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  • Most popular house-friendly dogs
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    Most popular house-friendly dogs

    Sometimes it’s not enough to want a dog. You may have the funds to buy one, know a pet sitter at the ready, have no qualms with waking up at 6 a.m. for a walk, or have enough toys and doggy beds to outfit an entire home. Often, it’s a lack of space that makes wannabe dog owners feel hesitant to adopt. This is a real challenge—many dogs require open spaces to run around and play, like a backyard or even a large living room. And if they bark, you don’t want your neighbors coming over to complain. Apartment owners in big cities or people in smaller homes don’t necessarily have these luxuries. Luckily, there are a good amount of dog breeds who are perfectly suited for an in-home lifestyle.

    Stacker combed through the American Kennel Club’s directory of over 192 registered breeds, analyzing the list based on the following criteria to identify breeds that make for the best homebodies:

    - Removed all breeds classified as “very active”
    - Removed breeds classified as having “frequent shedding” or “lots of shedding” while including breeds that only need occasional grooming
    - Chose breeds that classified as "quiet" or "barks when necessary"
    - Chose breeds that are 25 inches or less when fully grown

    Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, the resulting list includes 43 dog breeds ranked by 2018 popularity that will likely be quite comfortable with a relaxed, in-home lifestyle.


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  • #43. Cesky terrier
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    #43. Cesky terrier

    - Full-grown height: 1013 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 14
    24 pounds
    - Traits: Tenacious, trainable

    Though somewhat active, the Ceskies (derived from the word “Czech”) are playful, curious little dogs who are more easily trained than your average terrier.

  • #42. Sussex spaniel
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    #42. Sussex spaniel

    - Full-grown height: 13–15 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 35–45 pounds
    - Traits: Friendly

    Though not particularly tall, Sussex spaniels are strong, low-built dogs that are cheerful (in the classic spaniel way), but not as active as others in the breed group. Walking around a bit is enough to keep a Sussex happy.

  • #41. Skye terrier
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    #41. Skye terrier

    - Full-grown height: 10 inches (male), 9.5 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 35
    45 pounds (male), slightly less for females
    - Traits: Dignified, calm, stubborn, loyal, devoted

    The famously loyal and calm Skye terriers are lovely couch companions who are not particularly active, but do benefit from a long, leisurely walk.

  • #40. Dandie Dinmont terrier
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    #40. Dandie Dinmont terrier

    - Full-grown height: 8–11 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 18–24 pounds
    - Traits: Independent, proud, smart, affectionate, bold, tenacious

    These pups may be on the smaller side, but they act like big dogs—not in that they’re dominant or aggressive, but that they are proud and confident. At home, they’re affectionate and only require a few good walks to stay satisfied.

  • #39. Glen Of Imaal terrier
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    #39. Glen Of Imaal terrier

    - Full-grown height: 1214 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 32
    40 pounds
    - Traits: Bold, spirited

    These scruffy, cute terriers aren’t pretentious or fancy looking—their history as working farm dogs lends them a curious, exploratory nature that is not too excitable, but refreshingly spirited.

  • #38. Sealyham terrier
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    #38. Sealyham terrier

    - Full-grown height: 10.5 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 23–24 pounds (male), slightly less for females
    - Traits: Alert, outgoing, tempered

    The Sealyham terrier is what the AKC describes as a “substantial small dog” with the build of an NFL running back (“powerful, built low to the ground”), but still is a tempered, docile pet to keep at home.

  • #37. Finnish Lapphund
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    #37. Finnish Lapphund

    - Full-grown height: 1821 inches (male), 1619 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 33
    53 pounds
    - Traits: Reserved, calm, friendly, courageous

    These agile Nordic dogs are not particularly outgoing around strangers, but are nonetheless friendly and eager to please at home.

  • #36. Field spaniel
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    #36. Field spaniel

    - Full-grown height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 35–50 pounds
    - Traits: Sweet, fun, loving, smart

    Somewhat larger than your average cocker spaniel, the field spaniel stands about 17–18 inches at the shoulder. They’re known for being smart, mild-tempered companions who love to please their humans.

