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Top Lap Dog Breeds – Meet Cute Lap Dogs

Lap dogs are blessed with friendly and affectionate disposition. These lap warmers are recognized for their cute and puppy-like features such as large heads, big eyes, short muzzles and folded ears. Owing to these features, this dog breed is mostly utilized as companions, fashion accessories and even status symbols. Truth is, not all lap dogs are equally created; indeed, some dogs seem to fulfill the role of lap-warmer better than others. In this article, I have listed top lap dog breeds that can charm you with their antics and delight your days.


Cuba’s national dog, the Havanese is a fun loving and devoted companion. These dogs have won many admirers with their long and silky hair, expressive eyes, and cuddly size. They have earned the nickname “Velcro dog” because they stick so closely to their owner’s side. This trainable and surprisingly energetic dog breed needs to be brushed and combed at least twice a week. Some other information of this breed is as follows:

Height 8 – 11 inches (20 – 28 cm)
Weight 7 – 13 pounds (3 – 6 kg)
Life Expectancy About 14-15 years
Litter Size 1 – 9 puppies, average 4
Coat Long Coat, Silky
Color Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Silver, White
Temperament Cheerful, intelligent, loyal, responsive, and social.
Health Concern Major concerns: none; Minor concerns: patellar luxation


Shih Tzu

A compact lap dog, the Shih Tzu’s long, flowing double coat is its most distinctive and attractive feature. This regal breed has been a lap dog since the beginning of his existence, especially as the prized companion of Chinese emperors. The upbeat attitude of this dogs breed makes it fun to train and watch as it romps around and play. If you are considering owning this breed, you should keep in mind that luxurious coat of this dog needs special care and grooming. Some more information of this dog is given below:

Height Up to 11 inches (28 cm)
Weight 9 – 16 pounds (4 – 7 kg)
Life Expectancy About 15 years or more
Litter Size 2-5 puppies
Coat Dense, Long Coat, Silky
Color Black, Brown, White
Temperament Cheerful, Social
Health Concern Hypothyroidism, Intervertebral Disk Disease


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

An elegant and energetic toy breed, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love hanging out with their owner, whether that means going for outdoor adventures or cuddling on the couch. They also make wonderful therapy dogs due to their gentle and sweet natures. Some addition information of this dog breed is as follows:

Height 12 – 13 inches (30 – 33 cm)
Weight 10 – 18 pounds (5 – 8 kg)
Life Expectancy About 9-14 years
Litter Size 2-6 puppies
Coat Silky
Color Black and Tan, Red
Temperament Affectionate, cheerful, courageous, gentle, and social
Health Concern Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), Syringomyelia (SM), Episodic Falling, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)



If you are looking for a kindhearted lap dog which is synonymous with affection, then wrinkly-faced Pug is one of the best choices for you. These pooches are originated in China where they were appreciated by the royalty members of the Shang Dynasty. Unlike many other lap dogs, the coat of this lap dog breed is short and needs little care. You should keep in mind that it is a brachycephalic breed; therefore, it’s sensitive to heat. Whether exercising or snuggling, make sure to keep this dog breed cool. Some other information about this breed is described below:

Height Males 12 – 14 inches (30 – 36 cm); Females 10 – 12 inches (25 – 30 cm)
Weight Males 13 – 20 pounds (6 – 9 kg); Females 13 – 18 pounds (6 – 8 kg)
Life Expectancy About 12 to 15 years
Litter Size 3 puppies
Coat Fine, Short-Haired
Color Black, Silver
Temperament Affectionate, alert, cheerful, friendly, gentle, intelligent, loving, loyal, playful, and sweet
Health Concern Skeletal brow ridges, Proptosis, Scratched corneas and painful Entropion



Originating from the island of Malta, the Maltese are very smart and extremely affectionate. The main attraction of this dog is its long, flowing coats that touch the ground and give it a prissy appearance. Daily brushing and combing of the long coat of this breed is important but be gentle, as the coat is very soft. Other information of this dog breed is as follows:

Height Males 8 – 10 inches (21 – 25 cm); Females 8 – 9 inches (20 – 23 cm)
Weight 6½ – 9 pounds (3 – 4 kg)
Life Expectancy About 15 or more years, It may live as long as 18 years, but it is important to keep it out of the damp.
Litter Size 3 puppies
Coat Long Coat, Short Coat, Silky
Color White
Temperament Alert, Cheerful, Gentle, Intelligent, Loving, Social
Health Concern Major concerns: none;  Minor concerns: patellar luxation



These dogs of Mexican heritage are recognized for being one the smallest lap dog breeds on earth. This dog’s petite size and saucy expression makes it a favorite for those people who are living in small apartments. They get their daily exercise by just romping from one room to other, exploring the yard or going on short walks. Not suitable for the outdoors, these lap dogs have a hard time tolerating cold and will need a winter coat in order to stay warm. Some other information is mentioned below:

Height 6 – 9 inches (15 – 23 cm)
Weight 2 – 6 pounds (1-3 kg)
Life Expectancy About 15 or more years
Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Coat Long Coat, Short Coat
Color Black, Blue, Brown, Red, Silver, White
Temperament Alert, courageous, independent, and intelligent
Health Concern Most important: Patellar luxation; Other diseases: Color dilution alopecia, Corneal dystrophy, Cryptorchidism, Demodicosis, Glaucoma, Hydrocephalus,


Swati takes pride of being a dog lover. Her current passions include blogging, writing and collecting dog pictures of various breeds. She is an active member of stray dog care society.

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