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The 11 Smallest Dog Breeds in 2024

28 Dec, 2022

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The expression that good things come in small packages applies to just about all of the dogs on our list. While most of these dog breeds weigh less than 12 pounds and can fit inside a purse, they have tons of personality and are plenty of fun to be around. Some of the dogs on this list would surprise you with their feisty attitudes and fearless nature. Many dog owners find it easier to handle a smaller dog, as they tend to need less exercise and can be easily managed inside a small living space. The only issue with these dogs is that they are so cute that they will always be the center of attention. Don't be surprised if you have people coming to visit you more often after bringing one of these little guys home!



Chihuahua Dog

Weighing between 3-6 pounds, the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world. Their small size, however, does not tell the whole story, these little pups have big personalities. They have a bold and confident attitude that is often humorous to see, considering their tiny appearance. These pups are loved by many, and they have been one of the most popular breeds since the 1960s.


Pomeranian Dog


The Pom has been known to be "the little dog that thinks he can." This is because they are fearless and will not back down from any dog or person. So don't be shocked when you see these 3-7 pound doggos going face to face with an 85 pound German Shepherd!



Maltese Dog

The Maltese is one of the oldest toy breeds. Their history dates back to at least 2000 years ago. While their location of origin is not certain, they were prevalent in the art, poetry, and writings of early Greek history. These pups only weigh up to 7 pounds!


Havanese Dog


The Havanese is a little dog with a lot of history. Weighing only between 7-13 pounds, these little guys make up for in personality what they lack in size. While these pups make great cuddle buddies, they have also been known to excel as therapy dogs. This could be due to the fact that they attach themselves to humans, and for that, they earned the nickname "velcro."

Yorkshire Terrier


Yorkshire Terrier Dog

One of the most recognizable breeds in the world, the Yorkshire Terrier stands at an intimidating 6 inches tall and 7 pounds large. However, the Yorkie has a personality no different than all other Terrier-type dogs. They are feisty and love to bark. They will be sure to alert you if anyone is at your front door, making them excellent watchdogs.


Pekingese Dog


The Pekingese is undoubtedly not your average dog. These little guys are packed with character and have a history dating back over 2000 years. This ancient breed is much tougher and braver than their 7-14 pound build suggests. Besides this pup's colorful character, they are also extremely cute. They can be quickly identified by their long straight hair and their big, round, bulging eyes.

Italian Greyhound


Italian greyhound Dog

While they weigh only 6-15 pounds, the Italian Greyhound is energetic and loves to run. Ensure that any off-leash area you take your Italian Greyhound to is well-secured, as they can run up to 25 MPH. If they see a squirrel run by and manage to escape, it will not be easy to catch them! 

Chinese Crested


Chinese crested Dog

These exotic-looking pups can weigh up to 12 pounds. The Chinese Crested is an excellent dog for people that enjoy being at home. These little guys do not have as much desire to go outside like other dogs, and they will be more than happy to hang out on the couch all day. That being said, they are surprisingly athletic when they are let outside and can jump extremely high for their size. 




The Affenpinscher is a small but feisty little pup that has become a popular ladies' dog. They are often referred to as the "Monkey Dog" as 'affen' means monkey in German, and 'pinscher' simply means Terrier. These 7-9 pound doggos may be small, but they are full of energy, and there will never be a dull moment with them around.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher


This dog is known as the "King of Toys." The Miniature Pinscher did not earn this nickname without reason. They are fearless, confident, and always ready for action. While they only weigh up to 11 pounds, these little guys are not your average lap dog and have quite the personality. For its weight, this breed is very strong.



Papillon Dog

The Papillon makes an awesome companion. They are a fan favorite among anyone that meets them. They are outgoing and especially friendly toward everyone they meet. Despite their tiny size, weighing 4-9 pounds, they are not lap dogs and will not be happy at home on the couch all day. They are very active and require daily exercise.


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