Small breed dogs guide


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Use the small breed dogs guide below to help you in your search for the perfect companion dog. Although not all-inclusive, we have tried to include most of the best small dog breeds for your review.

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Take your time. Finding the perfect dog to fit your lifestyle is one of the most important decisions you'll have to make. The choice you make now will be with you for years to come.

If you're concerned about allergies, check out out list of non shedding dog breeds.

For information on hybrid dog breeds be sure to check out our Designer dog breeds page.

 

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Also, visit our Small dog rescue and shelter pages, there are many needy, loving, small dogs for adoption out there, you may just come away with a different point of view.


Small breed dogs

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All Breeds  Most Popular

All Breeds

Breed Size Colors
Affenpinscher
affenpinschers

7-9 lb

Not to exceed
11 inches

Black, gray, silver, red tan, belge

Australian Terrier
Australian Terrier

14lb Approx

10" Tall

Short legs

Shades of blue or red

w/tan markings

Basenji
Basenji

22 - 24lbs

16 - 17 inches

Red, black, tricolor

Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terrier

17 - 23 lbs

15 1/2 to
17 1/2 inches

 

Blue, sandy, liver, blue and tan, sandy and tan, liver and tan

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise

10-20lb

9-12 inches

White, may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot

Bolognese
Small breed dogs - Bolognese

9-11lb

10-12 inches

White

Border Terrier
Border Terriers

11-15.5lbs

11-16 inches

Red, wheaten, grizzle and tan or blue and tan.

Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

10-25lb

15-17 inches

Black, brindle or seal with white markings

Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffons

8-12lb

 

Red, belge, black, black and tan

 

Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terriers

13-17lb

10-13 inches

Cream, wheaten, red, sandy, gray, or brindled
Cavalier King Charles
Cavalier King Charles

13-18lb

12-13 inches

 

Blenheim, Tricolour, Black and Tan, and Ruby

Chihuahua
Toy Chihuahua

6lbs or less Any color - Solid, marked or splashed.

Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested Powderpuff

10-13lb

11-13 inches

Variety of colors, ranging from a pale flesh to black

Coton De Tulear
Small breed dogs - Coton De Tulear

8-13lb

8-12 inches

White, white with light brown spots, black and white , and black

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier

18-24lb

8-11 inches

Dark bluish black to a light silvery gray

Reddish brown to a pale fawn

Fox Terrier Smooth
Fox Terrier Smooth

18lb

15.5 inches or less

White is predominate

Fox Terrier Wire
Fox Terrier Wire

7-9.5lb

15-21lb

Predominant white , brown markings of the face, black saddle or large splotch of color

German Spitz
German Spitz

12-18lb

11.5 -14inches

All colors

Havanese
Havanese

7-13lb

8.5-11.5 inches

All colors

Italian Greyhound
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8-18lb

13-15 inches

White, parti colored

Japanese Chin
Small breed dogs - Japanese Chin

7 -9lb avg.

8 - 11 inches

 

Black and white, red and white, or black and white with tan points

Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terrier

16-17lb

13-14.5 inches

Black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan, & tan, red, red grizzle, wheaten, liver, blue, or black.

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso

12-18lb

10.75 inches

Black, white, gold, red and parti-colored with various shadings

Lundehund
Lundehund

12-18lb

12 -15 inches

Brown to tan with black hair tips, white with red or dark markings

Maltese
Maltese

4 - 7lb

7.5 - 10inches

White

Manchester Terrier
Manchester Terrier

Less than 12lb - Toy

12 - 22lb - Standard

 

Jet black and rich mahogany tan

Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier

20 - 35lb

Less than 14inches

White, white with another color, or fully colored

Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Pinscher

 

10 - 12.5 inches

 

Red, stag-red, and black or chocolate with tan or rust markings

Miniature Schnauzer
Mini Schnauzer

12-20lb

12 - 14 inches

Black, salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver and white

Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terrier

11 - 12lb

9 - 10 inches

Red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle

Papillon
Papillon

5 - 10lb

8 - 11 inches

Parti Colored or white with patches of any color

Pekingese
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7 - 14lb

6 - 9 inches

Gold, red or sable. Light gold, cream, black, white, sables, black and tan and 'blue' or slate gray

