People, who live in apartments and want to keep dogs, would do well to go through a list of small dog breeds. They need much less space and exercise, and are easier around the house. Unfortunately, many on a list of small dog breeds are yappy, noisy little creatures. It is almost as if they want to compensate for their sizes by barking continuously!
Choosing a puppy from a list of small dog breeds can be simplified by making a choice between a short haired breed, and a long haired one. Shorthaired dogs are easier to groom, and preferred by those who do not have much time for all this. A breed that falls in both categories is the Chihuahua, as you can get long haired and short haired varieties. They are really small and along with the English Toy Spaniel, Papillon, Toy Fox Terrier, and Toy Poodle, are part of the toy group on any list of small dog breeds.
Some others on the list of small dog breeds are popularly known as lap dogs. They enjoy sitting on owners laps, and being petted or groomed all the time. This does not mean that larger dogs do not sit on laps! Pomeranians, Pekingese, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Pinschers, also known as Minpins, are some popular lap dogs. The Papillon, Lhasa Apso, Silky Terrier and Pekingese, are some of the better known long haired dogs.
Small dogs are often colorful characters, but surprisingly not so patient with small children. While some are essentially lap dogs others prefer to romp around outside. It can be difficult to choose a particular breed from the list of small dog breeds to bring home as pets, as most of them are very cute.
The King Charles Spaniel is an extremely friendly dog that gets along exceptionally well with people and other animals. Chihuahuas seem to forget they are tiny, and have the temperament of large dogs. The Papillon or Continental Toy Spaniel is amongst the gentlest and most affectionate of dogs. It is fond of outdoor exercise and is quite a tough dog.
Pekingese can rule the house and is the perfect lapdog. Pomeranians can be highly intelligent and are good companions. Some people think they are more cat-like by temperament. Pugs and Fox Terriers are both ideal to have with children around. They enjoy company and are very energetic and playful. At the end of their play they love to curl up in the lap!