Small Dogs Who Are Good For First Time Owners

Many experts advise first time dog owners to start with a small dog. “But I want a big dog!” you might say.

I’ll try to make a case for smaller dogs: They won’t keep outgrowing their collars, crates, beds or other accessories (more money in your pocket); they produce less doggie doo (less poop to scoop); they eat less food (even more money in your pocket) and; they can’t reach those steaks you left thawing on the kitchen counter!

Here are some excellent dog breeds for first time owners and remember you can get just about any breed of dog from a rescue or shelter. Check Facebook for a breed specific rescue in your area.

1. Bichon Frise


The Bichon Frise is always happy and will make a great companion, perfect dog for any first time dog owner. They don’t shed like other dogs, so you won’t have to clean up their fur. You can take them almost anywhere. Find out more about this happy pup HERE!

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is eager to meet every person that crosses his path and is a great choice for first time dog owners. He likes to please and will fall all over himself trying to make you happy.

4. Coton de Tulear


Coton de Tulear is a great companion dog. He likes going for walks but can adjust his activity level to yours. These are typically very friendly dogs and great for people that don’t have a lot of K9 experience.

5. Havanese


The Havanese dog gets along with everyone, people, children, other dogs and cats. They are also very versatile and can live in a big house or small apartment. Great choice for anyone!

6. Maltese


The Maltese is a people oriented dog. He responds well to training. Remember to reward him with treats, praise and play and you will have a companion for life!

7. Maltese Shih Tzu


With the Maltese Shih Tzu, family is a top priority and nothing else matters as much as being with you! If he has that, everything else is negotiable.

8. Maltipoo


The Maltipoo is an active and charming small dog. He can fit into all kinds of homes and families: apartment or house, families with kids or elderly single. Another great choice for first time owners.

9. Norfolk Terrier


The Norfolk Terrier is what’s considered “a big dog in a small package.” Alert, gregarious and nimble, he’s a loyal companion with the heart of a working terrier.

10. Papillon


The Papillion is happy, alert and friendly. He should never be shy or aggressive. This is a take charge little dog with a moderate to intense activity level. Very smart and highly trainable and is best described as a doer not a cuddler.

11. Peekapoo


The Peekapoo is a gentle dog that is rarely combative. He’s loving and loyal and dedicated to his family. An ideal lap dog, he delights in being a part of every family activity.

12. Poodle (Toy & Miniature)


Behind the blue ribbons, impressive hairdos and regal attitude, you’ll find an affectionate family dog. Despite their appearance they can be goofy and love to play!

13. Pug


Pugs are a great small dogs for first time dog owners. Pugs crave affection and your lap!

14. Schnoodle (Toy & Miniature)


The Minature Schnoodle is cheerful and intelligent. Described as “forever happy”. He will fit into your life and lap with love and laughter!

15. Shih Tzu


The Shih Tzu is an ancient royal breed. Though they are linked closely to wolves through their DNA these little dogs are warm and happy. They don’t need very much activity but crave being near you. Great for first time dog owners.

16. Yorkipoo


The Yorkipoo is a great small dog to own. He’s confident thanks to his terrier heritage but also easy going and less demanding than many small breeds.

There are many other dog breeds that make great first time pups! I’m a fan of the mutt or rescue dog personally and senior dogs make amazing first time dogs because they are often already potty trained and know how to walk on a leash. If you’re looking for a dog check your local shelters and rescues for the perfect dog for you!

What was your first dog?