Small breeds of dogs include Chihuahuas, dachshunds and pugs. Small dog breeds encompass a wide range of personality types, activity levels, grooming needs and physical characteristics, says the American Kennel Club. Potential dog owners should research each breed to ensure a successful lifelong bond between pet and owner.
Animal Planet offers a helpful video collection titled "Top 10 Best Lap Dogs" at AnimalPlanet.com. Each video in the collection showcases a different breed and details its grooming requirements, activity level, shedding potential, personality traits, average lifespan and health needs. The videos spotlight some of the most popular breeds including the dachshund, Yorkshire terrier, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, bichon frisé, pug, Maltese, Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Pomeranian and schnauzer. The videos allow viewers to get familiar with each breed. It includes footage that captures the unique personality of each breed of dog, accompanied by helpful narration about the pros and cons of the breed.
Ranging from hardy terriers to gentle lap warmers, small dogs are among the most popular purebred dogs. However, animal shelters and rescue organizations often have small mixed breed dogs awaiting homes. Potential pet owners should visit local animal shelters for information on adoptable small dogs that are available in the area.