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The Smallest Dog In The World: 11 Small Breed Dogs

Don’t you think small does are so cute!? If you do, the smallest dog in the world is the most adorable thing ever. Because that’s just how logic works. When you think of the smallest dog in the world, what breeds spring to mind? You’re sure to see some on my list today.

I’ve got a roundup of the 11 smallest dog breeds you will ever see in your life. These pups are tiny. These dogs are yappy. They’re also sweet (most of the time). These dogs will melt your heart.

​Do you share your life with one of these tiny breeds? You’re proud of your small dog, so let your friends know by sharing this piece on social media. After all, we all love photos of cute dogs.

1. The Chihuahua

The Smallest Dog Stats: Chihuahuas weigh 4-6 pounds and stand 6-10 inches tall.

Chihuahuas are widely recognized as the smallest breed of dog. The breed contains long and shorthaired varieties. They look quite different from each other. However, both are equally adorable.

Chihuahuas make wonderful, loyal pets. Conversely, they can also can become possessive over one owner. If you share your life with a Chihuahua, you should be sure to socialize them well. First, let other people interact with your dog. Second, put your dog down once in awhile.

You can set up an unhealthy dynamic by carrying your small dog around everywhere. This is because your dog may feel that it has to protect you from other people. Therefore, if your dog snips at someone, do not laugh or praise your dog. They may be small, but these dogs can still bite. Dogs that bite are never cute.

2. Brussels Griffon

The Smallest Dog Stats: The Brussels Griffon stands 7-8 inches tall and weighs 7-12 pounds.

​This face could seriously give you cute overload. Are you squealing over there? It’s hard not to!

The Brussels Griffon was originally bred to hunt rats. It is a Belgian breed that is affectionate and playful. Brussels Griffon are intelligent and seem to have a sense of humor. In addition, Brussels Griffons maintain a regal air in spite of their small size.

This tiny dog actually has a lot of names such as the Griffon Bruxellois. This term particularly refers to three breeds: the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge, and the Petit Brabançon. Each of these breeds is similar except for coat and color differences. Because of this, they are often considered varieties of Brussels Griffon.​

That’s a little complicated, I know. You can just say Brussels Griffon. Everyone you’re speaking to will know which cute little dog you are talking about.

3. Pomeranian

The Smallest Dog Stats: Pomeranians are 5-11 inches tall and weigh 4-8 pounds.

Pomeranians have the perfect name since they look like little pom poms. It's easy to think the dog is bigger than it is because of all that fur. If you get it wet, you’ll have an amazing shrinking dog! It is a great candidate for this smallest dog list.

Pomeranians have more coat colors than any other breed. They come in 18 colors, and their coats can be spotted or striped as well. Their thick coat is really a twofold coat, therefore the undercoat sheds quite a lot.

You have to groom Poms regularly to keep their coat in good condition. They have friendly, outgoing personalities. They are very smart and are easily trained.

Pomeranians do have a propensity to bark, however. Therefore, discouraging this behavior at a young age is a good idea.

4. Affenpinscher

The Smallest Dog Stats: Affenpinschers are 9-12 inches tall and weigh around 7-13 pounds.

The Affenpinscher was also bred to hunt rodents. You may notice that it looks quite a bit like the Brussels Griffon. The German translation of the name is the monkey-like terrier. The French call this dog the diablotin moustachu, or the little mustached devil.

Let’s see the little mustached devil in action. Here is a video of their adorable antics.

5. Papillon

The Smallest Dog Stats: Papillons are 8-12 inches tall and weigh 7-10 pounds

Since we have been talking about names, Papillon means butterfly in French. This dog received this moniker because of its ears, which resemble butterflies. There is also another name: Continental Toy Spaniel.

As the secondary name suggests, the Papillon is a type of spaniel. Papillons with droopy ears are Phalène, which means moth in French. Either way, they’re adorable!

These dogs are quite friendly and generally good with both adults and children. They are intelligent and make good companions. I have had the pleasure of knowing a papillon and he was an absolute delight.

6. Yorkshire Terrier

The Smallest Dog Stats: Yorkies are 6-9 inches tall and under 7 pounds.

