The Smallest Dog Breeds That Your Family Will Love!
Aside from being cute and cuddly, these teeny tiny dog breeds make amazing family dogs. Below are the 5 smallest dog breeds on earth – and they are all easily accessible in the US and Canada.
There is only one breed of Chihuahua, but the variation within the breed is amazing. These tiny dogs have long coats, smooth coats, a diversity of coat colors, and even two distinct head shapes (an apple-shaped head or a deer-shaped head. Seriously). They weigh a feather-light 4-6 pounds, and stand only 6-10 inches tall. (source: Okssi/Shutterstock)
This uncommon breed was created in Brussels, Belgium, hence its name of the Brussels griffon. This long-legged, short-faced dog was originally bred as a terrier kept in stables to hunt rodents. However, today they are eye-catching pets.
Brussels griffon dogs typically stand around 7-8 inches tall and weigh 7-12 pounds. There are two coat types, rough or smooth, and a few different coat colors. (source: Rita Kochmarjova/Shutterstock)
This spunky little fuzz ball is a spitz type breed, and definitely a popular pet. They stand between 5-11 inches tall and weigh a mere 4-8 pounds. In other words, if some “pom poms” look large, it’s all fur and personality that’s filling them out. (source: Rita Kochmarjova/Shutterstock)
The affenpinscher stands between 9-12 inches tall and weighs around 7-13 pounds. But don’t let the tiny size fool you. These dogs are active indoors and love daily walks. They’re curious and playful, but also are stubborn and protective. Because they have a tough-guy personality, they need training and respond best to positive reinforcement methods, such as clicker training. (source: Joakim Lloyd Raboff/Shutterstock)
Their name is French, meaning “butterfly ear” – which is pretty darn accurate. Papillons stand 8-12 inches tall and weigh 7-10 pounds. You’ve been hearing about breeds that have trouble around children and strangers; the papillon stands in contrast. This breed is friendly and self-assured, and when properly socialized, does well with children, strangers and other pets. They are well known to be great companion animals, even if they can be a bit on the vocal side. (source: Mikkel Bigandt/Shutterstock)