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Small Dog Breeds

Updated on December 15, 2011

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The List

Small dogs are loved world-wide as pets because they make great lapdogs and are just so darn cute. The following is a list of many of the small dog breeds. All of these breeds average about 15 inches or shorter at the shoulder. I have also included ratings of each breed's aggression, playfulness, watch dog ability, grooming, shedding, energy, and intelligence. Remember, though, that each individual dog can be different in certain categories from the breed average. So it is okay if you have a dog that doesn't match up with the ratings on this site.

Australian Terrier
Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

Aggression- medium

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding- low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- high

Australian Terrier Info

Basenji
Basenji

Basenji

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-low

Shedding- low

Energy- medium

Intelligence-high

More Basenji Info

Beagle
Beagle

Beagle

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-low

Shedding- low

Energy-high

Intelligence-high

More Beagle Info

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise

Bichon Frisé

Aggression- medium

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- low

Grooming- very high

Shedding- low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

Bichon Frisé Info

Border Terrier
Border Terrier

Border Terrier

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding- low

Energy- high

Intelligence- high

More Border Terrier Info

Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- low

Grooming- very low

Shedding- very low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Boston Terrier Info

Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- high

Shedding- low

Energy- very high

Intelligence- medium

More Cairn Terrier Info

Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog-medium

Grooming- low

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Cardigan Welsh Corgi Info

Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog-medium

Grooming-very high

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Cocker Spaniel Info

Dachshund
Dachshund

Dachshund

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding- low

Energy- low

Intelligence- medium

More Dachshund Info

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- low

Grooming- medium

Shedding- low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Dandie Dinmont Terrier Info

French Bulldog
French Bulldog

French Bulldog

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding- low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- high

More French Bulldog Info

Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-high

Intelligence-high

More Jack Russell Terrier Info

Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming-high

Shedding-low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Lakeland Terrier Info

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog-medium

Grooming- very high

Shedding- low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Lhasa Apso Info

Lowchen
Lowchen

Lowchen

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-low

Grooming-high

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence-high

More Lowchen Info

Manchester Terrier
Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence-high

More Manchester Terrier Info

Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence-medium

More Miniature Bull Terrier Info

Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-very high

Grooming-high

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence-medium

Miniature Schnauzer Info

Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-low

Energy-very high

Intelligence-medium

More Norfolk Terrier Info

Norwich Terrier
Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence-medium

More Norwich Terrier Info

Parson Russell Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-low

Shedding-medium

Energy-very high

Intelligence-medium

More Parson Russell Terrier Info

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-high

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Pembroke Welsh Corgi Info

Miniature Poodle
Miniature Poodle

Poodle (Miniature)

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-high

Shedding-high

Energy-high

Intelligence-very high

More Miniature Poodle Info

Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-medium

Grooming-medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-high

Intelligence-medium

More Rat Terrier Info

Schipperke
Schipperke

Schipperke

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Schipperke Info

Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Scottish Terrier Info

Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-high

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Sealyham Terrier Info

Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence-very high

More Shetland Sheepdog Info

Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-high

Energy-high

Intelligence-high

More Shiba Inu Info

Smooth Fox Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-medium

Grooming-low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Smooth Fox Terrier Info

Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-high

Shedding-high

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Tibetan Spaniel Info

Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Welsh Terrier Info

West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-medium

Grooming-medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More West Highland White Terrier Info

Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Wire Fox Terrier Info

Swedish Vallhund
Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog-high

Grooming-medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence-medium

More Swedish Vallhund Info



You are now viewing the list of small dog breeds, to view a different size range use these links:

Toy Dog Breeds

Small Dog Breeds

Medium Dog Breeds

Large Dog Breeds

Giant Dog Breeds

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    • mypetfinderph profile image

      Jef 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I never new about this breed: Swedish Vallhund

      Just found out about theme here ;) Nice Article! :)

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      Joe Njenga 

      5 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Very comprehensive list Voted upwards

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      lol fail 

      6 years ago

      My dog is a JRT and really aggressive

      all JRTs i know are

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      small dog breeds 

      6 years ago

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      Spunky Puppies 

      6 years ago

      a great list of small breed dogs. Spunky Puppies Trained on all these breed cuts, so if you would like your pet to look the way it should check us out. Located Newcastle Australia. www.spunkypuppies.com.au

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      Reynolds_Writing 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great list of small dogs.. Glad to see Rat Terriers listed...We own two and they are awesome.

      I recently started a blog dedicated to stories about them Check out Rat Terrier Mom.

      http://ratterriermom.com/

    • bigdogacb profile imageAUTHOR

      bigdogacb 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much for the comment! That's the first welcome I've gotten since I've been here.

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      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good photos, good information, thanks for sharing your knowledge about dogs and welcome to hubpages.

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