Top 12 Small Dog Breeds

Small & Little & Tiny Dog Breeds


Small dogs have come to be associated with celebrities in modern times thanks to their constant exposure in the media. They have taken on the roles of fashion accessories rather than pets. However, in reality, small dogs are a great idea if you are looking for an indoor pet for your children. Despite their small stature, they have oodles of personality and, more often than not, come across as being rather playful. It is important that you select the right small breed of dog for your family based on several factors, including the age of your kids, your lifestyle and the size of your home. Numerous breeds of small dogs may be found, each with its own set of pros and cons. Below you will find a list of the top twelve breeds of small dogs which are commonly found and will fulfil your desire of owning a good pet:

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  1. E. Blackman

    April 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    you forgot Havanese….more popular than your #13

  2. Tony

    April 23, 2015 at 4:22 am

    My family has a Shi-tzu and we love it dearly! He’s been the best companion for all of us! He’ll come to me first thing every morning for his morning petting before my Stepdad takes him out to do his ‘business’ and then he’s great at occupying himself – but, I don’t stay away from him long! I love him dearly and I dread to think of the day when he will have to leave us…:(.

    Honestly, I wish that dogs like ours would live forever… I have always hated losing a pet…

  3. Soreloser

    April 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I have two Shih Tzu’s, father and son and I too dread knowing the short time they have with us. The father will be 13 yrs. old next month and the son will be 11 next January.
    from the very beginning the father let his little guy get by with anything! He’d gobble up his food real fast and then, his dads food too, would steal all of his dads treats and bones and hog whichever bed shoving his dad out onto the floor!
    Each are different temperaments. The dad is laid-back and just as mellow as can be and his son is hyper like lightening!
    Finally after about four years of the dad letting the little get by with snatching everything, daddy finally put his foot down and now growls a little to warn him “paws off my food”! heehee
    I love both of my little guys (even though they’re a lot of work which, sometimes wears me out bathing and caring for them) and know their life span is anywhere between 15 to 20 years (I know some say less, but lest not believe it) so, I’m hoping for the longest span of time!
    Give your little one a kiss on the top of the head for me!! 🙂

  4. Louise B ANGELIS

    April 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    What about the West Highland White terrier?? The Westie I have at this time is my fourth and she’s sixteen years and four months young. The breed is loyal, affectionate, intelligent, loves to play, is nonshedding and is an absolutely wonderful breed.

    Thank you,
    L. Angelis

  5. Tina Aldridge

    April 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    It is a crock when you say a Polm is violent and not good with children. I have a French Black Polm that is 11 years old and is like a little puppy always. The only time she barks is when my husband runs that vac on the floors and he tought her to do that. She wiggles with joy when my adult daughter comes to visit and loves our grandaugh

  6. will loveless

    April 29, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Being a breeder of Pomeranians
    I would strongly disagree about the attacking Pomeranians. Me and my daughter do have the sign that says “beware of attack Pomeranian “

  7. Carol

    May 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Where’s the Bichon Frise????

    • Evan

      May 12, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Yes! I have three & my oldest is nearly 15 & very young at heart! He’s playful, energetic, doesn’t shed & he’s gorgeous.

  8. Puggles

    May 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    1. Bichon should be on the list, Carol!!
    2. Pekingese are my favorites, but whoever wrote the small identifying paragraph got it all wrong. You HAVE to brush a Peke once a day with ferocity! Pekes raised in a household from puppyhood are great with kids; however, adopted Pekes shouldn’t have to tolerate little kids.

    • pat mackondy

      May 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Pekes will not tolerate ANYONE as long as you are around. If you are not around, they will.

  9. pat mackondy

    May 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    If you want a pedegree that truly loves you and only you, get a PEKINGESE. They don,t like anyone else, but truer love for you, you’ll never find ANYWHERE and with any other pet.

  10. Rachel

    May 20, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Yorkies are the BEST dogs! Chiuahaha, really?

  11. Tammy

    May 22, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    No Yorkies for me. I have had two-both adopted. One was two years old and bit anyone who did not live in the house. Mailmen, neighborhood children, deliverymen. Since we lived in on-base housing we had to (sadly) take him back. After months of training, he never even came close to being house broken. Everything he could possibly break or chew up he did. After numerous bitten visitors we had no choice. The same thing happened with the second one. They are fiercely loyal to their families and I know many people who love them but I just had two bad experiences with them. We have a Chihuahua now-8 years old and he is like a child to us and a brother to our children. He tolerates a lot of stuff from the small grandchildren and nephews but he will nip if it goes too far. My grandson lived with us from age 8 months to 2 and still stays over frequently. They have been inseparable from day 1 and he never nipped him even once. He barks when someone comes in the house but hushes immediately after he sees who it is. My son has one particular friend who has come to the house for years. For some reason OB (his name) still tries his best to eat his ankles up after all these years lol. Just does NOT like him! #Lucalean

    • Lynnie

      May 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      YES YORKIES! Best of all

  12. Mike Wallace

    May 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    My wife and I have 9 Chihuahua’s the oldest will be 20 in July and the only one that’s stays in the house with us. The rest have a 6 bedroom dog house outside they only come in during storms. We live on a youth camp so we have a constant stream of kids. The dogs and kids love it both get attention and play well together. They make great little watch dogs if you come in the front gate 1/2 mile away from my house I know about it and they have different barks for different vehicles I don’t have to look to tell you if its the wife or trash man….

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