5 Itsy-Bitsy Dogs Holding Down Big Jobs (Slideshow)

Today we highlight some pint-sized pooches who are small in size, yet are working bone-a-fide jobs worthy of any big dog. While these mini mutts may not be large enough to be a commando dog on the Navy Seals Special Ops team or even strong enough to pull a sled, they’re still out there every day, gettin’ ‘er done!

Check out some of our favorite working pooches from around the interwebs!

1. Lucy, the Smallest Working Dog in the World! above

Lucy, a two-and-a-half pound Yorkshire Terrier, works as a therapy dog visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and centers for troubled youth and children with disabilities through the Leashes of Love program. She is so small that she also hold the current world record for smallest working dog in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Photo Credit: Howie Williams

2. Mochi the Crime Fighting/Sniffing Poodle

Mochi is a four-year-old toy poodle who has taken a bite out of crime in Japan. Getting her start as a therapy dog, Mochi found herself wanting more and enlisted herself in six months of intensive police dog training programs. Mochi now has the important job of sniffing out trouble, including drugs, explosives, and any other odors that may need detection.

3. Detective Midge

Midge is a rat terrier/chihuahua mix who works as a certified narcotics-sniffing dog in the state of Ohio. Her tiny size certainly allows her to be particularly stealthy, as well as completely under the radar (and underfoot?) in any drug raids!

Source: The Daily Treat

4. Nancy the Sheep-Herding Chihuahua

Step aside, all you Aussies and Cattle Dogs! Check out Nancy, a two-and-a-half pound chihuahua, with an amazing talent for herding sheep! Check her out in action above.

5. Miniature Pinscher Cat Transport Service Manager

This last one isn’t exactly an official dog-job, per se, but more of a unique service offering that you just don’t see most dogs offering these days. We commend this Min Pin for his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help out his fellow cat. Enjoy!




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Lynn D.
Lynn D.3 years ago

Wonderful such big hearts in these little guys....

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

so cute.

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

omg, those are so cute!!! i love 'em all but especially lucy, nancy, and the cat-carrying min pin...awwww!

Jacqueline Fonseca

SO sweet.... Thank you for sharing!

Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

caroline s.
caroline s.3 years ago

All are wonderful but the miniature pinsher made me laugh!!!

Marianne B.
MARIA B.3 years ago

All show the valuable talents they possess. thanks

natalie n.
natalie n.3 years ago

dogs are some of the smartest and lovable mammals out there. and to think they are abused everyday at some corner of the world. humans are still a long way from being civilised.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshiita Sharma3 years ago

Cooooooool :)