Whether you live in a small apartment, or simply want to add a smaller sized dog to your family, you will need to pick from one of the many available small dog breeds available.

The important features to consider are the specific characteristics of your future pet, its energy levels and requirements, its temperament and how it will get along with the other members of the family, pets, children and with your house guests.

The different small dog breeds have different typical characteristics, so make sure you get to know as much as the breed you are interested in before committing to adopting one as a family dog and companion.

First and foremost, it is essential to understand that a small dog does not necessarily mean a “lapdog”. Some compact dog breeds are more energetic and independent-minded than others, and some are better suited for homes with children than others.

Also, there are certain breeds which do not mind spending more time indoors, while as other require quite a lot of walking, playtime and physical and mental exercises.

Here are some of the most popular small dog breeds, and the essentials you need to know about them before adding a new four-legged friend to your family.

The Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a breed of German origin. Its name means “monkey dog’ in German, and it describes the character of these dogs pretty well. These small sized dogs are decedents from a number of different small terriers which were used as rat and mice hunters back in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Affenpinscher was bred to keep shops and stables clear of rodents.

They are also often referred to as “mustached little devils” in France. They will reach an average height of just 9-11 inches at the shoulder and a weight of 7-10 lbs. These hairy little pups are incredibly cute but you will need to earn an Affenpinschers’ trust before you can train it. Once a dog from this small breed agrees to have you as its owner it will be a very loyal pet and will be a constant source of entertainment for you and the entire family.

The American Eskimo Dog

The dogs from this small breed actually come in three sizes – miniature, toy, and standard. The toy American Eskimo dogs reach a shoulder height of just up to 9 inches. They look like miniature Samoyeds with their permanent smiles and lion-like sparkling white ruff around the neck.

American Eskimo dogs have black lips and noses, and their coats can sometimes be biscuit colored as well.

Overall, these cute dogs are friendly and happy animals, but if left without proper attention and exercise, they can develop problematic behavior. Overall, they are easy to train and will be eager to please you at all times, if you show them the love and attention they expect.

The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a tiny dog which will reach a height at the shoulder of just 9 to 11 inches when fully grown.  The fluffy white Bichon Frise is known for its generally good disposition and perkiness. These dogs are easy and fun to train and are quite happy animals to share your home with.

Their shiny black eyes and nose will bring a smile to your face even when you are feeling down.

Also, they shed very little hair, so if you are wary about getting a dog due to a dog allergy or because you hate cleaning up hairs stuck everywhere, this small dog breed could be one of the best solutions for you.

The potential problem to keep in mind with this breed is that these dogs do not like to be left alone and to be away from their humans, which can pose a problem if you are at work all day long or if you tend to travel a lot.

The Bolognese

Bolognese dogs are part of the Bichon family and they too are extremely adorable fluffy white pups which just love spending time with their human family. They are tiny but highly intelligent and get along perfectly with small children and with elderly people alike.

If you choose to add a Bolognese dog to your household, you can be sure that you will have a loyal and fun companion which will happily join you while you go anywhere or run any errand inside or outside of the house.

Because they can be quite crafty manipulators, it is essential that you don’t fall for their charm while you are house training them, if you want to have positive results in the end. So, remember to be consistent as well as patient if you want to have a happy life together with your small white fluffy friend in the future.

The Boston Terrier

Aka “the little American gentleman”, the Boston terrier is a small sized dog breed which was originally bred for pit fighting. This popular small dog breed which has a brindle, black, or seal with white coat and erect ears and a short tail is very easy to train. It originated from crosses between popular terriers and bull breeds and is the first non-sporting dog breed originating in the US and was, in fact, the first internationally recognized US breed.

Boston terriers can be a tad defensive if they feel that their territory is being invaded by other dogs but as a whole, they are neither overly aggressive nor boisterous dogs.

Actually, these small dogs are quite merry and happy tempered dogs which require minimal grooming and will get along with all family members and other pets at home, if you take the time to socialize them well at a young age.

