Fluffy, Sleek and Adorable. 60 Small Breed Dogs.

by Tom Jeffrey August 07, 2019

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60 Small Breed Dogs Recognized By The American Kennel Club.   
 
Love little dogs? Thinking about adding one to your home? Here’s a list of the 60 small breed dogs recognized by the AKC. These cute little pups are ranked in order of the number of each breed registered with the AKC. You’ll find basic breed information along with links to full breed profiles on the American Kennel Club website. Enjoy!  

French Bulldog

1. French Bulldog

  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: up to 28 pounds 
  • Coat: Short, smooth 
  • Shedding: Minimal 
  • Standard Colors: Brindle, Brindle & White, Cream, Fawn, Fawn & White, Fawn Brindle, White, White & Brindle, White & Fawn
  • Standard Markings: Ticked
  • Origin: France, England
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years 
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Trainability: Easy
  • Good with Children: Generally good with children. Sometimes can become protective of the children they share a home with. 
  • Learn more about the French Bulldog at the American Kennel Club website.
 

    Beagle

    2. Beagle

    • Height: 13 inches & under / 13-15 inches
    • Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under) / 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches) 
    • Coat: Smooth, dense double coat
    • Shedding: Seasonal, moderate
    • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Black Red & White, Black Tan & Bluetick, Black Tan & White, Blue Tan & White, Brown & White, Brown White & Tan, Lemon & White, Red & White, Tan & White
    • Standard Markings: Ticked
    • Origin: Great Britain 
    • Life expectancy: 10-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Be patient and positive 
    • Good with Children: Typically good with children as this is a playful breed with lots of energy. 
    • Read more about the Beagle at AKC.org.

     
    Toy Poodle

    3. Poodle - Toy & Miniature

    Toy Poodle

    • Height: up to 10 inches
    • Weight: 4-6 pounds 
    • Coat: Soft, curly and requires daily brushing
    • Shedding: No
    • Standard Colors: Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Gray, Red, Silver, Silver Beige, White
    • Standard Markings: Solid color
    • Origin: France
    • Life expectancy: 10-18 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: Generally they are good family dogs, however Toy Poodles are very little so they’re a better fit for families with older children who can better understand how to be gentle with a small dog. 
    • More information about the Toy Poodle can be found at AKC.org.

    Miniature Poodle

    • Height: 10-15 inches
    • Weight: 10-15 pounds 
    • Coat: Dense, curly fur
    • Shedding: No
    • Standard Colors: Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Gray, Red, Silver, Silver Beige, White
    • Standard Markings: Solid color
    • Origin: France
    • Life expectancy: 10-18 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: Yes. 
    • Learn more about the Miniature Poodle from at the American Kennel Club.

     

    Yorkshire Terrier

    4. Yorkshire Terrier

    • Height: 7-8 inches
    • Weight: 6-8 pounds 
    • Coat: similar to human hair
    • Shedding: Minimal 
    • Standard Colors: Black & Gold, Black & Tan, Blue & Gold, Blue & Tan
    • Origin: Yorkshire, England
    • Life expectancy: 11-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Can be a bit stubborn. 
    • Good with Children: Not a good fit for families with toddlers and very young children. 
    • More fun facts about the Yorkshire Terrier can be found at AKC.org

     

    Dachshund

    5. Dachshund

    • Height: 8-9 inches (standard) / 5-6 inches (miniature) 
    • Weight: 16-32 pounds (Standard) / under 11 pounds (miniature)
    • Coat: Smooth, Longhaired, or Wirehaired
    • Shedding: Moderate
    • Standard Colors: Black & Cream, Black & Tan, Blue & Cream, Blue & Tan, Chocolate & Cream, Chocolate & Tan, Cream, Fawn & Cream, Fawn & Tan, Red, Wheaten, Wild Boar
    • Standard Markings: Brindle, Dapple, Sable
    • Origin: Germany
    • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Can be a little bit of a challenge
    • Good with Children: Better suited to homes with older children due to their delicate body and risk of back injuries.   
    • Love Dachshunds? Learn more about them at AKC.org

