Small Dog Breeds



Tight on space in a condo or apartment, limited by weight restrictions, or just enjoy a smaller companion? Search our list of small breeds to find a dog that is just your size. Whether it’s a Chihuahua, Jack Rusell or a Havanese, these petite pups fit on your lap, under a plane seat and are easily portable. Don’t be fooled by their small stature thought, pint size doesn’t mean small personality.

Papillon

SMALL DOG BREED

Papillon

Its beautiful, butterfly-like ears give the Papillon its name. A white blaze running up the center of the forehead is preferred and further enhances the butterfly look.

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Parson Russell Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Parson Russell Terrier

Descendants of the pre-1900 Fox Terrier, Parson Russell Terriers are cyclones in dog form. Rev. John Russell of Devonshire, England, originally bred these extremely active and smart working terriers in the mid- to late-1800s.

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Patterdale Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Patterdale Terrier

Avid terrier people in Yorkshire and the Lake District breed strictly working stock, generally referred to as fell terriers. As is common with working dogs, they show physical variation, because mating is based only on working qualities and gameness.

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Pekingese

SMALL DOG BREED

Pekingese

For centuries, ownership of the Pekingese was restricted to members of the Chinese imperial court. Venerated as good luck charms, the elegant little lion dogs lived a pampered existence and were not seen outside their country of origin until after 1860.

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Pomeranian

SMALL DOG BREED

Pomeranian

An inquisitive extrovert, the Pomeranian makes friends wherever it goes. It's the smallest member of the spitz family of dogs, with the characteristic prick ears, a pointed muzzle and a plumed tail carried over the back. The breed takes its name from Pomerania, once a part of Germany.

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Poodle, Miniature

SMALL DOG BREED

Poodle, Miniature

Created in response to popular demand, the mid-size Poodle, or Miniature, is probably the best known and most popular of the three sizes. The Miniature Poodle belongs to a family of dogs renowned for their prowess as water retrievers.

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Poodle, Toy

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Poodle, Toy

The tiniest member of the Poodle trio, the Toy Poodle measures 10 inches or under at the shoulder. Bright, amusing, good-natured and clever, the Toy Poodle makes an ideal companion for the less active and those with limited space.

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Pug

SMALL DOG BREED

Pug

Its frowny face and Dutch nickname of mopshond, meaning "to grumble," belie the Pug's playful, loving disposition.

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Rat Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is commonly seen on farms and in homes as an alert watchdog and lively companion. This breed was originally developed from crosses between Smooth Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers.

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Russell Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Russell Terrier

The Russell Terrier is smaller and more rectangular than the Parson Russell Terrier. It originated in England, but was developed in Australia where it was standardized and became known as the Jack Russell Terrier, the name it which it was recognized by the FCI.

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Russian Toy

Russian Toy

Also known as the Russkiy Toy, the Russian Toy is a small, elegant, lively companion breed developed in Russia in the 20th century. The Russian Toy was developed via an effort to revive the English Toy Terrier in Russia.

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Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (literally "colored lap dog" or "colored Bichon") is a unique Russian toy breed descended from the French Bolonka and a variety of other small breeds combined and refined in Russia.

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Schipperke

SMALL DOG BREED

Schipperke

The little boatman, as this breed is nicknamed, is bright, active and curious, all qualities that made it an ideal barge dog, ratter and carriage dog.

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Scottish Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Scottish Terrier

Nicknamed the Diehard, the Scottie has a fiery, "tails up" attitude that makes it an alert, determined friend. A working terrier of Scotland's highlands, this breed was once a member of a variety of terrier types collectively called the Scotch Terriers.

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Sealyham Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Sealyham Terrier

A one-man creation, the Sealyham is named for the Welsh estate of Captain John Edwardes, who developed the tough white terriers to go after badger, otter and fox. The dogs became well known for their working ability, and in 1908 a breed club was formed and a standard drawn up.

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Seidenspitz

Seidenspitz

The Seidenspitz was developed in Germany using Maltese and white Pomeranians. The breed was known perhaps as far back as the late 1700s. Affectionate and intelligent, the Seidenspitz resembles a Pomeranian with a long, silky coat that may be solid white or solid black.

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Shetland Sheepdog

SMALL DOG BREED

Shetland Sheepdog

This breed used to be called the "Toonie," a name taken from tun, the Norwegian word for "farm." It was a farm dog whose workplace was the unfriendly terrain of the Shetland Islands that lie off the northeast coast of Scotland.

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Shiba Inu

SMALL DOG BREED

Shiba Inu

This lively and energetic dog, the smallest of Japan's native breeds, was once used for hunting small game in its homeland. A diminutive spitz breed, the Shiba is a dog of quicksilver agility and legendary cunning.

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Shih Tzu

SMALL DOG BREED

Shih Tzu

Lively and lovely, the Shih Tzu (pronounced shidzoo) enjoys a good walk and a good talk with his people. Bred as a companion for at least 2,000 years, this little "lion dog" is happy and outgoing, with a friendly, trusting attitude beneath the slightly arrogant appearance.

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Silky Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Silky Terrier

Although it's a toy breed, this little dog has the alert, inquisitive nature typical of terrier breeds. Another creation of the inventive Australians, the Silky Terrier was developed from a cross between Australian and the Yorkshire Terriers.

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