Can apartment dwellers living in such a cramped space own a dog? As long as it’s a small pooch, it’s absolutely possible to welcome one into your home! But is there really such a thing as a small dog breed?

Small dogs are canines weighing under 22 lbs and not any taller than 15 inches such as the Skye Terrier, Welsh Corgi, and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. There are even smaller pups that barely tip the scale at 5 lbs including the Pekingese, Toy Fox Terrier, and the Pomeranian, which are bred down in size or Teacup varieties.

Let’s get to know more about these smallest dog breeds in the world – and you might just find your next tiny home pet!

64. Pomeranian

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The smallest of all the small dog breeds in this list is the Pomeranian. Teacup varieties weigh under 3 lbs, and they are definitely pocket-friendly dogs that fit perfectly in your purse! 

Poms have boundless energy levels but they are content playing and romping around indoors. This is why they are suitable to live in apartments whether in the city or suburbs. Folks looking for perky and loyal canine buddies will love Poms because of their endearing and clownish charms.

63. Toy Fox Terrier

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The Toy Fox Terrier is one of the smallest terriers weighing a little over 3 lbs. These dogs have a tight, silky coat and dark eyes glistening with eagerness. They are a true lapdog and apartment pooch that enjoy staying indoors most of the time. 

Although they are barely a foot tall, these tiny canines are a character. They possess a unique charisma and a sense of humor that makes them enjoyable companions.

62. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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A standard Pembroke Welsh Corgi typically weighs 28 to 30 lbs4. These charming canines are famous for their short legs and a well-rounded bottom. But don’t be deceived by their short and stocky build – Corgis are actually swift-footed. 

They are agile and full of energy, which should require some romping around a yard. However, with their relatively small size, they should be a great match for apartment dwellers looking for low-maintenance dogs.

61. English Cocker Spaniel

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These sporting dogs tip the scale at 26 to 32 lbs. English Cocker Spaniels are compact pooches with medium-length silky coats of various patterns and colors. But what makes them popular among dog lovers is their temperament – balanced, fiercely loyal, and mellow.

When there is not much room in the house for a large dog, welcoming a Cocker in your home should never be a problem. At around 15 inches tall at the shoulder, they are space-saving and travel-friendly canine companions.

60. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Cardigan Welsh Corgis typically weigh around 25 to 28 lbs. At first glance, they are a spitting image of their cousins, the Pembroke Welsh Corgis. But look closely, and you’ll find that Cardigans have tails while the other Corgi variety does not.

As for their build, Cardigans are short with stubby legs and an elongated body. Their coats vary in different shades such as red and the more common blue-merle pattern. They are athletic dogs that enjoy their casual romp but love snuggling up with their owners. Definitely not an issue when you have a small space

59. Whippet

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With an average of 25 lbs in weight, Whippets are great apartment pets because of their compact size. They belong in the small dog category and stand between 18 and 22 inches. Looks-wise, they have a close resemblance to Greyhounds, but just a smaller version.

Although they are known for their agility and high energy, Whippets rarely bark. This is why they do well in small apartments, as long as there is ample time for exercise and running around.

58. German Spitz

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Just like most Spitz breeds, the German Spitz flaunts its prized possession – its gorgeous coat with an abundant undercoat. These small canines have a face resembling a fox – closely set and pointed ears, a bushy tail, and a “ruff” or a thick collar around their necks.

The German Spitz weighs about 24 to 26 lbs, which makes them a fine match for city dwellers and those living in a moderately-sized home. Just be sure to train these dogs early on to eliminate frequent barking issues and aggression.

57. Basenji

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Small and graceful, there are so many things to love about the Basenji. These compact pooches have a curled tail, expressive eyes, and a short coat that appears to be shimmering under the light. 

But what makes them quite unique is that they don’t bark. It is certainly a fascinating feature that makes them more appealing to apartment dwellers. Additionally, Basenjis are low-maintenance dogs that groom themselves like felines. Quite extraordinary, indeed!

56. Pocket Beagle

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At under 20 lbs, Pocket Beagles are smaller than the standard variety as they stand 13 inches at the shoulder. These merry canines are lovable companions that make them an outstanding pet for families and singles alike.

