Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from giant and large, to medium, small, and miniature. When deciding what kind of dog to bring home for good, size is one of the most important factors to consider. Large and medium dogs require more exercise, more food, and more living space than smaller dogs, and they are also more difficult to travel with if you are an “on the go” type of person.
Miniature dogs make great pets for people with busy lifestyles, apartment dwellers, or those looking for a mobile pet who can be transported in a dog carrier or purse. If a pint-sized pooch sounds right for you, below are some popular breeds to consider.
A wonderfully balanced dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is at once intelligent, friendly, playful, and affectionate. These easily trained dogs become devoted to their owners and get along well with children and other pets. The breed ranges from 12-13 inches tall and 10-18 lbs.
The Chihuahua is a tiny and spirited dog with a highly affectionate nature. However, these dogs require a gentle approach when training, and they tend not to get along with children. The Chihuahua is the shortest of all the dog breeds, topping out at 6-9 inches. They generally weigh no more than 6 lbs.
The famously sausage-shaped Dachshund is loving, energetic, and smart. This breed is available in three varieties: long haired, short haired, and wire haired. Their size ranges from 14-18 inches tall and 9-20 lbs.
Havanese are excellent companion dogs who grow deeply attached to their owners and behave gently with all people, including children. This happy and curious breed has silky, wavy fur, and can grow to be 8.5-11.5 inches tall and 7-13 lbs.
These soft and fluffy white dogs thrive on human interaction -- they enjoy playing games with their owners and are easily trained. Observant and energetic, the Maltese grows to be 9-10 inches tall and 4-6 lbs.
Incredibly friendly, lively, and obedient, the Miniature Schnauzer makes a great watch dog and adapts easily to any environment. The Miniature Schnauzer has a height of 11-14 inches and an average weight of 11-20 lbs.
This adorable and loving breed is best known for their fluffy coat and animated personality. Highly intelligent, inquisitive, and confident, the Pomeranian makes a great show dog. These dogs grow to be 7-12 inches tall and 3-7 lbs.
The Pug is quite a character, with a distinctive flattened muzzle and a playful, humorous personality. These benevolent and spunky dogs make great companions for children. This breed grows to be 10-14 inches tall and 14-18 lbs.
An active, alert, and playful dog, the Shih Tzu makes an outstanding companion pet, especially for older children and adults. The long and luxurious coat of the Shih Tzu is perhaps the breed’s most famous feature. These dogs can be up to 11 inches tall and weigh 9-16 lbs.
The silky Yorkshire Terrier (pictured above) is easy to train and makes a great protector with an aggressive attitude toward small animals and unfamiliar dogs. This charming and intelligent breed grows to be an average of 6-8 inches tall and 7 lbs.
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