     

     Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    6. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    • Height: 10-12 inches 
    • Weight: up to 30 pounds 
    • Coat: Double coat is soft inside and coarse on the outside
    • Shedding: Frequently 
    • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Fawn, Red, Sable 
    • Standard Markings: White
    • Origin: Wales 
    • Life expectancy: 12-13 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Smart and willing, but sometimes have a mind of their own. 
    • Good with Children: Corgis are sweet dogs, but due to their natural instinct to herd, Corgi’s are better suited to homes with older children, ages 10 and up.    
    • Read more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi at AKC.org

     

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    • Height: 12-13 inches
    • Weight: 13-18 pounds 
    • Coat: Silky 
    • Shedding: Moderate
    • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Black & White, Blenheim, Ruby
    • Standard Markings: Tan
    • Origin: Great Britain
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: This is a sweet, loving breed that is typically good with children of all ages. 
    • AKC.org has more information about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

     

    Miniature Schnauzer

    8. Miniature Schnauzer

    • Height: 12-14 inches
    • Weight: 11-20 pounds 
    • Coat: Wiry topcoat with a soft undercoat
    • Shedding: Very little 
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Silver, Salt & Pepper
    • Origin: Germany
    • Life expectancy: 12 - 15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy. It’s a good idea to keep the on a lead when outside fenced areas as they enjoy chasing smaller animals.  
    • Good with Children: Generally good with children. 
    • Is a Miniature Schnauzer right for you? Learn more at AKC.org

     

    Shih Tzu

    9. Shih Tzu

    • Height: 9-10.5 inches
    • Weight: 9-16 pounds 
    • Coat: Long, double coat
    • Shedding: Very light
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black & White, Blue, Blue & White, Brindle, Brindle & White, Gold, Gold & White, Liver, Liver & White, Red, Red & White, Silver, Silver & White
    • Standard Markings: Black, Black, Tan
    • Origin: China, Tibet
    • Life expectancy: 10-18 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Moderately easy
    • Good with Children: Affectionate breed and typically good with children. Always supervise young children to be very gentle with a Shih Tzu, especially their eyes. 
    • Learn more about the ancient Shih Tzu breed from the American Kennel Club

     

    Boston Terrier

    10. Boston Terrier

    • Height: 15-17 inches
    • Weight: 12-25 pounds 
    • Coat: Sleek, fine
    • Shedding: Minimal 
    • Standard Colors: Black & White, Black Brindle & White, Brindle & White, Seal & White, Seal Brindle & White
    • Origin: America
    • Life expectancy: 11-13 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Easy 
    • Good with Children: Yes
    • American Kennel Club has more details and photos of the Boston Terrier

     Pomeranian

    11. Pomeranian

    • Height: 6-7 inches
    • Weight: 3-7 pounds 
    • Coat: Top coat and undercoat
    • Shedding: Moderate, seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Beaver, Black, Black & Tan, Blue Blue & Tan, Blue Merle, Blue Sable, Chocolate, Chocolate & Tan, Cream, Cream Sable, Orange, Orange Sable, Red, Red Sable, Tri-colored, White, Wolfe Sable
    • Standard Markings: Brindle, Irish Marked, Mask, Merle Markings, Parti-color, Sable, Tan markings, Tri-color markings, White markings
    • Origin: Germany, Poland
    • Life expectancy: 12-16 years 
    • Hypoallergenic: No 
    • Trainability: Slightly stubborn, but agreeable. 
    • Good with Children: Because they are very small and more delicate, the Pom is a better fit for homes with older children. 
    • Read more about the loveable Pomeranian at AKC.org

