Top 8 Popular Small Dog Breeds


Small dog breeds are very popular for many reasons. They are considered “portable,” meaning they can fit in little carriers and go with their owners in many places. In general, they require little space and many do well in cramped homes and apartments. Most of all, these little cuties are absolutely adorable! What other reason do you need?

Here are some of the most popular small dog breeds…

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular of all dog breeds. It is definitely a favorite among fans of small dog breeds. This beautiful little cutie is known for its blue and tan colored silky long hair. The Yorkie is the quintessential “purse dog,” rarely touching the ground and often seen with a bow in its hair.


Another pretty popular dog breed is the Dachshund. It is a little hound beloved by dog lovers all over the world. The Dachshund has many nicknames: doxie, wiener dog, sausage dog, hotdog, etc. Of course, they mostly relate to the breeds distinct appearance. With its short, stubby legs and a long, round body, you would never miss a Dachshund in the crowd


The Poodle is definitely one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world. They are known for its tight curls and specific haircut (the “pom-poms” over the joints). It has a rich history as a favorite of the aristocracy. Poodles have also been known as entertaining performers as they enjoy being the center of attraction.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is yet another highly popular small dog breed. This member of the toy breed group is basically the poster child for lap dogs, which is no surprise since the breed originated strictly as a companion.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is an energetic small dog breed with a friendly but tough personality. Easily recognized by its signature bearded haircut, this Terrier has remained among the most popular small dog breeds for many years.


Although Chihuahuas are some of the world’s tiniest dogs, their personalities are also the biggest. These little dogs are often seen being toted around in the designer bags of certain stars in the entertainment industry. Their hair coats may be smooth or long.


Cute as a button and sweet as candy, it’s no surprise that the Pug is a popular dog breed. These little round dogs are jovial and playful souls. Pugs were even once the pets of royalty and the companions of Tibetan monks.


This small dog breed looks like a cross between a stuffed animal and a tiny lion. Its distinct long, fluffy coat and bright personality make this an unforgettable dog breed. Poms normally have high energy and sometimes bossy little dogs with an intense loyalty to their loved ones.

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