40 Smallest Dog Breeds in the World

Most of us love to own pets, especially dogs. Some people love to own large dog breeds but small dogs look more cute and easy to handle. Miniature dogs are easy to hold in laps. You can take them outdoors or anywhere you go. Some people cannot even imagine a home without a dog. Not to mention, dogs are man’s best friends. For keeping this view in our mind, we collected 40 cutest smallest breeds of dogs in the world. You will love the diversity of small dogs and this comprehensive list will definitely help all of you for taking decision of choosing best breed of your soon to become four legged friend.

1. Maltese


Maltese is a member of Toy Group. Because of its smaller size and playful qualities, this breed is popular all over the world . They are found in white color. Their height is between 7 to 12 inches and normal weight is around 2 to 5.4 kg. They are indigenous of Malta. Average life of this dog is 12 to 15 years.

2. Yorkshire Terrier


Yorkshire Terrier is the smallest dog breed after Chihuahua. In fact, this breed was developed in 19 century for catching rats in cotton mills. Their home country is England. They belong to the terrier group. They are only 7 to 15 pounds in weight and their height is 7.5 inches. People love to decorate these dogs with ribbons. This is an intelligent breed and its average life span is 13 to 16 years.

3. Toy Poodle


Toy Poodle is one of the cutest dog breeds in the world. They are indigenous of France and Germany. Poodles are very intelligent and love to hunt in water. They are found in white, black, brown and beautiful beige colors. Normal height of toy poodle is 10 inches and weigh only 5 to 9 pounds. Its life span is 12 to 15 years. Poodle is a star dog breed. Poodle’s other names are Caniche and Barbone. These are among the expensive dog breeds in the world.

4. Miniature Dachshund


Miniature Dachshund is a small but long bodied dog. They belong to the hound family. Originally bred for hunting of badgers but now a days they are kept as household pets. They are native to Germany. Height of miniature Dachshund is 5 to 7 inches and total weight is around 8 to 11 lb. They are found in black, red, chocolate-black and chocolate cream colors. Their average life is 12 to 14 years.

5. Pug



Pug is a small dog with muzzle face and curled tail. Its native country is China. They were brought to England in 17th century. They are found in black and fawn colors. Their height is 10 to 14 inches and weigh 6 to 8 kg. Life span of Pug is 12 to 15 years. Pugs are loved by the royal families.

6. Japanese Chin



Also called Japanese Spaniel, this is known as the Japanese royal breed. These cute dogs are more like cats in their behavior. They use their paws for wiping their faces. But they are very sharp, independent and love to socialize like cats. Their height is 8 to 11 inches and have weight of 4 to 9 pounds. This breed come in beautiful colors of red-white, black-white, lemon-white and sable. Their life span may extend to 15 years.

7. Russian Toy


This is one of the smallest dogs in the world. It is originated in Russia. It is commonly known as Russian Toy. There are two varieties in this breed, flat haired and lengthy haired coated. The breed is very loyal and develops strong attachment with its owner. Also known as Moscow toy terrier or Russkiy Toy, they were originally bred as rat killers. Its weight is 3 to 6 pounds and has height of only 8 inches. They are found in black, blue and brown colors.

8. Shih Tzu


Shih Tzu, as obvious from the name, is a small dog breed originated from China. It has murky eyes, petite muzzle and silky long hairs which gives this breed a stylish look. They have size of 20 to 28 cm and are very popular in all over the world. Their weight is only 4 to 7.25 kg. They are found in brown with dim and bright shade, black, white, gray, brindle red-black and white shades. Their life span is 10 to 16 years.

9. Tibetan Spaniel



As the name suggests, this dog breed belongs to Tibet. In fact, this breed was originated in Himalayan mountains of Tibet about 2,500 years ago. This is very pushy, alert and smart breed. It is very attractive, having double lying small coat and have curved tail lying on its back. They come in all colors. Their height is 25 cm and weight is 4.1 to 6.8 kg. Their total life span is 13 to 16 years.

10. Lhasa Apso


Lhasa Apso is a small breed which also originated in Tibet. Meaning of its name is “long-haired Lhasa dog”. This is an attractive and intelligent breed which can be very obedient to its owner. It has height of 10 to 11 inches and can weigh 14 to 18 pounds. They can live 12 to 18 years long.


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