     Havanese

    12. Havanese

    • Height: 8.5-11 inches
    • Weight: 7-13 pounds 
    • Coat: Soft, silky 
    • Shedding: Light
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Silver, Black & Tan, Black Brindle, Chocolate, Cream, Fawn, Gold, Gold Brindle, Gold Sable, Red, Red Brindle, Red Sable, Silver, Silver Brindle, White
    • Standard Markings: Cream markings, Irish Pied, Parti-Belton, Parti-color, Silver markings, Silver points, Tan points, White 
    • Origin: Cuba
    • Life expectancy: 14-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: Typically good with kids. 
    • Get more information about the happy Havanese at AKC.org

     

    Shetland Sheepdog

    13. Shetland Sheepdog

    • Height: 13-16 inches
    • Weight: 15-25 pounds 
    • Coat: Profuse double coat
    • Shedding: Considerable
    • Standard Colors: Black & White, Black White & Tan, Blue Merle & White, Sable & White, Sable Merle & White
    • Origin: Scotland
    • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: A playful, energetic breed that is typically very good with kids. On occasion, Shelties have been known to herd kids. 
    • AKC.org has much more information about the Shetland Sheepdog

     

    Pug

    14. Pug

    • Height: 10-13 inches
    • Weight: 14-18 pounds 
    • Coat: Short, smooth
    • Shedding: Regularly
    • Standard Colors: Black, Fawn
    • Origin: China
    • Life expectancy: 13 - 15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Generally easy
    • Good with Children: Tend to be very playful and affectionate with children. 
    • Find out more about Pugs at the American Kennel Club website

     

    Chihuahua

    15. Chihuahua

    • Height: 5-8 inches
    • Weight: under 6 pounds 
    • Coat: smooth coat and long coat
    • Shedding: Occasional 
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Chocolate, Chocolate & Tan, Cream, Fawn, Fawn & White, Red
    • Standard Markings: Black Brindling, Black Mask, Black Sabling, Merle Markings, Spotted on White, White
    • Origin: Mexico
    • Life expectancy: 14-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Smart, but can be a bit independent
    • Good with Children: Typically not a good fit for homes with children under the age of 10. 
    • Learn more about the colorful Chihuahua at AKC.org

     

     Maltese

    16. Maltese

    • Height: 7-9 inches
    • Weight: under 7 pounds 
    • Coat: Straight, silky, thick
    • Shedding: Minimal
    • Standard Colors: White
    • Standard Markings: Black points
    • Origin: Mediterranean Basin
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 pounds
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Can be a little stubborn
    • Good with Children: Because of their small size, Maltese can be easily injured and there this breed isn’t the best fit if you have children under the age of 10 in your home. 
    • Read more about the magnificent Maltese at AKC.org

     

    West Highland White Terrier

    17. West Highland White Terrier

    • Height: 10-11 inches
    • Weight: 15-20 pounds 
    • Coat: Hard, double coat
    • Shedding: Moderate, seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: White
    • Origin: Scotland
    • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Little bit of a challenge
    • Good with Children: Typically better suited to homes with children 10 and up. 
    • Interested in learning more about the West Highland Terrier? Visit AKC.org.

     

    Shiba Enu

    18. Shiba Inu

    • Height: 13.5-16.5 inches
    • Weight: 17-23 pounds 
    • Coat: Thick, double coat
    • Shedding: Heavy
    • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Cream, Red, Red Sesame
    • Standard Markings: White markings
    • Origin: Japan
    • Life expectancy: 13-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Very independent. Must always be leashed outside of fenced areas as they are prone to running off. 
    • Good with Children: Because of their independent nature, the Shiba Inu is not recommended for homes with young children. 
    • Visit the AKC website to learn more about the Shiba Inu.

     

    Bichon Frise

    19. Bichon Frise

    • Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
    • Weight: 12-18 pounds 
    • Coat: Silky, curly 
    • Shedding: Very little
    • Standard Colors: White, White & Apricot, White & Buff, White & Cream
    • Origin: Spain, Canary Islands
    • Life expectancy: 14-15 years 
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: Generally good with children. Some (like most small breeds) will not tolerate having their ears or feet pulled by toddlers. 
    • Learn about grooming needs, trainability and other details about the Bichon Frise at AKC.org.