Yorkies were bred to exterminate rats from clothing mills. As we already know, terriers can be feisty, tend to bark a lot, and may not love children. Every dog is different, however, and training makes all the difference.

If you want to share your life with a Yorkie, take care to socialize the dog well. You want your dog to be used to children and common household objects like the dreaded vacuum cleaner. If you put in a little effort and remain consistent, you’ll have a wonderful companion in a small package.

7. Russian Toy

The Smallest Dog Stats: Russian Toy dogs are 7-11 inches tall and weigh 2-6 pounds

What a sweet little dog! Have you ever heard of a Russian Toy before? This breed was new to me. They look a lot like chihuahuas.

Russian Toys exist in both long and shorthaired varieties. The breed only became well known outside of its motherland in the 1990s. Russian Toys were bred to be ratters and watchdogs.

It’s hard to picture this adorable little dog being a watchdog. It’s number 7 on the smallest dog list, after all. In spite of this, they have a reputation for being spicy and protective.

8. Toy Fox Terrier

The Smallest Dog Stats: Toy Fox Terriers are 8.5-11 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 3.5-9 pounds.

When I was growing up, we had a wire haired fox terrier that I dearly adored. She was a spunky little thing named Vixen. While she was quite a bit bigger than the toy fox terrier, she had an incredible personality!

These dogs are very smart and can become incredibly bonded to their owners. That being said, terriers don’t love new family members or change, but she Vixen eventually accepted me when I joined the family.

You’ll never have to worry about rodents around the house with a dog like this in your life. They’re very high energy, though, so get ready to walk!

9. Japanese Chin

The Smallest Dog Stats: The Japanese Chin grows to a height of 8-11 inches and a weight of 3-15 pounds.

This is a very old breed of dog. It has existed for over a thousand years. That is astonishing to think about!

The Chin is said to have a cat like personality. It’s small size certainly helps along that perception. You may have trouble keeping a Chin off your tables and chairs, and out of your heart as well.

10. Miniature Pinscher

The Smallest Dog Stats: Min Pins are 10-12 inches tall and weigh 8-10 pounds.

Miniature Pinscher dogs are adorable little balls of crazy. They are very energetic and friendly but difficult to keep on track sometimes. It’s almost like the dog’s had too much sugar or has a touch of ADHD.

When they do slow down, however, they’re very cute and cuddly. The breed is affectionate and an easier sell to people who don’t like ‘little dogs’ because they look so much like their regular sized cousins.

The dog’s size is not a result of deliberate attempts to shrink the Doberman breed. The breed has existed for a long time in its own right. It comes from Germany originally. These dogs do best with an experienced dog owner with some patience.​

11. Teacup Poodle

The Smallest Dog Stats: Teacup Poodles are generally 9 inches or smaller and under 6 pounds.

When people think of small dogs, Teacup Poodles spring to mind. These adorable dogs look like teddy bears. They are a bit excitable, but as they get older, they become wonderful family pets.

They are extremely intelligent, just like their larger cousins, the standard poodle. They can be a bit protective, so socialization is the key with this breed as well. The upside is, they make a pretty good watchdog!

That’s a Wrap!

Phew, that was an overload of cute for your day! Did you enjoy looking at photos of these adorable small dogs? I certainly did. I also hope you found a new favorite in here.

You should follow the same basic ownership tips for all of these small dogs. You must treat a little dog the same way you would treat a large one. Therefore, you should walk your dog. Also, you shouldn’t carry it around everywhere. Finally, you should socialize your dog well with people.​

Also read: The Smallest Dog In The World: 11 Small Breed Dogs

Why don't you tell me which small dog breed is your top pick in the comments below? Please share this with your friends who like dogs too. They’ll enjoy all the cute photos and maybe pick up some new information about tiny dogs in the process.

Thanks for reading!

The Smallest Dog In The World: 11 Small Breed Dogs
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Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

One thought on “The Smallest Dog In The World: 11 Small Breed Dogs

  1. Lauren,

    How are you measuring these dogs? 6-9 inches tall is the measurement from top of head to ground, tip of ears to ground, top of the back or shoulders to ground. I’m trying to figure out how my Yorkie measures up – she is 3 lbs but not sure how to measure her within the 6-9″ range?

    thank you kindly for any assistance you can offer

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