10 Best Small Dog Breeds for Limited Space

Yorkshire Terrier Many Yorkshire Terriers love to be carried and sit on their owners' laps. They are not lazy dogs. Yorkies are small in stature but have big personalities.

Dachshund Many nicknames are given to the dachshund: wiener dog (doxie), sausage dog (hot dog), and many more. These names are mostly related to the distinctive appearance of the breed. Standard and miniature Dachshunds are available. The latter is ideal for small-dog lovers. They are affectionate and sweet with their families, but they can be wary around strangers. 

Poodle There are three sizes of Poodles: standard, miniature, or toy. Standard dogs are quite large while toys and miniatures fall under the small-dog category. They are well-known for their intelligence, longevity, and curly coats. Although they can make great companions, they need to be entertained. The smaller poodles do not require as much space to expend their energy. 

Shih Tzu The Shih Tzu is the most popular lap dog, and it's not surprising since the breed was originally created as a companion. Although they have silky, long hair, many owners cut it short to make them easier to maintain. These dogs are generally strong and have a confident, alert disposition. 

Miniature Schnauzer The miniature Schnauzer is a playful, friendly dog that has a tough personality. This terrier is easily identified by its distinctive bearded hairstyle. It has strong loyalty and protective instincts towards its family. This terrier is vocal and requires a strong foundation of training. It can be house trained with daily walks and some playtime. 

Chihuahua Chihuahuas can be tiny dogs, so they are often carried around in carriers. However, they are very intelligent and have a huge personality. Although they are affectionate and loyal, chihuahuas can also be active and sassy and have major "tough dog” attitudes. Many chihuahuas are close to their family members but can be suspicious of strangers. Their small size means that they don't require much space to exercise and get their energy flowing. 

Pug These adorable, round dogs are full of life and joy. Once, pugs were the companions of Tibetan monks and royalty. They are affectionate and calm, so they can be used in many situations, even small ones. 

Pomeranian Because of their fluffy, long coat, Pomeranians can look like a mix between a small lion and a stuffed animal. Pomeranians are alert, bossy dogs that can be stubborn. They also have a strong loyalty to their family members. Because of their small size, they should only need to go for a few walks each day and have some playtime.

Boston Terrier The Boston terrier is a happy, loyal, and even-tempered breed. This breed was born from a cross between an English bulldog and a white English dog. It was named after the city where it was created. Bostons are playful and love to play with their owners. They are adaptable to living in apartments. 

Maltese The Maltese is gentle and brave. The Maltese is a playful, friendly dog that bonds well with its family. It can be traced back to ancient times where it was a beloved companion of nobility and royalty. The Maltese of today still love to be loved and have plenty of room to roam.