     

    Papillon

    20. Papillon

    • Height: 8-11 inches
    • Weight: 5-10 pounds 
    • Coat: Long, silky
    • Shedding: Moderate, seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: White & Black, White & Lemon, White & Red, White & Sable, White Black & Tan
    • Origin: France, Spain, Belgium
    • Life expectancy: 14-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Easy
    • Good with Children: Typically not a good choice for homes with children under 10 years old. 
    • The American Kennel Club has more details about the Papillon. 

     

    Scottish Terrier

    21. Scottish Terrier

    • Height: 10 inches
    • Weight: 18-22 pounds 
    • Coat: Wiry top coat, soft undercoat
    • Shedding: Occasional 
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black Brindle, Brindle, Red Brindle, Silver Brindle, Wheaten
    • Origin: Scotland
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years 
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Can be a challenge
    • Good with Children: May not be a good fit for homes with toddlers. 
    • Head over to AKC.org for more fun facts about the Scottish Terrier

     

    Cairn Terrier

    22. Cairn Terrier

    • Height: 9.5-10 inches
    • Weight: 13-14 pounds 
    • Coat: Double coat, wiry topcoat and soft undercoat
    • Shedding: Occasional 
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black Brindle, Brindle, Cream, Cream Brindle, Red, Red Brindle, Silver, Wheaten
    • Standard Markings: Black markings, Black masks, Black points
    • Origin: Scotland
    • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Moderate
    • Good with Children: A sturdy little dog that is typically good with small children. 
    • Click over to AKC.org for more information about the cute Cairn Terrier.

     

    Miniature Pinscher

    23. Miniature Pinscher

    • Height: 10-12.5 inches
    • Weight: 8-10 pounds 
    • Coat: Short, hard coat
    • Shedding: Minimal 
    • Standard Colors: Black & Rust, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Rust, Chocolate & Tan, Red, Stag Red
    • Origin: Germany 
    • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Can be a little independent.
    • Good with Children: This breed is known to be possessive of his food and toys. They can also be intolerant of rough play so this breed is better suited to homes with older children. 
    • Learn the breed history and much more about the Miniature Pinscher at AKC.org.

     

     Lhasa Apso

    24. Lhasa Apso

    • Height: 10-11 inches
    • Weight: 12-18 pounds 
    • Coat: Dense and straight
    • Shedding: Light
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Cream, Golden, Grizzle, Red, Red Gold, White
    • Origin: Tibet
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes 
    • Trainability: Tend to be a little stubborn.
    • Good with Children: Generally a good family pet, but can be intolerant of rough handling by toddlers. 
    • Love Lhasa Apsos? Learn more about the breed at the AKC website. 

     

    Italian Greyhound

    25. Italian Greyhound

    • Height: 13-15 inches
    • Weight: 7-14 pounds 
    • Coat: Short and smooth
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Black, Blue, Blue Fawn, Cream, Fawn, Fred, Red Fawn, Sable, Seal, White & Black, White & Blue, White & Blue Fawn, White & Fawn, White & Red, White & Red Fawn, White & Salbe, White & Seal 
    • Standard Markings: Black mask, Blue mask, White, White marking, Black mask, 
    • Origin: Italy 
    • Life expectancy: 14-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Can be a challenge. This is a sensitive breed that responds best to reward based training techniques. 
    • Good with Children: Due to their delicate nature, this is not a good breed for a home with small children. 
    • More fun facts and info about the speedy Italian Greyhound can be found at AKC.org.

