Top 10 Recommended Small Indoor Dogs

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog since October last year. I have one child who is really scared of dogs, so I have taken my time to do my research to determine the best breed for our family. I knew that we wanted to find a small dog that is suitable for indoors, to sit with me while I’m working through the day, but can wander outside when she wants to.  After my research, I determined a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would be right for us and I have my heart set on a little girl.  I have been in contact with several breeders who have really long waiting lists for their litters, it’s a popular breed.  We were on one list, mum had her pups and they were all males, so I had to start the search again and I found another breeder who had a 4 week old litter.  We visited the breeder (6 hour round trip, as we wanted to make sure everything was above board, and it was) and chose our beautiful little girl from a litter of 5. She is absolutely adorable, I am so smitten!

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

We will be bringing her home just before the kids start school holidays. We are all so incredibly excited. We think she will be the perfect addition to our family. So now I am in full research mode and looking into how to look after a puppy, as we have never owned a dog before. We’re also researching how an indoor cat and dog can live together, so the dog can freely go outside while out cat stays inside, I can’t find a solution for this.  Now to go shopping for all things puppy!!

I just want to add this here as I know a few will ask. I know many of my friends have adopted rescue dogs, but after all my researching for the right dog for our family we did decide to purcahse from a reputable breeder. If you are interested in adopting a pet you can find more details here at rspca.org.au.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

I asked our  The Organised Housewife Facebook community recently “What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?”. I was flooded with hundreds of comments with recommendations and gorgeous puppy photos! It is so important to research into what breed suits you before making any decisions. Your pet needs to fit in with you and your family’s lifestyles and needs. A dog really is a man (and woman)’s best friend and it’s important that they are happy in their new home.  I thought I would compile the list and help you out if you are on the hunt for the perfect indoor dog. Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs.

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – These are a loyal, loving and affectionate dog with an easy to love nature. They are the perfect mix of playful and sedate, making them ideal for children as they love being active. They do shed their hair quite a bit and heart murmurs are common, so it’s important to ensure you are buying or adopting from a reliable breeder.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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2. Pomerian – These little fluff balls are so adorable. They are incredibly smart and inquisitive so you will be able to teach them tricks and train them quite easily. Their coats make them a very elegant and adorable breed. They are agile and can be show dogs. They are known to yap.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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3. Miniature Schnauzer – Miniature Schnauzers are suitable for people with allergies, as they do not shed. They are great with little ones and love being around people. They are easy to train and are most content with daily exercise. They love human companionship and being around their owners.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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4. Cavoodle (Cavalier x Poodle) – Nicknamed the ‘pillow pet’, these little dogs are incredibly affectionate. They are cheeky and playful. Kids love having them as an addition. They don’t shed and are easily adapted to any living conditions. They are amazing for a cuddle or a play!

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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5. Pugs – Pugs are incredibly loving and needy dogs, they love human companionship. They have a great sense of humour and are jam-packed with personality. They are placid animals and don’t require a lot of exercise. They shed a lot and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They are sensitive to heat and humidity so it’s important that you keep them cool if you live in the warmer seasons. If you are searching for a 24/7 sidekick, the pug is perfect for you.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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6. Mini Dachshund – Mini dachshunds come in three different coats: short-haired, wire-haired and long-haired. They are known as the “hot dogs” or “sausage dogs” because of their long torso and little legs. They are very high-spirited dogs and can be independent. They can take time to warm up to people and can be known as ‘guard dogs’ but, once they have taken to you, they are incredibly loyal. They enjoy occasionally going outdoors and running around. They are prone to back problems, so you must hold and care for them properly.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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7. Bichon Frise – You can’t help but smile around these little snowballs, they are one of the happiest and enthusiastic breeds of dog! They have a very loving and affectionate nature and need human companionship. They don’t like being left alone for long periods of time. They are highly trainable and very intelligent.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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8. Chihuahua Chihuahuas are a tiny breed of dog. They are quirky, comical and brimming with personality and character. They are an amazing go-everywhere companion and require minimum grooming and exercise. The temperaments of chihuahuas are extremely variable and they differ depending on the genetic temperament of their parents.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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9. Maltese – Maltese dogs are a beautiful and often look like they are walking clouds! They are very obedient and people-oriented. They are friendly and are great with kids. They shed a little and can get dirty quite easily with their long, white coat. They take well to training and are well suited to an apartment. They enjoy a regular walk and play outdoors.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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10. Shih Tzu – These dogs crave affection and attention so your lap is their favourite destination. These dogs do not shed hair, however they do require daily brushing as their coats mat easily. They are outgoing and very friendly. They are not very active and can be comfortable in any living arrangement, from apartment to condo.

My family and I had been looking for a small indoor dog for quite some time, but we weren't sure what breed would be suitable for us. It is so important to research into what breed suits your family's lifestyles and needs. I took to Facebook and asked "What breed do you recommend as a small indoor dog?". Here are your top 10 recommended small indoor dogs!

