Small dogs
Tiny Tots... To Have and To Hold


These small dogs are all extra special little creatures needing lots of loving care and most must live indoors and (preferably on your lap!).

50 Types of small dog breeds, small and fluffy white dogs, smooth coated black dogs, hypoallergenic dogs with long and short coats.

We have defined them to the miniature dogs; under 20 lbs or less (10 kgs or less). Detailed below are the vital statistics of many of the small dog breeds.

We specify their weight, size, types of coats, grooming requirements and most suitable family life for each of the most popular miniature dog breeds.

There is a separate list for the rare dog breeds in this weight and size group. Toy Dog Breeds, the extra tiny tots are also grouped together for easy reference.


Bishon Frise

Bichon Frise

  • Weight - 6.5 lbs or less (3kgs)
  • Height - 10-12 inches (25 to 30 cms)
  • Pure white, cream and apricot.
  • Curly outer coat
  • Low shedding, Daily brushing.
  • Companion pet
  • Life Expectancy about 14 years
  • Happy dog. A good choice of small dogs for small accommodation.


Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier Dogs

  • Weight - 9.5 - 23 lbs (4.5  - 11.kgs)
  • Height - 15 -17 inches (38 -  43 cms)
  • Striking black and white markings
  • Short and smooth coat.
  • Low maintenance, low shedding
  • Companion and family Pet
  • Life expectancy  - 12 - 14 years
  • Lively, intelligent, stubborn. These small dogs are ideal with children.


Brussels Griffon

Griffon Bruxellois

  • Weight - 6.5 - 11 lbs (3 - 5 kgs)
  • Height - 7 - 8 inches (18 - 20 cms)
  • Black, black and tan or red
  • Long, slightly disheveled coat
  • Low maintenance, hand stripping 3 times a year
  • Companion and good family pet
  • Life Expectancy - 12 to 14 years
  • Obedient, full of personality. Very cute types of dogs for any family.


Cavalier King Charles

King Charles Cavalier

  • Weight - 10 - 18 lbs (5 - 8 kgs)
  • Height - 12 - 13 inches (30 - 33 cms)
  • White and chestnut, red, black, tan
  • Long, straight and silky coat
  • Low maintenance, weekly combing
  • Loving family pet and companion
  • Life expectancy - Between 10 and 14 years
  • Soothing and non-aggressive. Perfect small dogs for older people.



Chihuahua Puppy Pictures

Chihauhua

  • Weight - 2 - 6 lbs (1 to 3 kgs)
  • Height - 6 - 9 inches (15 - 23 cms )
  • Any color, solid or marked
  • Short glossy coat, or soft wavy
  • Low maintenance, weekly brushing
  • Lap dog, companion, not for children
  • Life expectancy - 12 - 14 years
  • Intelligent and alert. The smallest of all toy dog breeds, perfect for traveling.



Cotton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

  • Weight - 9 - 12.5 lbs (4 to 6 kgs)
  • Height - 9.5 - 11.5 inches (23 - 28 cms)
  • White, also with champagne head.
  • Hypoallergenic coat, more hair than fur
  • Low shedding, regular brushing
  • Affectionate, loves his owner
  • Life expectancy - 14 - 18 years
  • Endearing and very trainable. Very pretty, cuddliest small dogs.



Dachshund

Miniature Dachshund

  • Weight - 9 - 10 lbs (4 - 4.5 kgs)
  • Height - 9 - 11 inches (22 to 27 cms)
  • Red, chestnut, black and tan, dappled
  • Short coat, dense or wirehaired
  • Minimal maintenance, Wirehaired needs brushing
  • Good companions,
  • Life expectancy - 14 - 17 years
  • Personality - Lively and affectionate.  Should not climb on furniture.



Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier
Separate Breeds include Smooth and Wirehaired

  • Weight - 12.5 - 16 lbs (6 - 8 kgs)
  • Height - 12  - 13 inches (30 to 32cms)
  • White with black or tan markings.
  • Dense coat/Wiry like coconut matting
  • Low maintenance occassional hand stripping.
  • Good family pet
  • Life expectancy -13 - 14 years
  • Very trainable. Watchdog. Best of small dogs if you love the outdoors.


Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

  • Weight - 2  - 10.5 lbs (1 - 5 kgs)
  • Height - 9 - 10 inches (23 - 25 cms)
  • Black and white, or red and white
  • Profuse. long straight and silky hair
  • Regular bushing
  • Good family pet, companion
  • Life expectancy - 12 years
  • Quiet. Unobtrusive. Watchdog,  One of the best of toy dog breeds for indoor living.



Lhaso Apso Profile

Lhaso Apso

  • Weight - 12.5 - 15 lbs (6 - 7 kgs)
  • Height - 10 - 13 inches (25 - 28 cms)
  • Golden, black, grey, white, particolor.
  • Straight, long sweeping coat.
  • Vigorous daily brushing
  • Loving one man dog
  • Life expectancy - 14 - 16 years
  • Wary of strangers, good watchdog. Miniature dogs for an individual.



Maltese Puppy

Maltese

  • Weight - 4 - 6.5 lbs (2 - 3 kgs)
  • Height - 10 - 12 inches (20 - 25 cms)
  • Color - White, slight lemon markings allowed
  • Coat - Long, straight and silky coat
  • Low shedding, daily grooming essential
  • Ideal family pet
  • Life expectancy - 14 - 15 years
  • Lively, intelligent, sweet natured. Types of dogs - for those who are hypo-allergenic.


Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

  • Weight - (9 - 15.5 lbs) 4 - 7kg
  • Height - 12 - 14 inches (30 - 35 cms)
  • Black, or salt and pepper. No white markings
  • Hard, wiry and thick coat
  • Maintenance - Daily bushing and regular grooming.
  • Very devoted and loves children.
  • Life expectancy - 12 - 14 years
  • Alert, affectionate and territorial. These types of dogs is the top small dog breed that doubles as a guard dog.


Papillon Dog

Papillon Dogs

  • Weight - 8 - 10.5 lbs (4 - 5 kgs)
  • Height - 10 - 13 inches (20 - 28 cms)
  • Color - White with colour, black and white.
  • Coat - Long, straight and silky.
  • Maintenance - Regular brush, occasional bathing.
  • Family - House dog and companion
  • Life expectancy 13 - 15 years
  • Personality - Non aggressive and gentle. Perfect small dogs for the elderly.



Pekingese

Pekingese

  • Weight - 6.5 - 13 lbs (3 - 6 kgs)
  • Height - 7 - 11 inches (15 - 23 cms)
  • All colors except albino or liver
  • Long, straight coat
  • Thorough daily grooming
  • Prefers being a Lapdog
  • Life expectancy - 12 - 13 years
  • Courageous and bold.  Very pretty toy dog breeds for loving family (prefer no small children).



Pomeranian Puppy

Pomeranian

  • Weight - 4 - 6.5 lbs (2 -3 kgs)
  • Height - 10.5 - 13 inches (22 - 28 cms
  • Black, orange, cream, chocolate, blue.
  • Profuse coat. Straight and harsh texture.
  • Daily brushing.
  • Indoor pet
  • Life expectancy - over 15 years
  • Spirited and vivacious.  These miniature dogs are great for those wanting a longevity dog.



Toy Poodle

French Toy Poodle

  • Weight - 12.5 lbs (6kgs)
  • Height - under 13 inches (under 28cms)
  • Any solid color
  • Abundant, very curly coats.
  • High maintenance, professional clipping
  • Great family pet
  • Life expectancy - 14 - 17 years
  • Intelligent and energetic. An expensive to maintain but one of the most beautiful of all small dogs.



Pug Dog

Pug dogs

  • Weight - 12.5 - 17 lbs (6 - 8 kgs)
  • Height - 10 -13 inches (25 - 28 cms)
  • Color - Solid black or silvery, apricot or fawn.
  • Short, smooth coat.
  • Low maintenance, occasional brushing. Heavy shedder.
  • Excellent with children
  • Life expectancy - 13 - 15 years
  • Personality - Intelligent. Affectionate. These types of dogs are perfect for families with children.


Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Dogs

  • Weight - 5.5 - 6.5 lbs (2.5 - 3 kgs)
  • Height - 9 - 9.5 inches (22 - 23 cms)
  • Dark steel blue and tan.
  • Straight glossy coat
  • Daily brushing, fringe tied up.
  • Family - Not ideal for children. Lapdog
  • Life expectancy - 14 years
  • Alert watchdog, Affectionate, lively.   Small dogs, for single people.




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