When given the time to exercise and stimulate their clever minds through games, Beagles should do fine in an apartment. They can also be lonely without their owners, so it is best to keep them entertained with toys and fellow Beagles to prevent separation anxiety issues.

55. Scottish Terrier

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This Britain’s famous terrier breed possesses distinctive features such as a dense undercoat, wiry topcoat, and an alert expression in their eyes and ears. They are a hunting dog by nature but equally known for their domestic pursuits.

Scotties are relatively small at around 18 lbs, which makes them suitable for folks living in a small apartment. They also make amazing watch dogs because of their strong desire to protect their family members whom they are fiercely loyal to.

54. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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What’s most adorable about the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is their silky, smoothe hair. Their coat comes in a combination of reddish brown and bluish black, sometimes almost silver-grey. They have low-hung ears and round eyes brimming with brightness and excitement. 

Built low, long, and compact, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a fantastic small home type of a pet. These canines are between 18 and 24 lbs in weight and just a little over 11 inches at the shoulder. They are small dogs but without the so-called “big dog” personality. Thus, they keep their energy level to a minimum.

53. Miniature Bull Terrier

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They look just like a Bull Terrier but a smaller, more compact version. They are about 10 inches tall and weigh 18 lbs. But despite their small frame, these canines are muscular and strong. Bullys are famous for their egg-shaped heads and white coats with some colored markings.

As a pet, Bullys are gentle and mellow. They are easy to train and very much content to live in a decent space. This is why they are a good fit for city folks and apartment dwellers because of their mild temperament and portable size.

52. Shiba Inu

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The Shiba Inu is a Japanese small dog breed weighing about 17 to 23 lbs. They are muscular dogs with a strong fox-like appearance. Their short coats come in black-and-tan or reddish brown colors. 

Originally, these dogs served as herding dogs in their homeland in the East. But they can very well adapt in a domestic setting, too. Just be sure to provide them with daily exercise, and your Shiba should be a happy camper!

51. Bedlington Terrier

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A sighthound just like their cousins, the Whippet, Bedlington Terriers are lithe and robust canines. They have a pear-shaped head and tasseled ears with rough, curly coats. These are unique features that no one can mistake them for another dog breed.

Apartment dwellers in search of a low-maintenance pooch will find Bedlingtons a wonderful choice for their needs. As this pup is non-shedding, compactly-built, and mellow, they are a great pet for those who prioritize these features.

50. Lakeland Terrier

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They may be small at under 17 lbs but they have plenty to offer. The Lakeland Terrier is an energetic dog that is always ready to please its owners. They are known for their folded-down V-shaped ears, a rectangular head, and twinkling eyes that perfectly match their innate agility.

Lakelands enjoy stretching out and relaxing in the comfort of their home, no matter how small. In fact, this is what makes them appealing to apartment owners. These canines couldn’t care less no matter how limited their living space is, as long as they get plenty of attention from their family members.

49. Jagdterrier

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Tipping the scale at 17 lbs, the Jagdterrier is a compact canine breed that adores the outdoors as much as its indoor space. These dogs are bred to hunt and flush game. The coat is dense and rough, which is perfect for hunting underground.

Folks in small homes who wish to own a pooch that will fit their living condition will love the Jagdterrier. They are easy to please and will enjoy exploring the woods with you or curling up in bed on a lazy day.

48. Australian Terrier

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Australian Terriers are small dogs standing at about 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing 15 lbs. Their compact size does not demand much space, which is why they are excellent for apartment living. 

Small and sturdy, Australian Terriers are a genuine working dog with a stocky build. They are also good watchdogs because of their alertness and protective nature. But be warned – they do not thrive in households with other pets.

47. Sheltie

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Shelties are a smaller version of the Collie. These active small dogs weigh about 15 lbs and stand 13 inches tall. They have the same long and straight coats as Collies, which come in different shades including sable, blue merle, black, and some white markings. 

Their affectionate nature makes them perfect as family dogs. They can do well in apartments, as long as there is a reasonable space for them to run around and exercise.