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21 comments

Debbie Lowe May 25, 2017 - 8:07 AM

Hi Kat congratulations on your little pup she looks gorgeous. I recommend a little dog door in your laundry or kitchen door for your new addition. They are great when you go out you don’t need worry about them.You will need to train them early to use it. My cat won’t have a bar of it . Introduce the cat and pup in small sessions so that the cat gets used to it . Good luck Deb

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2017 - 2:09 PM

We are so excited, the breeder just sent me another new photo, I’m just smitten. thank you for your advice with the introduction to our cat, I have done a bit of research and read that it’s a good idea to introduce them with a puppy on the lead so we can move her away from the cat when we see the cat getting a little cranky.

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Susan Beauchamp May 25, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Hi Kat. Your puppy looks gorgeous. We got our Maltese/Shih Tzu 9 years ago from an animal shelter. He was only 8 months old but took to us straight away. He hates loud noises, like thunder. We have to get him haircuts every few months. He has always been the happiest when all three of us are home. He’s been through a lot last year as it’s a failing in their breed that their teeth go bad and he had to have all but 2 of his teeth removed! He was also diagnosed with Cushings Disease which is an endocrine disease, also quite common in dogs. He now is on daily medication and eats softer food but we wouldn’t change him for the world.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2017 - 2:10 PM

I can read through the lines there Susan how much you love him, your heart sounds so full.

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Mrs woog May 25, 2017 - 3:31 PM

I have the same and I love her!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Do you, why did I not know that? We are so smitten kids are counting down the days 🙂

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Colleen Murphy May 25, 2017 - 9:24 AM

I agree with the dog door but the cat will use it too. You can get doors that respond to the pet’s microchip or dongle on their collar then they are the only one able to get through the door.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2017 - 2:13 PM

I looked into those doggy doors, actually spoke to them yesterday, but unfortunately it won’t work for us. It won’t go through our security screen door on the laundry and it won’t stop the cat from going out, all dogs and cats can go out the doors, it just stops those that aren’t microchipped for the door on getting in. I told the lady I was speaking to they should make this a feature. Apparently it’s a bit too complicated a technology to easily do.

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Ainslie May 26, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Could they not install the door backwards so any animal can get in but only the dog can get out?

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Nicoola May 25, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Hi Kat. Excellent choice! I have a Cav (Jackson). I got him when he was a puppy and he is the most beautiful natured, gentle, fun loving, affectionate and loyal dog you could possibly wish for. He and my 5 year old son are like brothers – it is very cute to watch. Enjoy every minute! I certainly have 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Thank you Nicoola, we are so excited, jackson sounds like one of the family, we can’t wait for our little one!!

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Amanda May 25, 2017 - 4:36 PM

We recently got a mini schnauzer pup and he is just gorgeous! the description above is spot on! He is the first one up eagerly waiting his morning walk and cannot contain his excitement when we get home. I love that they dont shed as well.

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Susan May 25, 2017 - 5:10 PM

We have just bought my mother a Bichon Frise, Pheobe (14-15weeks), and she’s adorable! Totally a people dog.
Currently working on Pheobe being trained to ring a bell for when she wants/needs to go outside, you could pair that with a one way doggie door that allows pup to re-enter the house at will…

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Katie May 25, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Did you know dachshunds can be quite vicious with children? Possibly need to mention that in the recommendation!!

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Peta May 25, 2017 - 8:32 PM

About 6 years ago we bought a Cavalier King Charles into our home and he has been an absolute pleasure every single day. He just wants to be near you. If I’m working on the computer he sits under the desk, if im in the kitchen he sits close by and watches and im on the lounge he sits resting his head on my lap. He is absolutely beautiful. We previously had a pug that was gorgeous as well – but I think im a cavalier king charles person for life now. I’m sure your little girl will bring you just as much pleasure.

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Kristen May 26, 2017 - 10:18 AM

We just got a Japanese spitz. No doggy odour, sheds only 1-2 times per year, and coat is self cleaning – only bathed 1-2 times per year! I had no idea about this breed till we got her from a rescue and foster org. She is quite vocal though, but is an otherwise very sweet girl

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Rochelle May 26, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Congrats on your new puppy Kat, have you decided on a name yet? I adore Dogs, Spaniels most of all, I have an English Cocker Spaniel, Choc & Tan, we’ve bred 3 litters from her as both her and her dog hubby have great personalities. She’s coming 8 this year! This is the longest we’ve ever owned an inside dog, our last Cocker got run over aged only 3! We have 4 sons and she’s been great with them, apart from eating raw meat bones around kids…. do that at your own risk! Can’t wait to see more pics of her in your lap;)

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Jacqueline June 13, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Just a thought here… you don’t need to have a small dog for it to be an indoor dog! We have two greyhounds, which are the perfect apartment dogs. whilst they can be a little large, when curled up they take up next to no room! They are also extraordinarily lazy, sleeping most of the day, require very little exercise, have a low-shed coat, do not bark, can hold their bathroom breaks if required, and in general, are AMAZING! Highly recommended 🙂 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2017 - 4:43 PM

YES! my cousin has greyhounds and absolutely loves and recommends them too!

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Amanda August 23, 2017 - 4:05 PM

A few ideas here for you. We went with the “DIY job” and it worked for us
http://www.fromhousetohome.com/keep-cat-from-using-dog-door/

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Kara August 24, 2017 - 7:14 AM

You forgot papillon. Fantastic breed, had one as a kid, one with our family. Very clever dogs…

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