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.

But for all the Shih Tzus wonderful personality traits and cute looks, they only make the last spot on this list. People like these dogs a lot. But its rare to find people overtly passionate about them.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise - Small Dog Breeds

In another recent list, this breed won the contest for the best small breed for kids. I won’t go into the ins and outs of it here; you can read the article here if you want. These suffer from the same problems as the Shih Tzu, however, as they are great animals, but their owners are not fervent in their love of their dogs. They sit back, quietly happy that they have a fantastic breed as a pet.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua - Small Dog Breeds

Probably more than any other breeds on this list, the Chihuahua is a real ‘love or hate’ breed. People that dislike them, really dislike them. But those that love them, they are passionate about their dogs. I have heard people refer to them as ‘ugly little ankle biters’ and others say they are a gorgeous little dogs. It goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Pug

Pug - Small Dog Breeds

Pugs have a real cult following. People only get pugs as pets if they are outrageously obsessed by them. Which is why they make it to the second spot on the list. They have the most distinctive look, which certainly adds to their charm. It also helps that they seem to be very popular with younger owners, who are perhaps naturally more excitable than the rest of us.

Dachshund

Dachshund - Cutest Small Dogs

Dachshunds may not be the most commonly owned dogs, but I have never known a breed of dog to be so enthusiastically loved by their owners. Dachshund owners go nuts for any dachshund themed product or memorabilia. Owning a Dachshund seems to be more a way of life than just owning a dog. Their comical shape and personality no doubt add to their charm. I can see why people are so passionate about them.

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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.

Description

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.

Smart and self-assured, the Yorkshire Terrier is a combination of endearingly small size and adventurous terrier spirit. The breed displays a range of personalities. Some are cuddly and perky, wanting nothing more than to follow in their people’s footsteps throughout the day. Others are bad, outgoing, and into everything.

Yorkshire Terrier Temperament

Set limits and your Yorkie will be an excellent companion, but if you spoil him, watch out! Start training when they’re puppies, and you’ll have much better luck than if you let them have their way and then try to correct bad habits.

Yorkshire Terriers seem oblivious of their small size. They are keen for adventure. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. With owners who take the time to understand how to treat a small dog, the Yorkie is an excellent companion! It is affectionate with its master, but if humans are not this dog’s pack leader, it can become suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. It can also become happy as the dog does their best to tell you what IT wants YOU to do. It has a real terrier heritage and needs someone who understands how to be its leader. Yorkies are often only recommended for older, considerate children, simply because they are so small, most people allow them to get away with behaviors no dog should display.

Health Problems

Some Yorkies are prone to slipped stifle, bronchitis, eye infections, early tooth decay, poor tolerance of anesthetic, and delicate digestion. Exotic treats should be avoided. They sometimes suffer paralysis in the hindquarters caused by herniated disks and other problems of the spine. Falls or knocks can cause fractures of fragile bones. Abnormal skull formations in Yorkies measuring less than 8 inches (20 cm). Dams often have trouble delivering puppies and sometimes need to have cesareans. Be sure to feed Yorkies some dry food or bone to chew on to help keep their teeth clean and strong. They should get their teeth cleaned at the vet to keep them from falling out and creating the infection.

Care

Yorkshire Terriers enjoy taking a walk with you or playing outside, but since they’re very active while indoors, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep them well exercised.

In general, Yorkies are receptive to training, especially if it brings them attention for performing cute tricks or performing in agility or obedience trials. They can be difficult to housetrain, however, because their “accidents” are so small and easy to clean up that people let it slide. That’s a mistake. It’s better to show them where to go from the beginning and reward them for doing their business in the right place. When you make the effort, you can end up with a very well trained Yorkie indeed.

They are house dogs and don’t tolerate extreme heat or cold well. Many people paper train their Yorkshire Terriers, so they don’t have to take them outdoors when the weather is too hot or cold.

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Exercise

These are active little dogs that need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, it will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. If your Yorkie zooms around the house like a speeding bullet, it is a sign that he needs to go on more/longer walks where he is made to heel beside or behind the human. Remember, in a dog’s mind, the leader leads the way. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.

Life Expectancy

About 12-15 years

Children and other pets

Because of their small size, Yorkies aren’t suited to families with young children. Most breeders won’t sell puppies to people whose children are younger than 5 or 6 years old. It’s just too easy for children to drop them, step on them, or hold them too tightly.

Yorkies can get along well with other pets, including cats, if socialized to them at an early age. They’re bold in going after strange dogs, however, even those that outweigh them by a factor of ten, and protecting them from themselves becomes second nature to people with Yorkies.

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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