The Brussels Griffon

Remember the show-stealing dog Verdell from the movie “As good as it gets”? Well, this is the extremely charming Brussels Griffon. These small dogs will grow at a height at the shoulder of just about 10 inches and a weight of just 8 to 10 lbs.

These dogs have incredibly expressive faces, and almost human-like eyes which makes them hugely popular not only for participating in movies and TV shows but as family pets as well.

The Brussels Griffon is affectionate, cheerful and quite curious. It does require love and attention, but when it receives what it wants, this small sized dog is the perfect loving pet for any family.

The life expectancy of this adorable toy dog breed is about 12 to 15 years, so you can expect to have a long-living faithful companion by your side if you decide to adopt a Brussels Griffon.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The small dog with a long and complicated name is yet another beautiful companion to have. Probably one of the most famous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the charming “Elizabeth Taylor” – Charlotte’s beloved pet form the “Sex in the City” series.

This breed is a beautiful mixture between the energy of the spaniels and regal and gentleness of a toy breed.

It is an elegant and graceful dog with a beautiful silky coat with rich colors, and with large and expressive eyes. It will get along perfectly with children and with other pets and animals.

It can adapt easily to your lifestyle, so the breed is suitable for all types of people – active or not so active as well as for young and for elderly owners.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is the symbol of Mexico and is also recognized as the world’s smallest dog breed.  It is so small that it is often referred to as a purse dog. Many celebrities do not miss the opportunity to show off their Chihuahuas at the red carpet at all kind of events.

The dogs from this tiny breed have the mentality of large dogs, which can be a problem when socializing with other dogs. Otherwise, Chihuahuas are charming and loyal dogs with big personalities which are the perfect pets for the city and for small apartments.

You should be careful about taking in a Chihuahua if you have small children which love roughhousing because these dogs are very gentle and can easily be injured.

They cannot thrive well in cooler weather which is why you should ensure that they are appropriately adorned or that they stay indoors when the temperatures go down outdoors.

Getting a Chihuahua is a perfect option for those of you looking for a miniature dog which you can dress in adorable miniature clothes.

The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested cannot go unnoticed wherever you go. It is such a unique dog breed that you will definitely be making a lot of conversations every time you take your pup out for a walk. The dogs from this small breed have pink spotted skin, furry socks, and a feathery tale end and of course the unique crested hairdos which make them look like no other breed.

They are actually very affectionate, lively and alert animals which can reach a height of up to 13 inches at the shoulder. They can be either coated or hairless and they are considered one of the best pets to have in households with people with dog allergies as they hardly shed any hair at all.

They are excellent pets for all kinds of people and families – large or small, young or old.

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel has long been one of the favorite small dog breeds around the world. These charming small sized dogs have beautiful silky coats and plush soft long ears which combined with their sweet dark eyes make them absolutely impossible not to love.

The Cocker Spaniels are very intelligent, loyal and easy to train. Their solid and sturdy bodies and their easy and smooth gait make them easily recognizable and loved by all.

They are good with children and do pretty well at different competitions. While they are compact dogs, Cocker Spaniels are also quite sporty and energetic. Their silk soft coat and ears do require pretty extensive grooming, but with the proper care and attention, you will end up with an absolutely gorgeous dog which will bring joy to the entire family for years to come.

The Coton de Tulear

The Coton-de-Tulear is one of the cutest dog breeds out there. It has a very specific cotton-like coat, and shed very little hair and very little pet dander. This makes it the perfect hypoallergenic dog for homes where there are people with dog allergies.

The small-sized Coton does require daily brushing and grooming, but you will never have problems with any nasty dog smells and odors if you pick a Coton as your new pet, because they are known to be almost completely odorless as well.

Cotons can be black, white or tri-colored. It is an exceptionally loyal companion which simply loves to be with its favorite human, so if you are prepared to have a small cotton-ball like pup follow you around wherever you go – the Coton de Tulear is the perfect small dog for you!