Pomeranian
Pomeranian

4.2 - 7.7lb

5 - 11 inches

 

White, black, brown, red, orange, cream, blue, sable, black and tan, brown and tan, spotted, brindle,

Miniature Poodle
Miniature Poodle

 

10 - 15 inches

 

White, black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, red and cream

Pug
Pug

14-18lb Fawn, apricot, silver or black

Schipperke
Schipperke

7-20lb

10 - 13 inches

Black

Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier

18-22lb

9.8 inches

Black, Brindle, Wheaten
Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham Terrier

23 - 25 lb

10.5 - 12 inches

White and marking colors include lemon, brown, and badger
Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu

17 - 23lb

13.5 - 16.5 inches

Red, black and tan, or sesame with a cream, buff, or gray undercoat
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

8 - 16lb

8 - 11 inches

Gold, Dark/Light Brown
White, Black, Brindle
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Spaniel

9-15lb

10 inches or less

Red, fawn, gold, white, cream, black and tan, black often there is white markings on the feet
Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terrier

18-30lb

14-16 inches

Solid, particolor, tricolor, brindle or piebald
Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terriers

20-22lb

12-15.5 inches

Black and tan grizzle

West Highland
White Terrier
West Highland Terriers

13-20lb

9-11 inches

White
Xoloitzcuintli
Xoloitzcuintli

12-25lb

10-18 inches

Black, gray black, slate, to red, liver or bronze

Yorkshire Terrier
Small breed dogs - Yorkshire Terrier

7lb or less Tan and Blue

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Good with small childern

Breed Size Colors

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frisse

10-20lb

9-12 inches

White, may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot
Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

10-25lb

15-17 inches

Black, brindle or seal with white markings
Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles

13-18lb

12-13 inches

 

Blenheim, Tricolour, Black and Tan, and Ruby
Havanese
Havanese

7-13lb

8.5-11.5 inches

All colors

Pug
Pug

14-18lb Fawn, apricot, silver or black
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

8 - 16lb

8 - 11 inches

Gold, Dark/Light Brown
White, Black, Brindle

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Best for Allergies

Breed Size Colors

Affenpinscher
Afenpinschers

7-9 lb

Not to exceed
11 inches

Black, gray, silver, red tan, belge

Australian Terrier
Australian Terriers

14lb Approx

10" Tall

Short legs

Shades of blue or red

w/tan markings

Bedlington Terrier
Beddington Terrier

17 - 23 lbs

15 1/2 to
17 1/2 inches

 

Blue, sandy, liver, blue and tan, sandy and tan, liver and tan

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frisse

10-20lb

9-12 inches

White, may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot

Bolognese
Bolognese

9-11lb

10-12 inches

White
     

Border Terrier
Border Terriers

11-15.5lbs

11-16 inches

Red, wheaten, grizzle and tan or blue and tan.
Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

10-25lb

15-17 inches

Black, brindle or seal with white markings

Brussels Griffon
Small breed dogs - Griffon

8-12lb

 

Red, belge, black, black and tan

 

Cairn Terrier
Cairn Terriers

13-17lb

10-13 inches

Cream, wheaten, red, sandy, gray, or brindled

Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested Powderpuff

10-13lb

11-13 inches

Variety of colors, ranging from a pale flesh to black

Dandie Dinmont
Terrier
Dandie Dinmont

18-24lb

8-11 inches

Dark bluish black to a light silvery gray

Reddish brown to a pale fawn

Fox Terrier Smooth
Fox Terrier Smooth

18lb

15.5 inches or less

White is predominate

Fox Terrier Wire
Fox Terrier Wire

7-9.5lb

15-21lb

Predominant white , brown markings of the face, black saddle or large splotch of color

Havanese
Havanese

7-13lb

8.5-11.5 inches

All colors

Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terrier

16-17lb

13-14.5 inches

Black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan, & tan, red, red grizzle, wheaten, liver, blue, or black.

