Some people want to get a dog simply because they can be house trained. That’s a simple thing to do. If done properly, it will be over within 5 days. However, if you do not spend enough time with your dog it only takes a few weeks or up to a month.

The idea is to choose your dog based on their personality. It doesn’t matter whether or not it sheds, barks a lot, and is calm and good in an apartment.

However, if you have gone through the process of housetraining a dog you might indifferent. Most domesticated animals like dogs have an inclination to refrain from urinating anywhere, thus it’s safe to say they are fairly clean. However, there some puppies that are the exception to this rule of course.

Other breeds are just notoriously difficult to housetrain. On this note, here are a few of the easiest small dogs to housetrain.

Shiba Inu

This is a Japanese dog that weighs about 8-10 kilos, around 15-22 pounds. It is well known for being one of the easiest to housetrain. It’s not easy to obedience train, but cleanliness comes naturally and they can be taught to use pads.

They are very vocal. They like to make loud noises or whine when feeling uneasy or riled up. However, they don’t bark very much. This breed is really cute! They resemble little foxes with a life expectancy of more than 12 years!


There are small dogs that have sensitive bladder problems. This is probably because of how small they are which means there’s not much room in their tiny bodies.

A Maltese is a tiny dog that’s only 2-4 kilos, or about 4-10 pounds.  Although it’s an easy dog to housetrain, the shedding isn’t a problem at all despite its silly white fur that looks like it’s going to shed a lot. This dog does not need high maintenance for its coat and a lot of owner like to keep the cut short resembling that of its puppy state.

This breed is clean and it’s great in apartments because he is one of the small breeds that does not stink. Small kids might not be that compatible with this breed, but a lot of breeders suggest that it’s a great dog to socialize with other pets like cats since it gets along with them well.

Miniature Schnauzer

This breed is slightly large and does not shed much. They weigh about 20 pounds and have a coat the looks wiry and requires much maintenance and trimming.

These dogs are one of the more hassle-free ones to house train. Some breeds are even house trained by the time they leave the breeder´s home.

This breed is very easy to train in the field of obedience and it is seen in competitions that involve high levels of agility. They do well with kids from time to time and don’t worry about them biting anyone because it’s very unlikely to happen.

There are some that have health issues, and they are not always as problem free as a Maltese or Shiba Inu.

Shih Tzu

This dog is easy-to-housetrain and is well known for the attractiveness of the long coat that doesn’t encounter much shedding. For a lot of groomers, they like to keep what most would call a puppy cut because it helps them save time with grooming and dealing with shedding. This dog weighs ten pounds and sports a gorgeous coat.


Do you have any other small breeds to add to the list?  Comment below.


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