11 Best Lap Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is what most think of when someone says lap dog. They are the prototype of one, and they truly are royal.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu looks like a doll and mostly behaves as one. There is hardly a better lap dog than this little pooch!


This beautiful dog is perfectly fluffy for a whole day of cuddling, and he certainly deserves the title of one of the best lap dog breeds.


Maltese is a low-maintenance lap dog that is known for his white coat. Just make sure to brush him regularly.

Boston Terrier

This tuxedo dog will stay small no matter how old, making him perfect for cuddle sessions.


The Pug is the ultimate lap dog, and this happy pooch will become your best friend in no time.

Yorkshire Terrier

While Yorkies tend to exhibit big-dog behavior, they also have a gentle side that loves to sit on your lap!


While Chis are known for being grumpy, they are also some of the biggest lap dogs out there.


No lap dog breed list can be complete without a Papillon! This adorable pooch is rather calm and lives for the attention!

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are loving and sweet creatures that are equally good at sports and giving cuddles.

Toy Manchester Terrier

While Toy Manchester Terrier is a guardian, he is little and cuddly, so he deserves to be on the list of the best lap dog breeds, too.