The Miniature Dachshund

With a height at the shoulder of just 5 to 7 inches and a weight of up to 11 lbs. the miniature dachshund is one of the tiniest dog breeds out there. It can be with smooth, wiry or long hair which can be black, tan, red, yellow, chocolate, gray or a combination of several colors.

The silhouette of the miniature dachshund cannot be mistaken for any other breed (except for the normal and the toy versions of the breed). The long body on short legs makes it look exceptionally cute.

These dogs are very high spirited and tenacious, as well as clever, loyal, bold and lovable.  They are pretty energetic, so if you are expecting to have a lapdog which will spend all day snoozing by your side you may be quite surprised. The fact is, Miniature Dachshunds are quite demanding when it comes to daily walks, exercise, and attention. If left without entertainment they can opt for destructive behavior such as chewing things up at home.

But overall, these are fun dogs, which will always bring a smile to your face. They have a loud bark and are truly vigilant and smart little dogs with big personalities.

The French Bulldog

Frenchies are adorably charming with those protruding bat-shaped ears and their fun-filled and yet big personalities. These small dogs are highly adaptable, very playful and great with all people.

Due to the fact they adapt very easily to all kinds of lifestyles, French bulldogs are increasingly popular pets for all types of people. They do not require too much daily exercise and long walks in order to feel loved and to be ready to give the love back to their people.

They get along with other dogs and pets well and will fit perfectly in any family – young or old.

The German Spitz

The German Spitz is as cute as a button, but don’t be fooled by these small sweet pups. They are known to be very resilient and reliable watchdogs as well.

The German Spitz is a small but robust and energetic dog with a long life expectancy and can become the perfect pet for any family.

It is a breed which lacks any hunting instincts and is very easy to train. The Spitz is a very loyal dog but does have a tendency to distrust strangers, so be sure to socialize your pup if you want to have a happy dog and to be able to invite guests over without any barking or annoyances.

German Spitz dogs have specific mane-like fluffy collars around their necks and alert bright eyes. Overall, they look like sweet little foxes with a cheeky attitude. They can be quite independent, but with proper training and when socialized well, they make perfect companions and pets.

The Havanese

The Havanese is the only native Cuban breed. The dogs from this small sized breed are highly affectionate and will get along with all members of the family – adults, and kids alike. They are also very friendly with other dogs and smaller pets, and won’t mind you having guests or stopping to talk to people on the street.

Havanese pups are strongly attached to their humans, so you should be prepared to have that little fluff ball following you around the house at all times if you adopt a dog from this cute and compact breed.

The only problem you can have with a Havanese, is if you are absent often and leave your dog alone for long. They do tend to suffer from separation anxiety as they are extroverts and love socializing a lot.

So, if you are ready to share your home with an affectionate little dog, and don’t plan on leaving it alone for long hours and days, the Havanese is the perfect family dog to have – even if you live in a small house or apartment.

The Jack Russell Terrier

There is no doubt that the Jack Russel Terrier is an incredible small dog breed. These fun-loving and energetic dogs may be compact in size, but they are determined, very quick and have an inborn instinct for hunting.

Jack Russells may seem small and cute, but keep in mind that this breed needs extensive training as well as extensive daily exercise. If you provide your Jack Russel Terrier with enough action and physical and emotion activities, it will stay out of trouble. Otherwise, you may have some serious problems at home.

These dogs have so much energy that they can overwhelm your young kids and you. So, if you are an active person or an active family who enjoy sports, cycling, running or other outdoor activities, this small sized terrier is the perfect family dog for you. If you are looking for a calm little lapdog, you may want to look up one of the other small breeds in our list instead.

The Jagdterrier

The Jagdterrier is a small but very determined and strong dog breed originating from Germany. These robust little dogs have been and are still being used for hunting. The coat of the Jagdterrier is either soft or wiry, and it is most often tan and black in color, even though there are some dogs from this breed which are dark brown or have a greyish hue.

