The Cutest and Most Popular Small Dogs Breeds in the World

The question of the most popular small dog breed is one that dog owners had debated since long before the internet existed for us to debate it on. In many ways, this is a subjective topic, but I want to throw my hat into the ring of this discussion and give you my opinion. So here is what I believe to be the definitive list of the most popular small dog breeds.  We all love our dogs and think they are the best breed, but the truth is that not everyone agrees with us. Some breeds are more loved and popular than others, leaving many of us curious as to why everyone doesn’t love our preferred breed.

This is not as simple a question as you may at first think. I mean, how do you define popular? Is it as straight forward as how many of each breed are owned? Or should you consider the fervency of the owners about their breed as a mark of popularity. Frankly, I prefer to address the latter, since the former is a simple statistical fact and does not leave room for opinions or debate. So in my list here (and you are either going to love this or hate this) I am considering the level of passion of the breed owners as the primary measure.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu - Small Dog Breeds

I would have to say that this is arguably the most pleasant dog on this list ( now I know that this statement will cause debate!). Not the puppy Shih Tzu, which is prone to nip and can be a pain with small children, but the fully grown dog is a gentle and placid animal which is a real joy to have around the house. That being said, your rugged outdoors type who likes nothing more than to take his or her dog our on country treks will be disappointed with the Shih Tzu. In saying that, they would probably be disappointed with any dog on this list.

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Airedale Terrier – One of the Largest Terrier Dog Breeds

The Airedale Terrier is a breed of the terrier type that originated in Airedale, a geographic area in Yorkshire, England.The Airedale is the largest of the terriers and stands square in appearance.


The Airedale Terrier is good, long-legged terrier, not exaggerated in any way. It has strong round bone and combines strength and agility, enabling it to hunt tight game.The coat is hard, dense and wiry; it lies straight and close, with some hair crinkling or waving.The Airedale has an average lifespan of 11 years, which is below the average compared to all other dog breeds.

Airedale Terrier Informations and Pictures

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Yorkshire Terrier – One of the Adorable Dog Breeds

The Yorkshire Terrier, nicknamed the Yorkie, seems quite full of himself, and why not? With his long silky coat and perky topknot, the Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most glamorous representatives of the dog world, sure to attract attention wherever he goes.

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small, toy-sized dog. The little head is rather flat on the top, with a medium-sized muzzle. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The nose is black. The medium-sized eyes are dark with dark eye rims. The erect ears are V-shaped. All four legs are straight when viewed from the front. The round feet have black toenails.

The coat comes in a steel blue and tan color. The body and tail are blue, and the rest of the dog is brown. Puppies are brown, black and tan. The hair on the head is so abundant that it is almost always necessary to gather it in a band to keep from going into the dog’s food bowl and to give the animal maximum visibility.

Yorkshire Terrier Info

Named after the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs’ fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.

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Affenpinscher Dogs – A Famous Black Dog Breeds

The Affenpinscher is one small dog that acts bigger than it is. Originating from central Europe – France, Germany and Munich – they earned a nickname “little devil with a moustache”. Are they the right canine for your family?

A Look At The Affenpinscher’ Temperament and Character

To know whether or not the Affenpinscher breed is right for you, you need to understand their character and temperament. First off, this breed is extremely smart, outgoing, trustworthy, spunky, alert and energetic. But, when it comes to their territory, toys and food, they are very defensive. What does this all mean?

The breed is very loving toward their family members and will defend them whenever necessary.

The personality of this breed is similar to the majority of terriers: it gets along great with children, other Affenpinschers, other animals including dogs. This is especially true if they’re raised alongside each other. However, if they’re approached by someone they don’t know, they can quickly become alarmed.

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