Cute Small Dogs That Stay Small

When considering bringing a dog into your family, some things that are important to think about when choosing size and breed are where you live, financial readiness, children, other pets, and the amount of people who are in and out of your home on a somewhat regular basis. I’m always hearing people talk about the big dog vs. medium sized dog vs. small dog debate, and which is “better”. Neither size is better or worse than the other. it realty just comes down to personal preference and which size will better fit your lifestyle. For example, if you live in a small apartment, a smaller breed of dog will be happier and healthier in that particular environment. A larger dog may be better off in a larger house with a yard, or on a farm. There are other things to consider besides size. Maybe you need a dog that don’t shed to combat allergy.

Looking For Cute Small Dogs?

If you have decided that you prefer a small dog, the following is a list of a few cute small dogs that stay small.


ChihuahuaChihuahuas are tiny! They are actually one of the smallest breed of dog in the world. They weigh between 3-7 lbs, with most being under 6 lbs. They stand between 6-10 inches tall and are very portable. When it comes to small dog breeds, Chihuahuas are the most popular. They love being around their humans, and thrive on one on one attention. They are very loyal to their predominate caretaker, and tend to overprotect.

Because of their tiny size, they are frequently babied which sometimes causes a little bit of aggression toward strangers and other animals. These behaviors can be reduced with proper training.

Chihuahuas are extremely affectionate, and are great lap dogs. One famous Chihuahua is the one from the Taco Bell commercials. They are also recognized as being used as a “purse pooch” by celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. While I would not necessarily recommend using your dog as an accessory, Chihuahuas have been looked at in that way by some. Chihuahuas have a long lifespan of 12-18 years, and are a good choice if you’re looking for a friendly, low maintenance pet. Be warned though, they do tend to bark a lot!

Kaninchen Dachshund

Kanichen DachshundThese are adorable little dogs! When most people think of Dachshunds, they typically think standard and miniature. But there’s actually a third size. “Kaninchen” is the German word for rabbit, and this type of Dachshund is nicknamed “Little Rabbit”.

The Kaninchen Dachshund weighs 8-11 lbs and stands only 5-6 inches tall. Just like all dachshunds, Kanichens are unique with their short stubby legs and long “hot dog” shaped body. They are cute and fun little dogs. They’re excellent with children, and make for a perfect family dog. They have low maintenance grooming needs, and do well with small yard, large yards, or apartments with no yards.

Kaninchen Dachshunds make a great companion, and love being around people. This breed has a lifespan of 12-15 years.

English Toy Spaniel

English Toy SpanielWith a height of 10-11 inches, and weighing just 8-14 lbs, this cute little lap dog is a joy to be around. This breed is known for being exceptional around young children, and makes for a perfect family dog. They have a square body and long ears, which makes them that much more adorable! They are naturally well behaved, and is well suited for any size home or apartment. The English Toy Spaniel is affectionate, loving, and easy to please.

They stand at 10-11 inches tall and weigh 8-14 lbs. They’re easy to groom, and require brushing or combing only about twice a week. English Toy Spaniels have a lifespan of 10-12 years.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa ApsoThis is an absolutely beautiful breed of dog. They have gorgeous hair that parts in the middle of the forehead and hangs down both sides. Due to their long hair, the Lhasa Apso is a high maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. It’s a personal preference whether to clip the hair to keep it short, or to keep it long and flowing. When kept long, it’s recommended to brush the hair daily. This breed is highly intelligent and assertive. They are also very independent which can make them stubborn at times. But they are devoted with an eagerness to please, and with the proper training, they are obedient. They do well in apartments or large homes. They’re good with children, and are friendly and personable.

The Lhasa Apso weighs 12-18 lbs and is 10-11 inches tall. They have one of the longest lifespans of any breed, living for 14-15 year, but many live well into their early 20’s!

French Bulldog

French BulldogThis cute and small dog is extremely playful and affectionate. They are known for having a very high level of energy. If allowed, they will run, and romp around for hours on end! It’s recommended that they’re walked fairly regularly, and have a yard to expend additional energy.

French Bulldogs stand at 11-12 inches. They weigh 16-25 lbs, but depending on breeding and their environment, some can be as small as 12 lbs. They have a lifespan of 9-12 years.

Boston Terrier

Boston TerrierThis breed is highly intelligent with excellent social skills. They’re great with children and other dogs. They are typically used as companion dogs and are the perfect dog for elderly families as well. Their grooming is very low maintenance and the breed tends to be well behaved and good natured.

Boston Terriers usually only bark when necessary, so they make for perfect pets in an apartment setting. This breed is 15-20 lbs and 15-17 inches tall. They have a lifespan of 11-13 years.

Yorkshire Terrier

yorkshireTerrierThis is an active little dog. Commonly called “Yorkies”, they are a great pet for any living condition. They need considerable grooming of their long, silky coat. Yorkshire Terriers love attention and are very personable. They generally do better with older children because of their small and delicate frame.

They stand at just 7-9 inches tall and weigh only 4-8 lbs. They have a lifespan of 12-15 years.


PomeranianThis small breed is traditionally nicknamed “ball of fluff” and “teddy bear dog”. They have soft thick long hair, and are very distinctive in their features. Grooming these dogs can take time and patience, and they shed profusely. They can be a bit noisy at times, and are generally not recommended for apartment living. Pomeranians are loving, and good with children. However, they should be introduced to children as puppies. The breed is independent, mellow, and have a gentle personality.

Weighing only 4-7 lbs, they are one of the smallest breeds. They stand 8-12 inches tall, and have a lifespan of 12-16 years.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature PoodleThese small dogs show strong dedication to one person, usually the predominate caregiver, and have a tendency to be shy around strangers. Socializing them as puppies can work to contradict this. Miniature Poodles get along very well with children and other pets, and they are very docile and mellow. They’re recognized by their curly hair and elegant appearance. This breed is smart and obedient, and is a very popular breed. A lot of people decide to style the Poodles hair to make them more unique. Be warned, they do tend to bark a lot!

Miniature Poodle have a lifespan of 12-15 years. They weigh 15-17 lbs, and have a height of 11-15 inches.

These are just some ideas if you’re beginning to look for a small breed dog to fit your lifestyle. Some are more unique, and some are more common, but all are cute small dogs that stay small! When you do decide to bring a lucky dog home, make sure you give them the right diet. Depending their health condition, some might require high fiber diet while others might need hypoallergenic dog food.

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