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Affenpinscher

SMALL DOG BREED

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher was bred in Central Europe to keep rat populations down in stables and farms. Noble ladies discovered the dog was equally capable of decimating mice populations in their closets, so at least some Affenpinschers moved up to fancier social circles.

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Brussels Griffon

SMALL DOG BREED

Brussels Griffon

Thanks to the movie "As Good As It Gets," the Brussels Griffon is in the spotlight. It's easy to understand the appeal of this snub-nosed imp with remarkable intelligence. Brussels Griffons are small, weighing less than 12 pounds.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

SMALL DOG BREED

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A small sporting spaniel that gained popularity in the 17th century, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fell out of favor after the reign of Britain’s King Charles II.

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Chihuahua

SMALL DOG BREED

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is the world's smallest dog, but it makes a spirited pet for any size home. The breed is alert and graceful with a rounded skull and large, flaring ears. Smooth coats are soft and come in any color.

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Chinese Crested (Hairless)

SMALL DOG BREED

Chinese Crested (Hairless)

The smallest of the hairless breeds, the Chinese Crested usually weighs between 6 and 8 pounds. This light, graceful dog is devoid of hair, except for fringes on the feet and tail tip, and the flowing crest on its head that gives the breed its name.

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Chinese Crested (Powderpuff)

SMALL DOG BREED

Chinese Crested (Powderpuff)

The smallest of the hairless breeds, the Chinese Crested usually weighs between 6 and 8 pounds. This light, graceful dog is devoid of hair, except for fringes on the feet and tail tip, and the flowing crest on its head that gives the breed its name.

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English Toy Spaniel

SMALL DOG BREED

English Toy Spaniel

After William of Orange ascended the British throne, the popularity of the King Charles Spaniel that had been the court favorite during the reign of Charles II waned, and little was heard of the breed until the mid-19th century.

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Havanese

SMALL DOG BREED

Havanese

The Havanese or Bichon Habanero, is a member of the bichon family of small companion-dog breeds, which are neither spaniels nor terriers. Native to Cuba, the Havanese likely arrived via trading ships.

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Italian Greyhound

SMALL DOG BREED

Italian Greyhound

The smallest of the sighthound breeds, the Italian Greyhound probably originated in Greece and Turkey some 2,000 years ago. An elegant toy breed measuring 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, the Italian Greyhound is slender and graceful.

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Japanese Chin

SMALL DOG BREED

Japanese Chin

Playful, agile and friendly, with a wonderful sense of humor, this breed makes a charming pet. A beautiful long-coated toy breed, the Japanese Chin was a favorite of the Japanese imperial family and was distinguished from other dogs by its royal status.

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Maltese

SMALL DOG BREED

Maltese

The Maltese is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, and its trust and responsiveness are appealing. Art objects dating back 3,000 years depict this beautiful little dog, whose breed name may derive from the island of Malta or the Sicilian town of Melita.

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Miniature Pinscher

SMALL DOG BREED

Miniature Pinscher

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the miniaturized version of the Doberman Pinscher but a much older German breed that has been known in that country for at least 300 years.

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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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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, Toy

SMALL DOG BREED

Poodle, Toy

The Toy Poodle was developed from the larger (European gun dog) poodle. Popular with royalty, the lively Toy Poodle today is well-liked by any owner wanting an intelligent but compact companion dog.

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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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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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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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