The 4 Easiest Small Dog Breeds to Housetrain
In my opinion, getting a dog breed just because it is easy to housetrain is wrong. Housetraining should be one of the easiest things you can do and if done properly, will be over within five days. Even if you do not spend enough time with your dog, it only takes a few weeks or up to a month, so you should select your dog based on her personality, whether or not she sheds, barks a lot, is calm and good in an apartment, or even if she smells too much. Even selecting a dog based on whether she matches your carpet is better than housetraining. Any dog can be housetrained if you work at it.
But, if you have suffered through housetraining before, you might feel differently. Dogs are naturally clean and do not like to urinate or defecate in their home, but some puppies have this instinct destroyed when they are raised in their own filth. Pet shop dogs, originating in a puppy mill, internet puppies, shipped through brokers, and dogs forced to lie in their own filth through improper crate training are all prone to this problem.
There are also a few breeds that are notoriously difficult to housetrain, so here are a few of the easiest small dogs to housetrain.
4 Easiest Small Dogs to Housetrain
- Shiba Inu
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Shih Tzu
This small Japanese dog (they only weigh about 8-10 kilos, around 15-22 pounds) is well known as being one of the easiest to housetrain. Although they are not easy to obedience train, they are one of the cleanest dog breeds and they can be taught to use pads or even a litterbox; for best results, they should be taught to go outside and it will only take a few days.
Shibas are vocal (they will whine loudly when unhappy or excited) but are one of the dogs that does not bark very much. They do shed, and if kept in a small house or apartment should be brushed daily. And since some of them show aggression, they do need to be well socialized.
Best of all—this breed is really cute! They look like a little fox and are usually healthy, most living over 12 years of age. The oldest Shiba lived to 26 when he died in 2011. His family probably did not even remember his early housetraining.
Some small dogs have problems holding their bladder, probably just because they do not have much room down there. This tiny dog (usually only 2-4 kilos, or about 4-10 pounds) might be expected to fit in that category, but he does not.
Besides being easy to housetrain, this dog does not shed much and has an attractive long white “hypoallergenic” silky coat. He does need to be combed every day, and since it takes so long to care for his coat some owners prefer to keep their dog in a “puppy cut” so that he can be groomed easily.
The Maltese is clean, and is great in apartments because he is one of the small breeds that does not stink. He gets along great with cats, but does like to bark and some breeders warn that they are not good with small kids.
If you are thinking about getting your first dog, this is one of the best breeds to consider. If you are a senior citizen, and you have time to groom and brush his teeth, as well as having a nice couch for your Maltese to perch and watch the world, this is the perfect small dog.
If you are looking for a slightly larger dog, but still want a pet that does not shed much, consider a Miniature Schnauzer. They are usually 4-8 kilos (about 10 to 20 pounds) and have a wiry coat that should be clipped regularly. If the coat is not taken care of it will matt up and becomes painful for the dog.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the easiest small dog breeds to housetrain. Some puppies will even be housetrained by the time they leave the breeder´s home, but of course if you change the training method (using pads instead of grass, for example) it will set the dog back a little.
They are also easy to obedience train, and are one of the breeds seen frequently around agility competitions. Most do well with kids, and although they are good watchdogs they are not likely to bite.
Some Miniature Schnauzers have some health issues, and they are not always as problem free as a Maltese or Shiba Inu. They do have good life spans, however, and most live up to about 12 years.
This easy-to-housetrain toy dog is well known because he has an attractive long coat that does not shed much. Like many Maltese, the coat is often cut short in a “puppy cut” by those owners who cannot keep up with the daily grooming.
Shih Tzu are only about 6 or 7 kilos (about 10-15 pounds) and besides that long coat also have a well-known under bite, so even a good diet is not going to be enough to prevent dental disease. If you decide to get one of these dogs the teeth MUST be brushed daily.
Because of that funny face, they are also prone to some breathing problems and they do not do well in hot and humid environments. Some have back problems because of their long bodies, and still others will have less common health issues. But if you are looking for a friendly and affectionate small dog, the Shih Tzu is a good choice.
If you have dealt with housetraining one of the difficult breeds (like the Dachshund, the Pug, Italian Greyhound, or many of the hounds) this might be an important list for you. No matter which breed you decide to bring home, do not expect miracles overnight. Puppies have to learn—it is just that some learn quicker than others.
When you decide to find a new puppy, do not buy from a pet shop or one of the internet sites that lists multiple breeds for sale. You will be purchasing from a puppy mill. These puppies may have been raised in cages with their own feces, and may never learn that it is wrong to potty in the house.
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