Top 10 Small Dog Breeds

Introduction

About 44 million households in the United States have at least one canine, and there are almost 69 million dogs as pets in America. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 202 different breeds of dog, with 24 of them considered to be small, but there are hundreds more designer and mixed breed dogs. Why get a small dog? Well, they are easy to pick up, much easier to bathe, and you can carry them in your purse or in a basket. Small dogs also eat way less than larger dogs, and are adorable, fun, and love to cuddle. Check out these top ten small dogs in the United States to find your next pawrfect companion.
  • #10 Beagle

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    You cannot beat having a Beagle. They are smart, energetic, love to play, and they can even howl at the moon like a hound dog. And they are only about 14 inches tall and weigh about 20 pounds max. With a Beagle, you can go hunting, swimming, hiking, or running. These pups love to be on the go, so you bring your Beagle with you!
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  • #9 Boston Terrier

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    The Boston Terrier is known as the clown of dog breeds because they always seem to be doing something funny. These little cutie pies have a charming personality that will win you over before making you crack up laughing. They are very smart and athletic, which means they are good at just about any sport you want to teach them.
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  • #8 Shih Tzu

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    The Shih Tzu started out as the pups of Chinese royalty, and they still love to be pampered. Who can resist those big shiny eyes and long satiny locks? These poochies make great family pets and get along well with kids and other animals, even cats. They also love to play fetch, so grab a ball or frisbee and romp with this pup.
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  • #7 Miniature Schnauzer

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    These outgoing and frisky pooches are great fun for families who don’t want to deal with shedding. The Mini Schnauzer barely sheds at all, and they are so cute with that long furry beard and perky ears. They love to play catch, hunt, and can be pawfect partners for jogging or biking.
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  • #6 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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    With such a royal name, of course, this fur baby is going to be the purrfect lap dog with eminent grace and a gentle personality. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to be loved, but they also cannot help but run around and act like a playful pup every day.
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  • #5 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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    This short doggie is adorable with their perky ears and stubby legs. But the best thing about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is how lovable they are. Between sitting in your lap and curled up in bed with you, there is no need for a big thick blanket to keep you warm. Your Pembroke Welsh Corgi will be a perfect little heater.
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  • #4 Miniature Poodle

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    The Miniature Poodle is a small ball of fluff at about 12 pounds, and you can even carry them in your pocket or up your sleeve. The curly locks of the Poodle give your furball that special fuzzy look that makes you just want to hug and squeeze them tight, and their small size makes them perfect for small spaced-living.
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  • #3 Yorkshire Terrier

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    With long silky fur, a tiny face, and a petite body, the Yorkie is the perfect lap dog. They don’t get bigger than 8 inches tall, and usually weigh less than 10 pounds, so this lap dog will love to watch television or read with you. This breed loves people and will enjoy hanging out with you wherever you are.
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  • #2 Dachshund

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    Sometimes called a wiener dog, the Dachshund is a little dog of about six pounds, and will not get taller than nine inches high, so they are easy to care for and fun to carry around too. They are also great hunters and can keep your home free of any type of vermin. These loyal and family-oriented pupsters will follow you anywhere.
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  • #1 Pomeranian

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    The Pomeranian were trained as sheepherders, but now they would prefer to just hang out with you doing whatever you are doing. These dogs are so furry and fluffy that they resemble stuffed animals, and feel like them too! However, these dogs have plenty of energy and will join you in a walk, jog, or hike anytime.
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