46. West Highland White Terrier

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At only about 10 inches tall at the shoulder, the West Highland White Terrier is a compact dog. They are bred as hunting dogs, yet they also enjoy a less active, domestic lifestyle. These small canines weigh 15 lbs on an average, which makes them easy to care for in apartments or condominium units.

Do take note of their innate independent nature. They can be a bit tricky to train but because of their inherent faithfulness, owners should be able to keep them in line over time.

45. Brazilian Terrier

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The Brazilian Terrier is another excellent choice for apartment dwellers searching for a low-maintenance pet. These compact pups weigh about 15 to 22 lbs and stand about 13 inches. They have a triangular, flat head and a docked tail, which are the true hallmarks of this breed. 

These canines are hunters to the core. They enjoy playing, exploring, and digging holes. Thus, if you plan to keep them in an apartment, be sure to train them early to prevent destructive habits.

44. Pug

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Standard pugs weigh around 14 to 18 lbs but mini pugs are much smaller and lighter – under 10 lbs. This is why this dog breed is the perfect apartment pooch. These canines come in different coat colors such as apricot fawn, all-black, or silver and with the familiar black face mask.

Pugs thrive in mild climates, as long as it is not too cold or too hot for their delicate bodies. They are also quite versatile and are happy in a home with young kids, other dogs, or as an only pet. No matter where they are, you can expect these small dogs to be their adorable selves each time.

43. Cesky Terrier

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Another muscular, yet small canine breed, the Cesky Terrier is one sporty, hardworking pooch. They are famous for their silver-gray silky coat and wavy hair on their faces. But unlike most terriers, Ceskys are super mellow – no wonder many apartment dwellers love these pups!

Weighing about 14 lbs, Ceskys fit perfectly in a relatively small space. They are eager to please their owners, which makes them a breeze to train.

42. King Charles Spaniel

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Mild-tempered and graceful, King Charles Spaniels aptly fit their name. This toy spaniel weighs only 13 lbs and stands under 13 inches tall, yet they have plenty of love to offer. Thus, they are easily among the top picks of apartment dwellers in search of a suitable pet.

These spaniels rule dogdom with their classic beauty and regal grace. From their round eyes emanating kindness to their gorgeous silk coat that are smooth to the touch, King Charles Spaniels are easy to love.

41. Cairn Terrier

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Cairns have gained a reputation for being the best little pooch on the planet. They are small and light at 13 lbs and about 10 inches tall. These pups adore snuggling up on your lap or engaging in a little romp in the yard. They don’t take much room at all, making them perfect apartment dogs.

As for their features, they are an epitome of cuteness. With short legs, dense coats, shining eyes, and agile movements, Cairns are hands down irresistible.

40. Boston Terrier

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Boston Terriers come in two types – the standard Boston at 12 lbs and the Mini Boston at under 10 lbs. Either way, they are both small enough to fit nicely in your small apartment or even a tiny home. These canines are just as space-saving as they can be!

Do not be deceived by their tiny physique; these pooches are pretty sturdy. They are game for a brisk walk or a quiet time at some quaint cafe. Since they are portable dogs, you can easily take them with you for a fun-loving canine companion.

39. Bichon Frise

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Who can never resist a little ball of immaculate white fluff in their small home? The Bichon Frise weighs about 12 lbs and stands at a little over 9 inches high. But just when you think they can’t get any smaller than that, you will be amazed to learn that there’s a teacup version of this pooch weighing only 4 lbs!

Standard-sized or teacup, Bichons are easy to care for. Even when you live in an apartment building with strict restrictions for pet dogs, you’ll never run into any problem with your Bichon. They are so tiny and manageable that you can easily take it with you.

38. Border Terrier

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It is quite easy to distinguish a Border Terrier from other terriers of this size. Just one look at their otter-like head shape, and you can quickly tell it apart from the rest. Their legs are also a bit longer than their cousins, so that’s another way to identify these canines.

