Best Apartment Dog breeds

11 Best Apartment Dog Breeds For People with Small Places and Big Hearts

No Lawn?  Small space?  No problem.  If you live in an apartment and are looking to adopt a dog, the Best breeds and characteristics of dogs can work well in cozy settings.

  What are the best apartment dog breeds?  Each pet is an individual, and dogs, both large and small, can do quite well in apartments or a small home.  The ones who tend to thrive, however, are usually the ones who lean towards the calm and quiet side.

1#Bichon Frise

Other Names: Bichon Tenerife, Tenerife Dog, Bichon a Poil Frise
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy (KC GB)

General Profile
The Bichon Frise is a small, well balanced, solid dog, that are well known for their cute “powder-puff” look. They have a white-colored double coat which is loosely curled. The textured outer coat is lined with a soft, fine, silky undercoat. Bichons have dark eyes, nose, and lips which beautifully contrast with their white coats. Their tails carry over their back.
Bichons can be shown clipped like a poodle or long-haired with clippings only at the feet and muzzle.

Weight: 7-12 pounds

Average life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Bichons are lively happy little dogs that have a cute and cuddly appeal to them. They are friendly, bold intelligent dogs with an independent spirit. They adore people and love to be involved in family life. They are well suited for children and other dogs and animals making them ideal family pets.

Bichons are intelligent so are relatively easy to train. As with most toy breeds, however, they can be difficult to house train.

The Bichon sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy suffers. Their coats are also virtually odor-free. These two above points do not mean bichon is easy to maintain. They require daily careful brushing of their coats to prevent matting and subsequent skin problems. Professional grooming is also recommended every 4 weeks to keep their coats trimmed. The eye area needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent tear staining.

Bichon’s, although having low exercise requirements, do love their walks. They should have a daily short walk to keep them fit and healthy.

2#French Bulldog

Other Names: Frenchies
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General Profile

The French Bulldog has a slightly smaller, less boxy head and fewer wrinkles than their cousin the British Bulldog, and are easily recognized by their trademark “bat” ears. They have a short, fine, and smooth coat. Colors include brindle (which can have white but is mostly brindle), pied (mostly white), and fawn

Weight: 22 – 28 lbs

Life Expectancy: 11 – 13 yrs

French Bulldogs are happy, friendly, loyal, affectionate, comical little dogs who love human attention. They can become destructive if left alone for long periods of time. They love to be adored, get along with children and other animals making them ideal family pets. Though small in size, they are far from being fragile compared to other small breeds. French bulldogs make good watch dogs. All bulldogs have short airways so be prepared for some loud snoring.

French Bulldogs are intelligent and can be trained fairly easily. However they can become extremely stubborn, so it is best to start training in early puppy hood. Training should be positive and consistent.

Grooming is minimal, a brush once a week with be adequate to keep the coat healthy and free from dead hairs. Nose wrinkles must be checked and cleaned at least 4 times a week to prevent infection. Ears must be cleaned, and nails be trimmed on a regular basis.

They do not require long walks, a few shorter ones every day will be enough. Care needs to be taken when walking in hot weather as Frenchies are heat sensitive. See below for details.

French Bulldogs love to eat, so their diet should be monitored to keep them from becoming overweight.

3#Bassett Hound

Other Names: Bassett
Dog Group Kennel Club: Hound (KC GB)

General Profile

A Basset Hound has a long, low-slung, heavy-boned body. They were originally used as scent hounds, for hunting small game such as rabbits. Bassett’s have long ears, which were developed to stir up the ground scent. Basset hounds also have the great lung capacity and a large, strong heart so that they can hunt game for long periods of time.

The basset has a thick, short, dense coat that repels water effectively. Coat Colours include:  black, tan and white, or any combination of these colors

Weight: Males 70 lbs, Females 45-50 lbs

Average lifespan: 11-13 years
Bassett Hounds are independent with a sense of humor,  intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and entertaining. They have a very gentle and lovable temperament and are therefore great with children of all ages. They make excellent family pets and will get along well with other animals. The males are also not male aggressive as they were bred to hunt in packs.

Bassett hounds are obedient but they can be quite stubborn at times. Training must start from early puppy-hood and should be consistent, owners need to be patient.

One of the most common reasons Bassets are given up for adoption is that they drool too much, and make a mess when drinking. If you don’t want a dog that drools this is not the breed for you.

Grooming requirements are minimal – a good weekly brushing  will keep the coat shiny and free of dead hair. The Basset Hound’s eyes and ears need must be cleaned and checked regularly to prevent  infection. Bassets nails must be clipped very regularly. If they grow too long their paws will spread out causing spine and joint problems.

Moderately active, Basset Hounds require a good walk every day to keep them fit and happy. They do have a tendency to continue wandering instead of coming home. Therefore when not leashed, a basset might decide to follow his nose and get himself lost. To be safe, always keep them on a leash and make sure you have a well fenced yard/garden. Care must be taken to not over-exercise when pups are young because of their heavy bones.

Back injuries are common in Bassett’s because of their long back and heavy bones. For preventative measures they should never be allowed to jump off furniture, grooming tables, the back of the car etc. 

Overfeeding must be avoided in the Bassett otherwise excess weight can be the leading cause of most of the Basset’s health problems.


