Top 10 Small Dogs (Slideshow)


If youíre thinking of getting a small dog because theyíre cute, cuddly and quiet, you probably should think again; what they lack in stature, they often make up for in arrogance. Sure, small dogs are cute, and some of them look cuddly, but not all small dog breeds have meek personalities. Like people, small dog breeds come with different personalities, so before you pick up your small, cute friend, itís a good idea to know exactly what youíre getting.

Here are PetMD‘s 10 favorite “small breed” dogs:

10. Skye Terrier

Not a dog to get if you own cats, as they dislike those of the feline persuasion. Otherwise, the Skye Terrier is extremely dependable, gets along fine with people and is a great family pet. They’re also great dogs for avid outdoorsmen.

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9. Pekingese

This small but ferocious dog is a faithful companion. The Pekingese’s aggressive nature, however, does make it unsuitable for a family with other pets and kids. Its thick undercoat and coarse overcoat also require a lot of grooming.

8. Dachshund

Believe it or not, the Dachshund actually makes an excellent watchdog and was bred to exterminate vermin! It is very attached to owner and family, but can be aggressive around unfamiliar children. The daring, adventurous and curious Dachshund is also fond of digging, hunting, chasing game and tracking by scent.

7. Bichon Frisť

The small-framed Bichon Frisť gets along well with children and other animals. Known for its white puffy coat and curious name, the Bichon Frisť is considered an active, easily trained dog. Overall, a wonderful breed for families and individuals alike.

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6. Shih Tzu

While it doesn’t shed, it does require daily grooming. The Shih Tzu, also known as the “mini lion,” makes for a good family dog — it is very friendly and gets along with all creatures (even children.)

5. Maltese

A good dog for those with allergies (itís not a big shedder), the Maltese is friendly and often gets along well with other dogs and even cats. The Maltese doesn’t like to be left alone too much, though, as it was bred as a companion dog.

4. Jack Russell Terrier

Do not choose this breed if youíre looking for a quiet dog that likes to lounge around being pampered all day. The Jack Russell is an active breed that loves to jump up on furniture, run around and lead a generally boisterous, happy existence. However, proper training can help make the dog calmer.

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3. Boston Terrier

A great family dog, the Boston Terrier is friendly and bonds well with kids. Another plus is it doesnít require a ton of grooming. But be warned, it loves to munch on household items, so lots of chew toys are definitely recommended. You should probably keep anything you don’t want destroyed out of this dog’s way, too.

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2. Chihuahua

Meek though it may look, the small Chihuahua can really pack a punch in attitude. It is known for nipping at children (probably not the best choice for a house with kids) or barking incessantly at strange dogs. It can also be loud and demanding. But before you say no, the Chihuahua is loyal and affectionate, and it’s even been known to get along with cats (after an adjustment period, of course).

1. Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is an adorable, mellow and gentle dog, but it can sometimes get noisy (just like children). As a matter of fact, if you want a Pomeranian, it is great with kids, just as long as it’s introduced as a puppy. Despite this, the Pomeranian, which sheds profusely, may not be the best choice for a house with very small children.


As you can see, there are many small dogs to suit all tastes and lifestyles; itís all a matter of what you want. However, many small dogs are purebreds that have been interbred for hundreds of years, causing various congenital defects. So if you decide to choose a compact canine pal and pet adoption isn’t an option, find a reputable breeder.

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H3 years ago

Curiosity got the better of me... Yes, the top choice features two Jaffa Oranges on legs!

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H3 years ago

Darn, why do we have to put up with a 10 page slideshow? I got so fed up I don't know if the dog I'm thinking of is there. At Crufts one of the dogs tipped for Best in Show was a 'Jaffa Orange on Legs' a little character called Colin. He's a Pom.

Ana Marija Rumbak
ANA MARIJA R4 years ago

♥ for all dogs, for all animals...

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

cute but no thanks to small dogs.. we are big dog people lol. Although the Maltese is ADORABLE and I could really love a Jack Russel Terrier

Clare R.
Clare R5 years ago

Cute dogs! # 8,4,3,1 are absolutely awesome...

Karen Friedman
karen Friedman5 years ago

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Karen Friedman
karen Friedman5 years ago

Have a German Spitz (not a Pom) they are very popular in Great Britan, but not in the US. They are wonderful pets, and smart too.

Carrie Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne B5 years ago

thanks for sharing :)

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Sweet dogs.

Edo R.
Edo R5 years ago