Bred as hunters, Jagdterriers require a lot of exercising, so be ready to go on long walks, cycling or jogging with them, or to spend hours playing catch and entertaining your small and energetic terrier.

This breed is definitely suitable for people who love leading a more active lifestyle, who will find the perfect running and play buddy in one of these fine small dogs.

The Japanese Chin

If you are looking for a small indoor dog, a Japanese Chin will be a perfect match for you. Also known as Japanese Spaniels, these dogs act more like felines than like canines. They love snoozing on pillows and on laps, and can jump up on high surfaces just like cats.

Their height at the shoulder will reach about 8-11 inches and their weigh 7-11 lbs.

With a distinct Asian exotic look and an elegant stature, these small dogs are a pure joy to have as companions.

The dogs from this breed are typically very graceful, quiet and amusing, and have charm in abundance.

They make excellent companions for people who prefer spending time relaxing at home.

The Maltese

The Maltese are one of the most popular and adorable small dog breeds. The Maltese have impressive white long coats which reach to the floor. Their demeanor is cheerful and playful, and they respond very well to training. These dogs have a long life expectancy and do not shed much, so they are excellent pets for households where there are people with dog allergies.

You will be enchanted with your Maltese as soon as you set your eyes on its cute black gumdrop nose and shiny black eyes.

It comes to no surprise that they are among the top preferred toy sized lapdogs worldwide.

The Maltese Shih Tzu

This is a loveable and affectionate lapdog which is also considered a hypoallergenic breed. It was crossbred between Maltese and Shih Tzus for the original purpose of being a truly non-shedding dog.

The Maltese Shih Tzu will get along great with children, all family members and with o dogs and pets as well. They are commonly used as therapy dogs and are a true joy to train.

They are perfect indoor dogs and lapdogs but keep in mind that they do require daily walks and playtime as well.

This specially designed breed is the perfect pet for people suffering from allergies and for people who do not want to deal with all of the cleaning during the shedding seasons.

The Manchester Terrier

This breed originated from Manchester, England where these small-sized terriers were used as ratters. The Manchester Terrier is a beautiful dog which comes in two sizes – standard and toy. The standard Manchester Terrier can reach 22 lbs. in weight, while the toy-sized one will weigh only up to 12 lbs.

These terriers are very faithful companions and are alert and sporty pets. They are easy to train, but as typical terriers require significant amounts of daily exercise as well.

They have tan and mahogany smooth coats and cute tan spots above each eye.

While they are quiet and loving pets, they are excellent watchdogs as well, so you will have both a cuddly small dog to snuggle with as well as a devoted protector of the house if you choose to adopt a Manchester Terrier.

The Miniature Bull Terrier

Mini Bull Terriers are the perfect choice for people who love Bull Terriers but prefer a smaller dog as a pet. They will reach a shoulder height of just 10-14 inches, but still, have the posture and the muscular structure as their big cousins.

The Miniature Bull Terrier does need daily exercise and will appreciate being kept mentally and physically active and entertained. This dog is a loyal and devoted pet which will keep you and your family smiling all the time with its mischievous look and demeanor.

The Miniature Pinscher

The Mini Pinscher may look like a tiny trotting horse, but this dog is a truly fearless one. The adult Mini Pinscher will reach a height of just about 12.5 inches at the shoulders and a weight of up to 11 lbs. but it is a strong, brave and sturdy dog.

This breed was originally used for chasing and hunting rats, so make sure you keep your Mini Pinscher safely enclosed in your yard or held on a leash because it will always be ready to run after and chase just about anything.

Mini Pinschers are beautiful and elegant little dogs which are very affectionate and playful. They are suitable for all types of owners, but make sure you socialize your pup well if you want it to live in harmony with your other dogs or other small pets.