Other Names: Mop, Chinese Pug
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy  KC (GB)

General Profile

The pug is a compact, muscular, and sturdy little dog with a distinctively flat wrinkled face. The coat is fine, smooth, soft, short, and glossy. Colors include silver, apricot, or fawn with a dark mask over their face.

Weight: 13 – 20 lbs

Average Lifespan: 12-15 yrs

Not as fragile as other toy breeds, the pug combines cocky confidence with a friendly, sensitive nature. They are clowns at heart with a great sense of humor, but also hold themselves with dignity. They crave human attention and just love to be loved. They are playful with children and will get along well with other family pets and dogs, making ideal family companions.

Pugs have a sensitive nature so training should be positive and gentle but it must be consistent.

Although minimal exercise is needed pugs do need more exercise than most other toy breeds.

The Pug sheds a lot, weekly brushing is required. The facial wrinkles should be cleaned daily with a cotton swab to prevent fungus infections. Ear cleaning and nail clipping are also required.

5#Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Other Names: Cavalier, Cavie, Cav
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy (KC GB)

General Profile

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are frequently confused with King Charles Spaniels. They are both separate breeds, with each of them recognized with their own breed standard. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are usually slightly larger in size weighing between 12-18 lbs.

They have a flat head and a complete scissor bite. King Charles Spaniels are usually smaller in size weighing between 8-14 lbs. They have a domed head, a slight jaw undershot, and sometimes have their middle footpad and nails fused together.

Weight: 12-18 lbs
Average Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Cavaliers have large brown eyes, long ears, and a silky long feathering coat. Coat colors include black and tan, ruby, red and white (Blenheim), and tricolor (black and white with rich tan markings).

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are loving, good-natured, intelligent, friendly, and happy little dogs. They love human attention and are well suited to children making them excellent family pets. They also get along well with other dogs and non-canine animals. Their need for human attention means they do not get like being left alone for long periods of time.

They are intelligent dogs making them easy to train, they also house break quite easily.

Cavaliers need daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy and happy.

To keep their silky long coat tangle-free they do require daily brushing. The fur around their paw pads should be trimmed regularly along with their nails. Their ears also need regular attention to keep them clean.

6#Bull Dog

Other Names: Bulldog, English Bulldog
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General Profile

British Bulldogs have a short, sturdy body with a wide chest. The most distinguishing feature of the Bulldog is their large heads and flat faces. They have loose skin, especially at the head, neck, and shoulders (face wrinkles must be cleaned on a daily basis). Bulldogs have a short, fine, and straight coat. Coat colors include brindle, white, red, and fawn.

Weight: Bulldogs are classed as a medium breed: Males 50-65 lbs, Bitches 40-45 lbs

Average Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Some people are intimidated by the physical appearance of the Bulldog. They should not be as bulldogs are affectionate, gentle, good-natured, friendly, and loyal dogs. They adore children making them excellent family pets. They will get along well with dogs and non-canine animals. They do not like to be left alone for too long as they crave human attention.

It is thought that bulldogs are not very intelligent, this not true. They are intelligent, it is just they would prefer to be cuddled rather than learn a new trick or two. Bulldogs can be lazy and quite stubborn, it is at these times their intelligence shines through. They always know how to get their own way or get you to help them do something e.g. helping them onto the sofa. All they do is give you that sad look to make you feel guilty, and bingo, they have got what they wanted.

Bulldogs are known for their human-like quality. Their wrinkly faces give away so much expression. Bulldog owners will tell you that they nearly always know what their bulldog is thinking!

Bulldogs learn quite quickly but they are stubborn. Training should be carried out from early puppy-hood and should be gentle and consistent. Bulldogs should also be socialized well from puppy-hood.

Bulldogs can be lazy but they do require regular daily exercise to keep them fit and healthy. Bulldog can not cope with hot weather so they should not be walked during the hottest parts of the day. Wait until the day is cooler, keep in the shade and always carry water on sunny days (see below for more details).

Grooming requirements are minimal, weekly brushing will keep the coat healthy. The face wrinkles require daily attention to prevent infection, especially the nose wrinkle which can be quite deep. The underneath of the tail daily also requires daily cleaning. Nails should be clipped regularly.

If you are thinking of owning a bulldog you should have strong knowledge of the breed and its healthcare requirements.

Note: Because of their short airway bulldogs snore, and snore loudly

7#Havanese dogs

Other Names: flare Havanese
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General Profile

They are quite small, although they do not appear fragile or delicate.  Their eyes are set high on the head and are dark brown and almond-shaped.  Their ears are of medium length and when extended they reach the middle of the nose.  They stand tall and fold flat and are wide at the base.

  The edges around the eyes and lips should be black, except in a true chocolate dog.  If never groomed, trimmed or altered in any way, the Havanese makes a tough impression on a puppy.  The legs are strong and allow free and easy movement.  The dark eyes and long tail are covered with long, silky hair.  The abundant coat varies from wavy to curly.

The Havanese is a double-haired breed with soft hair, both on the outer and inner coat.  The adult coat reaches 6 to 8 inches and has a pearly sheen.  Some Havanese carry a recessive gene for short hair.  If two adults with this recessive gene have a litter of puppies, it is possible that some of the puppies will be born with smooth fur.

