Smallest Dog Breeds in the World
Love those cute small dogs? There’s probably a good reason for it. Apart from being absolutely adorable, small dogs are easy to care for, easy to travel with, and a lot of fun! Little dogs enjoy being outside and being playful and active just as any other dog – they are still dogs, after all! So if you’re looking for a new tiny family member – take a look at these ones!
The Yorkie has become one of the most popular companions in the United States. Weighing around 7 lbs, it’s no wonder this feisty little dog has captured the hearts of many who enjoy taking their dogs everywhere with them. Nearly pocket sized, there’s always room for a Yorkie.
Toy Fox Terrier
Although they only weigh around 3.5-9lbs, these little terriers are extremely athletic and are always ready to go. They originate from the larger fox terriers, and were often used as circus dogs due to their lively nature and easy training.
These lively dogs come from Brussels, Belgium and make up for in heart what they lack physical size. Bred to eliminate rodents, these dogs can be vocal if they feel something unusual is happening. Brussels Griffon weigh an average of 8-10 lbs.
Russian Toy Terrier
This tiny Russian breed weighs an average of 3-6 lbs. There are both a short coated and long coated variety, but both are equally tiny, standing between 8-10 inches tall. Originally bred to fight rats, they are vocal little dogs that have a lot of personality.
Pomeranians resemble tiny lions, and they have huge personalities to match their looks. Weighing around 4-8 lbs, they rank as one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
Papillons are known for their large, butterfly-shaped ears, as their name suggests. These tiny dogs have been depicted in paintings as far back as the 1500’s. Since they weigh an average of 8-10 lbs.
Weighing 2-8 lbs, these tiny dogs make wonderful family members and lap dogs. They have been selectively bred to maintain their small size for many years.
It’s no wonder this breed was kept small. Weighing an average of 7-9 lbs, the Japanese Chin has maintained its intelligent, cat-like temperament that’s so endearing for a small companion dog.
These tiny Mexican dogs weigh an average of 4-6 lbs. Although their history is not fully understood, it is speculated that paintings found in Mexico dating back to 300 BC are of ancestors of the modern-day Chihuahua.
This German breed dates back to the 17th century, and was used to exterminate vermin from kitchens, stables and other environments. Weighing around 6-13 lbs, the Affenpinscher maintains a terrier-like stubborn attitude with a love for activity and adventure.