What is the smallest and easiest dog to take care of?

I want to get a puppy but i don’t want the most demanding dog. I also want something that does not grow very big at all. At first i was going to go for a Chihuahua but i have heard they are difficult and tempremental. Any suggestions?
This is my first dog, i just don’t want to jump in the deep end with the most high-maintenance breed. I have plenty of time and care to give but i just want to be sure that the dog will be happy and i will be able to cope.

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20 Responses to What is the smallest and easiest dog to take care of?

  1. Leslie says:

    I would still get the Chihuahua, they are not temperamental anymore, and are definitely not difficult…the breed has been very improved…they are very sweet and loving and not barkers. The West Highland White are hard to keep looking nice, and brushing is required, the Beagle tends to run and bay(howl), and the Poodle is very high maintenance and can be barkers…most are. My absolute favorite is the Maltese, but LOTS of brushing, little barking, and no shedding….but absolutely the smartest most loving, of all….Shih Tzu is quite sweet, but high maintenance…Pom is nice, temperament not so nice. So here we are back at the Chihuahua. My son breeds them His favorite breed used to be German Shepherd, now…..Chihuahua.
    Go for it.

  2. Wind Rider says:

    West Highland White

  3. Amber B says:

    Any small dog is going to be a handful! I would suggest a terrier of some sort. I have a rat terrier but she is very hyper, but does not bark AT ALL! If you can handle the hyperness then your set!

  4. shaderus nicholas roserveltte says:

    There is no such thing as "easy". Dogs are dogs. Different breeds have different requirements, so it really depends on yourself. I for example consider Labs "easy", however someone living in an apartment building would have to spend quite a bit of energy on exersicing with the dog, so that would be a "Difficult" dog to them.

    Huskies, and Great Pyrenees are both high maitenence grooming wise. They and Boxers both need LOTS of exercise. They’re energetic and need active people, and high quality food.
    Boxers and french bulldogs need regular grooming and washing. Them as well as rat terriers need certain temperatures at all times.

    Also, there is no single dog breed that would out shine the rest. MANY breeds have characteristics one would find appealing in common. So there are TONS of breeds which are very similar to husky, rat terrier, boxer, FB, and GP, why restrict yourself to only those?

  5. adrianā™„ says:

    Beagles make WONDERFUL Jrs dogs. There just enough grooming to teach them to use various tools…the dogs have an affinity for kids…they are a handy size and easy to travel with,…they do not tend to get into it with other dogs…they tend to show well and free stack nicely for food. It’s hard to beat a Beagle when it comes to Jrs breeds IMO.

  6. June says:

    I say a toy poodle. They don’t bark much and there small and so CUTE!

  7. Isis IS SEND PEEK A NOTE FOR MOM says:

    ALL dogs are demanding. they all NEED attention, walking, grooming etc.
    seriously, go to a shelter and look for a cat.
    they don’t need to be walked, enjoy attention when it’s convenient and groom themselves (don’t get a long haired cat).

  8. Weimaraner Mom says:

    Most small dogs can become very difficult and demanding if not raised properly. Because they are so small people tend to find their aggressive behavior "cute" and so they don’t punish, so you end up with a very aggressive small dog that no one can get near but it’s owner. A small dog requires as much discipline as a Great Dane, not babying or coddling and treating like a human baby, giving rules boundaries and limitations will help to develop a good natured dog.

    Have you looked in a mixed breed dog, or possibly a Dachshund? I fostered a Yorkie/Dachshund mix that was about 10lbs and quite possibly the sweetest and mellowist small dog I’ve ever met. Any small breed dog can become demanding if you let them, the trick is to not allow a small dog to become that way and that includes a Chihuahua.

    Good luck

  9. Killer Queen says:

    Maltese. They are friendly and affectionate yet have a nice temperment that makes them more calm than some small dogs. They’re good with children and are very intelligent so they train easily.

    However, I have a Chi that was a rescue and he is the best dog ever! He doesn’t yip and is calm and relaxed. Plus he was so easy to train. He listens and follows every command. He’s so wonderful that when people see him, they want one just like him!

  10. william D says:

    "West Highland White"

    HAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAH a terrier easy?!?! Far from it. Although that was my first dog and I loved him like a brother but they are far from easy.

  11. chad c says:

    just the fact that you are asking for the most low maintenance dog, says to me that you don’t deserve to have a dog at all. you should get a gerbil, hamster, rat, rabbit, some kind of vermin that can be left in it’s cage and taken out when you get around to it. maybe a goldfish. you definitely shouldn’t have a dog.

