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Shih Tzu Grooming Styles

The Shih Tzu is considered to be an exceptionally beautiful dog. They have a long, flowing coat that has both an undercoat and an outer coat. It takes daily brushing and grooming to keep these little dogs looking their best. While some pet owners do keep their dogs trimmed in a short haircut to make it easier to care for their coats, many owners love to take care of their dog’s long coat and show it off. If you wish to show your dog at a dog show, you will need to keep the coat long. Here is some helpful advice about Shih Tzu grooming styles.

The Shih Tzu Coat

The Shih Tzu’s coat has an undercoat which keeps the dog warm and insulated against colder weather. This may not be necessary if the dog is a pet living in an apartment, but when the breed was created they lived in a colder climate and they needed this warm undercoat lying close against their skin.

The dog’s outer coat is the long, flowing hair that you see on top of their body. This coat is luxurious and dense. The hair on top of the Shih Tzu’s head is customarily tied up in a top knot and held in place with a bow.

For the show ring, which is the grooming standard for the breed where they are best groomed and presented, any excessive trimming is considered a fault. However, it is permissible to trim around the paws of the dog and along the bottom of the coat and at the dog’s anus to make the coat neat and to allow the dog to move more freely.

Shih Tzu Grooming Tips

It takes daily brushing and grooming to keep a coat in this excellent condition. To groom your Shih Tzu you should have a good boar bristle brush, preferably with a wooden handle and back. Boar bristles are considered to be gentler on the hair. Nylon bristles are more likely to break the dog’s hair which will ruin the long, flowing appearance. A wooden handle and back are desirable for the brush because they soak up the natural oils in the dog’s coat and spread them throughout the hair. This is considered to be good for the hair. A dog with healthy skin and coat will naturally produce these oils and they should be evenly distributed throughout the coat by regular brushing.

You should bathe your Shih Tzu regularly. Once a month is usually a good time table for a pet Shih Tzu who does not become excessively dirty or roll in anything smelly. You should use a good shampoo and conditioner for the coat. Do not use human products on your dog’s coat. Dogs have a different pH from humans and most, if not all, human products are too harsh for dogs. They will strip out the natural oils from the dog’s skin and coat. This includes human baby shampoos. They are too harsh for dogs. Many pet stores and online retailers sell good shampoos and conditioners for dogs. You can use a shampoo and conditioner with natural ingredients if you prefer.

When grooming your Shih Tzu, or any dog, you may wish to put some small pieces of cotton in your dog’s ears before the bath. This will help keep water out of your dog’s ears. Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly after shampooing. Any soap residue left behind can cause your dog to itch and scratch. This is a frequent cause of hot spots and other skin problems.

You can also use a coat detangler on your dog’s coat immediately after the bath. This will keep the coat from tangling and make it easy to comb out. It usually makes grooming easier.

You can use a little conditioner, mixed with water, to spray on your dog’s coat each day before you brush. Or just spray a little water on the coat to dampen it. This will make the coat easier to brush and keep the hair from breaking.

Short Cuts

If you don’t wish to devote a lot of time to grooming your Shih Tzu, you can have him professionally trimmed every six to eight weeks so he stays in a short pet haircut. This look is cute on a Shih Tzu and it’s easy to care for.


If you intend to keep your Shih Tzu’s hair long then you will need to brush it every day. This will keep the skin and coat healthy and prevent mats and tangles from forming. Bathe your dog about once a month. Do not use human products on your dog. If you don’t wish to devote a lot of time to grooming your Shih Tzu, you can have his coat cut in a short pet haircut by a professional groomer.

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Basset Hound dogs original birth place r from france their personality are neat and polite they love their owner very much. Basset Hound have a unique out standing look they have a very short legs and long ears.

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The Chihuahua

The tiny Chihuahua is one of the smallest of all breeds but you should never underestimate these dynamos! They are extremely intelligent and quite bold. They may be small but they are always alert and in many ways they are similar to terriers. They can be quite fearless and don’t seem to know or care that they are small. They make excellent apartment dogs and wonderful pets, though they are not recommended for small children.

Because of their small size, Chihuahuas have been a favorite breed for crossing with other breeds to create hybrid dogs.