  A Havanese in a short coat cannot be shown and is a serious fault in the show arena.  Some have dubbed the Havanese born in short Shavanese coats.  The rims of the eyes, nose and lips are solid black in all colors except the true chocolate dog.

  The Havanese comes in any color, including cream, gold, white, silver, blue, and black.  Also parti and tricolor.  In North America, all colors are recognized, no preference is given to one color over another.  Black and chocolate are the colors of choice for many North American breeders.  A chocolate Havanese must retain at least one chocolate hair patch of at least 1 inch (2.6 cm).

  Height: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm.) Weight: 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg.)

8#Shih Tzu

Other names: Lion Dog 

Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility KC (GB)

General profile 

The Shih Tzu is a small, compact and robust dog with a luxurious coat, an upright head, a cheerful gait, and a curved, feathered tail that flows over the back.  They have an abundant double coat of long hair lined with a shaggy undercoat.  Colors include white and silver, black and white, white, and brown.

  Weight: 9 – 16 pounds
  Average lifespan: 13-14 years

Although the Shih Tzu has the appearance of being proud and arrogant, they are very affectionate, playful, and intelligent dogs.  Shih Tzu is a good choice for a family with well-behaved children, as they love to play, as long as they are handled carefully.  They get along well with other animals as long as they have been socialized from a young age.  A very alert watchdog, the Shih Tzu likes to bark but is generally quite inside the house.

Shih Tzu craves human attention and doesn’t like to be left alone for more than a few hours.  They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing.  If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.

They have an independent mind and can be stubborn and manipulative, and they tend to resist being told what to do.  Therefore, basic obedience is highly recommended to help develop a happy and pleasant family member.  They can be difficult to break

These little dogs require good daily grooming with a bristle brush to maintain their elegant appearance.  A bow is usually tied with a bow so that the dog can see properly.  The top knot should never be pulled too hard, as it will cause the death of the hair follicle.  Some owners prefer to trim them so that the coat is easier and requires less time to care for.  The area around the eyes should be kept dry and clean to avoid staining problems.

They require exercise but are happy to stay home and play.  They are perfectly satisfied with a short walk.

9#Boston Terrier

Other Names: Boston Bull
Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility (KC GB)

General Profile

Boston Terriers are small, compact, and well-muscled dogs. Their faces have a short wide square muzzle, with large, round, prominent dark eyes and small erect ears. They coat is short and fine in texture. Colors include brindle & white or black & white.

Weight: Boston Terriers should not exceed 11.5 kg. They are divided into 3 weight categories. Lightweight: under 6.8kgs. Middleweight: over 6.8kgs and under 9.1kgs. Heavyweight: between 9.1-11.5kgs

Average life expectancy: 9 – 15 years

Boston terriers are gentle, alert, intelligent, enthusiastic, playful with a sense of humor. They are well suited with children and if socialized early will get along well with other dogs and non-canine pets. Boston Terriers a great family pets who loved to be involved with family life. They can be quite boisterous at times and love to play. They are not known to be a good watchdog.

Boston terriers are intelligent and eager to please so easy to train. They can, however, be quite willful at times, and are also sensitive to your tone of voice. Training should therefore be, gentle and consistent and start from an early age. They should also be socialized from an early age as the males can sometimes be quite territorial. These little dogs may be difficult to housebreak.

Grooming: weekly brushing to keep the coat free from dead hair should keep the coat healthy.

Exercise requirements are low for this breed. A short daily walk should be adequate to keep a Boston Terrier fit and healthy.


Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy KC (GB)

General profile 

The Maltese is a toy dog ​​related to the Bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds.  It is covered from head to toe in long, silky white fur.  They have highly feathered and hanging ears, a compact body, and large dark eyes.

Weight: 4-6 pounds

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years

They are polite and loving, intelligent, eager, and lively in action.  They crave human attention.  Despite their small size, they are fearless and make an excellent companion.  The Maltese would not be suitable for a family with young children, as they prefer calm and gentle attention.  They generally do not get along with other household pets.  Maltese do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

  Although they have a reputation for being glamorous show dogs, they are also robust and vigorously playful.

The long white coat requires constant attention and care.  Shampoo once a week and daily grooming is needed to maintain a healthy coat for this breed.  Regular ear cleaning and nail trimming are required.

The Maltese can have a strong will when it comes to training.  Therefore, it is better to start training early, owners need to be patient and consistent.
  Maltese is a good choice for people who live in small apartments due to its size.

The Maltese have minimal exercise.

11#Yorkshire Terrier

Other names: Yorkie
Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy KC (GB)

General Profile

Yorkshire Terriers are compact in size with a straight back, dark eyes and and a dark nose. They are most recognised for their glossy, fine and silky coat, which is parted on the back from nose to tail. The fur around their face is usually tied in a top knot to keep out of their eyes Coat colour: the body is a steel blue with rich tan markings on the head, chest and legs. Puppies are born black and tan, but their colour changes with age. They weigh between 3 and 7 lbs.

Weight: 4 – 7 lbs

Average Lifespan:13 – 15 yrs

Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent, playful, loyal and affectionate. Although they have the typical terrier independent trait they are people-oriented and do demand a lot of attention. They make wonderful devoted companions.