The Norfolk Terriers

Norfolk Terriers are the smallest of all working terriers. As such they are feisty, confident and sturdy, even though their height will reach only up to 10 inches when fully grown.

Norfolk Terriers are known as loving companions and will create a very strong bond with their people. They love playing, digging and spending time outdoors, so they are everything but lapdogs.

They are suitable for first-time dog owners because they are easy and fun to train and will be very loving and adoring pets. You can take them traveling with you as the Norfolks travel pretty well.

Just make sure you socialize them well while they are still young so that you don’t have problems with other dogs later on.

The Norwich Terriers

The Norwich Terrier is often mistaken for its close cousin – the Norfolk Terrier. The main difference between these two tiny terrier breeds is in their ear shape. The Norwich Terrier has pointed ears, and its cousin from Norfolk has folded ones.

Norwich Terriers were also used as rat and rodent hunters so you cannot expect them to spend all day long lying in their beds or on the couch with you. They love the outdoors and will love you even more if you provide them with long daily walks and quite a bit of playtime outside.

They get along with kids very well and will quickly bond with all family members.

Overall, the Norwich Terrier is a loyal, cute and very merry dog which will bring even more joy and laughter to your home.

The Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russel Terrier is yet another bold and clever member of the terrier family. It was originally bred for hunting with horses and digging in foxholes.

It is a small sized but very robust and active dog so it is suitable for people who prefer outdoor activities and sports.

Being a hunting dog, the Parson Russell Terrier can be a tough nut to crack, so make sure you have some experience with dogs and with dog training if you are planning on adopting one yourself.

If you manage to teach this pup who the boss is, you will end up with the perfect, jolly and loyal pet!

The Papillon

This cute toy dog with ears like butterfly wings is very easily recognizable. The Papillon is an elegant dwarf spaniel and has been a faithful companion to a number of kings and queens for centuries.

It has a silky soft coat and an elegant figure. It may be tiny and look quite fragile, but the Papillon is a robust little dog.

The dogs from this breed are excellent performers at agility contests, so you will surely have a lot of fun training your pet Papillon some fabulous tricks to impress your guests and friends.

It is an indoor toy dog which is better off in warmer climates but will be the perfect pet for any owner – young or not so young.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

These short-legged beauties are one of the most agreeable dog breeds out there. The Corgi will reach a shoulder height of just about 10-12 inches, but it is quite big boned and well-built and has very powerful little legs and thighs, so you can expect it to reach a weight of up to 30 lbs.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be born in various colors and color combinations. They can be red, sable, fawn, tan, black or tan with different markings.

Apart from being the favorite dog breed and permanent companion of the Queen of England for over 70 years, the Corgi is also known to be a loyal and loving companion to all other people as well.

It responds well to training and is a fearless and independent dog which will also alert you if it senses intruders.

The Corgi does require daily walks and playtime, so if you are ready to spend time and play with your dog – the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the perfect small and fun-filled pet to have!

The Pekingese

The Pekingese used to be a highly respected and esteemed breed in the Chinese Imperial Court, and this seems to have affected the personalities of these majestic little dogs.

The Pekingese is a dignified little dog, which will demand respect from all family members and from other pets.

It has a lion-like mane, and long straight silky hair. The shape of its head is in the form of an envelope and its cute short muzzle and soft brown eyes can melt anyone’s heart.

Pekingese are very devoted to their families and will connect closely to their favorite human pretty quickly. They are charming little fellows and excellent watchdogs, but they will not tolerate any rough games or treatment from small children, so if you have young kids who enjoy roughhousing, this breed may not be the most suitable one to choose.

The Pomeranian

Pomeranians are perky little toy dogs which often perceive themselves as much larger dogs and act that way. This could be a problematic trait if it is not curbed from an early age.

Otherwise, these puffy little dogs are very curious, cute and loveable. In fact, they resemble plush toys so much especially when they are young pups, that it is essential to explain to your children to handle them as live dogs and not as toys.