     

    Chinese Crested

    26. Chinese Crested

    • Height: 11-13 inches
    • Weight: 8-12 pounds 
    • Coat: Hairless / Powderpuff is double layer with a short undercoat and longer topcoat
    • Shedding: Very minimal 
    • Standard Colors: Apricot, Black, Black White & Tan, Blue, Chocolate, Cream, Palomino, Pink & Chocolate, Pink & Slate, Slate, White
    • Standard Markings: Spotted, White Markings
    • Origin: Mexico, China, Africa
    • Life expectancy: 13-18 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy 
    • Good with Children: Due to their delicate build, this breed does best in a home with older kids who understand how to be gentle with a dog.  
    • More information about the Chinese Crested can be found at AKC.org. 

    Coton de Tulear

    27. Coton de Tulear

    • Height: 9-11 inches 
    • Weight: 8-15 pounds 
    • Coat: Fluffy, cotton like coat
    • Shedding: Occasional 
    • Standard Colors: White
    • Standard Markings: Grey markings, Yellow markings
    • Origin: Madagascar
    • Life expectancy: 15-19 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Very easy. The Coton does well in agility and obedience competitions. 
    • Good with Children: Very affectionate and generally good with children of all ages. 
    • Read more about the Coton de Tulear at AKC.org.

    Jack Russell Terrier
    28. Jack Russell Terrier

    • Height: 10-12 inches
    • Weight: 9-15 pounds 
    • Coat: Smooth, Broken, Rough
    • Shedding: Occasional 
    • Standard Colors: White
    • Standard Markings: Black markings, Brown markings, Cream markings, Tan markings, Tri-color markings
    • Origin: England
    • Life expectancy: 12-14
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Extremely intelligent, but get bored easy. Keep training sessions short and entertaining. Jack Russells tend to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, obedience and rally competitions.
    • Good with Children: Best suited to homes with older children.  
    • Pick up some more info about the spirited Jack Russell Terrier at the AKC website.

    Rat Terrier
    29. Rat Terrier

    • Height: 10-13 inches (miniature) / 13-18 inches (standard)
    • Weight: 10-25 pounds 
    • Coat: Short, dense
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: 
    • Standard Markings:
    • Origin: United States
    • Life expectancy: 12-18 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Very smart. Can do well in agility, obedience, rally and other dog sports. They are best kept on a lead on walks as the Rat Terrier has a high prey drive and will want to chase every squirrel and cats it spots. 
    • Good with children: Most often, but may be wary of strangers so supervision is encouraged when children have their friends over.  
    • Learn more about the Rat Terrier from the American Kennel Club.

    Basenji
    30. Basenji

    • Height: 16-17 inches
    • Weight: 22-24 pounds 
    • Coat: Soft and smooth
    • Shedding: Occasional 
    • Standard Colors: Black & White, Black Tan & White, Brindle & White, Red & White
    • Standard Markings: Brindle 
    • Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Life expectancy: 13-14 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Can be challenging due to this breed wanting to be in charge and their independent catlike behavior. Basenjis should not be off leash outside of fenced areas because of their high prey drive. Not recommended for a house that already has a dog as the Basenji wants to be the dominant dog. 
    • Good with Children: Generally loyal to their own family, but suspicious of strangers. 
    • More Basenji facts are waiting at the American Kennel Club website.


    Border Terrier

    31. Border Terrier

    • Height: 12-15 inches
    • Weight: 11.5-15.5 pounds
    • Coat: Double coat. Hard wiry top coat with a soft, fluffy undercoat.
    • Shedding: Occasional
    • Standard Colors: Blue & Tan, Grizzle & Tan, Red, Wheaton 
    • Origin: United Kingdom, England, Scotland
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Easy. Must be on a leash outside of fenced areas due to their love to chase squirrels and other small creatures. 
    • Good with Children: Generally a good family dog. 
    • Read up on the Border Terrier at AKC.org. 


    Pekingese
    32. Pekingese

    • Height: 6-9 inches
    • Weight: up to 14 pounds 
    • Coat: Thick double coat that requires regular brushing
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Biscuit, Black, Black & Tan, Cream, Fawn, Fawn Sable, Grey, Red, Red Sable, White
    • Standard Markings: Black mask, Parti-color, White markings
    • Origin: China
    • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: On the stubborn side and very independent. 
    • Good with Children: They tolerate children, but are a delicate breed and should not be handled roughly. 
    • AKC.org has much more information about the Pekingese breed.

