The 21 Best House Dogs! Plus The Reason Why They Are So Great…

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Looking to add a new member to your pack, but limited on space or live in a big city with not much in the way of green pastures for your prospective pooch?

While every pizza is a personal pizza if you believe in yourself; unfortunately, the same can’t be said about all dogs being indoor dogs. So, keep reading if you’d like to find out which breeds are right for you.

 1. Pug

As if I need another reason to love Pugs? This breed is incredibly easy to train and does especially wonderful with children.

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2.  Chihuahua  

Chihuahuas make great house dogs due to their tiny size alone. In fact, Chihuahuas actually shouldn’t ever be outside dogs as their stature makes them too susceptible to predators.

Make sure to socialize them early, however, as they can become quite temperamental and aggressive due to their protective natures.

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3. Boston Terrier

These sweetly smooshed-face pups are natural born lovers. They are also easy to house train and get along well with other pets. They do have lots of energy, so you’ll want to make sure to walk them a couple of times a day.


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4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel  

With a name like that, you just know these guys have to be pretty legit. In fact, they are some of the most mellow dogs out there. They also don’t bark much which is a huge plus if you live in an apartment.

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5. Dachshund

Dachshunds make great family dogs because of how affectionate and gentle they are. You’ll want to make sure to have toys for them to play with to get rid of some of their excess energy (they have a lot), and just a heads up, they are a little stubborn when it comes to initial training.

6. Min Pin

Similar to the Chihuahua, the Min Pin makes a wonderful house dweller based on size alone—but they will need to be trained early on to avoid becoming yappy should you have house guests or live in a busy apartment complex. Otherwise, these cuties are perfect for big city livin’.

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7. Japanese Chin

If I’m being honest, I didn’t know what a Japanese Chin was before researching this list. Boy was I missing out! Who cares if they make good indoor pets, LOOK AT THAT FACE!

In all seriousness, they are wonderful house dogs. Some people even compare them to cats in that they are very regal and independent. They will be happiest perched on the back of your chair.

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8. Bichon Frise  

The Bichon Frise needs more exercise than most of the pups on the list, but is still a great indoor companion. They don’t shed as much as similar breeds and are less than a foot tall when full grown.

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9. Brussels Griffon

This is actually my favorite dog on the list. They look like the love child of a gremlin and an ewok. I just can’t resist those faces! They are compact and cuddly and everything you could ask for in an indoor pal. I’m not just saying that because I’m biased, I swear!

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10. Chinese Crested  

Some might see the Chinese Crested as an acquired taste. Personally, however, I’ve always found them to be just sketchy enough to be adorable. They are extremely low maintenance and mellow and even make great companions for those who are bedridden or have limited mobility.

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11. Yorkshire Terrier

It’s not too hard to see why Yorkies are such popular pets. They do require a fair amount of attention, but who wouldn’t want to shower that sweet face with love?

12. Shih Tzu  

Those little ponytails on top of their heads drive me crazy in the best kind of way. Shih Tzus are surprisingly low maintenance aside from their fancy fur. Although, this task dramatically decreases if you get them clipped in a short style.

13. Pomeranian

These little fluff balls are known for their excellent companionship. They’re also train easily. Plus, they’re just plain adorable.

14. Papillon  

Saying that the Papillon is easy to train is almost an understatement. They are highly intelligent and are even used as therapy and seizure detection animals. They will require some amount of regular grooming to keep their luxurious locks looking fresh, but they are well worth it.

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15. English Bulldog

Gentle and lazy, just like me! The Bulldog is known for being a bit of a loaf, making them perfect for the indoors. They are also very affectionate.

16. Pekingese  

Pekingese are a down for anything type of dog. They enjoy a casual stroll, but also don’t mind entertaining themselves. This precious pooch also makes a warm and cozy lap blanket! 

17. Miniature Poodle

Poodles are the second smartest dogs in the world, making them a breeze to train. They are also great for anyone with allergies as their hair is more like a human’s. Poodles do have quite a bit of energy, but being so small means the mini version can easily run off its excess indoors.

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18. Beagle  

Beagles need to be exercised daily, but as long as they are taken on regular walks they do well in apartments. They are intelligent and great with kids.

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19. French Bulldog

Also referred to lovingly as “Frenchie,” these pupsters are great indoor companions. They require little grooming and are content to entertain themselves. They actually are much more suited to being indoors—especially in warmer temperatures—because they are prone to overheating.

20. Great Dane  

I know what you’re thinking, but despite their larger-than-life size, Great Danes do pretty well in apartments. They are sort of like giant couch potatoes and surprisingly enough don’t make much noise.

21. Maltese

These little beauties are said to be some of the most well-rounded indoor dogs you could ask for. They don’t shed, are easy to train, and don’t take up much space.

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