The Chihuahua should not weigh more than about six pounds as an adult, though some pet Chihuahuas will weigh more because they are overweight and don’t get any exercise. Dogs for the show ring will conform to this size but dogs from pet breeders may be larger. So-called “teacup” Chihuahuas may be as small as about two pounds but these dogs are usually inclined to serious health problems and will have a shortened lifespan.

Chihuahuas can be either smooth-coated with short hair or long-haired. They can be any color and they can be solid in color or they can have markings.

What Would a Chihuahua and Dachshund Mix Look Like?

Chihuahua and Dachshund mix is usually called a Chiweenie (because a Dachshund is sometimes referred to as a Weiner Dog due to its resemblance to a long sausage). A hybrid dog such as this will have a mix of traits from its parents, so it’s not possible to say with certainty how the resulting puppies will look. However, many Chiweenies seem to have the Chihuahua’s big ears that stand up and the Dachshund’s long, low body. They may also have the Dachshund’s front legs that turn out. Some of the dogs have a face with a Dachshund expression and some of them have a Chihuahua expression. The color and coat type will depend on what kind of coat the parents have.

Chihuahua Puppies Care

As a toy breed, Chihuahua puppies are very small at birth and they can need special care for the first few weeks. Like most small breeds, it’s best to wait until your Chihuahua puppy is about 12 weeks old before you take him home. Small breeds are usually slow to develop and they need time to put on some weight before they leave their mother. If you take your puppy home too early it can cause a setback and your Chihuahua puppy could become sick. By 12 weeks your puppy should be old enough to make the adjustment to leaving his mother and living in a new home.

Once you have brought your Chihuahua puppy home you should feed him three or four small meals per day. Chihuahuas can be prone to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar so feeding several small meals per day will help them manage their food and blood sugar better.

Some small breeds can be hard to house train, whether you are training them to potty indoors or taking them outside to potty. Try using puppy training pads to help with house training or a port-a-potty system in the house. Remember to praise your puppy and give him a reward for relieving himself where you want him to go. Praise and treats work better than punishment. Harsh methods will backfire.

Your puppy should have started getting some of his vaccinations when he was about six weeks old. You should take your puppy to the vet and continue with his shots for parvo, distemper and other disease until he’s about 16 weeks old. Remember that your Chihuahua puppy also needs a vaccination for rabies. This is required by law in most places. Your dog will need booster shots when he’s a year old. After that, talk to your vet about how often to re-vaccinate your dog.

Chihuahua Behavior

Chihuahuas are bold, alert little dogs who will be devoted to their owners. They are loaded with self-confidence and they are not afraid of much. Many of them will get in the face of much bigger dogs, so you should be quick to pick up your Chihuahua and stop him before he causes trouble or gets hurt.

Your Chihuahua will become spoiled and try to take over the house if you do not set rules for him. It can be tempting to let such a small dog do whatever he wants to do, but he is still a dog. If you let him misbehave, he will develop the same kind of behavior problems that other dogs develop such as chewing on things, barking, and snapping at people. You should always make it clear to your Chihuahua that you are in charge. If your dog understands that you are the boss, he will be much happier and you won’t have to deal with behavior problems.


The Chihuahua makes a wonderful pet. They are loving and devoted to their owners. Be sure to remember that they are little dogs, and not people, and stay in charge in your home. If you do this then your dog will be happy and you won’t have to deal with behavior problems.

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The Basset Hound

Built long and low to the ground, the sweet, gentle Basset Hound is a very old breed. They are great hunters, able to follow a scent for miles and they are often used for tracking. Because of their gentle disposition, the Basset Hound gets along with other dogs very well and they can hunt in packs or alone.

Basset Hound Information and Facts

The Basset Hound is not a tall breed. They typically only stand about 14 inches tall at the shoulder. However, they are rather heavy-set, with heavy bone, and very sturdy. Males can weigh between 55 and 75 pounds. Females can weigh between 45 and 65 pounds.