The dogs from this breed will reach a weight of no more than 7 lbs. so it is truly a toy dog.

Poms have fluffy double coats with added frills on the chest and shoulders and have adorable small foxlike faces.

They are available in over 20 different colors and are one of the most popular toy dog breeds around the world.

These tiny dogs are easy to train and are definitely indoor animals, but they do require regular walks and some exercise as well. You can teach your Pomeranian various fun tricks and it will enjoy pleasing you by performing them too.

The Toy Poodle

Poodles are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They come in King, standard, miniature and toy sizes. The Toy Poodle is the smallest and a dog from this breed will not exceed a height of 10 inches at the shoulder but it does have the typical regal like structure of the regular and the king sized poodles.

Poodles do not shed, so they are one of the top preferred pets for people with dog allergies as well. They do require regular clipping and grooming though, especially if you want to show them at dog shows.

The Toy Poodle is a very intelligent, eager and athletic little dog, and will expect you to treat it with respect just like a human family member.

If you give your Toy Poodle the love and attention it needs, you will end up with a very loyal, loving and devoted little companion for years to come.

The Pug

Pugs are one of those breeds which will always bring a smile to your face. These adorable little dogs with their round, wrinkly flat faces and cute rounded bodies and tails are absolute charmers.

The Pugs were originally bred as companions for the Ancient Chinese Emperors but today are preferred companions for all kinds of people around the world.

Their coats can be silver, apricot or black. Their faces are almost human-like which is probably one of the main reasons why Pugs are so irresistible and so popular as pets as well as movie stars.

A Pug is a great pet for people who live in the city or in the country. They get along with children and adults very well.

Because they are prone to gaining weight and overeating, you need to make sure that you can resist that cute little face which will be begging you for snacks all day long if you want to ensure that your pet Pug stays healthy and well.

The Rat Terrier (Toy or Miniature)

These small sized terriers are often mistaken for either Fox Terriers or Jack Russel Terriers, but the fact is the Rat Terriers are unique little dogs.

They are compact but very elegant and come in standard, miniature and toy sizes. These small sized dogs are rat hunters so they are agile and fast. They love long walks and need to be kept active both physically and mentally, so you better be ready to spend quite a bit of time outdoors if you decide to adopt one of these amazing little pups.

They are perfect pets for homes with backyards where they can enjoy some frolicking and fun with or without you.

The Scottish Terrier

Scotties are highly recognizable dogs mainly due to their cute picture appearing on the Black & White blended whiskey label along with their cousin the white Westie.

Scottish Terriers are quite compact and yet strongly built dogs with an independent nature and a self-assured character. They are definitely one person dogs, so they are suitable for solo owners.

Otherwise, the Scottie is a very persistent dog with high spirits and strong hunting instincts. It loves playing as well as going on brisk walks and is a highly alert and reliable watchdog as well. Be warned that the Scottish Terrier has an instinct to chase smaller animals, so if you live in a neighborhood with a lot of cats, you will need to make sure that your pet stays safely within your premises and that the cats stay out.

The Shetland Sheepdog

Shelties are very similar to Rough Coated Collies but unlike them reach a shoulder height of just about 13-16 inches. They are very good natured dogs, which are eager to please their humans and are easy and a lot of fun to train.

Shetland Sheepdogs are gentle and loving with children but are not too keen on strangers.

The Sheltie is a highly intelligent, agile and obedient small dog which is why members of this small breed are often the winners of various agility, obedience and herding competitions

It is a great family dog which will adapt to any type of house and family and will protect you from strangers by barking and staying alert to watch over you and its other humans at home.

The Shiba Inu

The cute little Japanese Shiba Inu is one of the most common breeds you will see on Instagram and other pet celebrity social media profiles. This is an ancient Japanese breed and is the smallest of all the Spitz Japanese breeds. The Shiba Inu may be a small sized dog but it is pretty muscular and strong as well.

