In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of different small sized dogs that are ideal for anyone who wants to get a dog but lives in either a small home or a small apartment. We have researched a list that we feel is long enough to ensure that there is at least one breed for all potential dog owners tastes.
Jack Russell Terrier
Kicking off our list is the Jack Russel terrier, an extremely popular dog breed is some parts of Europe that are slowly gaining in popularity in North America. Although it was originally bred for helping farmers keep their local fox and rat populations under control, its fearless personality yet small size has won over the hearts of dog owners all over the world. Although the Jack Russel terrier is often confused with the Parson Russell terrier, they are in fact both different dog breeds.
Although they are a small dog breed they do require regular exercise but regular walks and choosing the correct type of doggy toy for your pet can help keep this in check. Ensure that you source your dog from a reputable breeder as the breed can be prone to Eye disorders as well as various Musculoskeletal conditions if the proper breeding precautions are not taken.
The below are some common characteristics in the Jack Russel terrier.
The video below will be able to give you more information on the Jack Russel terrier breed if you are interested.
Next up on our list, we have the chihuahua named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico that was predominantly responsible for the initial development of the breed. Although they come in a variety of different colors they usually only come in two different coat length variations.
One thing we would warn you about is that the Chihuahua can require regular veterinary visits due to various dental issues that can be common in the breed no matter what breeder you source your dog from. Daily brushing of your Chihuahuas teeth is highly recommended and our below posts may help you with this:-
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The below are some common characteristics of the Chihuahua breed:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the Chihuahua breed if you are interested.
Next up, we have the Yorkshire Terrier. Another popular small terrier breed that is very popular in Europe and steadily growing in popularity in North America. The breeds maximum weight size of around 7 pounds (3.2 kg) makes it the ideal size for most small houses or apartments, that said, some can get up to around 15 pounds (6.8 kg) depending on the breeding line and diet.
No matter where you source your dog, the breed is not without its health issues. They can be prone to various conditions such as cataracts, bronchitis, lymphangiectasia, portosystemic shunt, and keratitis sicca.
The below are a list of characteristics that are common to the Yorkshire Terrier:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the Yorkshire Terrier breed if you are interested.
Next up, we have the Miniature Schnauzer, another small dog breed that originated in Europe but unlike the breeds above, it has higher levels of popularity in North America when compared to Europe.
The breed has a number of health issues such as hyperlipidemia, bladder stones, eye problems, pancreatitis, and diabetes. Although feeding your dog a diet of non-fatty unsweetened foods can help reduce the risk of it having these issues, they become much more prominent in later life after the ten years of age mark.
The below is a list of characteristics common in the Miniature Schnauzer:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the Miniature Schnauzer breed if you are interested.
Next up we have the pug, a small breed that is quickly gaining rapid popularity in both North America as well as the majority of Europe. Although the breed does have some common eye problems, the main concern and worry for most pug owners is their breathing difficulties, although recent veterinary advancements now allow many local veterinaries to fix these issues with surgary they can still be a pain for your pet.
The below are a list of characteristics that are common with the pug:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the pug breed if you are interested.
Next up, we have the Dachshund another breed that is originally from Europe and about the breed is about as equally popular in both North America and Europe. Due to their unique look, the breed can be prone to spinal issues and although some can be fixed via surgery, it can be expensive.
The below are a list of characteristics common with the Dachshund:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the Dachshund breed if you are interested.
Next up, we have the French Bulldog. Again, another breed from Europe that has become extremely popular in both North America and Europe over the past decade or so. The breed is prone to a number of different back, spinal, and disk disorders that can become very common in the later stages of life. Although some can be treated with surgary, they can be expensive with the majority of them currently not having any real line of treatment available.
The below are a number of characteristics that are commonly found in the French Bulldog:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the French Bulldog breed if you are interested.
Next up, we have the Scottish Terrier, yet another dog of European descent that has established itself as a popular dog all over the world. Although there are a few health issues common in the breed, modern veterinary techniques are usually able to treat them quickly and easily.
The below is a list of characteristics commonly found in the Scottish Terrier:-
The video below will be able to give you more information on the Scottish Terrier breed if you are interested.