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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?


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.


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.


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.


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:

You can find photos of most of the breeds of the smallest dogs on this web site: ; or by visiting the AKC web site and looking at the Toy group:

Smallest Dog


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 Family Dogs

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, small dogs can make excellent family dogs. There are many small dogs that get alone well with children and who love to be involved in family life. Here is a look at some things to consider when you are choosing a small dog for your family, as well as some breeds that may suit you.

What To Look For In A Small Family Dog

There are two essential qualifications for a small family dogs: the dog needs to have a good temperament so it will get alone well with children; and the dog needs to be large and sturdy enough so it won’t be injured in playing with children.

There are a number of small breeds which have good temperaments where children are concerned. There are always exceptions, however, so it’s best to talk to the breeder and find out if the puppy’s parents liked children. If you are getting an adult dog, find out if the dog likes children. You want to get a puppy who will grow up liking children or an adult dog who already has a history of being good with children.

As far as the dog’s size and sturdiness, you may have to forego some of the smallest of the Toy breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua which can easily be injured playing with children. If you love breeds that are very small, wait until your children are older when they are less likely to injure a dog accidentally.

Be sure to teach your children how to behave around dogs. Teach them not to tease a dog. Any dog can bite, even small ones. Do not leave small children alone with dogs. Accidents can happen even with the gentlest dogs.

Choosing A Small Dog for Your Family

The following breeds often make good family dogs:


The Pug is a natural clown and they love children. They are sweet, gentle dogs who are devoted to their families. The Pug is also quite sturdy, weighing up to 18 pounds. These dogs don’t need a lot of exercise and they are happy in an apartment or a house. They make wonderful family dogs.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, friendly dog and they like children. They are gentle and playful dogs and very intelligent. They are usually sturdy enough for children to play with them and they are quite active. They need regular exercise. They make very good family dogs.


The Havanese gets along great with children and, in the past, they have been kept to watch over children. They are friendly, intelligent dogs and they need regular exercise. They are very affectionate. This is a sturdy breed that is good with kids. They make an excellent family dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves children and they are large and sturdy enough to play with them. They weigh up to about 18 pounds. They are sweet, gentle dogs who do need some regular exercise. They are great with kids and they make a wonderful family dog.


The Bulldog is one of the sweetest of all breeds. They don’t have a great need for exercise but they do love children. They make wonderful family pets. They tend to be protective and gentle with their family. They can weigh up to 50 pounds so they are larger than the Toy breeds, but they are sturdy enough to play with children.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is known as an affectionate clown. They are active little dogs and quite alert. They get along very well with children. They love to be a lap dog. They do not need much exercise. They can weigh up to 28 pounds. They make very good family dogs.


When choosing a small dog for your family you should consider the dog’s temperament and size. Choose a dog that likes children and that will be sturdy enough to play with your kids without getting hurt. Remember to teach your kids how to treat dogs properly and do not leave small children alone with dogs. The breeds discussed here all make good family dogs.