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Dog Breeds That Make Excellent City Pets

If you don't have much room at home but want a miniature or toy dog to keep you company, check out our list of breeds known for their easygoing and friendly personalities.

Poodles are great for families with young children because they are friendly and loyal, but they do need a lot of care. When left alone or around unfamiliar people, they may resort to barking.


Despite its small size, the Yorkie is a loyal and watchful companion. It's great with other pets, including cats and other canines. It has a tendency to yap excessively and is prone to stomach upset.


The Boston Terrier, also known as the American Cavalier, makes a great family dog because he or she is calm and energetic enough to keep up with busy kids. They can get away with minimal upkeep of their cropped hair.

Boston Terrier

This creature's adorable, bat-like ears give it instant likability. The irresistible charm of the Frenchie's personality is a close second. It is a true homebody that gets along great with everyone from individuals to families.

French Bulldog

Pugs, which originated in China, are beloved for their gentle demeanor, high IQs, and boundless energy. However, keep in mind that they don't do well when left alone for long periods of time because of their low tolerance for isolation.


Despite its reputation for stubbornness, this short-legged, long-bodied species is one of the most devoted companions. The dachshund is an excellent guard canine. They tend to gain weight quickly, so watch what they eat.


The Coton de Tuléar is a high-energy breed, so make sure it has plenty of room to run around at home and gets plenty of exercise on daily outings. The average lifespan of these canines is 15 years, making them exceptionally long-lived.

Coton de Tuléar

The Pom is 3-to-7 pounds in weight and 6-to-7 inches in height. They belong to the Spitz family of dogs alongside the Samoyed and the Alaskan malamute, but are the smallest of the bunch.


Because of their lengthy, luxurious coats, Shih Tzus require regular grooming. Despite their diminutive stature (between 9 and 10.5 inches) and weight (between 9 and 16 pounds), they are remarkably robust.

Shih Tzu

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a pampered dog with a regal pedigree and a refined, graceful demeanor who makes a great friend for anyone in the family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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