Dog Breeds

Smallest dog breeds in the world

Worlds smallest Dog Breeds ?

Love small dogs? There’s probably a good reason. Aside from being just absolutely adorable, small dogs are great at being family companions and snuggle buddies. They are easy to care for, easy to travel with, and tons of fun! It might seem like small dogs can’t boast adventures personalities like their larger cousins, but they can! Little dogs enjoy getting out and being active with their owners just as much as any other dog – they’re still dogs, after all! So if you’re looking for a tiny breed to add to your family, take a look at these ones!

Affenpinscher – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?


This German breed dates back to the 17th century, and was used to exterminate vermin from kitchens, stables, and other environments. Weighing around 6-13lbs, the Affenpinscher maintains a terrier-like stubborn attitude with a love for activity and adventure.

Brussels Griffon – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?

Brussels Griffon

These lively dogs come from Brussels, Belgium and make up for in heart what they lack physical size. Bred to eliminate rodents, these dogs can be vocal if they feel something unordinary is happening. Brussels Griffon weigh an average of 8-10lbs.

Chihuahua – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?


These tiny Mexican dogs weigh an average of 4-6lbs. Although their history is not fully understood, it is speculated that paintings found in Mexico dating back to 300 BC are of ancestors of the modern-day Chihuahua.

Japanese Chin – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?

Japanese Chin

Originating as a lap dog for Japanese royalty, it’s no wonder this breed was kept small. Weighing an average of 7-9lbs, the Japanese Chin has maintained its intelligent, cat-like temperament that’s so endearing for a small companion dog.

Maltese – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?


Weighing 2-8lbs, these tiny dogs make wonderful family companions and lap dogs. They have been selectively bred to maintain their small size for many years. In fact, enthusiasts in the 17th and 18th centuries decided to make the breed even smaller than it was then!

Papillon – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?

Papillon ( Continental Toy Spaniel )

Papillons are known for their large, butterfly-shaped ears, as their name suggests. These tiny dogs have been depicted in paintings as far back as the 1500s. Since they weigh an average of 8-10lbs, it’s no wonder they were seen as lap dogs then as well!

Pomeranian – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?


Pomeranians resemble tiny lions, and they have huge personalities to match their looks. Weighing around 4-8lbs, they rank as one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They are lively dogs that enjoy spending time with their families, and have enough energy to keep up with your exercise routine.

Russian Toy – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?


This tiny Russian breed weighs an average of 3-6lbs. There are both a short coated and long coated variety, but both are equally tiny, standing between 8-10 inches tall. Originally bred to fight rats, they are vocal little dogs that have a lot of personality!

Toy Fox Terrier – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?

Toy Fox Terrier

Although they only weigh around 3.5-9lbs, these little terriers are extremely athletic and are always ready to go. They originate from the larger fox terriers, and were often used as circus dogs due to their lively nature and easy trainability.

Yorkshire Terrier – Worlds smallest Dog Breed?

Yorkshire Terrier

Although they originated as a hunting dog, the Yorkie has become one of the most popular companions in the United States. Weighing around 7lbs, it’s no wonder this feisty little dog has captured the hearts of many who enjoy taking their dogs everywhere with them. Nearly pocket sized, there’s always room for a Yorkie!

Dog Breeds

New Dog Breeds Recognized in 2015

The Spanish water dog, the Cirneco dell’Etna, the Bergamasco and the Boerboel will become recognized breeds in 2015.


The Cirneco dell’Etna (above) gets its name from Mount Etna in Sicily. It’s a hound dog that hunts by sight and sound. They’re bred to be very energetic and require minimal grooming.

Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish water dog is an all-purpose farm dog. The coat looks tough to manage but once the coat starts to cord, it’s actually easy to maintain.

Bergamasco Sheepdog

The Bergamasco is an ancient herding breed that was not recognized until now because there wasn’t enough of them in the U.S. Their coat starts to cord after about a year, then it takes about five years for the cords to get all the way to the ground.

South African Boerboel

The Boerboel is an old dog from South Africa, where the name means farm dog. The Boerboel is gentle, but naturally protective of their owners, just like a German shepherd or Doberman. Because of that trait and its size it might not be the best choice for a first-time dog owner.


Dog Breeds

Dogs from the Himalayas

Dogs from the Himalaya

Dogs from the Himalayan region (Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India)

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso from Tibet

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff


Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Himalayan Sheepdog

Himalayan Sheepdog from Nepal: The Himalayan Sheepdog, also referred to as the Bhote Kukur, is a livestock guardian dog that originated from Nepal. This mountain dogbreed is closely similar to Indian mastiffs and the Tibetan Mastiff and may be related to the long-haired Kinnaur Sheepdog of Tibet. Naturally, Himalayan Sheepdogs enjoy outdoor lifestyles and are rarely seen beyond the regions of India and Nepal. As a powerful and robust breed, the Himalayan Sheepdog is mainly used for herding purposes. The Himalayan Sheepdog is regionally popular as both a loyal companion as well as a working dog.

Bhutia Sheepdogs

Bhutia Sheepdog from Bhutan


Damchi from Bhutan

Bangara Mastiff

Bangara Mastiff from India