The Basset is part of the Hound group and he is a scent hound. He has a coat that is similar in texture and coloring to many other members of this group. His coat is short, dense, and smooth. It is dense enough to protect him if he’s out hunting in bad weather. His skin is loose and will let him slide through brambles and underbrush. The Basset Hound can be of any known hound color. Dogs that are tan and white and tri-color are commonly seen. The Basset is also known for his long ears which are said to stir brush and things on the ground and waft scent up toward his nose.

He is a deliberate worker but never clumsy.

If you intend to get a Basset Hound you should know that whenever this dog finds an interesting scent he will want to follow it. The Basset Hound’s nose is said to be second only to the Bloodhound in trailing ability and accuracy.


The Basset Hound originated in France but the breed has been used all over Europe for centuries, particularly to hunt rabbits and hare, but also to hunt deer. The breed is first mentioned in 1585. It’s believed that the Basset is descended from the St. Hubert hounds that were kept by the Benedictine monks of St. Hubert in France. The Marquis de Lafayette is believed to have given Basset Hounds to George Washington as a gift to use with his hunting dogs.

The dogs began to be exported to Britain in 1866 and they were first shown at dog shows in England in 1875. Later, dogs from Britain were exported to the U.S. The Basset was first exhibited at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1884. Since that time the Basset Hound has become a multi-use dog. Today people and their Basset Hounds take part in obedience events, tracking, pack hunting, field trialing, as well as dog shows. Basset Hounds are used most often today for hunting rabbits at which they excel.

Caring for Basset Hounds

Basset Hounds do tend to drool a lot so if you get a Basset you should expect this trait. It is normal for the breed because of their deep flews (lips). Because of their short legs, long backs, and heavy weight, Bassets do not usually make good swimmers so you should always closely supervise your Basset Hound if he goes near the water.

Bassets are also known for shedding a great deal. Although they have a short coat, they can shed a lot of hair so you need to brush your dog regularly to keep the hair from piling up in the house.

Bassets are usually good with children and they have a good temperament. They get along well with other dogs and pets, although you should not leave them unattended around pet rabbits or other animals that they might consider prey. They have a very strong hunting instinct and they should be on a leash when you take them for walks. Otherwise they may take off running after a rabbit if it should cross your path. Although they may seem like lazy dogs, they still require regular daily exercise.

Like many hound breeds, the Basset Hound is very vocal. They do not make very good apartment dogs for this reason. They will bark and even howl if they think something is wrong of if they want something.

Because of their long ears, Bassets are also prone to ear infections. Make sure that you clean your dog’s ears each week to avoid ear infections. You should also clean the areas around your Basset’s eyes and the folds of skin on the face regularly. These are also places where bacteria can grow if the skin is not kept clean.

Basset Hounds can be prone to obesity so you need to be careful not to overfeed your Basset and make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

The Basset Hound typically lives between 11 and 12 years, though they have been reported to live up to 16 years.


The Basset Hound makes a wonderful family pet. They are sweet, gentle dogs who get along well with children and other dogs. They need regular daily exercise. Be sure you clean your dog’s ears each week to avoid infections. Wipe around your dog’s eyes and the skin folds around his mouth. Be careful not to overfeed your Basset Hound as they are prone to obesity.

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The Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu  is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States and in many other countries. They have a regal appearance but are actually quite playful and sweet. The Shih Tzu is a very old breed and was kept by Chinese emperors over a thousand years ago.


The Shih Tzu is thought to have been created by breeding the Pekingese to the Lhasa Apso or the Tibetan mountain dog more than a thousand years ago. It is a very old breed. The breed was very popular during the Ming Dynasty in China and royals in China continued to breed these beautiful dogs up until the end of the Imperial era. The Dowager Empress kept a kennel that included Shih Tzu but, after her death in 1908, the dogs in the kennel were spread around and breeding of the dogs mostly stopped. The breed almost became extinct following the Communist Revolution in China. During World War II British soldiers discovered the dogs in the Imperial Palace and brought some of them back to England.


The Shih Tzu is a playful, sweet dog. However, he is quite brave and he can look after himself. With his gorgeous long, flowing coat and his high head carriage, the Shih Tzu often looks quite arrogant, but these are lovable dogs. They are trusting and friendly. In the home they are alert and lively. They make wonderful apartment dogs and they usually get along well with other dogs and pets.

