Are you new to the dog world and looking for a dog that needs a good home? Many experts advise first-time dog parents to start with a small dog. “But I want a big dog!” you could say.
I will try to make a case for smaller dogs. Here are a few reasons why beginners should start with a small dog:
- Small dogs won’t outgrow their collars, crates, beds or other accessories, meaning you’ll have more money in your pocket!
- They produce less doggy doo, and that means less poop to scoop.
- They eat less, so you keep even more money in your pocket.
- Little pooches can’t reach those steaks you left to thaw on the counter!
Here are some excellent dog breeds and hybrid breeds for first-time pet parents. And remember, you can get just about any breed of dog at a rescue or shelter. Checking out DogTime’s adoption page that allows you to search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!
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The Bichon Frize is always happy and will make a great companion – perfect for any novice dog parent.
They don’t shed as much as many other dogs, so you don’t have to pick up stray fur. Plus, you can take them almost anywhere!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is eager to meet every person who crosses their path and is a great choice for those new to dog training.
They love to please and will fall all over themselves to make you happy.
Coton de Tulear
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The Coton de Tulear is a great companion dog. They like to go for walks but can adjust their activity level to match yours.
These are generally very friendly dogs and great for people who don’t have much dog experience.
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The Havanese gets along with everyone – people, children, other dogs and cats.
They are also very versatile and can live in a large house or a small apartment. This pup is a great choice for everyone!
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The Maltese is a people-oriented dog. They respond well to training.
Don’t forget to reward them with treats, prizes and play, and you’ll have a companion for life!
Maltese Shih Tzu
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This is basically a mixed breed dog that combines the loving qualities of two parent breeds on this list: the Maltese and the Shih Tzu.
With the Maltese Shih Tzu, family is a top priority and nothing is more important than being with you! If they have that, everything else is negotiable.
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The Maltipoo is a hybrid of the Maltese and the Poodle, making for an active and charming little dog.
They fit into all types of homes and families: apartment or house, families with children or elderly single. This hybrid is another great choice for beginners.
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The Norfolk Terrier is what is considered “a big dog in a small package”.
Alert, sociable and agile, they make a loyal companion with the heart of a working terrier.
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The Papillon is cheerful, alert and friendly. They should never be shy or aggressive.
This is a small dog that “takes charge” with a moderate to vigorous activity level. They are very smart and highly trainable, and they are best described as a doer, not a cuddler.
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The Peekapoo is a gentle and rarely combative hybrid of the Pekingese and Poodle breeds.
This hybrid is loving and loyal and devoted to their family. An ideal lap dog, they love being a part of any family activity.
Toy Or Miniature Poodle
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Behind the blue ribbons, impressive haircuts and regal attitude, you’ll find an affectionate family dog in the Poodle.
Despite their appearance, they can be crazy and love to play!
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Pugs are great little dogs for first time dog parents.
These dogs crave affection and a comfy spot on your lap!
Toy or Miniature Schnoodle
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As a hybrid between the Schnauzer and the Poodle, the Miniature Schnoodle is cheerful and intelligent.
Described as “forever happy”, they will fit into your life and embrace with love and laughter!
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The Shih Tzu is an ancient, royal breed. Though closely linked to wolves through their DNA, these little dogs are warm and happy.
They don’t need a lot of activity, but like to be around you.
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The Yorkipoo is a great little hybrid dog that combines the traits of the Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle.
They are confident thanks to their terrier heritage, as well as being easygoing and less demanding than many small breeds.
There are many other dog breeds that make great puppies for the first time! I am personally a fan of the mutt or rescue dog, and senior dogs are great first time dogs as they are often house trained and know how to walk on a leash.
If you’re looking for a dog, check out your local shelters and rescues to find the perfect dog for you!
What breed was your first dog? Are there any types of dogs you recommend for first-time pet parents? Let us know in the comments below!