  • #35. Affenpinscher
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    #35. Affenpinscher

    - Full-grown height: 9–11.5 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 7–10 pounds
    - Traits: Loyal, curious, fearless

    These funny-looking “ape terriers,” as some have called them, are confident, curious, and playful. Their notoriously silly nature will keep you smiling around the house.

  • #34. Clumber spaniel
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    #34. Clumber spaniel

    - Full-grown height: 18–20 inches (male), 17–19 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 70–85 pounds (male), 55–70 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Mellow, dignified

    These stocky, small-yet-heavy dogs are mellow and proud, but have their silly moments. Clumbers are great indoors, but also love a good long walk, and in many cases, even a swim.

  • #33. Xoloitzcuintli (toy, mini, standard)
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    #33. Xoloitzcuintli (toy, mini, standard)

    - Full-grown height: 8–14 inches (toy), 14–23 inches (miniature), 18-23 inches (standard)
    - Full-grown weight: 10–15 pounds (toy), 15–30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard)
    - Traits: Loyal, alert, calm, trainable, watchdog

    One of the oldest breeds, Xoloitzcuintli dogs were historically thought to ward off evil spirits and intruders at home. Today, they make great watchdogs; they’re alert, but stay calm as they protect their domains.

  • #32. American hairless terrier
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    #32. American hairless terrier

    - Full-grown height: 12–16 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 12–16 pounds
    - Traits: Inquisitive, playful

    Those allergic to dogs love the American hairless terrier, whose lack of coat and affectionate nature make it a wonderful, fur-free companion. They’re good watchdogs, but also get along with other pets—cats included.

  • #31. English toy spaniel
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    #31. English toy spaniel

    - Full-grown height: 9–10 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 8–14 pounds
    - Traits: Affectionate, alert

    This snub-nosed pup with its famous silky coat is curious and well-behaved, almost never barks, and is a happy presence around the house.

  • #30. Manchester terrier (standard, toy)
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    #30. Manchester terrier (standard, toy)

    - Full-grown height: 15–16 inches (standard), 10–12 inches (toy)
    - Full-grown weight: 12–22 pounds (standard), under 12 pounds (toy)
    - Traits: Spirited, bright, loyal, independent

    Manchester terriers (toy or standard) are fiercely loyal and smart, and though they are fine hanging out indoors, their athleticism will truly shine when taken outside. They’re fast and can enjoy themselves when they are given room to run.

  • #29. Kerry blue terrier
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    #29. Kerry blue terrier

    - Full-grown height: 18–19.5 inches (male), 17.5–19 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 33–40 pounds (male), slightly less for females
    - Traits: Smart, alert, oriented

    Naturally inclined to explore, the Kerry blue terrier is vivacious, smart, and lively. They love to romp around the house, and are allergy-friendly because they rarely shed.

  • #28. Welsh terrier
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    #28. Welsh terrier

    - Full-grown height: 15 inches (male), proportionally smaller (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 20 pounds, proportionally smaller (female)
    - Traits: Alert, spirited

    A bit larger than your average terrier (but smaller than the Airedale), Welsh terriers are calmer than many in the terrier family, but still have an upbeat personality. They’re great with children and can interact with other dogs under moderate supervision.

  • #27. Japanese Chin
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    #27. Japanese Chin

    - Full-grown height: 8–11 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 7–11 pounds
    - Traits: Charming, loving, reserved

    This intelligent breed lives for its companions, but like a true aristocrat, is reserved until it gets to know you. Japanese Chins are almost cat-like with their loving yet coy personalities.

  • #26. Brussels Griffon
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    #26. Brussels Griffon

    - Full-grown height: 7–10 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 8–10 pounds
    - Traits: Alert, curious, loyal

    Much like a terrier, the smart Brussels Griffon is a happy pup that can be an obedient, trainable watchdog for your home. This breed is also known for its almost human-like expressions.

  • #25. Norwegian elkhound
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    #25. Norwegian elkhound

    - Full-grown height: 20.5 inches (male), 19.5 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 55 pounds (male), 48 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Confident, dignified, friendly

    The Norwegian elkhound is has hunting in its DNA, so while these dependable dogs are happy to keep you company at home, they thrive on a bit of exercise when taken outside. These dogs are also known to carry themselves in a dignified manner, but are friendly nonetheless.

