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Smallest Dog Breed

There are several contenders for smallest dog breed. Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world but the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are also quite small and there can be individual dogs which are smaller than some Chihuahuas. Other breeds, such as the Maltese, the Japanese Chin, and the Papillon, all weigh less than 10 pounds and can also rival the Chihuahua as the smallest breed at times.

What Is the Smallest Breed of Dog in the World?

Here are some of the breeds which might be considered the smallest breed of dog in the world.

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a very old Mexican breed. Dogs of this type have probably existed in Mexico for hundreds of years and a larger version may have been used in religious ceremonies by some of the earlier Mexican peoples. The Chihuahua is a bold, feisty breed. They can be quite independent, though they are devoted to their owners. They are not recommended for families with small children but they should do all right with older children. The Chihuahua is not supposed to weigh more than 6 pounds according to the club’s breed standard, though some pets do weigh more.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from England. They were originally a terrier breed and were bred to hunt rats and other vermin in the textile mills of northern England. They are a beautiful little breed with a long flowing coat of tan and blue. The Yorkie is outgoing, determined, and brave. They are not afraid of anything. They are also very curious and quite active. The Yorkie only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian was once a much larger dog, weighing up to 30 pounds, and was used to pull sleds in the cold north of Europe. Over the last 200 years the breed has been slowly reduced in size until today these charming little dogs weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. They retain their spitz-dog appearance and even look like little foxes. They are intelligent, outgoing, and love to please their owners. With their thick, dense coats they do need quite a bit of grooming.

Maltese

The beautiful Maltese has a long flowing white coat. These dogs are good for allergy-sufferers. The Maltese has been known for around 2800 years. This charming, intelligent, brave, playful little dog only weighs 4 to 6 pounds. They do require daily brushing to keep their coats from matting.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is actually a Chinese breed. They were bred only to be lapdogs for ladies in the Imperial Palace. These little dogs are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted. It’s easy to teach them tricks and they enjoy showing off in front of friends, though they can be reserved with strangers. They are playful and agile. The Japanese Chin usually weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, though some dogs can weigh just 4 pounds. They stand 8 to 11 inches tall. They have a lovely longish coat that is usually white with black or red markings.

Papillon

The Papillon was originally known as a Dwarf Spaniel in the 16th and 17th century, though any relation to spaniels seems unlikely. These little dogs are friendly, elegant, and quite dainty. They are happy and lively little dogs. They have a medium-long coat but they do not have an undercoat and they don’t need a lot of grooming. The Papillon (the name means “butterfly” for the breed’s butterfly-like ears) stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 5 to 10 pounds.

Conclusion

Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world but there are several other small breeds which are similar in size to the Chihuahua.

Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

If you are allergic to dogs then you may have had a hard time finding a dog that you could have as a pet, even if you love dogs very much. Fortunately, there are some breeds that are considered “hypoallergenic.” No breed is completely hypoallergenic but some breeds are considered to be a good choice for people with allergies. They can have a single-layer coat, for example, and not shed. Or they can be very curly. There are several small dog breeds which are considered hypoallergenic. Here are some small hypoallergenic dogs you may wish to consider.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, white dog with a double coat that curls. The outer coat is textured and the undercoat is silky. These dogs do not shed. They need to be groomed regularly. Most owners have their dogs professionally clipped about every 6 to 8 weeks with an all-over pet trim. The Bichon is a friendly, happy, cheerful little dog and they are very intelligent. They are a gentle, playful breed.

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested comes in two coat varieties. They can be hairless, with soft, silky hair on top of their head, a plume for a tail, and socks. Their hairless skin is smooth and soft. The Powderpuff variety is fluffy all over and the coat is a double coat with straight, soft hair. The Crested doesn’t shed very much and they are often recommended for people with allergy problems. The hairless variety can have problems with sunburn and skin irritations. The Chinese Crested is a playful, alert, gentle breed.

Maltese

The Maltese has a long, beautiful, flowing white coat that is one single-coated layer. Their hair is silky and it needs to be brushed daily. The Maltese is a good choice for allergy-sufferers despite having a long coat that needs frequent grooming. They are a very clean breed. The Maltese is gentle, playful, brave, intelligent and full of energy.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the smallest member of the Poodle family. They have a single-layer coat that curls and which does not shed. Poodles of all varieties can be kept in a variety of different cuts but most pet owners prefer to keep them in an all-over pet trim. You can learn to clipper your dog yourself but most pet owners have their Toy Poodles professionally trimmed about every 6 to 8 weeks. The Toy Poodle is exceptionally smart and they learn very quickly. The Poodle is ranked as one of the smartest of all dog breeds. They love to be the center of attention and they make wonderful pets.

Mini Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a member of the Terrier group but he is quite small, standing only 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. This breed is very popular with people who live in apartments and cities, but they are equally happy in the country. They are a good choice for people with allergies. The Miniature Schnauzer has a wire coat that is wiry on the outside with a soft undercoat. They are salt and pepper, black, and black and silver. They have a very distinguished full beard and upright ears. They do not shed but their wire coat needs to be professionally trimmed every couple of months. They have a terrier personality and they can be protective. They make a good watchdog for the house. This is a very popular breed.

Conclusion

If you have allergies, you can still have a dog. There are some wonderful small hypoallergenic dogs who make excellent pets. Check out the breeds discussed here and see if one of them might appeal to you. Be sure to meet the dog in person to see if it activates your allergy.

