Top 10 Miniature Dog Breeds

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For dog owners that can’t stand to be away from their pint-sized pooches, a miniature dog breed is probably the best choice for you. These dogs are highly portable, meaning that you can easily carry them in a tote bag and never have to leave them behind. Mini pups are also welcoming and love to snuggle up on their owner’s lap. They are perfect for tiny homes and cramped up spaces. They cost less to maintain in terms of food and dog supplies like collars and leashes, but most of all, we just can’t resist just how cute and cuddly they are. If you are thinking of getting a miniature dog, here are the top 10 starting from the tiniest.


Top of the list is the Pomeranian, known to range in height from between five and eleven inches. They are mostly playful and friendly, but can be aggressive towards other dogs. They are probably not the best choice around young children who tend to play rough. These pups are intelligent, easily trained and are amongst the most popular and loved tiny dog breeds in America.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is an eight to nine-inch-tall pupper that was bred in Yorkshire, England to catch rats in the 19th century. These pooches make up for their miniature stature with bundles of energy, intelligence, loyalty, and bravery. They have a sense of adventure, but don’t necessarily need a yard since they can easily thrive indoors.


Maltese are a long-haired miniature dog that have an average height of between eight and ten inches. Despite the long hair, this dog breed does not shed and is a great choice for dog owners with allergies. Although they may be a difficult breed to train, they more than make up for it with their diminutive cuteness
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Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle was a popular royal pooch in the court of Louis the XVI. With a height of between 9.5 to 11 inches, this sensitive pooch is also unusually intelligent, highly responsive, and easily trainable. The Toy Poodle is cherished for its perky, cheerful, and lively personality, as well as the fact that it loves to be around people.


Like the French Bulldog, the Pug has a compact, muscular body, and an average height of 10-13 inches. This is another royal dog that was known to be a mischievous companion to Chinese emperors thousands of years ago. Today, the Pug is loved and returns its love to any dog owner that will feed and groom them well.

French Bulldog

Also known as the Frenchie, this eleven to thirteen-inch-tall barker has several traits in its favor. This pooch is intelligent, active, muscular, heavy-boned, compactly built and boasts a smooth coat. The Frenchie has been rated to be 9th most popular in the U.S. This playful and active small breed often inspires delight with their unique expressions.  

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is an American bred miniature dog with a height of between 15 and 17 inches. They also have a short, muscular body, are highly intelligent, easily trainable, are great companions, and are woofderful with children. Like most lovable children, they have a gentle sweetness and an enthusiasm for life that is difficult not to adore. 


The miniature Chihuahua has an average height of between 15-23 inches, and is known to be the most popular tiny dog with a personality or attitude that is inversely proportional to its size. With such a huge personality, and the fact that they bond with their owners quickly, it is no wonder that their owners love them so much. 

Bichon Frise

Coming in at an average height of between 23-28 inches, the Bichon Frise is a cotton-ball bundle of charm in a miniature package. This affectionate dog breed is easily trainable, cheerful with amusing antics, charismatic, and has an inquisitive character. Although they require regular grooming, they do not shed their fur which makes them a great option for those with allergies. 

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is amongst the most charming and widely popular dogs in the world with a miniature size of between 23-28 inches. This pooch loves to be pampered and spoiled, but at the same time is quite outgoing, loyal, affectionate and alert. With such a personality and temperament, it is no wonder that this pooch is so loved.