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.

Löwchen

Löwchen

A companion dog whose name is German for “little lion,” the Löwchen has been a popular pe…

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Maltese

Maltese

The tiny Maltese, “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” has been sitting in the lap of luxury since the…

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Manchester Terrier (Standard)

Manchester Terrier (Standard)

The Manchester Terrier is named after the English city where much of the breed’s early…

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Manchester Terrier (Toy)

Manchester Terrier (Toy)

The Manchester Terrier is named after the English city where much of the breed’s early…

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Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

In most every way the Miniature Bull Terrier is a Bull Terrier, only smaller. These upbea…

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Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

The leggy Miniature Pinscher is known to fans as the “King of Toys.” This proud, fearle…

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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer, the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds, is a generally healthy…

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Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terriers are little, cute, and loyal, and they will gladly curl up in your lap, but don’…

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Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets

The Norrbottenspets is a small, slightly rectangular spitzdog, well poised, with sinewy and…

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Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund

From Norway’s rocky island of Vaeroy, the uniquely constructed Norwegian Lundehund is the only…

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Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terriers are plucky little earthdogs named for their hometown in England. The old cliché…

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Papillon

Papillon

The quick, curious Papillon is a toy dog of singular beauty and upbeat athleticism. Despite hi…

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