Shih Tzu Care

Shih Tzus are small dogs. They usually stand 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 9 to 16 pounds. Because of their small size they do have some special needs. Like many small dogs, you should feed your Shih Tzu several small meals per day instead of one large meal. They will feel the effects or cold or heat sooner than a large dog would, so you should always be careful of temperatures with your Shih Tzu. Small dogs such as the Shih Tzu will also get tired easily. They don’t require much exercise.

This breed has a beautiful coat that is much-admired but it does require brushing every day. Use a good shampoo and conditioner to bathe your dog at least once a month. Clean the dog’s ears once a week to avoid ear infections. Shih Tzus can have tear staining below the eyes so you should gently wipe the area under the eyes regularly to prevent any staining. Be sure to trim your dog’s nails each week, too.

How to Care for Shih Tzu Puppies

As with other small breeds, it’s best to wait to take your Shih Tzu puppy home with you until he’s about 12 weeks old. If you take the puppy home when he’s too young he can suffer from serious health problems. Most small breed puppies are a little slower to grow and develop than large breed puppies due to their small size.

Shih Tzu puppies and other small breed puppies can be hard to house train. You can use puppy training pads to teach your puppy where he should potty, whether you train him to potty in the house or take him outside. Remember to praise your puppy and give him a reward when he relieves himself where you want him to go. Be patient when you are house training your puppy. Harsh methods will backfire.

Your Shih Tzu puppy should start getting his vaccinations when he is about six weeks old so he should already have some of them before he comes to live with you. You should continue his vaccinations when you bring him to live with you. It is usually recommended to keep giving puppies vaccinations for diseases such as parvo and distemper until they are about 16 weeks old. Be sure to vaccinate your puppy for rabies, too. This is required by law in all 50 states in the U.S. and many other countries. Your puppy will need booster shots when he is a year old. After that, you can usually get shots every two or three years, except for rabies. Ask your vet how often rabies shots are required in your area. Some places require annual rabies shots while other places allow you to get a rabies vaccination every three years.

It’s important to socialize your Shih Tzu puppy when he’s young. Take him places with you so he can meet friendly people who will pet him. Consider signing up for a puppy preschool or puppy kindergarten class so he can socialize with other puppies and learn some basic good manners. Dogs that are properly socialized when they are young will have fewer behavior problems later in life. They are less likely to be fearful or have problems with separation anxiety, for example.


The Shih Tzu is a very popular breed with a lively, playful personality. Their beautiful long, flowing coat needs regular brushing and bathing. These are friendly dogs who usually get along well with everyone. Vaccinate your Shih Tzu puppy for common diseases and socialize him to build his confidence when he’s young.

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Smallest Dog Breed

There are several contenders for smallest dog breed. Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world but the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are also quite small and there can be individual dogs which are smaller than some Chihuahuas. Other breeds, such as the Maltese, the Japanese Chin, and the Papillon, all weigh less than 10 pounds and can also rival the Chihuahua as the smallest breed at times.

What Is the Smallest Breed of Dog in the World?

Here are some of the breeds which might be considered the smallest breed of dog in the world.


The Chihuahua is a very old Mexican breed. Dogs of this type have probably existed in Mexico for hundreds of years and a larger version may have been used in religious ceremonies by some of the earlier Mexican peoples. The Chihuahua is a bold, feisty breed. They can be quite independent, though they are devoted to their owners. They are not recommended for families with small children but they should do all right with older children. The Chihuahua is not supposed to weigh more than 6 pounds according to the club’s breed standard, though some pets do weigh more.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from England. They were originally a terrier breed and were bred to hunt rats and other vermin in the textile mills of northern England. They are a beautiful little breed with a long flowing coat of tan and blue. The Yorkie is outgoing, determined, and brave. They are not afraid of anything. They are also very curious and quite active. The Yorkie only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.


The Pomeranian was once a much larger dog, weighing up to 30 pounds, and was used to pull sleds in the cold north of Europe. Over the last 200 years the breed has been slowly reduced in size until today these charming little dogs weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. They retain their spitz-dog appearance and even look like little foxes. They are intelligent, outgoing, and love to please their owners. With their thick, dense coats they do need quite a bit of grooming.