Borders enjoy playtime outdoors but they can get used to city life without any problem. This is why if you plan on taking one into your apartment, it should not be a rough adjustment for a Border. At 12 lbs and only about 12 inches high, it’s a suitable apartment pup. Just be sure to give it ample exercise, and you’ll be buddies in no time.

37. Lhasa Apso

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Another small dog breed with an aristocratic vibe, the Lhasa Apso is quite a looker. They weigh 12 lbs but rather hardy canines despite their delicate physique. These dogs have floor-length coats elegantly draped on their body and a fluffy tail – authentic hallmarks of this breed.

With their well-balanced temperament, it should be easy caring for a Lhasa. They are low-maintenance compact-sized pups that are suitable in a small, yet cozy apartment.

36. Norwich Terrier

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To the Norwich Terrier, life is all about having fun. These are happy-go-lucky small dogs that love games just as much as lap time hours with their owners. Weighing only 12 lbs or under, you will have no problem having this pooch in your condo unit or apartment. 

Norwiches may be a bit on the bossy side but it’s just part of their charm. With patience and positive training, you can shape this clever dog up into an obedient and mellow four-legged pal.

35. American Hairless Terrier

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Apartment dwellers in search of a hypoallergenic, small dog will find a rare gem in the American Hairless Terrier. As the name implies, this pooch has a hairless body with skin that is silky smooth to the touch. They have some facial hair forming their whiskers and eyebrows while others have very short coats.

There are definitely benefits to owning an American Hairless, particularly for allergy sufferers. But be sure to keep your pooch away from harsh sunlight. Since they have no coats, they are susceptible to sunburn. Overall, this 12-pounder canine is great in small homes.

34. Manchester Terrier

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Athletic and agile, Manchester Terriers are zippy little canines. They weigh about 12 lbs and stand 15 inches high. Their striking feature is their tight and dense coat in shades of black and mahogany. 

While they may be a bundle of high spirits, Manchesters also enjoy laid-back moments while curled up in the couch. They are versatile creatures that could quickly adapt to a domestic lifestyle in a cozy little home.

33. Dachshund

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Dachshunds may either be the standard variety at 16 lbs in weight and 8 inches high, or the miniature, which are half the size and weight of their larger counterparts. Both are so portable, though, that they go perfectly well in such a small apartment space.

Considering the long and stubby build of these canines, they are not the type who enjoy distance running. They are still a lot of fun with their fancy for silly antics and playtime. Thus, there is never a dull moment with a comic Dachshund as a pet.

32. Miniature Schnauzer

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Quite like the Standard Schnauzers, the Miniature version has the same wiry coat and human-like expression with their eyebrows and beard. Minis weigh around 11 lbs, and they are hardly any taller than 15 inches at the shoulder. 

With their small size and versatility, these pups can adapt easily in an apartment living. They are agreeable dogs that get along well with other dogs and humans.

31. Norfolk Terrier

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The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers at under 10 inches high and about 11 lbs in weight. They have a very close resemblance to their cousins, the Norwich Terrier. However, Norfolks have ears folded over unlike the Norwich with pointed and erect ears.

These canines have an easy time bonding with their owners. They are devoted to their family members. And because of their portable size and adaptable nature, Norfolks are excellent travel companions and home buddies for apartment dwellers.

30. Schipperke

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Schipperkes are small canines weighing 10 lbs and standing at under 11 inches at the shoulder. They are like small foxes with their black coats around their shoulders and necks. Although small, they are swift and strong – ready to pounce on a sly rodent.

As these dogs are originally bred to hunt rats, they make excellent pets to keep your apartment rodent-free. Schips are also easy to care for, so they should be fine to live in a small space and enjoy every minute of it.

29. Rat Terrier

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These compact pooches are elegant and tough at the same time – quite a unique combination that only Rat Terriers possess. They have a shiny coat in different pied patterns, which are basically large patches of a single or various colors with a mixture of white.

Rat Terriers are small and lightweight at 10 lbs and barely 13 inches tall for the miniature version. They are an excellent choice for apartment dwellers who want a mellow, little pet pooch. When not actively engaged in chasing small animals, these pups adore just being home with their favorite humans.