  • #24. Keeshond
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    #24. Keeshond

    - Full-grown height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 35–45 pounds
    - Traits: Outgoing, lively, friendly

    Sharing similar traits to other Northern breeds, the Keeshond is a fuzzy, sturdy companion who is welcoming to anyone it meets, and even enjoys making new friends.

  • #23. Pekingese
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    #23. Pekingese

    - Full-grown height: 6–9 inches
    - Full-grown weight: up to 14 pounds
    - Traits: Affectionate, loyal

    Historically owned by Chinese royalty (the name “Pekingese” derived from “Peking,” or the ancient name of Beijing), Pekingese conduct themselves in a regal manner, but are happy to be around their owners. They’re not particularly active, so they’re okay to go on a few walks and play indoors.

  • #22. Coton de Tulear
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    #22. Coton de Tulear

    - Full-grown height: 10–11 inches (male), 9–10 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 9–15 pounds (male), 8–13 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Bright, happy, charming, loved

    These French dogs live for giving and receiving affection from their owners, and will be happy simply following you around your home.

  • #21. Staffordshire bull terrier
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    #21. Staffordshire bull terrier

    - Full-grown height: 14–16 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 28–38 pounds (male), 24–34 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Brave, tenacious, stubborn, gentle, playful, clever

    These dogs are not particularly tall, but pack a whole lot of muscle into a small package. Staffies can be stubborn, but are playful and intelligent. Although they enjoy their time inside, they need to be able to run around and get exercise when it’s time for a walk.

  • #20. Chinese crested
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    #20. Chinese crested

    - Full-grown height: 11–13 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 8–12 pounds
    - Traits: Lively, alert, affectionate

    Chinese crested are people pleasers who are almost cat-like in their homebody tendencies. If not curled up on an armrest or chair, they get their exercise following their owners around the apartment.

  • #19. Chow chow
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    #19. Chow chow

    - Full-grown height: 17–20 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 45–70 pounds
    - Traits: Dignified, bright, aloof

    These little lions have a mostly serious demeanor, but are bright, loving, and not super active. They’re not big barkers and are just fine living in small spaces.

  • #18. Italian greyhound
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    #18. Italian greyhound

    - Full-grown height: 13–15 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 7–14 pounds
    - Traits: Alert, playful, affectionate

    Not as tall as their racetrack relatives, Italian greyhounds are good companions who easily adapt to city life. They are dainty and affectionate.

  • #17. Lhasa Apso
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    #17. Lhasa Apso

    - Full-grown height: 10–11 inches (male), slightly smaller for females
    - Full-grown weight: 12–18 pounds
    - Traits: Smart, confident, aloof

    Known for its long, luscious coat, the Lhasa Apso has a balanced temperament that mixes humor and aloofness. Usually this breed is fun-loving around the house, but more careful around strangers.

  • #16. Chinese Shar-Pei
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    #16. Chinese Shar-Pei

    - Full-grown height: 18–20 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 45–60 pounds
    - Traits: Devoted, loved

    The Chinese Shar-Pei doesn’t need a busy lifestyle—this breed is content with a walk and a good belly scratch. Shar-Peis are devoted to their owners, but take on a dignified and aloof air when around new people.

  • #15. Whippet
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    #15. Whippet

    - Full-grown height: 19–22 inches (male), 18–21 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 25–40 pounds
    - Traits: Calm, affectionate, playful

    Many would think that the whippet wouldn’t be suited for a stay-at-home lifestyle, as it can sprint up to 35 miles per hour—the fastest domesticated animal of its height. But after a good walk or energy-filled moment outside, this pup is quiet and lazy when it gets back home.

  • #14. Scottish terrier
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    #14. Scottish terrier

    - Full-grown height: 10 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 19–22 pounds (male), 18–21 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Independent, confident, shy, spirited, dignified

    Scotties are a dignified, confident breed who aren’t shy and love to explore. They are loyal and spirited, however, and are great with children.

