#13. Soft-coated Wheaten terrier
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #53
- 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
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #39
- 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. If you don’t fall in love with their sad, droopy faces and low-hanging ears, their loyalty will win you over.
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #37
- 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 around for over three millennia. They’re classic lap dogs, but still like to play outside when on a walk.
#10. Border collie
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #35
- 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 intelligence that, when put all together, creates a highly trainable pet. Known as “workaholics,” a "job" to perform might keep them content when it’s time to relax.
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #33
- Full-grown height: 6–9 inches
- Full-grown weight: 3–6 pounds
- Traits: Charming
Chihuahuas are known as apartment-friendly dogs who like to play at home and revel in their territory. They are smart, so they need not be trained for very long, and their signature petite size means they don’t demand a lot of space.
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- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #28
- 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.
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #24
- 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 left short to keep from having to deal with frequent grooming, or they’re corded similarly to the Puli. Native to Cuba, the Havanese are increasingly finding homes in small living quarters in large American cities.
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #23
- 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
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #21
- 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. Their compact nature makes them ideal for city living, and they’ll earn you some compliments along the way: their “impeccable manners” earned the nickname, “The American Gentleman.”
#4. Shih tzu
- 2018 AKC popularity rank: #20
- 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 than to relax in a chair.
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