Are you new to the canine world and looking to adopt a pooch who needs a good home? Many experts advise new 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 small dogs. Here are some reasons why beginners should start with a small pooch:
- Small dogs won’t outgrow their collars, crates, beds or other accessories, which means more money in your pocket!
- They produce less doo doggy, which means less poo to pick up.
- They eat less food, so you’ll keep even more money in your pocket.
- Little pooches can’t reach those steaks you left thawing on the kitchen counter!
Here are some great dog breeds and hybrid breeds for first time pet parents. And remember that you can get just about any breed of dog from a shelter or shelter. To verify The DogTime Adoption Page which 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 first dog parent.
They don’t shed as much as many other dogs, so you won’t have to clean up any stray hairs. Plus, you can take them almost anywhere!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is eager to meet everyone who crosses his path and is an excellent choice for new dog parents.
They love to please and will fall over themselves trying to make you happy.
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The Coton de Tulear is an excellent companion dog. They like to walk around but may adjust their activity level to yours.
They are generally very friendly dogs and great for people who don’t have much canine 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, praise and games, and you’ll have a companion for life!
Maltese Shih Tzu
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This is actually a mixed-breed dog that combines the affectionate traits 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 else matters as much as being with you! If they have it, everything else is negotiable.
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The Maltipoo is a hybrid of the Maltese and the Poodle, making it an active and charming little dog.
They can be integrated into all kinds of dwellings and families: apartment or house, families with children or single elderly people. 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, gregarious and agile, they will 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.
He is a small “take charge” dog with a moderate to intense activity level. They are highly intelligent and highly trainable, and they are best described as doers, not cuddlers.
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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 its family. The ideal companion dog, he enjoys being part of all family activities.
Toy or miniature poodle
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Behind the blue ribbons, the impressive hairstyles and the regal attitude, you will find an affectionate family dog in the poodle.
Despite their appearance, they can be goofy and love to play!
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Pugs are great little dogs for new parents.
These dogs crave affection and a comfortable place 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 “always happy”, they will fit into your life and have fun with love and laughter!
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The Shih Tzu is an ancient royal breed. Although they are closely related to wolves in their DNA, these little dogs are warm and happy.
They don’t need a lot of activity, but they do want to be around you.
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The Yorkipoo is a large, small hybrid dog that combines the traits of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodle.
They are confident thanks to their terrier heritage but also easy-going and less demanding than many small breeds.
There are many other dog breeds that make excellent first time puppies! Personally, I’m a fan of the pooch or rescue dog, and senior dogs make amazing first-time dogs because they’re often already potty-trained and know how to walk on a leash.
If you’re looking for a dog, check your local shelters and shelters to find the perfect dog for you!
What was your first dog? Are there any types of dogs you recommend for new pet parents? Let us know in the comments below!