Yorkies are not suited for families with young children as they can easily become injured. If the most well-intentioned toddler could simply fall on this little dog and cause serious injuries. They may only be a little dog but they will alert you of strangers making them excellent watchdogs. Yorkies get along well with other dogs as long as they can become bosses.

Even with a Great Dane as a family member, the Yorkie will want to be in charge! These dogs are terriers so bear in mind they are not suited in homes with small pets such as hamsters, rabbits, etc.

They are easy to train as long as training is firm and consistent. It is recommended for this breed to be properly socialised from early puppy-hood so they do not become aggressive with strangers.

Yorkies are not just lap dogs they have bundles of energy and need to be walked daily.

If you don’t have the time to groom this dog daily or pay regular visits to professional dog  groomers this is not the breed for you. Keeping the trademark long silky coat is high maintenance. The coat needs to be brushed daily using a brush and comb to ensure all tangles are removed. Show dog owners visit dog groomers on a regular basis to keep the coat trimmed and shaped. Some pet owners prefer for their dogs coat to be kept short and visit the dog groomers on a regular basis to be clipped.

This is Best Apartment Dog Breeds Of @2020

Group of Dogs

List of Breeds by Group

Group of Dogs are divided into seven main groups- Gundogs, Hounds, Pastoral Dogs, Terriers, Toy Dogs, Utility Dogs, and Working Dogs. Each of these has specific traits and characteristics. Click on each of the groups below to know more about them…

Group of Dogs:Gundogs

Gundogs group is also known as the Sporting group. These dogs were bred to help in shooting and hunting. The breeds were charged with the task of locating games. The retrievers would do just what their name suggests. Since they worked closely and successfully with humans, they were obedient and friendly. They are active, intelligent, and reliable. They are active with family and are good with children. The sizes of dogs in these groups range from the Strapping Labrador Retriever to the small Cocker Spaniel. There is also little uniformity in coat type with the curly-coated Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, and Pointer.

Below is the complete list of Gundogs:

  • American Water Spaniel
  • Brittany
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel (American)
  • Cocker Spaniel (English)
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • English Setters
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Field Spaniel
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
  • Pointer
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Group of Dogs: Hounds

The Hounds are one of the oldest groups of dogs and are breed to help chase and catch quarry. They are active and intelligent and usually sociable and amiable. They are not with owners who are a little detached. This is a wonderfully diverse group; include not only the sleek sighthounds, such as Greyhounds and Borzois, and the more sturdily built scent hounds such as Basset Hounds and Beagles but again the tiny Dachshunds.

Below is the complete list of Hound Dogs:

  • Afghan Hound
  • American Foxhound
  • Basenji
  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Bloodhound
  • Borzoi
  • Dachshund
  • Foxhound
  • Greyhound
  • Harrier
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Wolfhounds
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Otterhound
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Plott Hound
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Whippet

Group of Dogs: Pastoral 

Pastoral Dogs are also known as Herding Group. This relatively new group includes some breeds that used to be in the working category. These dogs were bred to work closely with humans. Generally herding or protecting livestock and they are, therefore, usually energetic, hardworking dogs, which tend to form close bonds with their owners. A common characteristic is the dogs’ tendency to obey their owners’ commands but also to use their own judgment. They are biddable dogs that are affectionate and easily trained. They are in many sizes, colors, and coat types in this group. The best known of which are the Collies, Welsh Corgies, and German Shepherd Dogs.

Below is the complete list of Pastoral Dogs group:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Border Collie
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Briard
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Puli
  • Shetland Sheepdog

Group of Dogs: Terriers

They were first bred to catch and kill animals either as nascent pest-controllers or for sport. This means that they are often predatory and energetic and some like digging. They can make good watchdogs. Busy and exuberant, these dogs can be aggressive towards other pets both canine and non-canine and some of them can be quite stubborn. However, their outgoing and friendly nature makes them popular. This group shows the least variation among breeds. Terriers are either the short-legged or long-legged breeds. Bull Terriers are feisty dogs while Cesky Terriers and Scottish Terriers are more placid.

Below is the complete list of Terriers Dogs:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Staffordshire
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terriers
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier

Group of Dogs: Toy Dogs

These dogs were originally bred to be the companions and that continues to their role. Due to their working tendencies been largely bred out of them, they are generally placid and friendly. However, then selective breeding that made them small also made many of them susceptible to health problems. Dogs in this group are generally ideal for first-time owners. They are usually cooperative and even-tempered and tend to be eager to please. However, although they are often small in size, they have plenty of personalities and are full of spirit. This group contains a wide range of breeds, from the energetic, stubborn and noisy Yorkshire to the calm and collected Pekingese and the sleek Italian Greyhound.

Below is the complete list of Toy Dogs:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • Maltese
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Silky Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Utility Dog:

Utility Dogs groups also known as Non-sporting groups. This particularly diverse group includes dogs that were originally developed to carry out a particular task but that in more recent times have been bred solely for companionship. The breeds range from distinctive and eccentric dogs, such as the Chow-Chow and Schnauzer, to family favorites like the Dalmatian and Poodle. In fact, the dogs in these groups are those that cannot be included elsewhere and it is, therefore, best to judge each breed on its individual merits.

