As small dogs have become more and more popular, breeds have also gotten smaller. Tiny dogs had become one of the most popular fashion accessories around the world. Not to mention that many love the fact that they are great for city and apartment dwellers. Many of the world’s smallest breeds are continually being cross bred to create even tinier versions, known as toy breeds, in order to fill the demand for small and tiny dogs. However, here are 10 of the world’s smallest dog breeds:
Renowned for being the world’s smallest dog, Chihuahuas are a long living breed that can live up to 18 years. They make great housemates and companions, and are great for apartment and city dwellers. They have minimal grooming requirements and their outgoing personalities more than make up for their small stature. Chihuahuas are also great companion dogs for seniors due to the fact that they do not require routine outdoor exercise as running around the house is plenty for them.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular toy dog breeds to any United States. They are usually around 8 or 9 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh no more than 7 pounds. Long silky coats that are usually straight and require a moderate amount of maintenance. While Yorkshire Terriers are very active, extra exercises are not required for them to obtain the amount of activity that they need. However, they do enjoy daily walks and playing outside on a regular basis. On the other hand, Yorkshire Terriers have a reputation for being difficult to house train and owners may require the assistance of a professional dog trainer. Due to their small size and the Terrier personality, this type of dog is not recommended for homes with small children and toddlers.
Standing at 8 – 10 inches tall and weighing up to 7 pounds, the Maltese are typically renowned for their glamorously white, long coats. While the fashion world has claimed them as a symbol of status and sophistication, these sprightly and energetic dogs are actually known for excelling at many jobs. Maltese dogs are great as companion dogs, tracking dogs and therapy dogs. This breed is known for being fearless and assuming that everyone they meet is a friend. Like many small breeds, they did not do well in homes with toddlers and small children. While they are overly friendly, they still require proper socialization and basic obedience training.
Pomeranians are known, not only for their feistiness and spirit, but also for their furry and cute appeal. In fact, many Pomeranians are famous fashion models because of their cute looks and trainability. However, they are also energetic, alert and curious about the world progress. Due to their small size, owners should take care to keep them away small children who could accidentally injure them by dropping them, stepping on them or holding them too tightly. Despite their small stature, Pomeranians have a rather loud bark and make excellent watchdogs. However, due to their easy excitability and high energy, it is also recommended that they attend specialized dog training classes for good behavior.
Named for their beautiful butterfly-like ears, Papillon dogs stand at 8 – 11 inches tall and weigh up to 9 pounds. These alert, friendly dogs are not known for being shy or aggressive. Papillon dogs make wonderful contenders in agility and obedience competitions, and they have also been ranked as one of the top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world. They are a long-living breed and with proper socialization they can make a wonderful addition to your family for years to come.
6. Bichon Frise
Standing at 9 – 11 inches tall and weighing in between 7 and 12 pounds, Bichon Frise dogs have very compact bodies and teddy-bear faces. With their fluffy white coats, they are often mistaken for white poodles. Bichon Frise dogs are a bit higher maintenance that some small breeds as they are attention hounds who have trouble being alone, and often suffer from separation anxiety. However, they are a great choice for senior citizens and those who have a lot of free time to devote to their pooch.
7. Shih Tzu
Weighing up to 16 pounds and standing between 9 and 10 inches tall, the Shih Tzu is thought to have originated in Tibet, however their exact origins are unknown. The name Shih Tzu is derived from the Chinese word for ‘lion dog.’ Known for their remarkably long and soft double coat, Shih Tzu have a compact build with a short muzzle and large obscure eyes. However, their long double coat also means that they require a moderate amount of grooming on a regular basis. Grooming can be very costly, however, many owners have the coat trimmed short for easier maintenance. Shih Tzu are known for being loyal and friendly, however, they are also: lively, outgoing, playful, alert, gentle and clever.
8. Boston Terrier
With the distinction of being one of the few dog breeds that were “made in America,” Boston Terriers are known for being gentle and affectionate companions. Their tuxedo-like markings have earned them the nickname “American Gentleman,” and their short coats make for easy grooming requirements. However, they are extremely sensitive to cold weather for the same reason. Standing between 12 and 17 inches tall at the shoulder, Boston Terriers actually found in three weight classes: under 15 pounds, 15 to 19 pounds, and 20 to 25 pounds. Boston Terriers are also known as a stubborn breed, therefore training must be persistent and consistent, and may also require professional dog obedience training.
Often described as a big dog in a little body, this breed stands between 10 and 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs in between 14 and 18 pounds. Pugs are known for having extremely short muzzles and a well wrinkled face, as well as an adorably curled tail. While their coat may be a variety of colors, the most common is black or fawn. Pugs have a short, glossy coat of fine fur, however, they still tend to shed a lot. Pugs are renowned for being charming and attentive, however, they are also playful, docile, sociable, quiet, clever and stubborn.
10. Toy Poodle
Standing up to 10 inches tall and weighing in between 6 and 9 pounds, Toy Poodles are much smaller than Standard and Miniature Poodles. Toy Poodles stand out from the crowd due to their beautiful coats, sophisticated features and high intelligence. Toy poodles are highly trainable and intelligent, as well as being active, faithful, alert and instinctual. Toy poodles excel at many dog sports, including obedience, agility, herding and tracking. They are also a favorite of dog shows due to their elegant and square build, as well as their curly coats. Having a toy poodle for show purposes requires many hours of grooming per week, however, family pets are typically trimmed short for easier maintenance.
As smaller and smaller breeds become more fashionable, both for their stylish appeal and their need for less room, we are bound to find more breeds are being miniaturized. However, for the time being these are the 10 smallest dog breeds in the world.