Top 10 Smallest Dog Breeds In The World

Small breed dogs are outstanding pets in the dogs family. A lot of people prefer having them as companion due to their adorable look and behaviors.

Sometimes, their advantage is much more than a large breed dog – they consume less, require small space, easy to take along with you to several places, and you don’t need to gym before you can walk them. Unlike some extensive breeds where you will need to be a strong person before you can handle them. That doesn’t mean you don’t need effort to handle small dogs; in fact, they require more exercise and are much more playful .

However, having a small dog breed doesn’t mean you will not face challenges rearing it, you will have to dedicate your time to train and care for it, but seriously, they are fun to be with.

If you  think small dog breed is the right choice for you, here are top 10 smallest dog breed in the world.   

  1. Chihuahua

Chihuahua is a lovable small pet, which has gotten its fame as the smallest dog breed in the World. It’s an intelligent smart dog, and very good at obeying commands. Always love to follow the owner all around.

The breed weight about 4-6 ib, which is 1.8-2.7kg, they have two varieties of hair and their colour ranges from back, white and tan. The height ranges between 15 and 23 cm while the lifespan ranges from 12 to 20 years.

  1. Pomeranian

Pomeranian is a dog originated from Pomerania in Germany and its also called pom or pom pom; the dog is a descendant of larger spitz type dogs.

Pomeranian is a lively and a playful dog, it is a good companion for both adult and children with the ability to respond well to training. The color ranges from white, black, blue, red, black and tan, brown and tan, orange, cream, sable. They have the average weight of 1.9-3.5kg and their height is 5-11 inches with the lifespan of 12-16 years.

  1. Yorkshire terrier

This is one of the most popular dog breed in the US, loved by everybody due to its level of loyalty to their owners, they are smart dogs with glossy fyn straight coat. The lifespan is 13-20 years and their average weight is 4-6 pounds, with the height of 8 inches to 9 inches. Their coat colour ranges from dark gray or black colour.

  1. Maltese

Maltese is a small breed of dog in the toy group, the dog is also known as Canis Familiaris Maelitacus. The dog is extremely energetic and playful with their owners and can sometimes be snappish with small children.

Maltese is referred to as an ancient dog originated from Central Mediterranean Area, they are always white in color with a long coat hair and their average weight is 1.4-3.6kg and height ranges from 8-10 inches, their general life span is 12-15 years.

Maltese looks like toy which makes it a good companion and a show breed dog.

  1. Dachshund

Dachshund is a small dog with different nicknames: weenie dogs, doxie, sausage dog, hot dog and many more. Dachshund are somehow different, they are short-legged, long-body hund type dog breed. The breed was originally developed to scent, chase and hunt down beadger with other burrow animals.

They are energetic dogs that are good for sport race, they have several colour with three variety of coat: smooth coat (short hair), long haired, and wire-haired. The average weight is 7.3-15kg, 5-6 inches height, and the lifespan is 12-15 years.

Dachshund is a good loyal dog to the family, but can be aggressive to strangers.

  1. Bichon Frise

Bichon frise is a member of the toy dog group in the United State, they are friendly, lively and are good companion for their owner.

They are often classified into four categories: Bichon Maltese, Bichon Bolognese, Bichon Havanese, and Bichon Tenerife – all originated from Mediterranean area. Their weight ranges from 5-10 kg, and height of 23-28 cm, with lifespan of 12-13 years.

They love human’s company and want more attention from their owner.

  1. Beagle

Beagle are small dogs primarily developed to hunt hare, they have great sense of smell used in tracking several things and they are sometimes used as a detection dog.  

Beagle are originated from England, their height is 33-41 cm and their average weight is from 9.1-10.4 kg, they have short haired hard coat of medium length and their colour  ranges from white, black, brown and tan. Their lifespan is 2-15 years

  1. Papillon

Papillon is a small breed of dog originated from France, and it’s also known as butterfly dog because of the butterfly look of the long hair on the ears.

Papillon has a straight long fine single layer coat with different colors, sometimes white and black, red and white, fawn and white and many more. Their height ranges from 20-28 cm and they weigh 3.6-4.5 kg, they can live for 12-15 years.

  1. Jack Russell terrier

Jack Russell is one of the smaller breeds of terrier, it can be used as family and companion dog.

They’re smart dogs measuring between 25-38 cm, and weigh 6.4-8.2 kg, their coat has three different types: smooth, broken and rough while their color often ranges from black and tan with white markings.  

  1. Japanese chin

Japanese chin are also known as Japanese spaniel, it’s an entertaining dog originated from Asia, they are often regarded to as an ancient breed used in the imperial court of japan and china. They are long haired dogs with white and black color, and their height is 20-27 cm, weight ranges from 1.4 kg – 14 years. The lifespan is 12 – 14 years.


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