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Top 10 Smallest Dog Breeds In The World

Men’s furry best friends come in different sizes and colors, have different personalities and traits. Some of them are friendly and playful; others are lazy, thirds are good guardians… But, most of us choose our dogs depending on their size.

If you adore the tiny little ones, this is the right article for you! Below is a list of the ten smallest breeds in the world. Can you guess which one is the smallest? The chihuahua, of course!

1. Chihuahua


The smallest dog breed in the world, weighing between 4 and 6 pounds on average, as the name suggests, Chihuahuas hail from Chihuahua’s state in Mexico. Despite their tiny stature, this breed tends to be fiercely loyal to their owner and, in some cases, can be over protective, which can result in a lot of baring. However, Chihuahuas are one of the most loving and affectionate dogs’ breeds, making them an excellent companion.

2. Bichon Frise


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Bichon Frise translates to ‘curly lap dog’ in French, the perfect description of our 2nd smallest dog breed globally, which descends from the Water Spaniel and Standard Poodle. They make excellent family dogs, as they are extremely loyal and play really well with children and other animals.

3. Boston Terrier



Our 3rd smallest dog breed globally, Boston Terrier, is small and compact with a short tail and erect ears. They are highly intelligent and very trainable, making them a great companion and are wonderful with children.

4. French Bulldog



‘Frenchies’ are among the smallest dog breeds in the world and are related to both the English Bulldog and American Bulldog. These dogs are playful, affectionate, loyal, and intelligent, making them an excellent companion dog.

5. Papillon


Papillon is of the Spaniel family and is one of the oldest toy spaniels. Weighing between 6 and 7 pounds, Papillons get their name from the butterfly-like look of the long and fringed hair on the ears. These dogs are quite intelligent and self-assured but can be reserved around people they do not know. The Papillon is a great companion dog, happy, friendly, and adventurous, living upwards of 17 years.

6. Pomeranian



Pomeranians are gentle, mellow, and sweet, but they can also be noisy at times. This breed, one of the smallest in the world, can be quite good with children, just as long as they are introduced to them as puppies.

7. Pug


The Pug is a toy dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. One of the most lovable breeds on our list, the charismatic personality of the Pug makes them a friendly and comedic companion.

8. Shih Tzu


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One of the smallest dog breeds globally, the Shih Tzu is one of the best family dogs and is great around children. Also called the ‘mini lion,’ these dogs have a double-layered, full, and dense coat, which requires daily grooming.

9. Toy Poodle


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The 9th smallest dog on our list is the Toy Poodle, a sensitive breed that can be extremely loyal to its owner. The dog is officially found in toy, miniature, and standard sizes and has many different coat colors.

10. Yorkshire Terrier



Not only is the Yorkshire Terrier one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, but they are also one of the cutest. A perfect fit in a household where he will be the only dog, Yorkies are dependable, caring, and an excellent watchdog.

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