Bichon frises are adorable, low-shedding lap dogs. Italian royals formerly valued their temperament and watchdog attitude. They're even in historical paintings.

Bichon Frise

The bolognese sauce originated in Bologna, Italy, centuries ago, like our favourite spaghetti sauce. Bolognese are under 10 pounds and 10-12" height, making them good bedmates.


French bulldogs are affectionate, loyal, and charming. They're great city watchdogs. They're bred to be companions, thus they make the list.

French Bulldog

Since the dawn of time, this particular breed of dog has been a fixture in both history and popular culture. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, due to their placid nature, are ideally suited to the role of lap dog.

Cavalier King

Who could deny the pug a spot on our list? Cute wrinkly faces and chubby bodies. They're an ancient breed. Since 400 BC, they've warmed hearts.


People think of the Maltese as an aristocrat among dog breeds. Maltese people have been around for 28 hundred years. The Greeks who owned them in the past even built tombs for them.


Created for Chinese royalty, Pekingese have long locks and flat faces. They're called "lion dogs" because of their lengthy manes and stocky build, per Daily Paws. Pekingese are loyal yet opinionated, say owners.


Shih tzus are indoor pets loved by royalty and celebrities. They were the Ming dynasty's pet. They don't need much activity, so they're happy on your lap.

Shih Tzu

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