Whether you live in an apartment, have small children, or would just rather not have a giant Great Dane taking over your lounge every night, some of us believe that, when it comes to dogs, good things come in small packages. If this sounds like you, check out the list below, for some of the most popular low-maintenance small dog breeds whose pint-sized bodies can curl up in tiny apartments and whose gentle temperaments can complement their owners’ packed schedules.
This hound dog breed is known first for bravery, second for stubbornness. Their sausage-shaped builds fit well in small spaces and require only a 30-minute walk each day, though house training them can demand persistence and patience.
Because of the tuxedo coloring of a Boston Terrier’s coat, these dogs are sometimes called “Little American Gentlemen.” But their gentlemanly charm extends beyond a (low-maintenance) short-hair coat. The Boston Terrier is both lively and loyal, suited to families with young or elderly members, apartments or homes. While sturdier and more boisterous than the typical lapdog, the Boston Terrier also exhibits a distinct sensitivity to human emotions. He’s your tough guy with a softer side, and if he were a human, he’d totally be played by Gerard Butler.
Under its often sober muzzle, the French Bulldog hides a mischievous personality — sneaky, but not too unsettled for apartment living. Noted for being a “lap-warmer”, this dog’s small, muscular frame requires minimal exercise and bathing (though its abundant wrinkles should be wiped down regularly). Frenchie’s adaptable attitude makes it a stead fast companion for traveling, so if you know you’ll be on the road a lot, he may be the right breed for you.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Silky coats and lazy tendencies — King Charles Cavaliers, they’re just like us! Your Cavalier King Charles loves afternoon naps on the couch with homebody families or senior owners. This dog’s delicate frame enjoys low-impact activity, while her sweet disposition warms to strangers easily.
These scruffy cuties were once coveted by the royal women of Malta in the Mediterranean, who used to smuggle them into their sleeves and snuggle up with them in bed. A single-coat breed, the Maltese does not shed but its grooming schedule includes weekly baths and cleaning of the “tear” stains known to gather on its muzzle. Maltese terriers make spirited lapdogs and are known for being fiercely loyal to their owners.
The chihuahua is the perfect dog to accommodate a working professional’s lifestyle. Its humble appetite, low-maintenance coat and toy size suit apartment life, away from children who may be too heavy-handed. The breed can be fiercely loyal to one owner, making it a dedicated companion to older owners who live alone.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.