10 Adorably Small Dog Breeds That Actually Stay Small


Getting a new dog is a major undertaking. You’re getting a new companion and family member, so you want to make sure that you make the right choice for you. Do you want a small dog or a big dog? Old or young? The possibilities are endless.

But if you 100% for sure that you want a small, cute dog, then this is the list for you.

All of these small dog breeds will ALWAYS be small. We’re talking a whole lifetime here. So take a look at these 10 breeds if you think you’re in the market for a smaller pooch…and a new best friend. Awwwwwwww.

1. Chihuahua


These extremely affectionate dogs are just adorable…and they can fit into your bag or purse! Jackpot! Chihuahuas also live a long time, typically 12-20 years.

2. Yorkshire Terrier


A long-haired small breed, these little fellas are adorable and long-lived, typically living between 15-20 years. Oh, and they usually only weigh 5-7 pounds.

3. Miniature Dachshund


Yes! Wiener dogs are the best! You know if you get one of these dogs you’re pretty much going to be a professional photographer from here on out because they’re so adorable.

4. Maltese


They weigh about 4-6 pounds and are described as gentle and affectionate. One tip: you’re gonna have to brush these babies every day so they can show off their fluffy fur.

5. Toy poodle


They kind of do look like toys, don’t they? Toy poodles have a lot going for them, including their ability to socialize with kids and their clever nature.

6. Shih Tzu


Shih Tzus usually live 10-18 years and they are extremely affectionate and love to snuggle. Sounds good to me.

7. Brussels Griffon


I’m a big fan of this breed. They’re very smart, very lively, and very sensitive. Keep in mind, though, they are prone to have some separation anxiety. But why would you ever want to be away from a pup so adorable?

8. Affenpinscher


Affenpinschers weigh between 7-10 pounds and have been described as “confident, brave, and dependable.” I’ll take that in a best friend any day.

9. Pug


The ever-popular pug. If you’ve been around this breed, you know they have a ton of personality and are hilarious. They have a ton of love to give. One thing to consider: pugs are known to have breathing issues due to the shape of their heads.

Consider adopting if you’re gonna get a pug because breeding brachycephalic dogs (the technical name for the physiological problem that causes the breathing issue) is a little inhumane.

10. Papillon


These dogs are popular for being very cheerful, very smart, and easy to train. Like I said before, adorable.