Below is the complete list of Utility Dogs:

  • American Eskimo
  • Boston Terriers
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Chow Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • Finnish Spitz
  • French Bulldog
  • German Pinscher
  • Keeshonden
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Poodle
  • Poodle (Standard)
  • Poodle (Toy)
  • Schipperke
  • Schnauzer
  • Schnauzer (Miniature)
  • Schnauzer (Standard)
  • Shiba
  • Shih-Tzu

Working Dogs

Dogs in this group are keen on activity and require stimulation. Over the years their courage and sturdy build have been used by humans in all manners including pulling carts and for rescue and protection. They are therefore usually intelligent, trainable, and robust. These tend to be fiercely loyal dogs, which do best when they are with owners who not only have previous experience of handling dogs but who are also mentally and physically strong and capable of standing up with their pets. The group ranges from the huge Mastiff and Bernese Mountain dog to the comparatively smaller Boxer, Doberman Pinschers, and Great Dane.

Below is the complete list of Working Dogs:

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • The Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed

Most Popular Dog Breeds in India

Top 10 Popular Dog Breeds in India

Dog lovers all over the world know that the dog is the best pet to be adopted.  Dogs are the most loyal, loving, and intelligent animals to be taken as a personal company.  They love their owners unconditionally.  No wonder they are “man’s best friends.”  Most of the dogs popular with the people of India are imported.  Some of the most popular dog breeds in India, which can be kept as a pet or watchdog/guardian, are:

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India First is Golden Retriever dog

Golden Retriever has a handsome, robust, and shapely dog ​​with a feathered, medium-length, cream to golden coat.  The outer layer is water repellent and the inner layer is dense. 

The head is broad, with a sharp, but broad and powerful muzzle.  It has a scissor bite and a clear front stop.  The nose is black and the kind eyes are brown with dark rims.  The ears are medium in size and hanging.  His neck and thighs are muscular and his chest is broad.  The tail is long, but never curly.


The Golden Retriever was first developed in the British Isles.  In fact, the breed was first shown as the Golden Flat-Coat.  Golden is one of the most important family companion dogs in the world. 

Many of the top obedience competition dogs in the country are Golden Retrievers.  The Golden is also a good bird dog both on land and in water.  It has an excellent sense of smell and has been used not only for hunting and tracking but also for detecting narcotics.  Due to its great desire to please and its ability to love and learn, the Golden Retriever is also used as a guide for the blind, therapy dog, and service dog for the disabled.


Height: 56-61 cm (20-24 inches) Weight: 27-36 kg (55-80 pounds) Health  Golden Retriever is prone to hip dysplasia and congenital eye defects.  Parents should also be screened for von Willebrand’s disease and heart problems.  Skin allergies are common in Golden Retrievers and require immediate veterinary attention.

Golden Retrieve a stiff bristle brush, paying particular attention to the dense undercoat.  Dry the shampoo regularly, but shower only when necessary.  This breed is an average sheep. 

Approximately 10 to 12 years old.  4-12 size Golden Retriever puppies

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Second German shepherd dog

 One of the most popular dog breeds.  The German Shepherd is known for its intelligence, beauty, loyalty, and nobility.

You just have to look at the German Shepherd with his ears pricked up and be vigilant to see how alert he is. The German Shepherd Dog is also known as the Alsatian.  He is handsome, well proportioned and very strong. 

The coat usually comes in black with tan, sable, or all black, but it can also come in blue, liver, and white, but those colors are considered a flaw by most standards.  The nose is black, most of the time it is black, but blue or liver still occur sometimes, but it is considered that a fault cannot be shown. 

It has a robust, muscular, and slightly elongated body with a light but solid bone structure.  Yourr head should be in proportion to your body and the forehead slightly convex.  It has a strong scissor bite, ears wide at the base, pointed, erect, and turned forward. 

The eyes are almond-shaped, never bulging, dark, with a lively and intelligent expression.  Its bushy tail reaches almost to the hocks and hangs down when the dog is at rest.  Its front legs and shoulders are muscular;  their thick and robust thighs.  It has round feet with very hard soles.  There are three varieties of German Shepherd: rough-haired, long-coarse-haired, and long-haired.


The German Shepherd is responsive, obedient, and handsome.  In April 1899, Captain Max von Stephanitz registered a dog named Horan as the first Deutsche Schäferhunde, which means German Shepherd in English. 

Until 1915, long-haired and wire-haired varieties were exhibited.  Today, in most countries, the short coat is only recognized for display purposes.  It was presented in Hannover in 1882 and the short-haired variety was first presented in Berlin in 1889.


Height: 55-65 cm (22-26 inches) Weight: 35-40 kg (77-85 pounds)

Health: The German Shepherd has inherited diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problems (probably due to nerves), epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), dwarfism, and flea allergies. 

This breed sheds chunks of hair constantly.  Daily brushing is better unless the hair.  They should bathe on rare occasions, only once or twice a year to avoid depletion of skin fat. 

