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The 15 Most Popular Small Dog Breeds of 2020

Dogs can come in all shapes and sizes, but the fashion for small dog breeds has reportedly exploded in recent years.

Explanations for this fashion include the lower cost of living of small pets and the better adaptation of these breeds to urban environments.

Whatever the explanation, here’s the trendiest four-legged boyfriend of 2020, according to registration statistics from the American Kennel Club.

15. Pekingese

Popularity of Pekingese has slowly declined in recent years
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The origins of this ever-popular oriental aristocrat can be traced back to ancient China.

While the Pekingese’s popularity has slowly waned in recent years, perhaps due to their high grooming requirements, these little dogs still make great pets.

14. Butterflies

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The unusual name Papillon, which means “butterfly”, refers to the breed’s conspicuous ears.
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The Papillon is descended from toy spaniels and their unusual name, which means “butterfly”, refers to the breed’s prominent ears.

Although these dogs have unparalleled personalities, the Papillons’ need for constant companionship means they are a poor choice if left alone for long periods of time.

13. West Highland White Terriers

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The West Highland White Terrier Small Dog Breed Makes Smart, Confident Companions
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A white strain of cute Cairns was developed in the 19th century to work in the Scottish countryside.

The West Highland White Terrier small dog breed has since become slightly shorter and makes an intelligent and confident companion.

12. Maltese

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The Maltese Toy Dog has been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries
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Originally bred to hunt rats, the Maltese Toy Dog has been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries.

With their gorgeous long coats, they make active and energetic pets, although this cuddly dog ​​breed can sometimes be problematic around young children.

11. Chihuahuas

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A black Chihuahua pictured sitting in front of the camera
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The name of the smallest breed in the world comes from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the dog became fashionable.

This toy dog ​​breed makes excellent pets, although they can be difficult to train and a bit jealous of young children.

10. Pugs

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Ancient China’s passion for flat-faced toy dog ​​breeds led to the development of the pug
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The ancient Chinese passion for flat-faced toy dog ​​breeds led to the development of the pet pug.

This mischievous breed is prized for its ability to form adorable human-like facial expressions, but Pugs have a less attractive tendency to hiss and snort during anything other than moderate exercise.

9. Pomeranians

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Pomeranians are the smallest of the Spitz dog breed
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Pomeranians are the smallest of the Spitz breed and these cute dogs are popular pets for their Instagrammable looks.

Despite their dainty proportions, Pomeranians have big personalities, making them excellent choices for those who live in smaller apartments.

8. Shih Tzu

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The Shih Tzu is said to have been bred from Tibetan breeds to become the pet of Chinese emperors
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The Shih Tzu is said to have been bred from Tibetan breeds to become the pet of Chinese emperors.

While their small faces and bright eyes have charmed generations of pet owners, the Shih Tzu’s placid temperament makes them an excellent choice for families with young children.

7. Miniature Schnauzers

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Miniature Schnauzers are a solid option for a pet
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This lapdog breed originated from the mixing of Affenpinschers with the original German Schnauzer.

Miniature Schnauzers are a solid option for a pet because they are healthy, have long lifespans, and engaging personalities.

6. Yorkshire Terriers

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The Yorkshire Terrier is a dog breed known for its good nature and sociable nature.
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This relatively modern mix has a typically gray and tan silky coat.

Yorkies are known for their cheerful nature, sociable nature, and terrier origins that make them excellent watchdogs and rat hunters.

5. Pembroke Welsh Corgis

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Pembroke Welsh Corgis are strong, lively little shepherds
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Pembroke’s iconic dog breed is perhaps best known for its royal patronage, with Welsh Corgis often seen in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, who is said to have owned at least thirty Corgis during her reign.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are strong and lively little shepherds who are affectionate and sociable without being too clingy.

4. Dachshunds

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The Miniature Dachshund….otherwise known as the “Sausage Dog”, is one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world
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The dachshund makes its way into the four best small dog breeds of 2020, knocking the Pembroke Welsh Corgi up one spot.

Originally from Germany, the dachshund is still used to stalk game and hunt rabbits.

This most photogenic breed of small dog boasts unrivaled confidence and courage, but Dachshunds require a lot of attention.

3. Beagles

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Beagles are the smallest of the British hounds bred to hunt
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Beagles are the smallest of the British hounds bred to hunt.

This handsome breed makes a great addition to any family due to the pets’ small size and intelligent personality.

2. Poodles

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Poodles are also wonderful companions to welcome into any home.
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Although they are most often associated with dog shows, Curly-Coated Poodles are also wonderful companions to welcome into any home, although these animals have dropped one spot from last year’s rankings.

Toy and Miniature Poodles are intelligent dogs and their calm temperaments make them ideal for young families.

1. French Bulldogs

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French Bulldogs remain the most popular small dog breed
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Frenchies have retained the top spot and are now the second most popular dog breed of all, behind the Labrador in 2020.

The number of French Bulldog registrations has increased by 830% since 2010 and only 62% since 2019.

The French Bulldog can be distinguished from similar breeds by their distinctive “bat ears”, giving these adorable dogs a clownish look.

Looks aside, Frenchies are such a popular choice for families because of the dogs’ docility and friendliness around strangers and animals.