Often confused for a Chihuahua, the Miniature Pinscher is probably not the first dog that came to mind when you started this video. At just 8-10 pounds, the Min Pin is far from the largest breed on this list, but this little dog pound for pound has the muscle to back up its big dog personality.
This proud, fun-loving toy breed is as fearless as it is compact. And although tiny, the Min Pin makes an excellent watchdog.
French Bulldogs may be lovable and cuddly, but this small breed does pack on some muscle.
This comical and entertaining dog has a solid build and sturdy muscle structure to carry all that muscle. At under 29 pounds and 11-13 inches tall on average, the French Dog is a strong contender for most muscular small dogs breeds.
Wherever the Frenchie goes, the Boston Terrier is not far behind. At 10-25 pounds, the Boston is certainly smaller than its French Cousin, but the Tuxedoed American Gentleman is a compact, well-balanced muscular little dog.
Among the traits that they share with the French Bulldog are a broad, muscular chest and short, strong limbs.
But don’t let the muscle fool you though. This is a gentle, well-mannered and playful little beast who loves nothing more than a cuddle.
The smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds, the wiry-haired Miniature Schnauzer is a strong-boned compact dog. At only 11-20 pounds the Miniature Schnauzer boasts an outgoing personality and sporty good looks along with its muscular, sturdy build.
Built for ratting and guard dog work on the farms of 19th-century Germany, the Mini is tough and fearless making it a wonderful watchdog, but it’s also a friendly, highly trainable companion.
6. Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Muscular Small Dogs
When you’re bred to be a cattle herding dog, you’ve got to be tough, especially when you’re only 10-12 inches tall.
The intelligent and highly trainable Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the world’s most popular herding dog breeds, yet only weighs up to 30 pounds. Rather than a small dog, the Corgi is more of a big dog in a small package.
Built long and low to be quick and agile, the Corgi has a strong, muscular build comparable to dogs many times its size.
Short but powerful legs, muscular thighs, and a deep chest equip the Corgi for a hard day’s work, but it loves its play with family.
5. Dachshund – Muscular Small Dogs
The name Dachshund literally means “badger dog” in German, though Dachshunds were also used to hunt rabbits and foxes, to locate wounded deer, and hunt in packs for wild boar and wolverines. Needless to say, the breed is well-known for being fearless and standing its ground!
A well-exercised Dachshund has a lean, muscular dog with little body fat. Dachshunds can weight between 8-25 pounds in three standard sizes; standard, miniature, and kaninchen which means “rabbit” in German. No matter the size, the Dachshund is a strong, fearless animal with the skill and instinct to hunt, even if the only thing it is allowed to hunt is a squeak toy.
4. Jagd Terrier – Muscular Small Dogs
In its native Germany, JagdTerrier literally means “hunt terrier.” This 20-22 pound Terrier is particularly suited to hunting under the ground and as a flushing dog and is relatively small, compact, and well-proportioned.
Like many Terriers, the JagdTerrier was bred to be strong, sturdy and a bit feisty.
The Jagdterrier is courageous, enduring, vital, full of spunk, reliable, sociable and trainable and always takes pleasure in its work.
Being a fearless and tenacious hunting partner and an affectionate companion, the Jagdterrier is a perfect choice not only for hunters but active dog parents who are looking for a devoted family friend. On the field, the Jagdterrier is a dedicated and highly-esteemed hunter. Off the field, it’s an excellent pet.
3. Rat Terrier – Muscular Small Dogs
Moving from the hunting fields of Germany to the farmlands of the US, we have the Rat Terrier.
At 10-25 pounds, the absolutely fearless American Original is a compact, tough exterminator dog. This happy-go-lucky, portable companion is certainly tough. These smoothly muscled exterminators are constructed for the efficient movement required for a long day’s work and have the temperament and tenacity to match.
US President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have given the breed its name after his own terrier eradicated the rat infestation at the White House.
2. Jack Russell Terrier – Muscular Small Dogs
About as long as it is tall, a typical Jack Russel is small, sturdy and strong. They have muscular necks that slope down to a fairly shallow chest, strong front legs and muscular hindquarters.
At 14-18 pounds, the small and quick and highly intelligent Jack Russell was born to hunt. It is bold and confrontational, athletic and agile. It’s quick enough to run with horses and tough enough to dig in and flush foxes from their lairs. This is definitely a tough and strong little dog, pound for pound one of the toughest on the planet.
1. Miniature Bull Terrier – Muscular Small Dogs
In most every way the Miniature Bull Terrier is a Bull Terrier, only smaller. These upbeat, mischievous dogs come equipped with terrier fire and fearlessness.
They’re square, muscular, and, for their size, quite strong. Even if it does ony weigh 20-35 pounds.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a stocky, strongly built, well balanced muscular dog. The Miniature Bull Terrier is courageous, intelligent, outgoing, inquisitive and can be notoriously head strong.
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