The beautiful Maltese has a long flowing white coat. These dogs are good for allergy-sufferers. The Maltese has been known for around 2800 years. This charming, intelligent, brave, playful little dog only weighs 4 to 6 pounds. They do require daily brushing to keep their coats from matting.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is actually a Chinese breed. They were bred only to be lapdogs for ladies in the Imperial Palace. These little dogs are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted. It’s easy to teach them tricks and they enjoy showing off in front of friends, though they can be reserved with strangers. They are playful and agile. The Japanese Chin usually weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, though some dogs can weigh just 4 pounds. They stand 8 to 11 inches tall. They have a lovely longish coat that is usually white with black or red markings.


The Papillon was originally known as a Dwarf Spaniel in the 16th and 17th century, though any relation to spaniels seems unlikely. These little dogs are friendly, elegant, and quite dainty. They are happy and lively little dogs. They have a medium-long coat but they do not have an undercoat and they don’t need a lot of grooming. The Papillon (the name means “butterfly” for the breed’s butterfly-like ears) stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 5 to 10 pounds.


Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world but there are several other small breeds which are similar in size to the Chihuahua.

Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

If you love dogs but you have allergies, you are in luck! There are several wonderful breeds of small dogs that don’t shed, or which shed very little. These dogs are considered hypoallergenic or a good choice for people who have allergies.

Best Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

Here’s a look at the best small dogs that don’t shed.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is considered one of the best small dogs that doesn’t shed. They have a textured outer coat and a silky undercoat. They do need to be groomed regularly and most owners have their dogs professionally clipped every 6 to 8 weeks with an all-over pet trim. These little dogs are happy, friendly and cheerful. They are very intelligent. They make a good family dog.

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is considered a good dog for people with allergies. They shed very little. The breed has two coat types. The dogs can be hairless with soft, silky hair on their heads, a plume on their tail, and socks. The skin on their body is smooth and soft. The Powderpuff variety has fluffy hair all over and the hair is soft and straight. This is a playful, gentle breed and they are good with older children.


The Maltese has a long, flowing white coat. It has one single layer that doesn’t shed much. They do need to be brushed daily so they won’t mat but they are considered a very good breed for people with allergies. These dogs are very clean in their habits. The Maltese is gentle, intelligent, brave, and playful.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is an excellent dog for anyone with allergies. They have one single-coated layer of hair which doesn’t shed. Instead, it curls and owners need to have the coat professionally trimmed about every 6 to 8 weeks. Most pet owners choose an all-over pet cut. These dogs are extremely smart and they love to be the center of attention. They make wonderful pets.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a wirehaired breed that doesn’t shed. The dogs have to be professionally groomed about every 6 to 8 weeks. They have a thick beard on their face and eyebrows. They are a popular dog with people who live in apartments and in the city but these dogs also enjoy living in the country. These are good dogs for people with allergies. They are terriers but they are quite small, standing 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. They are good watchdogs. What Are the Breeds of Small Dogs That Don’t Shed Much The breeds discussed here — the Bichon Frise, the Chinese Crested, the Maltese, the Toy Poodle, and the Miniature Schnauzer — are all breeds recommended by the American Kennel Club for people who have allergies. However, if you have allergies you should meet a dog in person to make sure that you can be around the dog without having allergy symptoms. Each dog can be different so make sure the dog you are considering will suit you.


The dogs discussed here are all considered to be good for people with allergies. There are also some larger breeds that are good for people with allergies such as the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, the Portuguese Water Dog, the larger Poodle varieties, and others. There are good dogs for people who have allergies so if you have allergies, you can find a dog you can live with.

