I've always grown up with animals and love them. We currently have 2xsmall maltese x shitzu dogs (male - 10 y/old and female - 8 y/old). I work from home so I'm around most days to take them for walks and hang out. We have a fully fenced, enclosed backyard so the dogs are able to go outside as much as they like. My 2 dogs sleep inside in the lounge room in their beds - where it's nice and warm where you're dog will too! We have an 8 month old baby (non crawler) so ideally your dog would need to be ok with children.