28. Australian Silky Terrier

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Unlike a few small dogs, Australian Silky Terriers are relatively mild-tempered, non-yappy canines. Combined with this pleasant demeanor and their pocket-friendly size at just about 10 lbs, they can live in a small apartment without any issue. 

Silkys are animated creatures with such an affectionate character. They are refined to the core, and it is always a joy to train these canines.

27. Miniature Poodle

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Miniature Poodles typically weigh around 10 lbs and hardly grow taller than 10 inches. But even with a small body, they still possess the same balanced proportions as their larger counterparts. Due to their compact nature, they can fit easily in any small apartment… Sometimes even in a purse!

As for their personality, Mini Poodles are brimming with joy and high spirits. They enjoy spending time with their family whether in active sports or a relaxing time on the couch.

26. Japanese Spitz

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A popular small apartment pooch, the Japanese Spitz are a breeze to care for. They weigh between 10 and 15 lbs and stand at 12 inches at the shoulders. But what separates them from other small dogs is their hallmark features – their pure white fluffy coats and brilliant, dark eyes.

 They are always eager to please their beloved humans with their comedic natures and adorable smiles. Spitz are also gentle breeds that rarely bark – something that your neighbors will be glad about!

25. Little Lion Dog

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Their name perfectly fits their appearance as they do look like little lions. Also known as Löwchen, these 10-pounder dogs have a full mane and coat in various colors, as well as a plumed tail. But beneath all that thick coat is a lovable pooch with loads of affection to give its owner.

With their portable size, it is a no-brainer to apartment dwellers to keep this pooch as a pet. They like to snuggle up on your lap or romp around the house, but overall, a very easy pup to care for.

24. Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzus are the perfect apartment pups for a number of reasons. First, they have diminutive bodies and weigh between 9 and 16 lbs – with teacup varieties weighing at a mere 3 to 7 lbs. These lively charmers have adorable coats in a variety of colors that add to their cuteness factor.

Aside from their small-scale bodies, these canines are content being indoors. A Shih Tzu’s idea of a great time is snuggling up in your lap and being its cute self. This is not the type of dog that’s into digging holes and chasing small animals in the yard.

23. Russell Terrier

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The jolly Russell Terrier is bursting with confidence and agility with every move it makes. This 9-pounder small dog stands at about 10 inches at the shoulder and has a compact, solid body. As for its coat, it is mainly white with some black or tan markings all around.

With their portable build, it is rather easy to care for this pooch in your small apartment. They love to run and play but they surely do not mind being curled up in his favorite bed at home. These canines are versatile with a gentle demeanor.

22. Lancashire Heeler

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An energetic working dog with a sturdy build, the Lancashire Heeler possesses terrier traits such as hunting and chasing rodents. They are alert canines that make an excellent watchdog in your home. 

Weighing an average of 9 lbs, this small dog breed is a fantastic choice for apartment dwellers. Lancashires are mellow pups that adore their family to bits. And most of all, who could resist the infamous “Heeler Smile” that these pooches are known for?

21. Griffon Bruxellois

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Big things come in small packages, so as the adage goes. And this applies perfectly to the Griffon Bruxellois, a compact dog at merely 8 lbs, yet with a huge personality. These canines have short coats in different colors such as reddish-brown, black, or tan. They are renowned for their big, dark eyes with a human-like expression. 

Charming and well-mannered, Griffs are every dog lover’s dream pet. And with their space-friendly size and gentle personality, they sure fit right into small apartments and tiny homes.

20. Miniature Pinscher

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Miniature Pinschers may be lightweight at 8 lbs but they are solid and sturdy canines. These dogs have black and rust or solid red coats that are short, smooth, and shiny. This is why they are perfect for apartment dwellers looking for pets that don’t shed as much.

Min Pins have high-set ears and a proud gait that give us a glimpse of their “big dog” character. They don’t bark a lot, though, and are quite more mellow than many small canine breeds.

19. Coton de Tulear

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Another 8 pounder pooch standing at 9 inches at the shoulder, the Coton de Tulear is a charming small dog known for its cotton-like coat. For these lovable canines, they want nothing more than to offer comfort, entertainment, and affection to their favorite humans.

