Small Dog Breeds in India

There is no doubt that dog loving people are increasing day by day in the country. Dogs are the most loving pet a man could ever have. But, in modern city life, our living space is becoming more compact.

If this problem is bothering you then fear not, we list the entire small dog breeds you could find in the country which is best suited for apartment livings.

Are you thinking of owning a small dog breed in India? What are the pros and cons? You will find everything you need to know in this article.

  1. Pugs
  2. Beagle
  3. Indian Spitz
  4. Dachshund
  5. Pomeranian
  6. French Bulldog
  7. Chihuahua
  8. Lhasa Apso
  9. Maltese
  10. Shih Tzu



1. Pug

When considering small dog breeds, Pugs are the first breed to come in mind.

As they are already famous as Vodafone’s dogs; these dogs are the most common small breed dog found in Indian households.

Speaking of exercise, well, Pugs don’t like it!

They love to stay inactive and nap for most of the day making them perfect apartment living dogs.

While this could lead to some serious weight gains, it’s up to you to get them out for the daily walks and follow a strict diet.

Pugs are mood sensitive and depend much on their owner. They get along well with other family members and small children.

2. Beagle

Very well known among many dog lovers, Beagles are energetic scent hound.

They soon gets distracted when catch some strong scent.

Despite being a hunting dog, they get along with family and children well, but take extra care of them around kids less than 2-3 years.

Beagle Small Dog Breed

They are always searching for new scent, and use their sniffing ability to identify humans as well!

Due to their high energy, make sure to give them enough tiresome exercise before night as they tend to bark a lot.

And trust me, it’s too loud!

Indian Spitz

3. Indian Spitz

Talking about small dog breed, Indian Spitz was once a famous dog breed in India for the nuclear family.

Their high intelligence, ability to learn new tricks makes them perfect show dog.

Spitz’s longer hairs makes them appear bigger then they are.

They also perform well as a alert dog by barking at strangers and other animals. However, for their family, they could be very decent and take care of children well.

Being a Spitz, they are always curious to learn new tricks just to please their master.

Their confidence sometimes makes them chase even bigger dogs or humans so make sure to always get them on a leash while walking park.

4. Dachshund

Just a little dog with a bigger attitude; Dachshund is a cute companion for any dog owner.

These little hot-dogs are famous in many countries for their small but elongated body.

Dachshund were breed to dig out & hunt badger and other rodents. So you will often find dead mouse or birds in your house.

Dachshund Dog Breed

Their elongated body and webbed paw help them to dig in deeper in the burrows.

These are a scent hound that uses their nose a lot to sniff their environment and people around.

Generally, they are wary of strangers and prefer to be a one person’s pet. This causes them to attack other family members which could be dangerous to kids.

Early training and socializing are must introduce them to other family members.

5. Pomeranian

Often confused with Indian Spitz, Pomeranian has shorter muzzle and body; however, they belong to the same Spitz family.

But, don’t let that small size mislead you. These energetic fur-balls love to play, run, and jump all the time.

Pomeranian are highly intelligent and always curious about what to do next!

They have a heavy double coat which sheds a lot.

So, if you’re planning to adopt one, make sure to comb them daily to remove excessive hair or you will notice their hair all-around your home. As they are intelligent than most other lapdogs, they could be used to learn a new trick. They will roll over, jump, sit, run & play dead to make their human friend giggle.

6. French Bulldog

Do you like bulldogs? If your answer is yes then you’re going to love this miniature version.

These dogs are like combinations of bulldog’s head and pug body with those bats like ears.

Unlike pugs, these dogs love to stay active and go out for a walk.

French Bull dog

Their cute bulging eyes beg you for all your attention and get jealous when you ignore them.

Due to their small snouts, just like pug, they tend to develop breathing difficulties. So vigorous exercises could be dangerous to them!

French Bulldogs are a great family companion and love children. They are friendly and love to meet new people with curiosity.

However, they must be trained for their barking.

7. Chihuahua

Introducing the smallest dog breed in the world, Chihuahua!

But don’t get mislead by their size as Chihuahua is well known for its aggression on everyone around them.

Often mistaken by people for being harmless; this little guy won’t hesitate to snap any bigger dog.

Well, the thing is, these dogs live in a world where every living thing around them is so gigantic that they follow their survival instincts.

While this behavior is adorable and often ignored by humans, Chihuahua must be treated just like any other dog.

It is always recommended to treat these little dogs with respect by not picking them at any time of the day.

8. Lhasa Apso

They are a good guarding dog! Surprised?

Well, originated in Tibet they were used by the monks to alert them of any intruders.

Due to this, they are ultimate barkers when they see something, their owners must be aware of.

Lhasa Apso will not try to please their master like any other dog. However, they tend to be one person’s dog and will do anything to protect them, even snap at others.

These dogs have been known for their double coats which show off their royal heritage and elegance. These coats need regularly brushing (twice a day) and washing (twice a week) to keep them shinier.

Training them could be a tough job. They need regular exercise and a lot of socialization with other dogs.

Lhasa Apso lives up to 17-20 years and takes around 3 years to get fully mature.

9. Maltese

An ultimate pet dog, Maltese is known worldwide as one of the best apartment dogs.

They are extrovert kind of dogs, who loves to meet new people, play, and jump around your home.

They live up to 12-18 years of age and are fragile, so you should be taking extra care of them when having one.

Despite their long hairs, they do not have any undercoat. This makes them shed less, but also prone them to get sunburn, as they have a pale body inside.

They are energetic and needs walks twice a day. They are friendly with anyone and would prove to be a very good family dog, even with children (kids under 5 years should be kept under surveillance with them).

They also do need better dog food as they are prone to allergies which could affect their coat quality. You could also check out our list for the top 10 dog food.

10. Shih Tzu

They are born with just one motive! Play and please their human friend.

Like Lhasa Apso this breed was originated in Tibet, but with a different aspect.

While Lhasa is a guard dog, Shih Tzu was bred for being a loyal companion to the Chinese royal people.


They just need to be cuddled and follow you from room to room. They become good friends with other pets.

If you have any toddler/s in your family then if you have to be a bit careful as these dogs are fragile and could get hurt easily.

One of the remarkable features is their coat, which often grows enough to conceal their facial feature. This makes them vulnerable to the humid temperature. So they must be kept in an air-conditioned room to avoid heatstroke.

Thing to remember:

Always remember that despite of their size, they are dogs and need training just like any other normal size dog.

Are you planning to adopt any of these breeds or have one of these breeds? We would love to hear your story in the comment section…

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