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Most popular house-friendly dogs

  • #14. Scottish terriers

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #56
    - 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. They can even teach a thing or two around the house about persistence, as this quality has garnered their nickname, “the Diehard.”

  • #13. Soft-coated Wheaten terriers

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #54
    - 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 hounds

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #37
    - 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.

  • #11. Maltese

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #36
    - 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. Chihuahuas

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #35
    - 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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  • #9. Border collies

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #33
    - 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.

  • #8. Pugs

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #31
    - 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. Pomeranians

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #24
    - 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.

  • #6. Havanese

    - 2019 AKC popularity rank: #22
    - 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.

  • #5. Boston terriers

    - 2019 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.”

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