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Top 49 Smallest Dog Breeds in The World

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Small dogs can be very hyperactive, noisy and very hard to train, however, not all of them can fall into this category. In most cases, their personalities can turn out to be bigger than their size. Not only their size but the love they carry as well. Small dog breeds have big hearts and are extremely faithful to their owners. Unlike the bigger dogs, small dog breeds can live between 12 to 20 years. Not only that, but they are also able to live in various places with different size. They can live in a small studio or apartment to even a big house.

This article focuses on the different breeds and their personalities.

1. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas have big dog attitudes. They weigh no more than 6 pounds and their height is about 6 inches. They are very adaptable but it’s preferred to watch them without small children around.

2. Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffons are very noble and can get very lonely so it’s always good to have someone around them to keep them company. They can weight from 5 to 15 pounds and their size can be from 9 to 11 inches.

3. Pomeranian

Pomeranians have a very feisty character but they could be just as loyal as the rest of the Spitz family. They can be from 6 to 7 inches tall and can weigh from 3 to 7 pounds.

4. Affenpinscher

Affenpinschers are also known as monkey dogs because of their facial expressions. They originate from Germany where they were used as “rat-killers”. Their weight can vary from 7 to 9 pounds and they stand from 9 to 11 inches.

5. Yorkshire terrier

Yorkshire terriers, just like the Chihuahuas have a lot of big dog attitudes, and are also very tomboyish. They can be about 8 or 9 inches big and they can weigh about 7 pounds.

6. Russan Toy

Russan Toys are very playful and have the Russian aristocracy in them. They can weight from 3 to 6 pounds and can be from 7 to 10 inches high.

7. Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terriers also have the lineage of farm ratters and hunters in the past. They are super intelligent and can weigh 7 pounds and be about 10 inches high.

8. Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin has a royal lineage. They are very quite, calm and huggable. The Japanese Chin can be from 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh between 4 and 9 pounds.

9. Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested are very unique. They have very happy and playful personality, just like most of the small dogs breeds. Their height can vary from 11 to 13 inches and they can weigh between 8 and 12 pounds.

10. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu are also known as “lion dogs” because they have long and luxurious coats that have to be groomed all the time. They can weigh from 9 to 16 pounds and be either 9 or 10 inches tall.

11. Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher is the “king of the toys”. They have the look of small dobermans and they can be territorial as them. These watchdogs can be 10 to 12 inches high and weigh from 8 to 10 pounds.

12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are very proud and graceful. Not only that but they can also be affectionate and stubborn as well. They can weigh around 18 pounds and their height varies from 12 to 13 inches.

13. French Bulldog

French Bulldog are super charming and intelligent. They have the typical “bat ears” and they can weigh from 16 to 28 pounds. They can be 11 to 13 inches tall. Unlike some of the small dog breeds, they can be excellent friends with small children.

14. Pug

Pugs come from royal Chinese lineage and are literally known as clowns because of their facial expressions that are very similar to those of the humans. They can be about a foot tall and can weigh from 14 to 18 pounds.

15. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers originally started as fighting dogs. They are usually very spunky and loving and have noting in coming with their origins. Their height can vary from 15 to 17 inches and they can weigh up to 25 pounds.

16. Havanese

Havanese were likely brought up by Spanish explorers back in the 18th century. They can be very entertaining and can swim really good if trained. They can weigh from 7 to 13 pounds and their height can go up to 11 inches.

17. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are excellent runners. Shockingly, they can run up to 25 miles per hour. They are very shy, loving and intelligent. They can height from 7 to 14 inches and can weigh up to 14 pounds.

18. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer have a lovely moustache that adds a lot of Victorian resemblance to their appearance. They were originally used as guard dogs but they are affectionate and happy. Their height can be between 12 and 14 inches and they can weigh up to 20 pounds.

19. Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terriers are very fearless and have boundless energy. They do great in breed competitions and can weigh 12 pounds and height 10 inches.

20. Pekingese

Pekingese are very affectionate and vigilant. Because of their personality, they can be wonderful watchdogs. They can height from 9 to 14 inches and weigh up to 14 pounds.

21. Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers are very intelligent and can be very independent. They can height up to 10 inches and weigh up to 22 pounds. They also do great with children.

22. Schipperke

Schipperke can be very mischievous and because of that it’s frequently called “little black devil”. They can weigh from 10 to 16 pounds and weigh up to 13 inches.

23. American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog is curious and extremely cute. Because of that it’s often called “The Dog Beautiful”. They can weigh from 15 to 35 inches, depending if it’s toy, miniature or standard. Their height can go up to 19 inches.

24. Bolognese

Bolognese come from the Italian city Bologna, hence the name. It can weigh up to 9 pounds and height up to 12 inches.

25. Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear is known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar”. Just like the Bolognese it is a companion animal and a lapdog. The Coton de Tulear can go up to 11 inches and can weigh up to 15 pounds.

26. Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier hails from Scotland. It is highly intelligent, very obedient and sensitive as well. They can height up to 10 inches and weigh up to 14 pounds.

27. Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai are super energetic and demand plenty of exercise just like the Huskies. Their height can be between 13 and 17 inches depending if it’s toy, miniature or standard.

28. Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier is tough, brave and stubborn as well. Those are just some of the qualities of their interesting personalities. They can weigh up to 10 pounds and height between 9 and 10 inches.

29. Dachshund

Dachshunds are wonderful watchdogs and their name means badger dog in Germany. They can weigh up to 32 pounds and height from 8 to 9 inches.

30. American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier are hairless, very alert and energetic. They tend to have sun burns so it’s good to keep that in mind when they are out in the sun. They can weigh from 12 to 16 pounds and their height can be around 16 inches.

31. Biewer Terrier

Biewer Terriers can be very happy and wonderful companions. These playful dogs can height up to 11 inches and weigh from 4 to 8 pounds.

32. German Spitz

German Spitz are very loving, playful and loyal dogs. They can weigh up to 26 pounds and height from 12 to 15 inches.

33. Corgi

Corgis are herding dogs. They used to come in two varieties Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Broke Corgis, however, the two breeds were split in 1925. Their height can go up to 12 inches and they can weigh up to 30 pounds.

34. Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier is an Irish breed that was used for hunting animals like foxes and badgers. They still have the hunting skills and can be very skillful. Their height can go up to 14 inches and they can weigh from 32 to 40 pounds.

35. Lowchen

Lowchen is known also as “little lion dog” and is believed to be around since the 16th century. They are very affectionate and positive. They can weigh up to 15 pounds and can height up to 14 inches.

36. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers have been family dogs for over 300 years. They are generally happy and very playful. Their height can go up 11 inches and they can weigh from 15 to 20 pounds.

37. Papillon

Papillons are known for the curious spirit and “butterfly ears”. The Papillons are not only happy but super friendly as well. They can weigh up to 10 pounds and their height can go up to 11 inches.

38. Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terriers are stronger that they look and they like to stay active. They. are some of the longest-living dogs of all 49 small dog breeds. Their weight can vary from 11 to 12 pounds and their height can go up to no more than 10 inches.

39. Norrbottenspets

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Norrbottenspets is a Swedish/Finnish breed. They can make great hunters and can run a long distance. Their height can vary from 16 to 18 inches and they can weigh up to 30 pounds.

40. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only dog on the list that’s named after a character. It was named after the terrier-owning farmer in Sir Walter Scott’s book “Guy Mannering” from 1814. They are affectionate and playful and can weigh from 18 to 24 pounds. They can height up to 11 inches.

41. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso are said to come from Tibet about 2,000 years ago. They are independent and loving, however, it’s a good idea to check on them when they around children. They can weigh up to 18 pounds and height from 10 to 11 inches.

42. Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier can be small, at least 10 inches. That doesn’t change the fact that they are courageous and good-tempered. They can weigh up to 45 and height up to 10 inches.

43. Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund need not just mental but physical stimulation to remain happy. The breed has been around for over 1,200 years starting from the Viking ships. They can weigh up to 35 pounds and height from 12 to 13 inches.

44. Parson, Jack Russell and Russell Terriers

Parson, Jack Russell and the Russel Terrier look very much alike. They are all very happy, energetic and can live for a very long time. Their height can go up to 12 inches and they can weigh up to 15 pounds.

45. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise have a happy and loving personality, however, it’s good to keep an eye on them with children around as they don’t like poked or prodded. Their height can go up to 12 inches and they can weigh up to 18 pounds.

46. Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka

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Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka hails from Russia and they can be very protective of their territory. Besides that, they are known to be happy, smart and funny. Their height can vary from 9 to 10 inches and they can weigh up to 11 pounds.

47. Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

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Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is named after the 26th president of the United States. They are energetic, very loyal and great companions. Their height can vary from 8 to 15 inches and they can weigh up to 25 pounds.

48. Maltese

Maltese is an ancient breed that is known for their lux and sulky white coat. They have a lively persona and they are very playful. Another way to describe them is happy-go-lucky. They weigh under 7 pounds and can height up to 9 inches.

49. Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier is known as the “holy dog of Tibet”. They have “horseshoe” (large and flat) feet. They are affectionate, good-natured and friendly. Their height can vary from 14 to 17 inches and they can weigh up to 30 pounds.

All of these 49 small dog breeds are unique and extremely valued by people all over the world. They have different personalities and lineages and those are just some of the reasons why. Having a small dog is always a good idea because they don’t require much, just love and affection, and they don’t need a huge place to live in since they can be just as happy in a small apartment. Regardless, they truly are great companions and the most perfect example of a person’s best friend.

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