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17 of the World’s Smallest Dog Breeds — Small Dogs


What is the smallest dog breed in the world? From Dachshunds to Yorkshire Terriers, there are many popular small dog breeds that make excellent companions. Whether you’re a first-time pet parent or have had dogs in the past, smaller puppies are especially good for those with limited space.

While many people think that small breeds don’t need as much exercise as large dog breeds, it’s important that these puppies still get the physical and mental stimulation they need. Always do your research before adopting or speak to a local vet if you are unsure.

On that note, take a look at 17 of the world’s smallest dog breeds…

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“Dachshunds, particularly the smooth-haired miniature variety, have become popular in recent years, partly because of their size which makes them suitable for small homes and apartments, and also because of their lively and comical nature,” said said Bill Lambert, a Kennel Club spokesman. already said country life.

These small dog breeds typically weigh between 16 and 32 pounds, while Miniature Dachshunds of all varieties weigh 11 pounds and under when fully grown.



Famous for being one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, the Chihuahua typically weighs between two and six pounds and stands only six to nine inches tall. They may be small in stature, but they are energetic puppies that will keep you on your toes.



Moths are classified as a toy breed, averaging between eight and 11 inches in height. They are happy, alert, and friendly puppies that make great companions in just about any environment.



These little puppies, adored by the Queen, stand around 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh no more than 30 pounds.

“Corgis are friendly, outgoing and intelligent dogs, suitable for owners with different lifestyles,” says the Kennel Club. “They need a moderate amount of exercise but won’t bother more active owners. Their small size means Corgis will be happy in town or country as long as they have a small garden to enjoy.”


Yorkshire terrier

Highly adaptable Yorkshire Terriers are among the smallest breeds, standing only six or seven inches tall. These little dogs are perfect for cuddling on the couch.


miniature pinscher

Measuring no more than 12.5 inches and weighing around 10 pounds, the Miniature Pinscher is also one of the smallest breeds in the world.


Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are classified in the toy group in most countries based on their size. Typically, a Shih Tzu will grow to around eight to 11 inches and weigh nine to 16 pounds. Also, like most toy breeds, Shih Tzus mature quickly – reaching adult size at around 10 months.



“Beagles are loyal, active dogs who love their owners,” the Kennel Club once told us. “They have a lot of energy and need lots of exercise, so would suit an active owner or a family that likes to spend time outdoors and exploring. A garden with a very sturdy fence is absolutely essential. to keep a Beagle safe.”

These little puppies tend not to grow taller than 40cm, so they’re perfect for those who live in apartments.


Cairn terrier

Cairn Terriers are considered intelligent and loyal pets that adapt to most environments. Cheerful and alert, these little puppies are only 9 to 10 inches tall, about 15 inches long, and weigh about 13 or 14 pounds.



“The Cocker Spaniel is the third most popular breed in the UK, and being both a wonderful family dog ​​and a skilled working breed, they are truly versatile,” the Kennel Club previously told us.

“They would be happy in most sized homes as long as they had enough mental stimulation and physical exercise.”


boston terrier

These sturdy little dogs are compact and usually weigh between 10 and 25 pounds. With a smooth, shiny coat, they are generally good with children and love to play with their owners.



The Pomeranian is one of the most sought after dog breeds in America. They are usually between 7 and 12 inches tall and can weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. But, although Poms are small, they don’t always act that way. They are known to challenge large dogs.



Weighing less than seven pounds, the Maltese is classified as a toy breed. Their glamorous white coat makes them a highly sought after show dog, while their gentle and fearless nature makes them the perfect companion.


Bichon Frize

This Bichon Frize is a cheerful little dog that weighs around 6 to 11 kilograms (10 to 20 pounds). With a playful nature, these puppies like to be the center of attention.



The Havanese puppy has many admirers thanks to its long, silky hair and expressive eyes. Although they are small, they are easy to train and can stand on their own.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These soft and sweet puppies, with big brown eyes, stand 12-13 inches at the shoulder and weigh around 13-18 pounds. With their small size, they are adorable dogs that make excellent companions. Are you lucky enough to own one?


Toy Poodle

The average Toy Poodle stands about 10 inches tall, making it perfect for apartment dwellers. With a slender muzzle and long neck, they are best known for their curly coat.

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