The Smallest Dog Breeds

Ever wondered what the smallest dog breeds are?

Dogs have been man’s best friend for hundreds of years. They’re loyal, protective, and lovely creatures. There are over 340 dog breeds in the world. Each breed has its own qualities and characteristics. Dogs are adorable, and none are more adorable than the smaller dogs. Smaller dogs are cute, but don’t be deceived; they’re usually rather feisty. Smaller dogs are often all bark and no bite; they love attention, and like most dogs, they demand it constantly. From the feisty chihuahua to the adorable pug, let’s take a look at the smallest dog breeds in the world.


Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed. They’re feisty, low maintenance but they need training early on in order to become proper house pets. Chihuahuas need care, discipline and attention to thrive properly.

Chihuahua’s love pictures, and Twitter loves them. They weigh between 3 to 5kg and have a life expectancy of 12-20 years. They may be small, but they have a huge attitude.


Pomeranians are adorable little balls of fur. They have fluffy fur and the most adorable smiles. A Pomeranian weighs between 2-4kg and a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. Pomeranians are smart, energetic, and people-oriented. Pomeranians constantly rank in the top 50 for most popular breeds and have done so since 1998.

Pomeranians were popularized by Queen Victoria who had one during her reign. They are playful and they look like adorable meatballs.

Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are an adorable breed you’ve probably seen in a movie. Yorkshire Terriers have a life expectancy of 12-16 years and a maximum weight of 3kg. They’re intelligent, smart, bold, and great for senior citizens.

Japanese Chin

This breed is tightly linked to its Japanese heritage hence the name. Japanese Chin dogs are low energy dogs with eyes that don’t quite align. They’re loyal, loving, and intelligent. This breed of dogs has a life expectancy of 12-14 years, and they weigh between 1-6kg.

Miniature Pinscher

This dog breed is the answer to those who love Dobermans but want a smaller pet. They are one of the smallest dog breeds. They’re energetic, lively, and great for younger people. They are not lap dogs, and they enjoy a lot of activity. Also known as the King of Toys, this breed can weigh between 3-5kg. They can live as long as 15 years.


Dachshunds are popularly known as sausage or weiner dogs. They have a life expectancy of 12-16 years, and they weigh between 7-15kg. Dachshunds are short and long making them great apartment dogs. They’re clever and lively.


Pugs are one of the smallest dog breeds. They are known for their exuberance and lively personalities. Pugs are great family dogs because they like people and like to be surrounded by their family. Pugs have an adorable wrinkly face and a curved tail. They do not have a heavy coat of fur, but their coat is smooth and glossy. Pugs have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.