It is an alert, good natured dog which is intelligent and bold. Its stride as well as its expression are foxlike. This makes the Shiba even more adorable.

The Shiba is not as small as some of the other breeds on this list, but is still considered a small sized dog. Its height will each about 14-17 inches at the shoulders and its weight will be up to 22 lbs.

Keep in mind that you need to socialize and train the Shiba Inu early on in order to tame its independent nature and curb any bouts of aggression. It is best suited for homes with grown children and without other dogs or pets.

The Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s are commonly called “lion dogs” and used to be the favorite dogs and companions of the Chinese Imperial court. Today, the Shih Tzu still enjoys receiving as much attention and love as possible, and prefers to spend the day on your lap or curled up in its bed rather than to roam outdoors.

Shih Tzu’s are considered one of the best hypoallergenic dog breeds suitable for owners who have pet allergies. It is an affectionate small lapdog which will love spending the days and nights beside you. It is a breed which gets along with children very well and can adapt to living in a home of any size, which makes it the perfect pet for small apartments too.

The Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier looks very much like its cousin – the Yorkie, but it is larger and its hair doesn’t fall straight to the floor.  Silkies reach a height of up to 10 inches, and are quite elegant dogs with silky long steel blue and tan coats.

The breed originated in Australia, and is known for its curiosity, high spirits and feistiness. But don’t worry, your Silky Terrier won’t keep yapping and is not a loud and overwhelming little dog.

Rather, this small terrier dog is people oriented, and will happily spend all of its time with you – joining you on your adventures outdoors as well as resting beside you indoors.

So, you will get the perfect combination of a lapdog and an active dog which enjoys walking and playing if you choose to adopt a Silky Terrier.

The Toy Fox Terrier

This toy dog breed originated in the US, and is a perfect combination between a tenacious terrier and a cuddly and loveable lapdog.

The Toy Fox Terrier will reach a height of only about 8.5 – 11/5 inches, and it has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years.

Since these dogs were originally used as rat chasers in barns, they will still enjoy running after squirrels and other animals in the park. At the same time, they are very devoted to their families, so they will cuddle with you and enjoy your company at home as well.

The West Highland White Terrier

Westies are the happiest and most positive of all the terriers. They will easily adapt to any lifestyle and will happily get along with all of your other pets too. This is not that typical for terriers.

The West Highland Terrier is a great entertainer and is very confident in itself. Its white double coat sheds very little, so it is a suitable pet for people with allergies. It has black eyes and a nose like buttons, and paired with its smallish and square like body and its wagging carrot shaped tail, the Westie is most definitely one of the cutest small dog breeds there is.

It can take some time to train, but it is a good dog which will do its best to please you and your family.

The Yorkshire Terrier

Last but not least are the Yorkies, which are among the most popular toy dog breeds.

Often referred to as purse dogs, Yorkies are the favorite dogs of many celebrities as well, and some of the dogs from this breed have wardrobes which have more fancy clothes than many people do.

Even though people dress them up and carry them in purses, Yorkshire Terriers are true terriers. They are tenacious, feisty and brave, and sometimes can even be bossy with you and with other pets.

They have long hair falling to the ground which is non-shedding and thus are considered to be excellent pets for people who have dog allergies.

The fact is, Yorkshire Terriers are excellent pets for any kind of home and for any owner.

Final words

Hopefully, now that you have gotten to know a little bit more about the most common small dog breeds you have chosen the most suitable one to add to your family.

Do make sure that you ask your local shelters for any abandoned dogs of the breed you are interested in before buying one from a registered and certified breeder. This can save a dog’s life and can ensure that you get a new best friend for life too. So, check out the American Kennel Club Rescue Network, the ASPCA or other rescue organizations for the small dogs available for adoption.

Whichever small dog you choose to bring home with you, you are sure to have a lot of fun together for long, because smaller dogs have quite longer lifespans than bigger ones.

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