[Photos] Top 20 Best Small Dog Breeds!

Want to cuddle with your dog instead of running a 10K run with them every day? If you are more the type to stay home and eat pizza in front of your favourite sitcom rather than wake up early un a Sunday to go walk on the beach. these dog breeds are perfect for you. Here are the top 10 best indoor dog breeds.


Not all dogs would be happier on a farm with plenty of room to run around all day long. If you live in the city in a small apartment or in a small house in the suburbs with limited front and back yard space, you too can share your life with a furry friend. However, you don’t want to get a dog that needs too much space or that needs to exercise for hours on end. The key is simply to pick your breed accordingly, so that they don’t feel locked up inside. Whether you like big or small dogs with long or short hair, there is the perfect indoor loving breed for you to cuddle with. As long as they get to go for a walk and see the sun every now and then, they will be perfectly happy to stay home with you the rest of the time.

You’re in? Excellent! Take a look at this top 20 of the best indoor dog breeds and you will be ready to adopt your new best friend.

1. Australian Terrier

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These small pups are great companions since they are even-tempered and loyal. Very small, they don’t need a lot of exercise, which makes them great indoor dogs.

2. Afghan Hound

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Even though the Afghan Hound was bred to hunt, their energy levels are average so you don’t have to worry too much about them getting too excited.

3. Bergamasco


This shaggy dog breed is very low-maintenance, patient, devoted and easy to train. This is a great dog breed for those who prefer to stay in with their pet.

4. Airedale Terrier


Friendly and intelligent, these dogs are bred to hunt. Expose them to other dogs and your family members early so they learn how to socialize with others.

5. American Staffordshire Terrier

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If properly trained and socialized, the American Staffordshire Terrier can be a great pet. They are loyal, devoted, attentive, friendly and will cuddle with you at home.

6. Basenji


These dogs love their family but are wary of strangers.

7. Beagle

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Beagles are small and gentle. As long as you take them out regularly, these pups will be happy.

8. Affenpinscher


Small and playful, the Affenpinscher also known as the Monkey Terrier is a great dog breed for those who want to avoid spending hours outside.

9. Beauceron

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Even though these are big dogs, Beaucerons are calm, friendly, protective and intelligent.

10. Bedlington Terrier


Good-tempered and affectionate, Bedlington Terriers are very protective of their loved ones. They are a great companion.
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11. Manchester Terrier

At first glance, the Manchester Terrier looks a lot like the miniature Dobermann Pinscher. However, it is a unique breed that has been bred for hunting rats or rabbits. They are also called Gentleman’s Terriers in England and these dogs are quite fast! You can leave them alone for a certain amount of time compared to other dog breeds.

12. Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a working dog with an elegant appearance. This breed was developed to hunt small animals and birds, as well as cattle and sheep from herds. He is very loyal to his family and does very well with the children.

Although he will recover when you leave the house, he needs a landlord with a firm hand. He rarely cries, barks and screams when you go to work, but he will need more attention when you come back (especially at an early age).

13. Welsh Corgi

In addition to being cute, funny and royal, Welsh Corgi is very suitable for people who work 8 hours a day. It is also very easy to train, so you can train your Corgi to do many different commands and tricks.

14. Caucasian Sheepdog Dog

If you are looking for a large dog that will not be stressed when you leave, the Caucasian Shepherd Dog could be the right dog for you. These dogs are excellent guardians who have been bred to take care of the herds and defend the house against wild predators.

They are also known as Russian bear dogs and are very intelligent, independent and stubborn. This means two things: he will probably like to have some time alone to observe and protect his territory, but training him can sometimes be difficult.

15. Bracco Italiano

Bracco Italiano is a family hunting dog breed. Some believe that this Italian dog has existed since antiquity, since the 4th or 5th century BC.

This dog with distinctive looks and beautiful characteristics will be an excellent dog for people who love the outdoors. He is very friendly and has a calm personality. Training him will not be difficult if you have a gentle approach. However, it won’t bother him too much to have some time alone to relax at home.

16. Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is very easy to live with when it comes to staying at home. It seems that hunting and breeding breeds are the most tolerant of time alone. The basset hound can be both very active and enjoy resting.

17. Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is very popular for its small size and its funny resemblance to the Boxer. He is very intelligent, comic and quite energetic. So don’t be fooled by the size of this dog, he loves to run.

But there is another reason why these dogs are becoming more and more popular. Unlike most small dog breeds, they do quite well when they spend time alone. If you leave toys they can play with while you are away, they may not even realize you are not there.

18. Dachshund

Dachshunds are confident and intelligent dogs that behave very well as companion dogs. These comic dogs were bred to dig and hunt badgers and other small animals. But because of their intelligence, these dogs are sometimes stubborn and difficult to train.

However, independent and intelligent dogs do extremely well when left alone at home. Provide them with toys, enough water and food, and everything will be fine. So if you’re looking for a dog that gets along well with people and children, but doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety while you’re away from work – dachshunds may be what you’re looking for.

19. Scottish Terrier

Like many other breeds on this list, the Scottish Terrier was also bred to hunt badgers and foxes.

These dogs are quite distant, so you may even have episodes where your Scottish Terrier avoids you for no particular reason. However, you will like its independence if you tend to be in the office often.

20. Goldador

The Goldador, a blend of the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever, is all a person with a busy work schedule can want.

Not only will these dogs find a good way to spend their time alone, but they also learn quickly, are extraordinary companions and have an easy-going personality.