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Top 10 Smallest Dog Breeds

Updated on May 5, 2017
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Normally, small dogs or toy breed is playful, dedicate, lively and adorable dogs, which are ideal for family of young children. Even they may not be as strong and protective like, mastiffs and guard dogs. But they are easy to care and suitable for apartment living and growing demand and popularity. The Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu are some example, which are relatively new breeds but highly demanded. If you are looking for a small dog, read like this article to get the option to choose from.

You may not see some of small dogs which are popular and smaller but they either they are designer dogs or not recognized by major kennel clubs, like Morkie or Yorktese dogs which are the smallest dogs. The only pedigree dogs which are recognized by most of kennel clubs are considered.

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1. Chihuahua

Smallest Dog Breed (Chihuahua)
Smallest Dog Breed (Chihuahua) | Source

The Chihuahua dogs are the smallest dogs on the earth, which were originated from Mexico. They are healthy, intelligent and active dogs that need less grooming and care. Also, they are loyal, affectionate and energetic dogs, but their personality varies. They need early socialization and training, otherwise they may suffer, small from dog syndrome problems and can develop shy or aggressive behaviour. Basically two different varieties of Chihuahua dogs are available, the short quoted and long coated Chihuahuas.

Hairy and short coated Chihuahua
Hairy and short coated Chihuahua | Source

Physical traits

Chihuahua
 
Height
5.9 -9.1 inch, Average 9 inch
Weight
0.9-1.8 kg ( 2 - 6 lbs)
Origin
Mexico
Lifespan
10 - 18 years

2. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier | Source

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of Toy Terrier group, which was developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England to to catch rats in clothing mills. This dog is naturally healthy, active and energetic which is a most popular toy dog breed in the U.S that has a rare and special texture to Human hair.

Physical traits

Yorkshire Terrier
 
Height
8 -9 Inches, Average 8.5 inch
Weight
1.5 - 2.7 kg (4 - 6 pounds)
Origin
England
Lifespan
13 ? 16 years

3. Russian Chihuahua

Russian Chihuahua
Russian Chihuahua | Source

The Russian Chihuahua is also known as the Russkiy Toy, which were developed in Russia from English Toy Terriers. Sometimes they are mistaken with Chihuahua, but both dogs are entirely different and have diverse features and physical form. Russian Chihuahua has better health and adaptability and little bigger and sturdy that can adjust and alter itself to its environment and need less grooming. But they need more exercise and early socialization.

Physical traits

Russian Chihuahua
 
Height
8 -10 inch, Average 9 inch
Weight
Average 2.25 kg (5 Pounds)
Origin
Russia
Lifespan
Average 11 to 12 years

4. Russian toy terriers

Russian toy terriers
Russian toy terriers | Source

The Russian Toy Terrier is a rare, smallest and most popular toy breed dog from Russia, which was developed from English Manchester Terriers. Russian Toy Terrier is also called also called Russkiy Toys which are loving, intelligent, and affectionate dog and better for kids and elders that make a great family pet. The Russian Toy has large, thin ears and some Russian Toy has docked tails.

Physical traits

Russian toy terriers
 
Height
8-11 inch, Average 9 inch
Weight
1.3 - 2.7 kg (3 - 6 pounds)
Origin
Russia
Lifespan
Average 11 years (10-12 years )

5. Papillon or Continental Toy Spaniel

Papillon
Papillon | Source

The Papillon is an old Spaniel type dog breed which was developed before 700 years, in France. This dog is known to be the descended from one of the original toy breed and also known as Continental Toy Spaniel, Dwarf Spaniel and Squirrel Dog. They are very active and energetic dogs that is also regarded as one among the smartest dog and a most popular companion dog in the world. They are also acknowledged from their outstanding presentations in the show ring.

Physical traits

Papillon
 
Height
7.9 - 11 inch, Average 9 inch
Weight
Average 3.1 Kgs (7 pounds)
Origin
France
Lifespan
13 - 15 years

6. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu | Source

Shih Tzu dogs are also known as the Chrysanthemum Dogs which were originated from Tibet and developed in China. Shih Tzu dogs are popular for their friendly and playful personality and adorable appearance that have flowing double coated fur, black rounded nose and long moustaches that helps them to relevant snow living and breathing in mild temperature. They are not suitable and recommended for warmer climate.

Physical traits

Shih Tzu
 
Height
7.9 - 11 inch, Average 9.0 inch
Weight
Average 3.1 Kgs (7 pounds)
Origin
Tibet
Lifespan
10 - 16 years

7. Maltese

The Smallest Dog Breeds (Maltese)
The Smallest Dog Breeds (Maltese) | Source

Maltese, dogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are friendly, playful and lively dogs, which are also fearless, energetic and courageous dogs that make them a perfect family pet. They were developed from the Mediterranean Basin (Italy), but many breeders consider them in this ancient breed was developed from Malta, from where they got their name Maltese. They are also known as "ancient dog of Malta," the "Roman Ladies' Dog," the "Maltese Lion Dog," and "Melita".

Physical traits

Maltese
 
Height
8- 10 inch, Average 9.5 inch
Weight
3- 4 kg
Origin
Mediterranean Basin
Lifespan
12 - 15 years

8. Japanese Chin

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Japanese Chin is also known as the Japanese Spaniel, which are recognized for their special strabismus of their eyes and their distinct appearance and personality. Basically, they are a toy type dog that also makes a good companion dog. The origin of this breed is controversial even commonly most of breeders considered them a Japanese dog breed, but some claims that they were originated in China. They are very playful, affectionate and reliable dogs. Recently their prevalent lack of was developed in Japan that looks like below.

Japanese Spaniel
Japanese Spaniel | Source

Physical traits

Japanese Chin
 
Height
7.9 - 11 inch
Weight
1.8 - 4 kg (‎4 to 9 pounds)
Origin
Japan
Lifespan
12 - 14 years

9. Pomeranian

The Smallest Dog Breeds, Pomeranian
The Smallest Dog Breeds, Pomeranian | Source

Pomeranian dogs are Spitz type of dogs, originated from Poland and Germany that got their name and popularity form Pomerania region of Germany. They are healthy, energetic and courageous dogs which are intelligent, affectionate dogs. But their temperament varies and they can be very tough to train and also need an early socialization.

Physical traits

Pomeranian
 
Height
8 - 12 Inch, Average 9.5 inch
Weight
1.35 - 3.2 kg (3 to 7 pounds)
Origin
Germany, Poland
Lifespan
12 - 16 years

10. Brussels griffon

The Smallest Dog Breeds, Brussels griffon
The Smallest Dog Breeds, Brussels griffon | Source

The Brussels Griffon is the ancient and rare dogs, which were originated from Brussels, Belgium and are registered with most of kennel clubs since 1883. They are an intelligent, lively and active dogs, which were developed to catch the rats and to eliminate the rodents.

Physical traits

Griffon Bruxellois
 
Height
8 - 12 Inch, Average 9.5 inch
Weight
3.15 - 5.45 kg (7 to 12 pounds)
Origin
Belgium
Lifespan
10 - 15 years

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