Top 10 Smallest Dog Breeds
They’ll fit in your purse. Some will fit in your pocket, but most importantly, they’ll bury themselves in your heart, which we’re about to grow your heart a few sizes. Today, we look at the Top 10 Smallest Dog Breeds and dare we say the cutest balls of fur you’ve ever laid your eyes upon.
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The Pug is often described as a lot of dog in a small space. He is square and thickset, usually weighing no more than 20 pounds. He may be small, but he has a big heart and is even a bigger clown. Here’s a fun fact. A group of pugs is called a grumble.
The Pekingese was bred for centuries to be the cherished companions of the imperial family of China. Today, he is no less cherished as a family companion who greets everyone he meets with dignity and grace. The Pekingese is heavy for his size with a stocky, muscular body. He is 6 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 7 to 14 pounds. In imperial China, Pekingese that weighed less than six pounds were called “sleeve dogs” and rode in the sleeve cuffs of the robes worn by members of the imperial court.
Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is a rare toy breed of the Bichon type, developed in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia from the ancestors of smaller dogs such as the Bichon, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and French Bolognese. The Tsvetnaya Bolonka is an even-tempered, intelligent, friendly to all companion dog that weighs in between 5-11 pounds. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka had his beginnings as far back as the early 18th century. Louis XIV of France presented the Bolonka as gifts to Russian nobility. Yes, go ahead and comment that I completely butchered his name.
An adorable ball of fur, the Maltese has a lot going for him. This elegant toy dog breed is famed for the silky white hair covering his body. The compact Maltese should weigh no more than seven pounds at maturity, with four to six pounds being preferred. The Maltese dog is one of the most ancient of the toy breeds, with a history that can be traced back at least two millennia. Artists, poets, and writers immortalized this small dog in the early great cultures of Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
6. Biewer Terrier
Mr. and Mrs. Biewer had been raising and showing Yorkies for over 20 years, and then on January 20th, 1984 a little blue, white and gold puppy was born. This was the start of what is known as the Biewer Terrier Breed. The average Biewer weighs between 4 and 8 pounds and stands up to 8 ½ inches in height at the withers. These tiny terriers are reported to be happy-hearted and almost child-like, and they make extraordinary companions in large or small households.
The Pomeranian is a proud, lively little dog. It is intelligent, eager to learn, very loyal to its handler and its family. The breed’s docile temper and affectionate nature endear it to many. It is alert, inquisitive and active: one of the most independent of the toy breeds. Pomeranians are 7 to 12 inches tall and weigh 3 to 7 pounds. Some litters have puppies that are throwbacks to the days when they were larger and grow to be 12 to 14 pounds or more. These puppies can be an excellent choice for families with children.
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4. Pražský Krysařík
The Pražský krysařík [stumbles on word] … the Prague Ratter … is a small breed of dog from the Czech Republic that is rarely seen outside its country of origin. It is the smallest breed in the world by breed standard, because of the maximum height of the dogs, unlike Chihuahuas who are measured by weight. Best known for its active and lively nature, the Prague Ratter is a spunky breed that is full of original character. These tiny dogs thrive on strong and dependable relationships with humans, love to receive affection and play the role of lap dog during down time. He weighs in between 3 and 7 pounds.
The Yorkshire Terrier, also fondly known as the Yorkie, enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into a soft pillow, but is lively and inquisitive, physically and mentally quick, and spends much time dashing around checking things out. A Yorkshire Terrier named Sylvia has for 70 years remained the smallest dog in recorded history. Sylvia was 2.5 inches tall, measured 3.5 inches long and weighed only 4 ounces. A Yorkie typically weighs between 3 to 7 pounds.
The Chihuahua is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. They are believed to be descendants of an ancient breed, the techichi. The Toltecs, the native people that flourished in Mexico before the Aztecs, kept them as lap dogs as early as the 9th century. Today, he is a beloved pet and likely one of the most highly recognized breeds. He typically weighs between 4 and 7 pounds.
1. Russkiy Toy
In Soviet Russia little dog own you! The Russkiy Toy or Russian Toy Terrier is the tiniest of the dog breeds. Weighing in between 2 and 6 pounds, this little dog was originally bred both as an anti-rat dog and a watch dog. Until the 1990s, the breed was almost unknown outside of Russia. [“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”] It is a friendly dog and can become very attached to the family unit. Due to its size and similarities to the Chihuahua, the two are often compared.
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