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.

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

A rare breed developed in the United States, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is descended from English terriers and terrier mixes brought to America by immigrants.

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Tibetan Spaniel

SMALL DOG BREED

Tibetan Spaniel

Smart, sweet and trusting of other dogs and people, the Tibetan Spaniel has a long history as a companion. It was bred in the monasteries of Tibet and used as a watchdog and bed warmer. Its nickname of "little lion" symbolized Buddha's triumph over violence and aggression.

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Tibetan Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Tibetan Terrier

If you enjoy snowshoeing and other winter sports, consider a Tibetan Terrier. The breed has an unusual foot structure, which permits the dog to travel easily on snow.

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Toy Australian Shepherd

Toy Australian Shepherd

The Toy Australian Shepherd should look similar to the standard-sized Australian Shepherd. Toy Aussies range between 10 and 14 inches tall at the shoulder, with 12 inches ideal. Although small, Toy Aussies are sturdy and should look neither spindly nor coarse.

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Toy Fox Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Toy Fox Terrier

The TFT is dynamite in the shape of a dog. Descended from the larger Fox Terrier, the Toy was developed in the 1920s. The United Kennel Club began registering the breed in 1936. Prized as a watchdog, vermin killer and playmate, the breed has prospered in rural areas.

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Volpino Italiano

SMALL DOG BREED

Volpino Italiano

Many Italians appreciate the finer things in life: wine, opera, fashion ... the Volpino Italiano. A watchdog and companion, the Volpino is active, intelligent and intensely loyal, devoted to its family and home.

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Welsh Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Welsh Terrier

"Let's get busy" is the rallying cry of this game but well-mannered terrier, whose temperament is described as friendly and smart, with a desire to please. That pleasing personality has long made the breed a favorite in its native country.

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West Highland White Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier originated in Scotland as hardy hunters of small game. Never a pampered pet, the Westie combines Highland boldness, tenacity and loyalty in its small, hardy body.

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Yorkshire Terrier

SMALL DOG BREED

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in the north of England about the mid-19th century, chiefly for the job of controlling the rat population in the coal pits and cotton mills. It was also a featured combatant in rat-killing contests.

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