirements, so it’s important to thoroughly research any breed you might consider adopting and make sure they’re a good fit for your family and lifestyle.

What’s Great About Small Dogs

Small dogs come with a lot of benefits. As previously mentioned, they generally need less space to be comfortable and happy, making them a good choice if you live in an apartment or tiny home. However, just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they don’t need their room to exercise their little legs. They often have pent up energy and a nice dog park or walking trail is perfect to help them get their exercise if you don’t have a backyard to let them play in. Small dogs also tend to eat less and their basic care costs less than for a large breed. They shed less (in total amount of fur that is) and tend to make fewer (or at least smaller) messes than large dogs, and are also easier to control on a leash or by carrying.