Ten of the Smallest Dog Breeds

Good things do come in small packages as proved by these small canines. They might be little, but these dogs have big personalities and big hearts. Traditionally, small dogs love to cuddle with you and hang out on your lap. Tell everyone who your favorite small dog breed is in the comment section below.

1. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies, are one of the most recognizable small breeds around. Their fur coats are luxuriously long and silky and will require hair cuts. Most of the time, they weigh around seven pounds, but they have been recorded before exceeding fifteen pounds.

2. Chihuahua


Chihuahuas are famous for having big dog attitudes in tiny bodies. They either have long or short hair that comes in a variety of colors. Their trademark feature is their large, bat-like ears. They weigh between five and seven pounds.

3. Bichon Frise

These curly haired dogs are a great choice for someone with allergies since their shedding is minimal. These dogs have a merry disposition which makes them a good choice for families. Also, they are a bit larger than other breeds weighing anywhere between ten and twenty pounds which makes them not as fragile as other small breeds.

4. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are a happy-go-lucky types of dogs that may leave you laughing in stitches with their humorous antics. Characteristically, they are white with large black splotches on their backs and faces. However, they can also come in brindle or black as well. They weigh between fifteen and twenty-five pounds.

5. Pug

Pugs are a brachychephalic breed which means they have a short muzzle and a broad skull, which gives them their signature "smashed-in" appearance. Though this gives them a unique look, it can lead to breathing problems in the breed. Their coats come in mostly fawn color, but they can also be black. They also have deep wrinkles on their face, another common trait in brachychephalic breeds. 

6. Papillon 

Papillons are famous for their large, butterfly-wing-like ears. This breed is loyal and affectionate towards their owners, but are reserved around strangers. They have long coats that come in many different colors. They weigh between seven and ten pounds.

7. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs, also known as Frenchies, are another brachycephalic breed. Their faces are similar to Pugs, but their ears stand upright, while Pugs have floppy ears. They are on the big size of the small breed category, weighing up to thirty pounds.

8. Toy Poodle

Poodles come in many different sizes and flavors, and the Toy Poodle is the smallest of them. They retain many of the characteristics of larger poodles, such as their dense, curly hair as well as intelligence. They weigh between six and nine pounds.

9. Pomeranian

 Pomeranians, also referred to as Pom Poms, are descended from bigger Spitz dogs such as the German Spitz. These dogs have a fluffy coat with a plumed tail. They come in a many different colors such as cream,white, tan, red, brown, black, black and tan, and brindle. They weigh between four and eight pounds.

10. Shih Tzu

This breed originates from China. They are the ultimate lap dog and love to snuggle with their owners. Their fur grows like human hair and must be brushed daily when it gets long. They weigh between ten and twenty pounds.