Top 10 Indoor Dog Breeds

If you are in a situation where you want to get a dog, now or sometime in the future, then you are in the right place.

Below in the article we will take you through 10 breeds that have proven to be the best to keep in the house.

One of these breeds could very likely suit your personality, daily schedule or habits.

The main advantage of these dogs is their appropriate size and adaptation to their owners. We also listed which of them require more time for maintenance, socializing and exercise, and which are more sensitive to certain climatic conditions.

These are the best indoor dogs for you:


The Pug is one of the most popular breeds when we talk about living in the house. They originated in China and came to Europe in the 16th century. Talking about their Physical characteristics, an average height is somewhere between 25-30 cm, when the optimal weight is from 6 to 8 kilograms.

Pet lovers mostly prefer to keep them as indoor dogs for their character, they do not require much physical activity, in general love people – especially kids, and enjoy lying down and cuddling. 

Two caveats: pay attention to their weight. Otherwise, they like to eat a lot and that is why as an owner, you need to be determined and know how to say stop. And last but not the least, they tend to shed a lot, therefore, be sure to pick dogs – proof furniture.

In the end, the most loving thing about pugs is their ability to make you laugh. Pugs can always improve your mood and most likely for that reason Chinese royal families kept them for their royal pets.


Beagles are a very active, friendly and curious breed with over 220 million odor receptors, what makes them experts in that field.

This dog comes in two variants: the first is 33 cm high and weighs less than 33 kg, while the second is between 33 and 38 cm high and weighs 9 to 14 kg. 

They are also one of the most agreeable dogs, never mad at you for anything, always happy to see their owner. 

Although they are characterized by the fact that they like to be outside, do not worry too much because they also enjoy being lazy and lying around the house.

3.French Bulldog

Most popular among people living in the city, French bulldog – popularly called Frenchie is definitely the right doggo if you like lazy dogs. If you are always busy around the house, having no yard outside and you like curious, pleasant and quite quiet breeds, they might be a good choice for you. 

The French Bulldog is a dwarf breed. Males are between 27 and 35 cm tall and weigh between 9 and 14 kg, while females are between 24 and 32 cm tall and weigh between 8 and 13 kg.

Frenchies may belong to a lazy breed, but due to their need for human contact, they should not be left alone for too long, as they will soon become anxious. As we said, they are real city domestic dogs, so they should also not be left in the heat for too long, for example on the balcony, they feel better when staying in an air-conditioned space.

4.Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu in translation means a small lion, but regardless of its name, it is far from aggressive and fierce, traits that characterize lions.

Regarding their physical characteristics, their expected height is from 22 to 27 cm, and weight between 4 – 8 kilograms.

They will easily adjust to life in the apartment and will enjoy cuddling with you on the couch. As a pet, this breed is very desirable because they get along well with other animals and children.

Maintaining these dogs is not an easy job, they should be brushed daily to prevent hair tangles. For this reason, many owners leave the job to professionals. Interestingly, Shih Tzu tends to snore so be prepared for that as well.


Dachshund – Widely known as the Wiener Dog, would be a great choice if you are looking for a “big” dog trapped in a small body. Due to their average weight of 7.5 to 14 kg and shorter stature, they attract attention wherever they appear.

Dachshunds are one of the few dogs which does not need to be brushed, it is even enough to wipe them with a tissue to keep them clean. This breed is quite sensitive to temperatures, so they should be kept warm during the winter months, or in an air-conditioned room during the summer heat. 

Sometimes they are difficult, sensitive and stubborn, so extra efforts should be made to train properly, early socialization and proper upbringing are the key to success.

6. Basenji

This breed belongs to the “Hound” group with their ideal height of 40 cm for female and 43 cm for male dogs. Their ideal weight would be around 10 kilograms. 

The Basenji is well known for their special way of barking, if we can even call it barking. They bark by making a strange sound combination, something between yodeling and laughing. Their biggest advantage considering indoor living is that they shed very little. It is not only they do not bark, they also tend to keep their hair with them and spare us from extra cleaning – sounds like a perfect indoor dog.

Even though they seem to be flawless, Basenji still has one small drawback, they like to chew on things. If you want to prevent your belongings from being chewed you have to get your beloved doggie the proper chew toy as a replacement .  

This breed also requires daily physical activity, so be ready to do some extra miles with them.  


Pomeranians are 20 cm tall and weigh 1.9-3.5 kg and therefore ideally fit in every home. If you are looking for a friendly, intelligent dog, then the Pomeranian is your right choice.

These little puff balls of fun are known for being very playful and active. In addition to their size, the biggest advantage for coexistence in the apartment is excellent tolerance to temperature changes. Although they like to go out, they still prefer to stay indoors, which also means that you have to take care of their look, which is not surprising when you see all that beautiful elegant hair. However, their maintenance is not overcomplicated, it is enough to brush them once a week to remove hair loss.

It should be noted that Pomeranians do not like to be treated like a toy and carried too much in your hands. For this reason, this breed is not recommended for families with young children.


Chihuahuas, also well known as the smallest dog breed in the world, originate from South America where they were sacred animals in Aztec times. Their expected weight is 1.5 – 3 kg, and height 15-23 cm. 

Due to their size and relatively easy maintenance, they are perfect for living in an apartment, in addition, they do not require too much exercise and a lot of space. Since Chihuahuas are native to warm regions, they do not respond well to cold conditions and for that reason prefer to stay indoors during the cold times. 

Although small in stature, Chihuahuas are brave dogs and often use aggression to fight for themselves. However, if these tiny dogs show too much aggression, it is often the result of a bad attitude towards them and a lack of socialization, so this aspect should be paid attention to.


Due to its rich history, size and character, the Maltese is one of the most popular breeds today. Males are 21-25 cm tall and weigh 3-4 kg, while females are 20-23 cm tall and also weigh 3-4 kg.

A special dose of popularity is given to this breed by their beautiful silky long hair that does not shed often. Unfortunately, this type of hair gets easily tangled and dirty, so daily brushing is recommended. 

Maltese are not very active dogs, hence a combination of regular walking and playing indoors would be enough for them. 

They also tend to be very sociable by nature and love people, and will not want to spend much time without them. 


Papillon is an obedient dog that according to some research is among the top 5 most intelligent dogs. They weigh 3.2 – 4.5 kg, have an average height of 20 – 28 cm and can live up to 16 years.

They are an excellent indoor breed because they do not shed and it is enough to brush them 2 to 3 times a week. Unlike some breeds, Papillons are not so needy and as long as you get home on time they are ready to wait for you. Also, apart from the classic walk, they do not require any special exercises.

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