Lhasa Apso
Lhasa Apso

12-18lb

10.75 inches

Black, white, gold, red and parti-colored with various shadings

Maltese
Maltese

4 - 7lb

7.5 - 10inches

White

Manchester Terrier
Manchester Terrier

Less than 12lb - Toy

12 - 22lb - Standard

 

Jet black and rich mahogany tan

Norfolk Terrier
Norfolk Terrier

11 - 12lb

9 - 10 inches

Red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle

Papillon
Papillon

5 - 10lb

8 - 11 inches

Parti Colored or white with patches of any color

Miniature Poodle
Miniature Poodle

 

10 - 15 inches

 

White, black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, red and cream

Sealyham Terrier
Sealyham Terrier

23 - 25 lb

10.5 - 12 inches

White and marking colors include lemon, brown, and badger

Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

8 - 16lb

8 - 11 inches

Gold, Dark/Light Brown
White, Black, Brindle

Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terrier

18-30lb

14-16 inches

Solid, particolor, tricolor, brindle or piebald

Welsh Terrier
Welsh Terrier

20-22lb

12-15.5 inches

Black and tan grizzle

West Highland
White Terrier
West Highland Terrier

13-20lb

9-11 inches

White

Xoloitzcuintli
Xoloitzcuintli

12-25lb

10-18 inches

Black, gray black, slate, to red, liver or bronze

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

7lb or less Tan and Blue

 

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Most Popular

Breed Size Colors

Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier

10-25lb

15-17 inches

Black, brindle or seal with white markings

Chihuahua
Toy Chihuahua

6lbs or less Any color - Solid, marked or splashed.

Maltese
Maltese

4 - 7lb

7.5 - 10inches

White

Pomeranian
Small breed dogs - Pomeranian

4.2 - 7.7lb

5 - 11 inches

 

White, black, brown, red, orange, cream, blue, sable, black and tan, brown and tan, spotted, brindle,
Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle


 

10 - 15 inches

 

White, black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, red and cream

Pug
Pug

14-18lb Fawn, apricot, silver or black
Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu


8 - 16lb

8 - 11 inches

Gold, Dark/Light Brown
White, Black, Brindle
Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

7lb or less Tan and Blue
Small breed dogs

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High energy dogs

Breed Size Colors
Lundehund

Lundehund


12-18lb

12 -15 inches

Brown to tan with black hair tips, white with red or dark markings
Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier


20 - 35lb

Less than 14inches

White, white with another color, or fully colored
Schipperke

Schipperke


7-20lb

10 - 13 inches

Black
Small breed dogs

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High grooming needs

Breed Size Colors

Bedlington Terrier
Bedlington Terriers

17 - 23 lbs

15 1/2 to
17 1/2 inches

 

Blue, sandy, liver, blue and tan, sandy and tan, liver and tan

Bichon Frise
Bichon Frisse

10-20lb

9-12 inches

White, may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot

Bolognese
Bolognese

9-11lb

10-12 inches

White
Havanese

Havanese


7-13lb

8.5-11.5 inches

All colors
Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso


12-18lb

10.75 inches

Black, white, gold, red and parti-colored with various shadings

Maltese
Maltese

4 - 7lb

7.5 - 10inches

White
Miniature Schnauzer

Mini Schnauzer


12-20lb

12 - 14 inches

Black, salt-and-pepper, black-and-silver and white
Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle


 

10 - 15 inches

 

White, black, blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot, red and cream
Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier


18-22lb

9.8 inches

Black, Brindle, Wheaten
Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier


23 - 25 lb

10.5 - 12 inches

White and marking colors include lemon, brown, and badger
Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu


8 - 16lb

8 - 11 inches

Gold, Dark/Light Brown
White, Black, Brindle
Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier


18-30lb

14-16 inches

Solid, particolor, tricolor, brindle or piebald
Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

7lb or less Tan and Blue

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