    Tibetan Terrier
    33. Tibetan Terrier

    • Height: 14-17 inches
    • Weight: 18-30 pounds 
    • Coat: Double coat with the undercoat wool-like. 
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Black, Black & White, Black White & Gold, Brindle, Gold, Gold & White, Golden Brindle, Sable, White, White & Black, White & Gold 
    • Standard Markings: Black markings, White markings
    • Origin: Tibet
    • Life expectancy: 15-16 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: They can be a bit independent and clicker training can work best. Tibetan Terriers do enjoy working with their owner in agility, rally and nose work competitions. 
    • Good with Children: Great family dogs that tend to do better with school-age children who better understand how to interact with a dog. 
    • Considering a Tibetan Terrier? Learn more about the breed at AKC.org.

    Brussels Griffon
    34. Brussels Griffon

    • Height: 7-10 inches
    • Weight: 8-10 pounds 
    • Coat: Smooth coats, Rough coats 
    • Shedding: Smooth coat is a seasonal shedder. Rough coat does not shed. 
    • Standard Colors: Beige, Black, Black & Tan, Red
    • Origin: Belgium
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: They learn commands easily, but can require extra effort for housebreaking. They can also be mischievous if left alone for long periods of time. Crate training is a good idea if you have to leave your Brussels home while you’re at work. 
    • Good with Children: Better suited to school age children who will be gentle with the dog.  
    • The AKC website has much more information about the Brussels Griffon. 

    Wire Fox Terrier

    35. Wire Fox Terrier

    • Height: 15.5 inches
    • Weight: 15-18 pounds 
    • Coat: Wiry
    • Shedding: Very little
    • Standard Colors: White, White & Black, White & Tan, White Black & Tan, White Tan & Black
    • Origin: England
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Very smart, but can be independent at times. Great dogs for any canine competition that allows them to show off their smarts and speed. 
    • Good with Children: Generally a great fit with children as this breed is energetic and likes to play. 
    • Learn more about the Wire Fox Terrier at AKC.org.

    Japanese Chin
    36. Japanese Chin

    • Height: 8-11 inches
    • Weight: 7-11 pounds 
    • Coat: Soft, short on legs and long on body. 
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Black & White, Lemon & White, Sable & White, White & Black, 
    • Standard Markings:
    • Origin: Japan
    • Life expectancy: 10-12 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: They are fairly easy to train and love to learn tricks. 
    • Good with Children: Best suited for homes with older children and less risk of injuring this delicate breed. 
    • Learn more about the Japanese Chin at the American Kennel Club.

    Schipperke
    37. Schipperke

    • Height: 10-13 inches
    • Weight: 10-16 pounds 
    • Coat: Short, with a longer cape. 
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Black
    • Origin: Belgium
    • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    • Hypoallergenic: No
    • Trainability: Can be a challenge to train, but with persistence can learn pretty much anything. They can also do very well in agility and obedience competitions. 
    • Good with Children: They typically love the company of children, but the Schipperke is often suspicious of strangers. It’s important to supervise this breed when your children have friends over, especially if there’s any rough playing going on. 
    • More facts about the Schipperke are waiting at AKC.org.

    Norwich Terrier

    38. Norwich Terrier

    • Height: 10 inches
    • Weight: 12 pounds 
    • Coat: Double coat with a rough top coat and soft undercoat
    • Shedding: Seasonal 
    • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Grizzle, Red, Wheaton
    • Origin: United Kingdom
    • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    • Hypoallergenic: Yes
    • Trainability: Generally eager to please and easy to train. They can do well in barn hunts, obedience, and agility competitions. 
    • Good with Children: Norwich Terriers are typically great around children and good family dogs. 
    • Learn about the history of the Norwich Terrier and so much more at AKC.org.

