5 Tiny Dog Breeds Who Stay Small

Numerous dog breeds start out small and then remain small, including Yorkies and Chihuahuas. Here are the top 5 tiny pups we like best!

Many breeds of dogs start small and stay small.

Some people have a preference for tiny breeds because they travel well. These wee companions can easily be carried around, which increases the bond between pet and human.

Here is my list of just a handful of these teeny breeds.

Yorkshire Terrier
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1. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a little dog with a huge attitude. Standing at 6–7 inches tall and weighing less than 7 pounds, the Yorkie is a dedicated and protective companion.

Although they are high-energy little dogs, they do not require a lot of exercise.

They do need considerable grooming, however. You have to brush the long, silky coat regularly.

Yorkies are the perfect pet regardless of your living arrangements. They are just as happy in a small apartment as they are in a sprawling mansion. This makes the Yorkshire Terrier the ideal pet for almost anyone.

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2. Papillon

The Papillon is a small and loving companion. They can be from 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh between 7 and 10 pounds.

The Papillon is sometimes called the butterfly dog, because the ears resemble the wings of a butterfly.

They are extremely intelligent and highly trainable puppies. Many dog show enthusiasts use these wonderful little pups for obedience and agility trials.

Daily brushing is necessary to maintain a papillon’s coat. Although the coat is not very long, the feathering and fringes can become tangled.

Considered to be odorless pets, Papillons need only occasional bathing. They are low maintenance but high on the list of tiny dogs people love.

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3. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is becoming more popular by the day. It is among the tiniest dog breeds and is often called a purse pooch. Although standing at less than 8 inches tall and weighing 2–6 pounds, the Chihuahua is fearless.

Chihuahuas can be temperamental and tenacious, so they are not for everyone. But in the right home, they can be the best pet ever.

Because of their tiny size, Chihuahuas do not require much exercise. Grooming time varies according to whether the pup is smooth-coated or longhaired.

Photo: W J (Bill) Harrison

4. Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a wonderful small dog who is playful and energetic.

They are less than 11 inches tall and weigh 7–9 pounds. The rough, shaggy coat and monkey-like expression make the Affenpinscher a unique pet.

In 2013, an Affenpinscher won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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5. Maltese

Another popular small dog is the Maltese. They are white and have silky coats.

Maltese are intelligent and trainable. Playful and high spirited, they love everyone.

They do require daily brushing to maintain their coat. Maltese make exceptional family pets.

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Dave Baker, founder and publisher of Petful, is a journalist and editor who has worked at The New York Times and The Nation magazine. He was also part of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize–winning team at The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Petful is now based. A longtime advocate for pet food safety, Dave has been passionately tracking pet food recalls for the past 10-plus years, and more than 30,000 pet parents are subscribed to his recall alerts — which often arrive faster than even the recall alerts put out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Learn more about Dave and the rest of the Petful team here: Meet the Team.

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