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Best Small Dogs for Apartment Living & Families

Best Small Dogs for Apartment Living & Families

If you'd like to get a small dog but aren't sure how to choose a breed that will suit your family or your apartment, our team is here to help. Below are just a few of our Franklin vets' favorite small breeds for families.

What to Consider When Choosing a Dog Breed

Care Needs: What are the specific care requirements of that pup you have your eye on? Do they have specific grooming needs, or known health risks? Who will walk it? Think about your new pet and who will be responsible for training and daily care.

Size: If you have young, rambunctious kids who love to run and play, you’ll want to carefully consider if a small dog is for you, since some breeds may be more fragile, while large dogs can feel more confident due to their stature (although they may require regular grooming and walks, and need a large yard). 

Temperament: Dogs can be jovial and playful, calm and laid-back, or anywhere in between - just like people. Ensure your new pet has a temperament that matches your brood’s.

Energy: You’ll find some dogs are incredibly physically active and needs lots of stimulation - they love spending their days running top speed in the yard and playing with their owners, while others are more content to lie next to you while you read. Decide among the family whether you’re looking for a running buddy or a more cuddly canine. If you live in a smaller space, you may want to read up on the best small dogs for apartment living. 

Now that you know what to consider when it comes to choosing a dog, let’s look at the best small dogs for kids.

Best Small Dogs for Families & Apartment Living


Pugs may be one of the most loving and lovable breeds you will find anywhere. Brimming with joy, pugs are happy living in the city or country, with kids or seniors, as an only pet or in a pack. Full of personality, generally good with kids and happy to lounge around on the sofa, pugs are the ideal pet for many families and people living in apartments.

Miniature & Toy Poodles

Poodles come in a range of sizes and colors and are known for their eagerness to please their owners, fondness for people and of course, their playful nature. Their agility and sharp sense of intelligence mean training is easy and fun. That said, these super-smart canines will definitely require regular mental stimulation and exercise to ensure all that energy is used constructively. This breed will need training to help curb their strong instinct to rule as the alpha dog.


The joyful beagle is renowned for its happy-go-lucky, friendly personality. This breed's combination of pack instincts, gentle disposition and even temperament make it a go-to choice for families with children. The beagle's short coat also helps to make grooming easy.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This toy spaniel is sweet, gentle, and attentive - perfect for a family looking for a canine companion for children, whom they get along with nicely. And, not to worry if you have another dog in the house - they are known for being amiable. This breed’s athleticism means they’ll also be up for chasing squirrels in the park, or that frisbee you’ve been meaning to take for a spin.

French Bulldog

A couch potato that requires little exercise (a daily walk will be enough to keep this breed in shape), French Bulldogs are known for being gentle, humorous companions to children, as well as mischievous. Its alertness means it’s also a great watchdog, while its short coat is low-maintenance and only requires occasional brushing.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you have a new family pet? Whether your new dog is a puppy or an adopted adult our experienced vets can help you keep your four-legged friend healthy and happy. Contact our Franklin vets today to book an examination for your dog.

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