Around the age of 13.  5- 10 puppies

Dog Breeds

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Third Labrador retriever dog

There are two types of Labradors, the English Labrador and the American Labrador.  English labs are heavier, thicker, and more blocked.  The American Lab Bred comes from American Bred cattle and is tall and lanky. 

The Labrador Retriever is a solid, muscular dog, slightly longer than he is tall, with a short, tough, easy-care, and waterproof double coat that has no ripples and comes in solid black, yellow, or chocolate. 

This color is controversial with some claiming that it is a Weimaraner cross, while others claim that it is a true mutation.  The Labrador has a broad head, thick nose, scissor bite, and a pronounced stop.  Its muzzle is quite wide and its neck is powerful.  The eyes are brown or hazel with an intelligent expression.  The medium-sized ears are hanging. 

The otter’s tail is strong, thick close to the body, then tapering and completely covered in hair.  Their limbs have good bone structure.  Webbed feet help swim.


The Labrador’s ancestors originated in Newfoundland.  The Labrador Retriever originated from the St. John’s Water Dog around the 16th century. 

The white chest, feet, chin, and muzzle, known as the tuxedo markings, characteristic of the St. John’s dog appear often in modern laboratory mixes and occasionally manifest in Labradors as a small white spot on the chest  (known as a medallion).  or loose white hair on the legs or muzzle.

  Local fishermen originally used the St. John’s Dog to help carry ropes between boats, tow dories, and help retrieve fishing nets from the water.  The loyalty and hardworking behavior of the Labrador were valuable assets to the fishermen. 


Height: 53-61 cm (21-24 inches) Weight: 25-34 kg (55-75 pounds) Health  Prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, PRA, and eye disorders. 

The straight, short-haired double hair is easy to groom.  Comb and brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush, paying attention to the undercoat.  Shower or shampoo dry only when necessary.  These dogs are average shedders. 

Approximately 10 to 12 years old.  5- 10 puppies

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Fourth Beagle dog

Beagle looks like a foxhound but the head is wider and the muzzle is shorter and the legs shorter in proportion to the body. 

A sturdy little dog with a square build.  The Beagle has a graceful, easy-care short coat that can come in any dog ​​color.  The coat is tight, hard, and of medium length.  The feet are round and strong.  The black nose has full nostrils for perfume.  The long and wide ears are hanging.  Hazel or brown eyes have a characteristic pleading expression. 

The tail is carried happily, but never curled over the back.  Beagles have a distinctive howl/howl of a bark when they are hunting.


Beagles have been around since the 16th century and originated in England.  They were initially bred to hunt and track small animals, such as rabbits, pheasant, hare, quail, etc. 

The Beagle breed is believed to have developed from other hounds such as the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, and other English hounds.  The beagle was famous for its ability to hunt alone and in packs.  However, its adorable nature and cheerful disposition is one of the main reasons this dog has maintained its popularity and has become a great family pet. 

Beagles were much loved in America and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. One of the most famous beagles in American pop culture is Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s dog from the Peanuts Comic Strip.  To this day, beagles remain one of the most popular dog breeds.


Height: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Weight: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg) Health  Beagles are prone to heart disease, epilepsy, eye, and back problems.  It is also prone to condroplasia, also known as dwarfism. 

The Beagle’s smooth short hair coat is easy to care for.  Brush with a stiff bristle brush and shower with mild soap only when needed.  Dry shampoo from time to time.  Be sure to carefully check the ears for signs of infection and keep the nails trimmed.  This breed is an average sheep. 

Approximately 12-15 Years Liter Size  2-14 puppies – Average

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Fifth Boxer  dog

  The Boxer’s body is compact and powerful, and the shiny, tight coat comes in fawn, brindle, white, and various shades of red, with white markings.  White Boxers cannot be registered with some Kennel Clubs. 

One of the best ways to determine if a particular breed of dog is right for you and your family is to observe the temperament of that breed.  Understanding this will tell you whether the breed of dog will fit in with your family or not.  The tail is usually docked. 

Ear cropping is optional.  (Docking and cultivation are illegal in some countries).  its head should be proportional to your body, slim and without wrinkles.  Its lower jaw extends beyond the upper jaw and curves upward.  Neither the teeth nor the tongue should show when the mouth is closed.

  The nose is large and black with very open nostrils.  Dark eyes.  The neck should be round, strong, and muscular, without a double chin.  The body must be square.  The tail is carried high.  Its front legs should be straight and parallel.


The Boxer’s ancestors were two German Mastiff-type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer.  They were later crossed with the powerful ancestors of the Mastiff and the Bulldog. 

At first, these dogs were prized for hunting, bull-baiting, and pulling carts.  A little further down the family tree, the Boxer ancestors were turned into cattle dogs and were used to herd cattle.  They were also popular circus and theater dogs because they learned tricks so easily. 

Breeding was quite indiscriminate until the first Boxer studbook was started in 1904, stabilizing the breed standard.  Despite its German origins, “Boxer” is an English name that adequately describes the dog’s claw fighting style. 

Although the early Boxers may have been quite fierce, the current breed makes a very kind and loving family companion.  Some of the boxer’s talents are vigilance, vigilance, police work, military work, search and rescue, competitive obedience, Schutzhund, and performing tricks. 