Best Small Dog Breeds

There are 21 breeds in the AKC’s Toy group and similar numbers in the Toy groups of other countries. All of these breeds are small companion dogs. There are also small breeds in the Non-Sporting group of the AKC and the Utility group of other countries. When it comes to deciding which dogs make the best small dog breeds there are many breeds from which to choose. The selection really depends on what traits you are looking for in a small breed. You will find information below about some of the most popular small dog breeds around the world.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie,” was originally bred to hunt vermin and rats in the textile mills of northern England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. However, he was such a beautiful dog that he was quickly taken up as a pet instead of a ratter. However, the Yorkie retains a terrier temperament. Yorkshire Terriers are bold and brave and they will stand up to large dogs. A Yorkie will take over your house if you don’t keep reminding him that you are the boss. Yorkies only weigh 4 to 7 pounds. They have a beautiful long, flowing coat though some owners prefer to keep them in a short cut.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three Poodle varieties. The Poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever (pudel means “to splash” in German) but the breed was quickly appropriated by the French. Toy Poodles were used for truffle hunting because of their good noses and small size. They were also used as circus dogs because they were so smart and easy to train. The Toy Poodle is about 10 inches tall at the shoulder or less. Toy Poodles come in lots of different colors. You can keep your Toy Poodle in one of several different clips. However, most pet owners prefer to use a pet clip with short curly hair all over. Poodles do not shed and are known as “hypoallergenic” dogs, although no dog is completely hypoallergenic. They can make a good choice for someone who is usually allergic to dogs.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu has been around for hundreds of years and dates back to the time of the Chinese emperors. They were probably originally a cross between the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso. They have been beloved as lap dogs and companions throughout the centuries. This breed was only brought to the West when they were discovered in the Imperial Palace by English soldiers in WWII. Shih Tzu are now very popular in the West. They stand about 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh up to 16 pounds. The Shih Tzu has a beautiful long, flowing coat. These are sweet, playful dogs. They make a lively, friendly, and alert companion.


The Chihuahua originated in Mexico. They are considered to be a very old breed and similar dogs are thought to have been used in native religious ceremonies centuries ago. Chihuahuas are very bright and alert dogs. They are bold and feisty. Chihuahuas are not recommended for small children but they should do well with older kids. These dogs can be quite devoted to their owner. However, they will try to rule the house if you don’t remind them that you are the boss. Chihuahuas can be either longcoated or shortcoated. They can weigh up to 6 pounds.


The Pomeranian is a Toy dog but they originated as part of the Spitz family of dogs. At one time this breed weighed around 30 pounds and they were used as sled dogs. In the last 200 years they have been bred down in size to weigh between 3 and 7 pounds today. They are confident, cheerful, friendly little dogs who make active, alert companions. Pomeranians are intelligent and love to please their owners. They do have a dense coat and take quite a bit of regular grooming.


The best small dog breeds will usually depend on what you are looking for in a dog. The breeds discussed here are some of the most popular small dog breeds in the world and many people love them. When looking for a dog you may want to start by considering these breeds. However, there are many other small dogs, so if these dogs don’t tempt you, you can find other breeds that may be more to your liking.

Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

If you are allergic to dogs then you may have had a hard time finding a dog that you could have as a pet, even if you love dogs very much. Fortunately, there are some breeds that are considered “hypoallergenic.” No breed is completely hypoallergenic but some breeds are considered to be a good choice for people with allergies. They can have a single-layer coat, for example, and not shed. Or they can be very curly. There are several small dog breeds which are considered hypoallergenic. Here are some small hypoallergenic dogs you may wish to consider.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, white dog with a double coat that curls. The outer coat is textured and the undercoat is silky. These dogs do not shed. They need to be groomed regularly. Most owners have their dogs professionally clipped about every 6 to 8 weeks with an all-over pet trim. The Bichon is a friendly, happy, cheerful little dog and they are very intelligent. They are a gentle, playful breed.

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested comes in two coat varieties. They can be hairless, with soft, silky hair on top of their head, a plume for a tail, and socks. Their hairless skin is smooth and soft. The Powderpuff variety is fluffy all over and the coat is a double coat with straight, soft hair. The Crested doesn’t shed very much and they are often recommended for people with allergy problems. The hairless variety can have problems with sunburn and skin irritations. The Chinese Crested is a playful, alert, gentle breed.


