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10 Dog Breeds That Stay Small Forever

Every dog is the best. There are dogs of all sizes here, from the largest to the smallest. Many people have a soft spot for toy and miniature dog breeds because, well, little dogs don't know they're little.

Yorkies, as they are affectionately known, are one of the tiniest dog breeds, with an average weight of 7 pounds and a height of 7 to 8 inches. Daily maintenance on their smooth coats is required.

Yorkshire Terrier

These canines stand little more than 6 inches tall and can weigh no more than 5 pounds. They may be small, but their big personalities make up for it! Without proper direction, Chihuahuas can become dominant.


Maltese dogs, known for their mild demeanor and sweetness, are excellent, low-maintenance house pets. They can grow to a height of 7–9 inches and a weight of under 7 pounds. They're fun to be around and won't be too picky about when you play with them.


Schipperkes are active, alert, and confident dogs that require a lot of playtime and exercise. They stand between 4 and 13 inches tall and can carry as much as 16 pounds. They are also quite mushy and sentimental.


French bulldogs, sometimes known as "Frenchies," are low-key, intelligent canines. They are on the larger end of the tiny dog spectrum, but nevertheless rarely exceed 28 pounds and stand no more than 13 inches at the shoulder. 

French Bulldog

Pomeranians are living proof that you don't need a lot of space to have a good time. They are very aware of how exceptional their personality is. They show some warmth toward children and do not completely ignore them.


The average height and weight of an Italian greyhound is 13 to 15 inches and 7 to 14 pounds, respectively. They love cuddling up on your lap and are quite affectionate. They tend to get along well with both children and other pets.

Italian Greyhounds

The average pug weighs 14–18 pounds and is 10–13 inches tall. They're playful, curious, and excellent with young people. As a breed, they tend to be friendly and laid-back pets.


Papillons, one of the oldest toy dog breeds, are between 5 and 10 pounds and 8 inches tall. They're affectionate, super-smart, and energetic so they need a job to do to stay out of trouble


This hardy canine grows to be between 12 and 14 inches tall and 11 and 20 pounds. It has a sunny disposition and loves being around youngsters. A majority of Mini Schnauzers have never been alone.

Miniature Schnauzer

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