If you have a smaller home but live a high-energy lifestyle, then an energetic, small dog may be perfect for you! If a “couch potato” companion would better fit your style of life then steer clear of Terriers!
Terriers and working dog breeds are among the highest energy level dogs out there. So of course, they need lots of mental and physical exercise to relax them.
Walking, hiking, jogging, playing games and running at the dog park are just some of the activities you can can do with your canine companion to help run down their batteries.
Always remember, you can get any breed of dog you may be looking for at a shelter or local breed specific rescue in your area. Check out these small, high-energy, pure and mixed dog breeds that will fit in a small home and keep you on your toes!
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The Affenpinscher, also known as the "Monkey Dog" ("affen" means "ape/monkey" in German, and "pinscher" means "terrier"), is small but feisty, full of spunk and energy.
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The Australian Terrier was developed in Australia, as his name implies. Bred to hunt and exterminate rodents and snakes, Australian Terriers were also prized as watchdogs and companions.
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This alert, good-natured dog was originally bred to assist in foxhunts, driving foxes out of their hiding places and out into the open for the hounds to chase.
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Known as the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is lively, smart, and affectionate with a gentle, even temperament.
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The Cairn Terrier dog breed is a small working terrier developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Farmers used them to rid their property of vermin, and they needed a dog with courage, tenacity, and intelligence—characteristics still found in today’s Cairn.
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Fox Terriers were originally bred to flush foxes out of their hiding places during fox hunts. Today they’re primarily family companions and show dogs, although you’ll occasionally find them in the hunt country of the northeastern United States, still performing their traditional role.
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Jack Russell Terrier
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Developed in England some 200 years ago to hunt foxes, the Jack Russell Terrier, also known as the Parson Russell Terrier, is a lively, independent, and clever little dog.
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The typical Lakeland is bold and friendly. They're described as having a "cock of the walk" attitude, but they're neither overly aggressive or argumentative. All terrier, they're curious about everything, intelligent, and entertaining.
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A Manchester Terrier adores their people and likes to be with them. A social creature, they're not well suited to being alone all day—they just want to hang out with you.
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There's good reason the Min Pin is called the King of Toys. They have a spirited, confident personality that both delights and exasperates their owners. They're fearless, intensely curious, and always ready for action.
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The Miniature Schnauzer is full of life. An extrovert, they love to be in the thick of the family action. They may even run up to you while you're sitting down and throw their paws around your neck.
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If you're seeking a lively canine companion who's fearless, yet affectionate, the Norfolk Terrier may be the breed for you.
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The Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest of all the terriers, but what they lack in size, they make up for in personality and drive. This active terrier is a wonderful companion for an active individual or family.
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Expect to give a Pocket Beagle at least an hour of exercise daily. And be warned that this isn't a breed that walks briskly. Beagles mosey, nose to the ground, sniffing out everything around them.
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Toy Or Miniature Poodle
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Despite their regal appearance, the Poodle has a goofy streak and loves to play. They're always up for a game of any kind.
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Curious and clever, the Schipperke dog breed is often nicknamed LBD, for little black devil. They're fearless and devoted, always on guard to protect their family from harm.
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Toy Or Miniature Schnoodle
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What a pistol! Smart, active, and adorable, the Schnoodle has become a popular hybrid dog breed.
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This short-legged wonder was originally bred to hunt prey such as badgers and foxes, and they have developed into a self-directed and opinionated companion.
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The Silky Terrier is a friendly, intelligent, spirited, and self-assured dog. True to their hunting roots, they love to chase small animals and won't back down from a fight.
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They may look like a small Airedale, but the Welsh Terrier has their own personality. It's certainly a strong personality, and no wonder—they were bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and otters.
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If you’re considering adopting one of these small dog breeds, do a little research. There are so many to choose from. Finding one to fit your lifestyle shouldn’t be too difficult.
Please check your area for breed specific rescues. There are so many amazing dogs just waiting to find their forever homes. You can also try DogTime’s adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!
Do you have a small, energetic dog at home? Are they one of the breeds on our list? Let us know in the comments below!