The Maltese has a long, beautiful, flowing white coat that is one single-coated layer. Their hair is silky and it needs to be brushed daily. The Maltese is a good choice for allergy-sufferers despite having a long coat that needs frequent grooming. They are a very clean breed. The Maltese is gentle, playful, brave, intelligent and full of energy.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the smallest member of the Poodle family. They have a single-layer coat that curls and which does not shed. Poodles of all varieties can be kept in a variety of different cuts but most pet owners prefer to keep them in an all-over pet trim. You can learn to clipper your dog yourself but most pet owners have their Toy Poodles professionally trimmed about every 6 to 8 weeks. The Toy Poodle is exceptionally smart and they learn very quickly. The Poodle is ranked as one of the smartest of all dog breeds. They love to be the center of attention and they make wonderful pets.

Mini Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a member of the Terrier group but he is quite small, standing only 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. This breed is very popular with people who live in apartments and cities, but they are equally happy in the country. They are a good choice for people with allergies. The Miniature Schnauzer has a wire coat that is wiry on the outside with a soft undercoat. They are salt and pepper, black, and black and silver. They have a very distinguished full beard and upright ears. They do not shed but their wire coat needs to be professionally trimmed every couple of months. They have a terrier personality and they can be protective. They make a good watchdog for the house. This is a very popular breed.


If you have allergies, you can still have a dog. There are some wonderful small hypoallergenic dogs who make excellent pets. Check out the breeds discussed here and see if one of them might appeal to you. Be sure to meet the dog in person to see if it activates your allergy.

Types Of Small House Dogs

Small dogs are often bred-down, smaller versions of the larger dogs with which we are all familiar. Some of these small dogs once had jobs but they have become lap dogs or small house dogs now. Here’s a look at some of the different types of small house dogs you may encounter.


There are a number of small house dogs that have terrier-like traits or which are related to the terrier breeds. “Pinscher” means terrier in German and the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher were created from larger terrier breeds. The Brussels Griffon was also created from terrier breeds. The Manchester Terrier, the Silky Terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier, and the Yorkshire Terrier all have the terrier spirit and were bred from terriers. So, if you like terriers you will have no trouble finding a small house dog with terrier traits. Many of these dogs are brave and have lots of personality.

Sporting Dogs

There is a hint of the sporting dog in some small dogs, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Dogs that resembled the Cavalier can be seen in paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries in England. Like sporting dogs, the Cavalier is a gentle dog who loves to be with his owner. They make excellent family dogs. There are several Toy dogs and Non-Sporting dogs with the name “Spaniel” such as the English Toy Spaniel but these dogs are not actually spaniels. It’s possible that there was some spaniel mixed in with these breeds at some point long ago, but they are Toy dogs and should not be considered spaniel in type or personality.

Spitz Dogs

The Pomeranian and the American Eskimo Dog in the Non-Sporting group are reminiscent of the northern dogs that once pulled sleds. They look like Spitz-type dogs. The Pomeranian was at one time much larger and used to be a sled dog in northern areas. The American Eskimo Dog is the descendant of several different white breeds such as the white German Spitz, the white Keeshond, and white Pomeranian dogs, among others. They were exceptionally smart dogs and were used as circus dogs because they were so easy to train.


You can even find a member of the Hound group among the small house dogs. The Italian Greyhound, which stands only 15 inches tall at the shoulder, is a smaller version of the Greyhound and the Whippet. These gentle, playful dogs are quite laid back and relaxed and make wonderful companions for the home.


You can find a number of small house dogs who were once kept as watchdogs. For example, the Lhasa Apso, the Tibetan Spaniel (who is not really a spaniel), and the Tibetan Terrier (who is not really a terrier) were all kept in Tibet as watchdogs for Buddhist monks and for the nobility. The Tibetan Terrier was even used as a small herding dog at times. These little dogs will still watch over you in your home.


Finally, there are many small dogs which have always been companions and lapdogs. The Pekingese, the Chinese Crested, the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, the Papillon, and the Pug have always been valued as pets. They still fulfill that important role today as small house dogs.


Small house dogs have interesting and varied backgrounds. Many of these breeds were originally kept for other purposes. They come from terrier, sporting, spitz, and the hound group, for example. Some small dogs, however, have always been kept as companions. Whichever small dog you choose, they are all loving and make good pets.