Smallest Dog Breeds

Small dogs are part of many AKC groups, so there is a perfect breed for every lover of little dogs when it comes to personality, activity level and coat type. They don’t necessarily need to work off loads of energy, so they are quite suitable for apartment life. But not all small dogs are lap…

Small dogs are part of many AKC groups, so there is a perfect breed for every lover of little dogs when it comes to personality, activity level and coat type. They don’t necessarily need to work off loads of energy, so they are quite suitable for apartment life. But not all small dogs are lap warmers! Some can have personalities that are tough as nails. Certain breeds like Dachshunds or small terriers also love country life and the opportunity to run around. If your family includes very young children, make sure the dog you’re considering has a space where it can be alone when necessary, or perhaps, research breeds that may better fit your family’s lifestyle. The fact is, some small dogs are too delicate to compete with a boisterous family of young children and need to live in quieter environments.

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

Loyal, curious, and famously amusing, this almost-human toy dog is fearless out of all proportio…

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American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog combines striking good looks with a quick and clever mind in a total…

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American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier, a Louisiana native, is a smart, inquisitive, and playful dog tha…

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Basenji

Basenji

The Basenji, Africa’s “Barkless Dog,” is a compact, sweet-faced hunter of intelligence and…

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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

Graceful terriers in sheep’s clothing, Bedlington Terriers, named for the English mining shire…

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Biewer Terrier

Biewer Terrier

The Biewer Terrier is an elegant, longhaired, tri-colored toy terrier whose only purpose in life i…

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Bolognese

Bolognese

A small companion breed originating in Italy, the Bolognese is a calm, faithful dog with a long…

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Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a lively little companion recognized by his tight tuxedo jacket, sporty bu…

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Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

Tipping the scales at no more than 12 pounds, this humanlike toy of complex character has enough…

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a masterpiece of the breeder’s art: Every aspect of its makeup i…

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wears his connection to British history in his breed’s name…

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Chihuahua

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a tiny dog with a huge personality. A national symbol of Mexico, these alert and…

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