This list of small dog breeds includes some of the most charming and headstrong little dogs around. Well, when you think about it, they have to make up for their lack of stature by being a bit more forceful and confidant! Plus, most small dogs know they can get by with quite a lot just because they are so cute!
But if you're looking for a cuddly lap dog, do check out the breed characteristics carefully because they're not all couch potatoes.
While some of them definitely love to be in your lap, others are so active the only time they use your lap is as
a springboard on their way to something more interesting.
When looking over the list of small dog breeds, there's the matter of grooming. So, do consider how much grooming you want to deal with or have the time for.
Some of the small dogs do have glamorous and abundant coats which means regular
appointments at the doggie salon to keep up their appearance. On the other hand, there are a few hairless small dogs or those
with easy care coats.
So here's the rundown on the list of small dogs:
Size-wise, they range from very small - like the Chihuahua who has the distinction of being recognized as the smallest dog in the world at an average height of 6"-8" - to dogs as tall as the Shetland Sheepdog standing 13-16 inches in height.
While this list is fairly comprehensive, not all the profiles have been completed, so check back often to get the latest updates and additions. In the meantime, click on the links in the list of small dog breeds to get more information about any of them.
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