The breeders are breeding two types of boxers, the German Boxer and the American boxer.  German boxers have larger heads and are generally more muscular than American boxers.


  Height: 21-25 inches (53-63 cm.) Weight: 60-70 pounds (24-32 kg.)  Boxers often suffer from cardiomyopathy and other heart problems, subaortic stenosis, and thyroid.  Few may be prone to skin allergies, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia.  From the age of eight, they are more likely to develop tumors than other breeds.  These dogs can drool and snore. 

You may have excessive flatulence.  The Boxer has a soft, short-haired coat that is easy to groom.  Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary, as excessive bathing can remove natural oils from your skin.

 Approximately 11 to 14 years old.  2-10 puppies.

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Sixth Pug dog

The Pug has a square, thick, robust, and compact body, with a sleek, smooth coat that comes in apricot, fawn, black, and silver, all with a short, flat, black muzzle, and velvety ears.  Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots.  The eyes are prominent, expressive, dark, and bright. 

The teeth should meet in a slightly lower bite.  The back is short, with a level topline.  Its tail forms a tight curl, or in the best specimens, a double curl on the back.  Their limbs are straight and strong, giving them a cheerful, rolling gait that is quite distinctive.


The Pug is believed to have originated before 400 BC in Asia.  Some experts believe it came from the Lowlands, brought from the Far East by Dutch traders.  Pugs were a favorite of artist Hogarth, who included his pet Pug “Trump” in several of his works

From the 16th century on, it became a fashionable adornment of the European Courts, reaching its peak of popularity in Victorian times.  He was a pet in Tibetan monasteries and then he traveled to Japan. 

The Pug later arrived in Europe, where the endearing little dog was the pet of royalty in several countries and even became the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland. 

A Pug saved the life of William, Prince of Orange, alerting him to the approaching Spaniards in 1572 at Hermingny.  Napoleon’s wife, Josephine, sent secret messages to her husband under his Pug’s neck while he was in prison.  When the British invaded the Imperial Palace of China in 1860, they discovered several Pugs and Pekingese and took the puppies to England with them. 

The AKC recognized the Pug in 1885 and since then the breed has become a popular companion dog.


Height: 10-14 inches (25-36 cm) Weight: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg) Health  Pugs catch colds easily and get stressed out in hot and cold weather.  They are prone to allergies and the short muzzle contributes to chronic respiratory problems. 

There is the possibility of keratitis and ulcers on the cornea.  Delicate eyes tend to cry.  This breed tends to breathe with difficulty and snore, but in general, it is a very easy-care dog. 

Prone to skin problems.  Pone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that affects adolescent Pugs usually between the ages of 2 and 3.  The cause is unknown. 

The soft, short-haired coat is easy to groom.  Brush and comb with a stiff bristle brush and shampoo only when needed.  After bathing, dry him quickly and completely to avoid getting cold.  The folds of the face should be cleaned regularly.  This breed is a great seasonal shedder. 

Approximately 12 to 15 years old.  2-5 puppies

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Seventh Dachshund dog

  The Dachshund is curious, lively, charming, and fearless.  Dachshunds have a wide variety of colors.  Two-color dachshunds can be black and tan, black and cream, chocolate and tan, chocolate and cream, blue and tan, or blue and cream. 

In these combinations, the first color is the base color, and the tan or cream appears on the face and ends.  Sable is a red base coat with a black coat.  In the wirehaired variety, there is also wild boar, unique in the sense that the hair shaft is bicolor red and black.


The Dachshund (pronounced as dak sund) originated in Germany.  The dachshund was bred to hunt and follow these animals to land, and gradually became highly evolved, with shorter legs to take out prey and enter burrows. 

The smallest Dachshunds are bred to hunt hares and stoats.  Dachshunds have many “terrier” characteristics.  They are versatile and courageous dogs and have been known to take on foxes and otters in addition to badger


There are three varieties of Dachshund, the short-haired, the wire-haired, and the long-haired.  With each of these varieties, there are three sizes. 

Standard: Height 14-18 inches.  Dachshund is prone to spinal disc problems (Dachshund’s palsy) and can develop heart disease, urinary tract problems, and diabetes.  Dachshunds tend to be overweight and lazy.  It is a serious health risk that puts extra pressure on its back. 

Those with long hair require daily combing and brushing;  those with wire hair need a professional trim twice a year, and those with straight hair require a regular massage with a damp cloth.  This breed is an average sheep. 

Approximately 12-15 years Bunk size  4-5 puppies

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Eight Rottweiler dog

  The Rottweiler has a huge and powerful body.  Muscular and athletic, he has a broad head and a rounded forehead.  The muzzle is well developed with a scissor bite. 

His eyes are dark with an expression of goodwill and loyalty.  The ears are triangular, carried forward and the nose is wide and black.  The lips are black and the inside of the mouth is dark.  The tail is usually docked.  They are often born with hind dewclaws, these are usually removed when the tail is cut off. 

The coat is short, hard, and thick.  It is black in color with brown markings on the cheeks and muzzle, legs, and feet.  There is also a red color with brown spots.  There is a deficiency in the hair gene that makes the hair color lighter red.  Rottweiler dogs tend to have large litters;  12 cubs are not uncommon. 

