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Top 11 Toy Dog Breeds For Apartment Living In India

Dog breeds of any size whether it’s small or big make excellent companions for a family. However, sometimes we have to choose a smaller breed based on our location and environment.

The smaller dog breeds are also known as toy group dog breeds as per the American kennel club. These toy breeds tend to be bundles of energy. They are ultimate companions in small packages. They are often known as perfect pets for the family who can’t accommodate large dogs.

11 Toy Dog Breeds In India for Apartment (With Pictures)

1. Chihuahua

Chihuahua dog breeds are one of the cutest toy dog breeds in India. They are very intelligent and perceptive dog breeds. They are extremely devoted, alert, confident, affectionate, and daring.

They are generally considered one-person dogs as they are very devoted to their owner. This might not be the best breed for your kids. They might be small but they require a firm master that they can respect.

They have a high barking tendency and are extremely alert. This makes them quite amazing guard dogs. They are a very active dog breed and require a daily exercise routine.

2. Pomeranian

Pomeranians are one of the cutest, most independent small dog breeds in the world. They are an alert, active and lively little dog breed. They are fluffy, intelligent, and very loyal to their family. They are excellent watchdogs.

However, they have a tendency to get swayed easily with affection. They are a docile dog breed and their small size makes it easy to take along while traveling.

Pomeranians are a very healthy breed but they are also prone to some common health problems like food allergies, eye problems, etc. They require extra grooming attention because they have long, thick and dense coats, which require grooming at least 3 to 4 times a week.

3. Pug

Pug is known for its wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The pug has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colors. Its wrinkled body and big eyes make them one of the cutest toy dog breeds.

Pugs are known as gentle companion dogs and are silent and docile. They are very lively, loyal, and affectionate breeds that are quite intelligent and easy to train.

They are very funny and known as the clown of the dog breeds. They don’t need much exercise and are perfect lap dogs. However, pugs need plenty of attention in the grooming department.

They are generally a healthy dog breed but they are prone to some common health problems like hip dysplasia, Legg-Perthes Disease; Patellar Luxation and vaccination sensitivity, etc.

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4. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu is a pure toy dog breed. They are alert, lively, little dogs that are always happy. They can be trained to be excellent watchdogs due to their alert nature.

They are very gentle and easily make friends. They respond well to consistent and patient training. Shih Tzu’s are very well-suited for apartment living.

They have a beautiful long coat and are generally known for little shedding. They are generally a healthy dog breed but like other breeds, they are also prone to some common health problems like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, bladder infections, ear infections, etc.

5. Toy Poodle

Toy poodles are active, adorable, alert, and highly responsive family dogs. They are intelligent dog breeds and are easy to train. Poodles have curly or corded coats and are mostly found in various solid colors like black, gray, silver, brown, apricot, white, and cream.

They are affectionate family dogs but they do have a high barking tendency. The most unique aspect of a Poodle is that it is a perfect pet for all generations.

They are specifically perfect for those who suffer from dog allergies caused by pet dander. They are well suited for apartment living. small dog breeds poodles are generally a healthy breed but prone to some genetic disorders.

6. Beagle

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It is very well known among dog lovers that Beagles are one of the energetic scent hounds. The breed tends to get distracted when it catches a strong scent.

Despite being a hunting dog, it gets along well with children and family. However, it takes extra care of them when around kids less than 2-3 years.

They are always searching for a new scent and may use their sniffing ability to identify the humans. Due to its high energy, give it enough tiresome exercise before night as they tend to bark a lot.

7. Indian Spitz

Indian Spitz

If we talk about the small dog breed, the Indian Spitz was once a famous dog breed in India for the nuclear family. Its high intelligence and ability to learn new tricks make it the perfect show dog.

The longer hair of Spitz’s makes it appear bigger than it is.

It also performs well as an alert dog by barking at strangers and other animals. However, it could be a decent dog for its family and take care of children too. Being a Spitz, it is always curious to learn new tricks to please its master.

8. Dachshund


A little dog with a bigger attitude, Dachshund is a cute companion for any dog owner. Little hot dogs are famous in many countries for their small but elongated body.

The Dachshund is a breed that digs out and hunts badgers and other rodents. So, it is likely for you to find dead birds and mice in your home.

The webbed paw and elongated body help them dig deeper in the burrows. This scent hound uses its nose to sniff the environment and people around.

9. French Bulldog

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Are you a bulldog fan? If you are, it is likely for you to love the miniature version. The breed is like combining a bulldog’s head and pug body with those bats’ ears. But, unlike pugs, these dogs love to stay active and go out for a walk.

Due to its small snouts, like pugs, tend to develop breathing difficulties. Therefore, vigorous exercises could be dangerous to them.

10. Lhasa Apso

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Most of you do not expect the breed to be a good guarding dog, but it is. Originated in Tibet, they were used by the monks to alert them of any intruders. Due to this, they are ultimate barkers when they see something to make their owners aware.

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

11. Maltese

Maltese Image

It is an ultimate per dog and known worldwide as one of the best apartment dogs. The breed is extrovert, loves to meet new people, play, and jump around your home. However, it lives up to 12-18 years of age and is fragile, so you must take extra care when you have one.

Despite its long hair, it does not have an undercoat. This makes them shed less but prone to sunburn, with the pale body inside.

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

So, which toy breed would you choose for apartment living? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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