Cotons are lighthearted tiny fellows that are outstanding canine companions. They do well in small homes because of their tiny size and their pleasant demeanor. These dogs are not at all hard to please and easily content anywhere they are.

18. Chinese Crested Dog

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The Chinese Crested Dog weighs 8 lbs and is a little taller than some small dogs at 11 to 13 inches high. But what makes them specifically perfect for apartment dwellers is they are super low-maintenance pooches. They are hairless canines without doggy odor – an excellent combo for a canine housemate.

Do take note that there is a coated variety, which has a short, silky coat. Nevertheless, shedding is not a problem even for allergy sufferers living in a small home with this pooch.

17. Havanese Dog

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The extrovert pups adore being the center of attention. Tipping the scale at merely 7 lbs, Havanese dogs are tiny. They have gorgeous smooth coats and an adorable curled-over tail to increase their cuteness factor.

Havanese are funny small canines with their clownish character. They are always eager to learn tricks and are easy to train. This is one of the reasons why they fit well in a small home because not only are they tiny but they are adaptable to any situation.

16. Yorkshire Terrier

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Yorkshire Terriers come in two varieties – the standard-sized at 7 lbs and a much lighter teacup Yorkie at around 2 to 3 lbs. The latter are significantly smaller, although both should be excellent in tiny homes and apartments nonetheless.

Despite their miniature bodies, these dogs are feisty creatures. They can also be a bit on the bossy side but that is all part of their charm. Overall, this charming, dainty canine of golden tan or steel blue will win your heart in a second.

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15. Affenpinscher

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One look at the Affenpischer’s rugged features, and every Star Wars fan would agree that this dog’s a Wookie’s doppelganger. But they are much smaller than your average Ewoks, as Affens weigh 7 lbs and stand under a foot tall. 

These pups are sturdy terriers that are easy to get along. The way to their heart is by being gentle with them. Apartment dwellers will love having this affectionate, comedic pooch at a portable size.

14. Italian Greyhound

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If you love Greyhounds but prefer to have something smaller in your apartment, then an Italian Greyhound fits the bill. Weighing 7 lbs and a little over a foot tall, IGs are graceful, miniature hounds with an aristocratic charm. 

They are very sweet creatures that would rather be curled up in your lap than on the hard floor. But don’t be surprised if your pooch suddenly gets up and bolts after a tiny prey – they love a good chase just like all hounds do, big or small!

13. Japanese Chin

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The Japanese Chin is of Eastern background, as clearly shown in its features – dark, round eyes, a short muzzle, and a large head. They also have a dense mane covering its shoulders and neck, as well as a plumed tail that stands proud and tall over its back. 

Chins are your typical indoor canine pals – tiny, gentle, and a genuine cuddle bug. At 7 lbs, they fit nicely on your lap or in their cozy little beds. When not in a napping mode, they enjoy a nice romp around the house and playtime with their family.

12. Maltese

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Barely tipping the scale at 7 lbs, Maltese dogs are tiny. These pooches have a long, silky white coat and a cute little gumdrop nose that matches their round, dark eyes. Their adorable facial features are the hallmark of this breed. 

Aside from their cuteness, Maltese are very easy to please. They are adaptable dogs that are perfect for tiny homes. Plus, they shed very little, which makes them suitable for folks with allergies.

11. American Eskimo Dog

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There are three varieties of American Eskimo Dogs – the standard, miniature, and toy version. But for apartment dwellers looking for a compact pet, the toy version is perfect at only 6 lbs in weight and 9 inches in height.

Eskies are a delightful companion for the family. They have lion-like mane around the shoulders and chest and a smile that can easily melt your heart. These canines are also alert and agile, and they never say no to playtime.

10. Mini French Bulldog

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Unlike your typical French Bulldogs, the Mini Frenchie weighs only about 5 lbs. But outside of their body weight, they look like the standard variety. They have the same “bat ears”, a large, squarish head with wrinkles above the nose, and a smooth, short coat.