German Rotties are said to be shorter, stockier, and have a larger head, and American Rotties are said to be taller and longer without such a large head.


The Rottweiler was used as a sheepdog.  He was raised in the German town of Rottweil in Wurttemberg.  Virtually extinct in the 1800s, the breed population began to return in the early 20th century due to the efforts of enthusiastic Stuttgart-centered breeders. 

Some of the talents of Rottweilers include tracking, herding, guarding, guarding, policing, hauling, competitive obedience, and Schutzhund.


Height: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm.) Weight: 85-130 pounds (38-59 kg.).  This breed is susceptible to ACL damage.  Prone to hip dysplasia.  You tend to snore and overeat.  It is also prone to entropion (narrowing of the cleft between the eyelids). 

The smooth, shiny coat is easy to groom.  Brush with a stiff bristle brush and bathe only when necessary.  This breed is an average sheep. 

Approximately 10 to 12 years old.  4- 10 puppies.

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Ninth Lhasa Apso dog

The Lhasa Apso is a brave dog.  They are cautious and distrustful of strangers.  They exude an air of dignity and comedy as well.  It is considered one of the most affectionate breeds with its main function as a companion. 

The Lhasa Apso has a long, heavy double coat that covers the entire body down to the ground.  This furry puppy looks like a small version of the Old English Sheepdog.  Gold, cream, and honey are the most popular colors, but the coat also comes in smoky, dark grayish, slate, and a multi-colored variety of brown, white, and black. 

It is common for a Lhasa Apso puppy’s coat to change color as it grows.  The coat is smooth, hard, and heavy, but not silky.  The hair should cascade from the head to the eyes.  He must have a dark beard and mustache, and a muzzle of medium length, but not square. 

It has small, dark, sunken eyes and thick feathered ears.  Its neck has an abundant fur scarf and its tail is feathered and carried on its back.


The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet.  It was used as a guard dog in temples and monasteries and was considered sacred because when its master died, it was thought that his soul entered the body of Lhasa Apso.  Although they were thought to bring good luck to their owners,

Lhasa Apsos was virtually impossible to buy.  Happily, these precious dogs, and the equally prized Tibetan Terrier, spread to other parts of the world, mainly because of the Dalai Lama.  The ruler of Tibet would introduce them to visiting foreign diplomats. 

The breed was first seen in Britain in the 1920s and introduced to the United States in the 1930s. The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet and they were only bred by holy and noblemen.  Thought to bring good luck, this breed was considered sacred. 

For this reason, the Lhasa were used as guard dogs in monasteries for over 2000 years.  They are very intelligent, with a keen instinct and keen hearing.


  Height: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm.) Weight: 13-15 pounds (5.9-6.8 kg)  Generally a very healthy dog.  Sometimes they have skin problems if the coat is not kept parasite free. 

They have a slight tendency to develop hip dysplasia.  Also kidney problems, eye problems, and bleeding ulcers.  Lhasa Apso does not require trimming or fur, although when they are in full coat they should be brushed once a day to avoid tangling.  Some owners choose to shorten their coats to make grooming easier. 

Dry shampoo as needed.  Check the feet for carpets and foreign bodies stuck there.  Clean the eyes and ears thoroughly, because they tend to tear.  Some owners prefer to cut their coat to reduce grooming.  This breed is an average sheep. 

Approximately 15 years or more.  This breed is very long-lived.  Some dogs live up to 18 years or more.  4-5 puppies

Most Popular Dog Breeds In India Tenth Bulldog dog

The Bulldog is small in stature but broad and compact, with a thick, solid head. Its head should be broad (the wider the more precious) with cheeks that extend to the sides of the eyes. 

The skin of the skull and forehead should form dense folds.  Its muzzle is short and fleshy, its nose wide and black with large nostrils.  His upper lip is hanging and his lower jaw should be very down. 

The eyes are very round, wide apart, and very dark.  The ears should be small and thin, folded back in the shape of a rose.  The tail is short and low.

The coat comes in red, fawn, brindle, pale yellow, or faded red or white, and you can combine any of these colors.  Black is not acceptable. 

The muzzle is sometimes dark.  With its sturdy legs placed directly at each corner of its compact, muscular body, the Bulldog’s deliberate gain has been turned into a waddle.


Today’s bulldog has a very different temperament than his ancestors.  The breed descends from the ancient Asian Mastiff, but its development took place entirely in Great Britain. 

The name bulldog, which is of medieval origin, refers not only to the robust appearance of a small bull, which this aggressive dog has but also to the power with which this dog attacked bulls in arena combat before that practice  was forbidden by law in the nineteenth century


Height: 12-16 inches (31-40 cm) Weight: 49-55 pounds (22-25 kg) Health  Bulldog suffers from respiratory problems. 

Also poor eyesight, very susceptible to heatstroke in hot weather or hot rooms and cars.  Very sensitive to cold. 

Puppies are often delivered by cesarean section due to their broadheads.  Their digestive system is very active and can be offensive to people with sensitive noses.  Susceptible to skin infections.  Also hip and knee problems. 

Bulldog has a soft, fine, and short-haired coat, it is easy to groom.  Comb and brush with a stiff bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. 

This breed is an average sheep.  8-year average Litter size  4-5 puppies