Are you looking for that perfect companion whom you can snugly fit into your pocket or comfortably carry in your lap, while you travel? If yes; then toy dog breeds are meant just for you. They can easily find their feet into your life. These cute midgets are ideally suited for people who live in small apartments or houses; though they are equally favored by all. Their diminutive size makes people think that these dogs just provide an ornamental appendage to your family. But, in reality they are as vigilant and watchful as their larger counterparts. Their life expectancy is also higher as compared to the larger breeds. Here, we have provided information on some of the best small dog breeds of the world, especially those who are popular as household companions.
Best Small Dog Breeds
This is the smallest breed of dog in the world (6" to 11")
and belongs to Mexico. A Chihuahua has prominent eyes and soft erect
ears and is available in a variety of patterns and colors. Dogs of this
breed might get aggressive when provoked, but are otherwise very devoted
to their owner.
This German breed comes at a compact size of 11" (24 -30 cm) and
weights not more than 3.5 kg. They are known for the mischievous streak
in their nature and have a mustached muzzle and a rough coat. Though
they have a jovial and playful temperament, they can get a bit obstinate
Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
It is a toy breed of Britain that is well known for its playful
deportment. A Yorkie has a soft and downy coat and normally comes at a
height of 9" and a weight of about 2.5-5 kg. They easily gel with
people and are highly intelligent and bold. They come in colors like
dark blue or black, with patches of tan on the body.
Considered as the smallest and the oldest variety of Tibetan 'Holy
Dogs', this is a Chinese breed and is also known as the 'Chrysanthemum
Dog'. It is characterized by a long billowing coat and high
intelligence. Normally its height can go up to 11". Shi Tzus are
highly affectionate, sporty and courageous.
This Chinese breed is short-faced and has a smooth coat and curly tail.
They can reach a maximum height of 11" and weigh about 6-8 kg. They
are highly affable with children and should always be kept indoors.
Generally a pug comes in colors like black, silver or fawn, with black
It is the smallest dog of the German Spitz breed. Generally, a
Pomeranian weighs around 1-3 kg and reaches a height of 7-12". It
has small pointed ears, a foxy face and a furry coat. Dogs of this breed
are very expressive, loyal and utterly gregarious. They are easily
available in a variety of colors.
This ancient toy breed originated in China and was very popular as pets
among the Chinese emperors, who considered them as good luck charms.
With a short muzzle, drooping ears, furry coat and a short height (6"
to 9"), the Pekingese looks attractive and is available in colors
like white, black, gold, red or sable.
Also known as the 'Butterfly Dog', this European breed comes in a small
height of 8"-11" and weighs around 4-5 kg. With long
butterfly-like ears, slender muzzle, long-haired coat and a plumed tail,
the Papillon has a very ornate look. It is an ideal lapdog, mainly for
its calm temperament and relaxed nature.
Maltese breed is suitable for anyone looking for a good company. An
adult Maltese Dog weighs around 2-3 kg and reaches a maximum height of
10". Normally they have a straight and silky coat, with highly
feathered ears. They are dauntless, intelligent and extremely
well-mannered. Maltese dogs can easily be trained too.
This vivacious dog breed originally belongs to Tibet. It was earlier
used as a guard dog, but its lively and gay demeanor has made it into a
favorable housedog. An adult dog can reach an utmost height of 11".
It has long floppy ears and a thick double-layered coat, which requires
This breed is originally from Cuba and belongs to the Bichon family of
dogs. They hide a bold character beneath their fragile appearance and
can be good watch dogs for families. They weigh around 3-6 kg and may
reach a height of 8-12". They have a thick wavy coat and are
normally not prone to shedding. Havanese dogs are full of fun and can be
suitable 'play and prank' mates for small children.
French Bulldog can be easily distinguished by its flat face, snub nose,
smooth coat and muscular frame. It reaches a maximum height of 12".
This breed is generally very gentle and doesn't snap unless provoked.
They generally prefer human interaction and can be fabulous cohorts.
Toy Poodles are also known as 'Teacup Poodles', mainly for their
extremely small size. A toy poodle may reach a maximum height of 10",
and has a weight of not more than 3 kg. Poodles have a very good
temperament and high learning abilities that make them good household
pets. They require extensive grooming though.
Be it a Poodle or a Pomerian; don't forget to pamper these toy mates.
Make them share your life, along with your home.