  12. Chihuahua Addict R.I.P. Gigi! says:

    If you get a Chihuahua, or any breed for that matter, that is properly bred, and you socialize and train it at a young age, they are not difficult or temperamental. Any breed you get, can be difficult or temperamental, if not properly bred, socialized and trained! I love all breeds, but I’ve owned several Short Coat Chihuahuas, for over 40 years, and have never had any kinds of behavioral problems with any of them! I also never had a problem training mine! Mine love being around other people and other dogs, and they are not big barkers! It’s just a matter of your lifestyle and preference. I prefer Chihuahuas, and in my opinion and experience with them, they are awesome little dogs, they have a great sense of humor, are very funny to watch, they love to entertain you, they are very loving, very loyal, very protective, have great little personalities and think they are Macho, Big Breed Dogs, they will stand up to anything, very easy to take care of, and great companions! I would never give mine up, for anything in the world. I love them all dearly!
    I recently lost one of my Chihuahuas named Gigi, after a long fight, she could not win, with Liver Disease. It was one of the most heartbreaking experiences, I ever had to watch her go through. She just could not fight anymore and she fought so hard to stay alive! She was a sweet, loving, quiet, little girl, who always obeyed me, and never once gave me any problems and was always right by my side! Just a laid back little angel, who loved to love and give cuddles and kisses. I adored her and miss her very much!http://i20.tinypic.com/6xqbmg.jpg
    I think Chihuahuas, just like Pit Bulls are so misread and so misunderstood. Unless you know a breed or have owned the breed, you can’t be so quick to judge the breed!

  13. joseph s says:

    I would say a poodle

  14. figuresk8r@rocketmail.com says:

    Breed doesn’t have as much to with it as temperament. You appear to want a docile dog that will be a lap dog – yes? We have had lhasa’s and shih tzu’s and all but one have fit that bill. One way to test them is to lay the puppy on its back in your lap and see if it lies there or immediately wiggles and turns over. Usually more docile dogs will submit to lying on their back for you and are typically easier to train and are more laid back.

    This is not 100% full proof, however – the lhasa that my parents now have laid on her back and just let us pet her and love on her. She is now almost 4 and is the most ‘alpha’ dog any of my family has ever had, but she is a total snuggly love bug. She dominates almost every dog she comes into contact with but loves, loves, loves people – very social.

  15. Poodle Mommy says:

    Forget a puppy, puppies are very high maintenance for several months. They need housebreaking (taking out several times a day up to 12 times for a small breed puppy), puppy training classes, need lots of time to be socialized, and go through a stage where they chew everything in sight (including the wood on my four poster bed). Things to consider include exercise needs, grooming needs, and your climate. I’ve had both puppies and older dogs, and older dogs are far easier. One dog we adopted was 1 year old and came housebroken and partially trained. I still like the challenge of the occasional puppy, but after a year or two it really doesn’t matter if you raised the dog from a pup or not, the love is the same.

    Consider making a list of the reasons you want a dog (companionship, security), amount of time you have to devote to the dog (work all day, someone home all day), your lifestyle (active, couch potato), and go to a shelter. Find someone at the shelter who really knows the dogs there who is willing to take the time to place a dog that matches your needs. No one like that at the shelter, find another shelter. Find the right person before you look at the dogs and fall in love with a less than ideal choice for you. Often, dogs in shelters are housebroken and have some basic training that you can build on. The truth is, a dog that needs lots of grooming or playtime can still work if you’re willing to pay for grooming or day care.

    Good luck!

  16. JY says:

    I have a chi and he’s not difficult or tempermental at all. All dogs require maintenance, obviously, and I get the impression that you understand that. But as dogs go, they are not the most high maintenance. They like to cuddle, they are smart and trainable, and because they’re small, there are some things you don’t need to train them to do, like stay off the couch (he can’t get up there anyway!). Of course you still have to make sure they don’t bark or bite, or pee on the floor, etc. but i found that pretty easy to do. And when they make a mistake, it’s not a huge deal, you can just correct them and go about your business. They don’t eat much, you can transport them easily, and while they do need to be walked, they can also go on paper when it’s really cold out, and they don’t need tons of room for exercise. We have a small backyard and my little guy can exhaust himself running around it for 20 minutes.

  17. Valley of the Danes says:

    I was going to say a stuffed dog buy it sounds like you’re doing some research.

    A few breeds I would suggest:

    Long coat breed-
    Havanese

    Medium length coat-
    Miniature Schnauzer – nice dogs, mild mannered when compared to terriers and rumor has it, they don’t shed. http://www.doggies.com/Miniature_Schnauzer
    Scottish Terrier
    Corgi (Welsh or Pembrook)

    Short hair dogs-
    French Bulldog -adorable dogs
    Whippet http://www.doggies.com/Whippet

    *And I would not recommend you do a search for breeders of any of the dogs mentioned above on the same site. The breeders in my breed that I saw listed were all byb’s or puppymills.
    I would suggest you contact the parent club (ex. French Bulldog Club of America -http://www.frenchbulldogclub.org/, American Miniature Schnauzer Club -http://amsc.us/, etc.) to do additional research on each breed as well as find a breeder/mentor.

  18. BAP has qwestyuns says:

    I have a very cute Shih-tzu/maltese and they can get hyper but you can easily train them but make sure you start when they are in their months not years. hope you choose wisely Good Luck :D

  19. Ava says:

    Shetland Sheepdogs are probably the best dogs to own, they arent that big and they’re easy to train!!!

  20. sam1967taylor says:

    I had a dashund who barked non stop and peed over everyone that petted him. And a yorkie who was impossible to house train (they are ment to be almost impossible to train) she peed with excitment she peed when nervous and she peed for no reason at all. It was like living in a dogs toilet.. She also barked all the time. Apparently pugs are very good easy little dog..Good luck.

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