Small Dog Breeds

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Beagle

Beagle

The inspiring subject for the “Peanuts” comic strip character of Snoopy remains a popular choice for a beloved family pet...
Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Recognized for his puffed white coat, dark eyes and confident prance, the bichon frise is a happy little dog with..
Chihuahua

Chihuahua

The spunky, sassy nature of the chihuahua is a perfect example of how great pets can come in small packages...
Dachshund

Dachshund

The Dachshund, often referred to as the “Weiner dog,” is one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide. Somewhat unusual..
Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

Like a lot of little dogs, the Lhasa Apso is doughtier than it looks. After all, one of its jobs..
Maltese

Maltese

Maltese dogs are stunning in their appearance. Long, silky white hair combined with their cute button nose and brown eyes..
Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers, better known by the nickname “Yorkies,” have come a long way since their beginnings in the 19th century...
While small dogs breeds are preferred by some, others think of miniature dogs as more of a toy. Although toy is used to label the smallest dog breeds by group, some types of small dogs are surprisingly tough. If you have ever been cornered by an angry Chihuahua you may agree.

Some think of tiny dogs as status symbols that celebrities tote around in their purses. Still others consider the smallest dog breeds to be meant for kids or little old ladies. Whatever the case, small breed dogs have earned their way into the lives of many a dog lover for centuries.

Not surprisingly, small dog breeds are more popular in urban areas. More people in an area usually means less space for animals. Crowded city and apartment lifes make it more difficult for dog owners to exercise larger or even mid-sized dogs. And since "a tired dog is a good dog," city dwellers often wisely choose small dogs.

Apartment buildings and vacation rentals are more small dog friendly, making renting properties easier for small dog owners. Small dogs can also be more budget friendly. Naturally they eat less food, and pest control meds such as tick, flea and heart worm preventatives are cheaper for smaller dogs.


Small dog breeds are often preferred by older people or those who are physically challenged. Although it is true that some small dog breeds are high strung, they are less likely to cause injuries when the owner is training their new dog or walking the one they have had for awhile. It is not out of character for any dog to chase after a squirrel on an impulse. If a larger dog takes off without warning, the result can be a nasty fall for the person at the other end of the leash.

Smaller dog breeds may be preferred by those with toddlers or smaller children. Excited larger dogs have been known to knock little ones down. Not only does this hurt physically, it may also create a life-long fear of dogs for them.

Yes, there are cat people and dog people, but there are also people who crave pets of all kinds in their homes. The smallest dog breeds are probably better to have around cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small dogs.

Finally, dog lovers lament the fact that humans have such longer life spans than dogs. It is one of nature\\\'s cruelest tricks, and many dog owners will out live several of their best friends in a lifetime. Small breed dogs are known to live several years longer than large dog breeds, some living as long as 20 years.