It has been proven that people with dogs live longer, more fulfilled lives. Puppies offer so much more than companionship and unconditional love. Petting a dog is proven to lower blood pressure and stress, making you feel calmer, and playing with them increases the levels of the feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your brain.

With the many health benefits to owning a dog, it’s no wonder you’re shopping for a puppy. Any pup is easy to fall in love with, but how do you know which one is right for you? Researching dog traits of some of your favorite breeds, as well as speaking with a dog breed expert will help you decide.

Check out our list of some of our favorite small dog breeds and their general characteristics:

Toy Poodle

Poodles are often portrayed as being very prissy and uptight. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! Toy poodles are very perky and energetic dogs that love to play. They are very intelligent and easily trained. Poodles have the added bonus of being one of the most hypoallergenic breeds. They do need daily exercise, which shouldn’t be a problem in our gorgeous South Florida weather.

Lhasa Apso

A Lhasa Apso is a great puppy for people who are looking for a more independent dog. They are playful, but dignified. They do not require as much activity or companionship as other breeds and are fine with a smaller yard or even apartment. They are a longhaired dog and require regular grooming.


A cross between a Maltese and a poodle, maltipoos are spirited, playful and affectionate dogs. Though they’re often considered indoor dogs, only needing to go outside for bathroom breaks and occasional walks, they love to play outside too. They work well with smaller yards or apartment living, but they know how to enjoy large outdoor areas too.  Maltipoos are easily trained and known for having a good temperament.


Havanese are a very happy and playful breed. They are snuggly, gentle lap dogs that love companionship. They require some exercise, but a walk a day and some romping in the yard should do it. They do not require a large yard; just a little space is fine. Havanese puppies enjoy learning tricks and are trained with a rewards method. This is a longhaired breed that requires regular brushing and grooming to look and feel great.

The best way to the right breed of puppies for sale in Boca Raton or the West Palm Beach area is to stop into Love My Puppy and see them in person. We are sure you will fall in love with the one that suits you best, and we’d love to help you meet your perfect pooch. Come in today, or call us at (561) 368-6767 to learn more about our very special select breeds we have here at Love My Puppy.