The 25 Smallest Dog Breeds

Small dogs come from a variety of AKC groups, so there is a perfect breed for every lover of little dogs with regards to personality, activity level and coat type. Keep in mind, small dogs are not just lapdogs – many of them are tough as nails. Smaller dogs don’t necessarily need to work off loads of energy, so they are quite suitable for apartment life. But not all small dogs live to be lap warmers! Certain breeds like Dachshunds or small terriers would also love country life and the opportunity to run around on a farm. If your family includes very young children, ensure that your small dog has a space to get away from the kids, or reconsider your choice of breed. Many Toy breeds are too delicate to compete with a boisterous family of young children and need to live in a quieter environment.

Dachshund

Go look up the word “spunky.” We’ll wait. Did you see a photo of a Dachsie? We thought so.

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Japanese Chin

A true aristocrat: charming and loving with those they favor, nobly reserved with strangers

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Maltese

Gentle, playful, affectionate; fearless in a charming toy-dog way.

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Pomeranian

Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical "personality breed".

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Pug

Even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving.

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Schipperke

Alert, curious, confident; intense, but with a dash of mischief and impudence

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Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terriers are outgoing and friendly, yet fiercely loyal to their families.

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