10 of the Smallest Dogs in the World

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature pinschers look like tiny versions of Doberman pinschers. These small dogs stand 10-12 inches tall and weigh 8-10 pounds.

Miniature Pinscher

 

Maltese

These tiny dogs make wonderful family companions and lap dogs. They have been selectively bred to maintain their small size for many years. In fact, enthusiasts in the 17th and 18th centuries decided to make the breed even smaller than it was then!

Maltese

 

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is from Germany, and its name means “monkey-like terrier.” The affenpinscher stands between 9-12 inches tall and weighs around 7-13 pounds.

Affenpinscher

Chihuahua

If you’re looking for the very, very smallest of the dog breeds, this is it. The Chihuahua is recognized as the tiniest of them all. They weigh a feather-light 4-6 pounds, and stand only 6-10 inches tall.

Chihuahua

 

Pomeranian

Pomeranians resemble tiny lions, and they have huge personalities to match their looks. Weighing around 4-8lbs, they rank as one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They are lively dogs that enjoy spending time with their families, and have enough energy to keep up with your exercise routine.

Pomeranian

 

Brussels Griffon

Brussels griffon dogs typically stand around 7-8 inches tall and weigh 7-12 pounds. There are two coat types, rough or smooth, and a few different coat colors.

Brussels Griffon

 

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies stand 6-9 inches tall, and should be under 7 pounds, though some Yorkies may grow to be a bit larger. They are also known for their long, luxurious coats, which are considered hypoallergenic as they shed less than other dogs.

Yorkshire Terrier

 

Japanese Chin

Originating as a lap dog for Japanese royalty, it’s no wonder this breed was kept small. Weighing an average of 7-9lbs, the Japanese Chin has maintained its intelligent, cat-like temperament that’s so endearing for a small companion dog.

Japanese Chin

 

Russian Toy Terrier

This tiny Russian breed weighs an average of 3-6lbs. There are both a short coated and long coated variety, but both are equally tiny, standing between 8-10 inches tall.

Russian Toy Terrier

 

Toy Fox Terrier

This tiny dog is like a little powder keg, with plenty of energetic activity stored in their little frames. Fast, agile, courageous and smart, the toy fox terrier is great for someone who wants an active, trainable dog small enough for apartment living. These perky dogs stand 8.5-11 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 3.5-9 pounds.

Toy Fox Terrier

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