Since Frenchies are not yappy dogs, they are great apartment pets. They are also content staying indoors and do not need plenty of outdoor exercise. Thus, they are easy to live with and a notable companion you can take anywhere you go.

9. Chihuahua

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Most Chihuahuas weigh only about 5 lbs while Teacup varieties can go under 4 lbs. This is why it is so easy to bring them along in a small dog bag or even in your regular purse! 

As a house pet, Chihuahuas are fiercely loyal to their owners. They are the perfect apartment dogs due to their diminutive size and low-shedding nature. These dogs also prefer plenty of lap time with their favorite person, so be sure to give them lots of attention and care.

8. Bolognese Dog

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Bolognese dogs are inactive and gentle creatures. They are actually an old breed that’s been around since the Ancient Roman times and were common in wealthy households. 

Another tiny 5-pounder, the Bolognese dog is a squarely built, stocky pooch that adores its owner. They love their family so much that they dread being away from them. These small dogs are perfect for apartment living, as long as the folks who live there are always home. Otherwise, Bolos can suffer from separation anxiety and depression.

7. Papillon

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At 5 lbs, the Papillon is without a doubt tiny. However, they are not delicate as they look. In fact, these are robust canines that can thrive in any climate condition or social situation. Their small size, however, makes them outstanding apartment dogs.

Paps are dainty-looking pups with a long, smooth coat and a plumed tail. They are also easy to train, and even novice owners should be able to teach this pooch some tricks. With their adaptability and witty personality, Papillons are a true family pet.

6. Japanese Terrier

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This terrier breed is native to Japan. They weigh 5 lbs and stand about 8 inches at the shoulders. Japanese Terriers mostly have short white coats with some black spots at random locations.

If you prefer a small dog breed with a mild temperament to welcome in your apartment, the Japanese Terrier is a perfect choice. You would be quite fortunate to have one since it is a rare breed, even in its country of origin.

5. Biewer Terrier

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The Biewer Terrier is a small dog breed weighing about 4 lbs and only about half a foot tall. They are loyal dogs that rarely ever bark, which is why apartment dwellers are fond of this pooch. 

This is a compact dog you can take hiking or walking with, as Biewer Terriers are athletic by nature. They are lighthearted and whimsical canines that will keep you company for hours on end. Despite their small stature, they have a big heart and always eager to please their favorite humans.

4. Toy Poodle

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The smallest of the poodle group is the toy variety, which is under 5 lbs in weight. They may be diminutive in build but these pups are sturdy and robust creatures. They are athletic and will never pass up playtime or romping around the house. 

Because of their compact bodies, Toy Poodles are a popular apartment pet. You can also easily take them with you in a cafe, the mall, or just about anywhere. All it takes is a small dog carrier purse, and this pooch is ready to go!

3. Pekingese

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Weighing about 4 lbs, Pekingese dogs are compact pooches. They have a distinctive “lions mane” with dense coats in different colors such as red to golden red. These canines have big eyes that look as though they are sparkling with delight all the time.

Pekes are excellent apartment pups. They love to bond with their owners, and they can adapt in any conditions. But one thing they do not particularly like is roughhousing, so if you have very young and overactive kids at home, this small dog may not fit perfectly well.

2. Welsh Corgi

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Originally bred as herding canines for cattle, Welsh Corgis are always eager to please their owners. Male Corgis usually weigh around 30 to 32 lbs while females are slightly lighter. They come in different coat colors such as tan, orange, and with some white markings on their chest.

Many canine enthusiasts living in small homes find Welsh Corgis a perfect match for their needs. Not only are these pups compact in size but they have a mild demeanor and are rather content just being at home – provided they have occasional playtime with their favorite humans!

1. Skye Terrier

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Weighing 35 lbs and standing 10 inches tall, the Skye Terrier is a small dog breed with distinctive features. This pooch has its trademark “peekaboo” hairstyle and a long coat that lays flat on its body. You can never miss this dog out – long, feathery ears while others have adorable “drop ears”. 

Not much space in your cramped home? No worries – with a Skye’s compact size, it should fit perfectly well in a small apartment.

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