Smallest Dog

There are several breeds which could claim to be the smallest dog breed.  Among the contenders are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Pomeranian.  All of these breeds typically weigh under 10 pounds.  Here’s a look at some of the smallest dogs.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

Chihuahua

Most people would probably agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world.  They can weigh up to 6 pounds but if they get much bigger than that then they are overweight.  Some people breed and sell Chihuahuas that are as small as possible but there are health risks involved in breeding these dogs too small.  Chihuahuas can be either long-coated or smooth-coated.

Yorkshire Terrier

Another breed which would be considered one of the smallest breeds in the world is the Yorkshire Terrier.  These beautiful little dogs have a long, flowing coat in tan and blue.  They weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.

Pomeranian

The beautiful Pomeranian is a tiny dog that weighs between 3 and 7 pounds.  At one time they were much larger, weighing up to 30 pounds, and were used to pull sleds, but now they are purely companion dogs. They have a thick, dense coat that requires a great deal of grooming.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is another very small dog that only stands up to about 11 inches tall. They have always been a companion dog.

Papillon

The dainty Papillon (the name means “butterfly” because of the butterfly-like ears) has always been a companion dog.  These little dogs are happy and love to play.  They stand up to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.

Maltese

The lovely Maltese is one of the smallest breeds of dogs in the world.  They weigh less than 7 pounds.  This breed has been known for more than 2000 years and they come from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.  As far as we know, this breed has always been a companion dog.

The Official Title “World’s Smallest Dog”

All of the breeds discussed above have been bred to be their current size.  However, the title of “World’s Smallest Dog” currently belongs to a dog named Gracie who is a Pug.  She weighs one pound, six ounces.  She is less than six inches tall.  It is believed that she suffers from a form of dwarfism.  Pugs generally weigh around 18 pounds and stand up to 10 inches tall.

Where Can I Find Pictures of the World’s Smallest Dog?

You can find a picture of Gracie, the World’s Smallest Dog on this site:  http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3862597/Is-pooch-worlds-smallest-dog.html You can find photos of most of the breeds of the smallest dogs on this web site:  http://www.dogbreed4u.com/article/world-top-10-smallest-dog-breeds ; or by visiting the AKC web site and looking at the Toy group:  http://www.akc.org/breeds/toy_group.cfm Smallest Dog

Conclusion

There are quite a few breeds that weigh less than 10 pounds if you are looking for a very small dog.  However, do be careful if you are buying a very small dog.  Dogs that are bred to be extremely small for their particular breed can suffer from additional health problems related to their size.

Small Fluffy Dogs

It seems that everyone loves a small fluffy dog! And why not? Small fluffy dogs are cute, cuddly, and usually very loving. There is no shortage of these dogs in the world Here is a look at some of the fluffy dogs, on the small side, that you might want to consider as a pet.

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is an extremely old breed, dating back to the time of the ancient Chinese emperors. They may have originally been a cross between the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. They were only brought to the West by English soldiers in the second World War. They have become very popular in recent years. They stand about 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh between 9 and 16 pounds. They have beautiful long, flowing hair.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is one of the varieties of the Poodle breed. The Poodle was originally a German breed, used for water retrieving (pudel means “to splash” in German) but the breed was quickly taken up by the French. Toy Poodles were later used for truffle hunting and as circus dogs because they were so smart and easy to train. The Toy Poodle is very popular today. They stand 10 inches tall at the shoulder or less. Poodles can be kept in a variety of clips though a pet clip is usually the easiest way of grooming these dogs for the pet owner. This allows the hair to be short and curly all over. A Toy Poodle is an excellent choice for someone with allergies as they do not shed much and are considered “hypoallergenic.”

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a cheerful, confident little dog who is completely outgoing. These dogs are quite active and alert. They originally weighed up to 30 pounds but today they weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. They are very intelligent and love to make their owners happy. They do have quite a bit of hair and need a great deal of grooming. In some countries they are considered a member of the Spitz family of dogs.

Maltese

The beautiful and graceful Maltese is usually considered one of the most elegant dogs in the world. These dogs have long, flowing white coats that need considerable grooming if you keep them long. However, some owners prefer to cut the coats short. The Maltese is a gentle and affectionate companion, although they can also be very playful and lively. Owners say these dogs are also intelligent and brave. This dog has been known for nearly 3000 years. The Maltese weighs between 4 and 6 pounds.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a happy, friendly dog who is extremely intelligent. They are gentle and playful. The breed is solid white with a single layer coat which makes them a good choice for people with allergies. They do not shed. The Bichon makes a very good family dog, especially if you have children who are gentle with dogs. They stand around 9.5 and 11.5 inches tall at the shoulder.

Havanese

The Havanese is known as the national dog of Cuba. They are quite friendly and intelligent and known for being sturdy little dogs. They are thought to have been brought to Cuba from Spain and are probably related to the Bichon and possibly the Poodle. Like those breeds, their coat doesn’t shed. They have been lap dogs of the aristocracy and also used as watchdogs and herding dogs in Cuba. They do need regular exercise. The Havanese stands between 8.5 and 11.5 inches tall at the shoulder.

Conclusion

The breeds discussed here are all fluffy dogs you might consider if you are thinking of getting a small dog. All of these breeds make wonderful pets and they are quite popular. They are all intelligent, loving, and devoted to their owners, as well as being playful. Any one of them would make a wonderful choice.