  • #13. Soft-coated Wheaten terrier
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    #13. Soft-coated Wheaten terrier

    - Full-grown height: 18–19 inches (male), 17–18 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 35–40 pounds (male), 30–35 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Happy, friendly, devoted, stubborn

    Unlike other wiry terriers, the soft-coated Wheaten terriers are known for their silky coat. They are joyful and friendly, and love being around families—although they’re stubborn as well, like many terriers. They exhibit a special jumping habit when they’re especially happy (“the Wheaten greeting”).

  • #12. Basset hound
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    #12. Basset hound

    - Full-grown height: 12–15 inches (male), 11–14 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 40-65 pounds
    - Traits: Patient, stubborn, charming

    Above all else, basset hounds are patient—around children and strangers alike. They are stubborn but charming, easy to train, and somewhat low-energy.

  • #11. Maltese
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    #11. Maltese

    - Full-grown height: 8–10 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 6–8 pounds
    - Traits: Gentle, playful, affectionate, fearless, charming

    These toy dogs are charming and elegant—and have been for over three millennia. They’re classic lap dogs, but still like to play outside when on a walk.

  • #10. Border collie
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    #10. Border collie

    - Full-grown height: 19–22 inches (male), 18–21 inches (female)
    - Full-grown weight: 30–45 pounds (male), 27–42 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Smart

    These herding dogs are agile and athletic, with an intelligence that, when put all together, creates a highly trainable pet.

  • #9. Chihuahua
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    #9. Chihuahua

    - Full-grown height: 6–9 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 3–6 pounds
    - Traits: Charming

    Chihuahuas are known apartment-friendly dogs who like to play at home and revel in their territory. They are smart, so they don’t need to be trained for very long, and their signature petite size means they don’t demand a lot of space.

  • #8. Pug
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    #8. Pug

    - Full-grown height: 10–13 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 14–18 pounds
    - Traits: Tempered, charming, loving

    Pugs make great companions, as they are even-tempered and loving. They’re not extremely athletic, but still like long walks where they get to feed their natural curiosity.

  • #7. Havanese
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    #7. Havanese

    - Full-grown height: 8.5–11.5 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 7–13 pounds
    - Traits: Outgoing, intelligent

    The happy Havanese don’t require much exercise, and love hanging around the house entertaining their owners. Their soft coats are either left short to keep from having to deal with frequent grooming, or corded in a similar way to the Puli.

  • #6. Pomeranian
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    #6. Pomeranian

    - Full-grown height: 6–7 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 3–7 pounds
    - Traits: Lively, bold, inquisitive

    These little extroverts are definitely playful, but their love of attention means the lapdog lifestyle suits them well. Many Pomeranians are trained to be competitive show dogs.

  • #5. Boston terrier
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    #5. Boston terrier

    - Full-grown height: 15–17 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 10–25 pounds
    - Traits: Friendly, bright

    The tuxedo-wearing Boston terriers are charming and adapt to most environments—especially apartments and in-home living. They are kind-natured and sharp.

  • #4. Shih Tzu
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    #4. Shih Tzu

    - Full-grown height: 8-11 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 9-16 pounds
    - Traits: Outgoing, affectionate, playful, charming

    Shih Tzus may be small, but their famously silky coats attract big attention. They are the consummate house pet, as they are outgoing and friendly, but love nothing more to relax in a chair.

  • #3. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
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    #3. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

    - Full-grown height: 12–13 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 13–18 pounds
    - Traits: Affectionate, gentle

    The trainable, affectionate Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a favorite among U.K. families, as they are good with children and other pets. They enjoy a good walk, but don’t need much exercise beyond that.

  • #2. Bulldog
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    #2. Bulldog

    - Full-grown height: 14–15 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Calm, courageous, friendly, dignified

    Though bulldogs are bigger and stockier than conventional lap dogs, they aspire to be curled up with you nonetheless. They’re therefore a popular breed among those looking for an indoor pet, as they require little exercise, are low-maintenance, and carry a gentle disposition.

  • #1. French bulldog
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    #1. French bulldog

    - Full-grown height: 11–13 inches
    - Full-grown weight: 20–28 pounds (male), 16–24 pounds (female)
    - Traits: Playful, smart

    These fun-loving dogs are not particularly athletic, so a short walk will keep them healthy and happy. Frenchies are low-maintenance and loyal. Some are a bit stubborn during training, but eventually just want to please their owners.

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