10 Cute Dogs That Stay Small and Don’t Shed

Dogs are amazing companions. They enhance our lives so much, that we want to give the best home possible. Part of providing an excellent home means fitting the right dog to the right environment. For those of us who do not have a large yard, and need minimal shedding, there are still many adorable options. Here are 10 cute dogs that stay small and don’t shed.

Affenpinscher

This dog has been around since the 1600’s and was often employed at rodent removal during that time. The temperament of this dog is often active, curious, and perhaps a touch stubborn. Without training, stubbornness within the dog can make housebreaking more difficult. The median lifespan is right around 11.5 years.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on affenpinscher dogs.

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Warning: Adorkable when wet!

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Basenji

Originally bred as a hunting dog. When this dog “barks” it makes a unique yodel like sound due to oddly shaped larynx. These dogs are reserved around strangers, but love to climb. They become very attached to their owners.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on basenji dogs.

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Timeouts may occur if naughty

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Bichon Frisé

The French meaning behind this name means curly lap dog. These dogs are often cheerful, playful and are very sociable. The average lifespan is 12-13 years. Grooming will need to occur every 1-2 months to keep fur from matting.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on bichon frisé dogs.

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Easy to mistake for stuffed animal (Yes, that is a real dog in the middle)

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Havanese

This bichon type of dog is spirited and makes an ideal family dog. Havanese are also known for being intelligent and easy to train. These dogs typically live for 14 to 16 years.

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Beware of powerful puppy eyes!

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Maltese

An extremely cuddly temperament make this a fantastic lap dog. They are playful, but may be snappish towards children. Socializing these dogs will help them be better suited as family pets. May require daily cleaning of the eyes to prevent tear staining.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on maltese dogs.

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These dogs find it’s easy to be ready for fall … when fashionable.

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Norwich Terriers

Hardy dogs that are often very intelligent, but may be very sensitive to scolding. These dogs often live 13 - 14 years. Daily walks are a minimum with this breed as they were originally bred to be working dogs.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on norwich terriers dogs.

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Expert begging level reached

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Poodles

Poodles come in three main sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Regular coat maintenance is required to prevent matting. These highly energetic dogs can turn to destruction if they get bored. Some poodles may also be snappy and aggressive, though with proper training this behavior can be removed.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on poodle dogs.

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Daily high fives recommended

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Tibetan Terrier

Oddly, this dog is not actually a terrier, but has terrier like qualities. Some may consider this a medium sized dog, as it can get to 20 - 24 lbs. These dogs are fantastic family dogs and are often gentle when first introduced to kids. Excellent dog for dog agility training.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on tibetan terrier dogs.

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These dogs are often known for being illiterate

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West Highland White Terrier

This dog has a low temperament to children pulling on ears or messing with their toys. However, this dog is very hardy and has an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years. These dogs have been very popular in the UK since the 1600’s.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on west highland white terrier dogs.

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May not be a fan of Christmas

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Yorkshire Terrier

When coat is cut shorter, fur maintenance is considered very easy. These dogs may not make the best family dog and are known for excessive barking. These traits can be resolved with constant training. They typically live between 10 to 15 years.

Click here for Wikipedia's entry on yorkshire terrier dogs.

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Yorkshire Terrier’s love Halloween

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Which is your favorite small dog breed on the list?

  • Affenpinscher
  • Basenji
  • Bichon Frisé
  • Havanese
  • Maltese
  • Norwich Terriers
  • Poodles
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Favorite Small Dog Not Listed
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Seven Reasons Why People Love Cute Small Dog Breeds

As if having a perpetual puppy was not enough reason, here are six reasons why people love smaller dogs.

Apartments

Places that have pet restrictions will often let smaller breeds in. Having a smaller breed dog means more apartment options. Furthermore, smaller dogs need less space to run, so an apartment may fit them better than a giant yard full of potential problems.

Less potential destruction and food required

Large dogs can create huge messes very quickly. A small dog can still create a large mess, but creating that mess will take them a lot longer. The additional time it takes a dog allows their owner to find out and scold them. Furthermore, smaller dogs consume less food, which results in reduced monthly costs.

Life Spans

Larger dogs have been prone to short life spans, while smaller dogs tend to have longer life spans. Getting a smaller dog allows an owner more time with their canine friend.

Better Dog Toy Selection

While there are toys for every level of dog, there tend to be more small dog toys than larger ones. Furthermore, smaller dog toys are cheaper than their larger counterparts. Getting a smaller dog means more access to cheaper dog toys.

Lap Dogs

Both large and small dogs can make excellent lap companions. However, smaller dogs tend to make less of an impact on a person’s lap. The less weight on a person’s lap, the longer they can sit there. Small dogs allow an owner to sit there near indefinite, while larger dogs may only be able to lap dogs for short time periods.

Easier to Travel With

Smaller dogs are easier to travel with, because they are easier to carry. A large dog that needs to be carried can often be held for a short distance, if at all. Smaller dogs are also easier to put into a bath if they get stinky.

Less Aggression Repercussions

Small dogs are often named the most aggressive. Owners sometimes don’t train their smaller dogs on aggression because of the smaller repercussions. While a large dog can do serious damage quickly, smaller dog nips may barely hurt (depending on the dog). Furthermore, smaller dogs are aware of size differences and often quickly back down when pressed.

Small dogs may not be ideal in every circumstance, but these seven reasons help show why cute small dog breeds are chosen by many people.


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Teeuwynn Woodruff 2 years ago from Washington State

Good article. You might want to consider the Chinese Crested for your list. The hairless variety is very low on shedding!


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daxamite 2 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Thank you for the suggestion! I'll take a look!

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