5 Tiny Dogs That Stay Small

There are numerous breeds of dogs that start small and stay small. Many people have a preference for tiny breeds because they travel well. These wee companions can be easily carried around, which increases the bond between pet and owner.

Here is my list of just a handful (no pun intended) of these teeny breeds.

5 Tiny Dogs That Stay Small

Yorkshire terrier


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The Yorkshire terrier is a little dog with a huge attitude. Standing at 6 to 7 inches tall and weighing less than 7 pounds, the Yorkie is a dedicated and protective companion. Although they are high-energy little dogs, they do not require a lot of exercise. They do need considerable grooming, however. The long, silky coat must be brushed regularly.

Yorkies are the perfect pet regardless of the owner’s living arrangements. They are just as happy in a small apartment as they are in a sprawling mansion. This makes the Yorkshire terrier the ideal pet for almost anyone.

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  • Greg

    I think you should have included Shih Tzus to your list because most of the time they never grow to be more than 12lbs which is considered very small. On another note, I’ve never heard of the Affenpinscher but they sound very cute! :)

  • http://www.petsadviser.com/ Pets Adviser

    Hi Greg,

    Yes, Shih Tzus are cute as a button. With only 5 spots, it was a tough call.

    What d’ya say, readers — which other tiny dogs did we unfairly skip over on this list? We’d love to hear your picks.

    • Juliettesmom

      Toy poodles!! Mine is 7 lbs of dog but 100 lbs of attitude!

  • Eileen

    I already have a maltese poodle mix and a Yorkie. They are great pets. My maltese, I found at the pound, she is a sweetheart. My Yorkie, even though he is a guy, he is a drama queen, lol. They bring me so much joy, and I have a lot of fun with them!

  • Solana

    I would pick a Lhasa Apso. They have “big dog” attitude in a small package. Mine goes camping and hiking with me. I have never seen such loyalty in a dog. Because he enjoys the outdoors so much, I keep his hair cut short. They require daily grooming if you let their hair grow long. Most fun I’ve ever had with a dog and I grew up with large dogs.

  • Jessica, Devin, Kelvin, and Victoria

    Well I’ve heard of all of these CUTE dogs. But I like the teacup Yorkie…

  • barbsn

    I am looking for teacup puppies for sale in Perth? Does anyone know of any?