Not every cute dog is a tiny dog but a small argument can be made that every tiny dog is a cute one. There are various breeds of small size dogs loaded with a lot of personality into a cute little body. Some are outgoing with bursting vigor while some are laidback and enjoy freedom. These furry friends can be your cuddle buddy or enjoy any activity with you be it in your small room or office. The right breeds depend on what you are looking for like personality, energy level, their grooming management, etc.
Here are few breeds of small size dogs to consider looking.
The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. This compact little dog is an active toy breed with an alert character and fox-like expression. Today, the Pomeranian is a popular companion dog and competitive show dog.
Personality: Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical “personality breed”.
Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lapdogs.
Trainability: Responds Well.
Height: 6-7 inches.
Weight: 3-7 pounds.
Life Expectancy: 12-16 yrs.
Boston terrier is a small Compact dog often named as American gentleman. These dogs are known for being friendly and quiet and they have a happy-go-lucky personality. They are intelligent and easy to train. Many do very well as obedience and therapy dogs and in agility and flyball competitions.
Boston terrier is best suited for being a companion and a house pet.
Grooming: moderate or minimum amount.
Trainability: obedient and easy to train.
Height: 12 to 17 inches tall.
Weight: 4.5 – 11kg
Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years.
The Pug is well described by the phrase “multum in parvo” which means “a lot of dog in a small space.” They are recognized for their even-tempers, playful personalities, and their outgoing, loving dispositions. This square and cobby breed come in fawn or black, with a well-defined “mask” on its muzzle.
Personality: Even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving
Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pugs are not exactly natural athletes, but they do have strong legs and endless curiosity—exercise regularly.
Trainability: Responds Well.
Height: 10-13 inches.
Weight: 14-18 pounds.
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years.
The Poodle breed is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. The breed comes in three size varieties, which may contribute to why Poodle is one of the most popular breeds.
Personality: Proud, active and very smart.
Energy Level: Very Active; Poodles are enthusiastic walkers, runners, and swimmers. They’re eager for all kinds of activity, and they enjoy keeping busy.
Trainability: Eager To Please.
Height: 10 inches & under (toy), 10-15 inches (miniature), over 15 inches (standard).
Weight: 4-6 pounds (toy), 10-15 pounds (miniature), 60-70 pounds (male standard), 40-50 pounds (female standard).
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years.
Not only are Beagles excellent hunting dogs and loyal companions, they are also happy-go-lucky, funny, and thanks to their pleading expression cute. They were bred to hunt in packs, so they enjoy the company of other dogs and of people as well.
Personality: Merry, friendly, and curious.
Energy Level: Very Active; This quick, energetic and compact hound dog needs plenty of exercise.
Trainability: Responds Well.
Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches.
Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches) Life Expectancy: 10-15 years.
Lhasa Apso is a small, hardy breed with a beautiful cloak of hair that parts down the back from head to tail. Their temperament is unique: joyful and mischievous, dignified and aloof. An independent breed, the Lhasa’s goal in life is not necessarily to please their master.
Personality: Smart, confident, complex; a family comedian.
Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Calm but fun-loving, Lhasas enjoy brisk walks and clowning for loved ones.
Height: 10-11 inches (male), slightly smaller (female).
Weight: 12-18 pounds.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years.
Papillon is the French word for butterfly, and the breed gets this name from the long hair on the ears that resemble butterfly wings. Some Papillons have drooped ears,and they are called Phalène, which means moth. There are individuals who like to nap with their owner, of course, but the typical Papillon would much rather be running around with a toy than sitting still.
Personality:These dogs are energetic, clever, and self-assured, and they learn new things easily.
Energy level: This is an active dog breed and they’re happiest when they have something to do. Many do very well in agility or other sports activity.
Grooming: Fairly easy because Papillons don’t have an undercoat.
Tainability: easy to train.
Height: 8 to 11 inches.
Weight: 4 to 9 pounds.
Life Expectancy: upto 17 years.
Chihuahuas are generally considered the smallest dog breed and there are two main varieties: short haired and long haired. One thing to keep in mind is that these small dogs are fragile. In addition, they need to be treated with care, and small children might be too rough and hurt the dog, also they were bred to thrive in a warm climate, and may dislike cold. They tend to seek out sunshine or burrow themselves down under piles of blankets.
Energy level: Chihuahuas are alert and energetic, but they still require little exercises, because they’re so small.
Personality: They make great city dogs. These dogs are clever and enthusiastic and usually have large personalities. Know more about apple head chihuahua.
Grooming: require less grooming.
Height: 6 to 10 inches.
Weight: 1.8 to 2.7 kg.
Dachshunds are excellent companions and they can hunt small animals like rabbit and fox. Other popular names are Wiener dog, Sausage dog, Doxie etc. and can easily adapt the environment so if you want a little friend you can opt for dachshund.
Personality: Delightful, muscular body on short legs, intelligent look in eyes and somewhat stubborn.
Grooming: low maintenance grooming.
Height: 8 to 9 inches tall.
Weight: Miniature dachshund are of 11 pounds and standard dachshund are of 16 to 32 pounds.