If you’re looking for something a bit different-looking but just as affectionate, long-living, portable and trainable as the rest of the options on this list, check out the Chinese Crested.
One of the breeds with the highest minimum life expectancy at 14, Hollywood has unfairly sullied these amazing, smart and loyal little guys by stereotyping them as very yappy and the fashion accessory of the vacuous.
So popular that there’s a famous – and delicious – black licorice candy in its iconic shape and color, Scotties are loyal, friendly and energetic, so be aware they need walks and playtime.
If you like your dogs to seem like living dolls and perpetual puppies, the regal and proud Maltese is a terrific choice. They even require a clip of some sort to keep their silky coat up out of their eyes
For more active people looking for more than a lap dog, there’s nothing quite like the company of this totally chill, easily trained, and extremely sweet breed.
Also known as “weiner dogs” because of those long, reddish brown bodies propped up on very short legs, these guys are loving, friendly, and very funny to watch when they play with a toy.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Originally not on this list because I associated the breed with Charlotte York’s prissy pet on Sex and the City, both Keith and Cochran lobbied for their inclusion.
Greyhounds must always be leashed when not at home because they have an instinct to chase that could become dangerous for both of you.
There’s a reason the poodle lands on every list like this—and why they’re so constantly being crossbred with everything from Golden Retrievers to dachshunds.
Just. Look. At. That. Face. Adorable, soft and earnest, a typical Pom weighs less than eight pounds and has pretty much one life goal: to please you