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Small dogs are such a joy to have as a companion. These tiny furry family members bring constant joy, love, and entertainment into our lives. If you are looking for a tiny pet that’s full of personality and love, the team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital has put together a list of the world’s smallest dog breeds to help you decide which breed would be best suited for your family:  

Small and Mighty: Popular Small Dog Breeds 

Most small dogs are loving, loyal creatures that make great watchdogs and family pets. Here are the most popular small dog breeds commonly seen here in the United States and around the world. 


Chihuahuas can come in both short and long-hair varieties. These tiny dogs have a lot of personality. They are loyal and loving dogs to their owners, and are definitely rulers of the household. 


Dachshunds or “doxies,” sometimes also referred to as “weiner dogs,” are friendly, playful, and loving dogs with short legs and a long spine. These dogs have three different coat varieties: long-haired, smooth, or wire-haired.  

Yorkshire Terrier 

Also known as Yorkies, these small dogs are great for people looking for a companion dog. Yorkies love to be by their owner’s side. They are known for their tendency to bark at strangers, making them great watchdogs. 


These tiny dogs are fiercely loyal to their human family members, and make great companion dogs. Their “pom pom” fur is long and poofs out, giving them a fun long-haired coat. They enjoy being active and cuddling on the couch with their owners. 

Shih Tzu 

Shih Tzu’s are lively and friendly pets that make great companions. They can require a little bit of extra grooming to keep their long coat healthy and maintained. Keeping their coat trimmed short can help. 

The dogs listed above are just a small example of the large variety of small dog breeds. To see more, check out the American Kennel Club’s list of the 25 smallest dog breeds.

A Note About Teacup Trends 

Terms like “micro” or “teacup” can sometimes mean unhealthy and unsafe breeding practices, and can result in health problems for the pet throughout their lives. The growing popularity of these “teacup” sized pets and breeding for the smallest possible outcome can be dangerous to the pet. 

Important Things to Consider About Smaller Breeds 

Small dogs are easier to carry around and pick up, and lots of breeds love to be lap dogs! Be careful to train your tiny dog not to jump off of high surfaces such as couches or beds. Too far of a fall can cause injuries, and consistent jumping from tall surfaces can cause back and joint issues in some dogs over time. Regular wellness checks with your veterinarian can help detect joint and spine issues in your dogs, and help your pet live a long and happy life. 

Like all animals, each dog is unique depending on their personality, breed, grooming, and overall care requirements. If you have questions about what kind of dog would be the best fit for your family and lifestyle, consult the team of veterinary professionals at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital.