Quietness is not always a common trait found in smaller dog breeds. Small dogs can develop excessive barking habits due to weak training and discipline. Treating the bad behavior exhibited by a small dog as cute can lead to serious personality problems. Some small dog breeds, however, are naturally quiet while others are easy to train to behave and bark less.
The Japanese Chin grows to between 7 and 11 inches at the shoulder and can range between 4 and 15 pounds in weight. With two class sizes of the breed, dogs below 7 pounds are available as purse dogs. It is a lively, loving breed that can be shy around strangers. The dog has a mild temperament and seldom barks unless it's warranted. It is also intelligent and picks up new tricks quickly, making for easy training.
The Havanese grows to between 8 and 11 inches at the shoulder and ranges between 7 and 13 pounds in weight. Individuals closer to the smaller ranges might make suitable purse dogs. It is a faithful breed which forms a strong bond with its owners. The breed is intelligent, is easy to train and, given consistent firm training, will be a well behaved animal. The dog is naturally quiet, seldom barking unless it feels the need.
The Papillon grows to between 8 and 11 inches at the shoulder and between 8 and 10 pounds in weight. Individuals from the smaller size ranges might be suitable as purse dogs. It is an active, playful breed which makes a strong bond with its owners. They can be willful if not well trained, but consistent firm training will produce a well behaved dog. Unlike a lot of small breeds they do not bark much and the little they do can be trained out with discipline.
English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel grows to 10 inches at the shoulder and between 9 and 12 pounds in weight. It is one of the larger toy breeds but smaller individuals might be suitable as purse dogs. The breed has a gentle, calm nature and is naturally well behaved. Establishing leadership over the dog is vital as it will happily obey if it knows its place. It is not naturally a quiet breed, but with good training it will learn to only bark when it needs to.