    Toy Fox Terrier

      39. Toy Fox Terrier

      • Height: 15.5 inches
      • Weight: 15-18 pounds 
      • Coat: Short, hard, dense
      • Shedding: Occasional 
      • Standard Colors: White, White & Black, White & Tan, White Black & Tan, White Tan & Black
      • Origin: United States
      • Life expectancy: 12-15
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Fairly easy. Toy Fox Terriers are noted for their love to dig, which could mess up a well-manicured yard. This breed should also always be leashed when outside of a fenced area. They can be silly dogs and trained to do many tricks as well as compete in canine sports such as agility and rally. 
      • Good with Children: This is generally a loving breed and their playful nature makes them a good fit for homes with children. 
      • Learn big things about the tiny Toy Fox Terrier at AKC.org.

      Silky Terrier
      40. Silky Terrier

      • Height: 9-10 inches
      • Weight: about 10 pounds 
      • Coat: Silky
      • Shedding: Occasional 
      • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Blue, Blue & Tan, Blue Silver & Tan, Cream, Fawn, Gray, Gray & Tan, Platinum, Silver, Silver & Tan
      • Origin: Australia 
      • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Fairly easy to train, but need regular play, such as fetch or interactive dog toys. Due to their strong prey drive, the Silky Terrier should always be on a leash when outside fenced yards or parks. 
      • Good with Children: Because Silky Terriers can be aggressive toward strangers and other dogs, they’re best for families with children 10 years old and up. 
      • Grooming, training and other facts about the Silky Terrier can be found at the American Kennel Club.

      Parson Russell Terrier
      41. Parson Russell Terrier

      • Height: 13-14 inches
      • Weight: 13-17 pounds 
      • Coat: Smooth / Broken
      • Shedding: Occasional 
      • Standard Colors: White
      • Standard Markings: Black, Brown, Cream, Tan, Tri-color
      • Origin: United Kingdom, England, United States
      • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Very smart and energetic, which makes them easy to train. Being consistent with them is key. Parson Russell Terriers are also great for any dog sport that allows them to show off their brains and speed. 
      • Good with Children: Very good with children, so long as they are gentle with the dog. 
      • Brush up on your Parson Russell facts at AKC.org.

      Tibetan Spaniel
      42. Tibetan Spaniel

      • Height: 10 inches
      • Weight: 9-15 pounds 
      • Coat: Silky double coat
      • Shedding: Regularly 
      • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Cream, Gold, Red, Sable, Silver Sable, White 
      • Standard Markings: Parti Color, White markings
      • Origin: Tibet
      • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Smart and eager to please, the Tibetan Spaniels generally do well in obedience, agility, rally and nose work competitions. 
      • Good with Children: Great family dogs that tend to do better with school-age children who better understand how to gently interact with a dog. 
      • Learn more about the loveable Tibetan Spaniel at AKC.org.

      American Eskimo Dog
      43. American Eskimo Dog 

      • Height: Toy: 9-12 inches / Miniature: 12-15 inches / Standard: 15-19 inches
      • Weight: Toy: 6-10 pounds / Miniature: 10-20 pounds / Standard: 25-35 pounds 
      • Coat: Fluff white double coat. They have a natural oil on their coat that keeps dirt from sticking to it. 
      • Shedding: Seasonal 
      • Standard Colors: White, White & Biscuit
      • Origin: United States, Germany
      • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Very easy to train. Very smart and can learn many tricks. 
      • Good with Children: Because they crave human interaction, the American Eskimo dog is generally very good with children. 
      • AKC.org has plenty more information about the American Eskimo Dog.

      Smooth Fox Terrier
      44. Smooth Fox Terrier

      • Height: 15.5 inches
      • Weight: 15-18 pounds 
      • Coat: Short, hard, dense
      • Shedding: Occasional 
      • Standard Colors: White, White & Black, White & Tan, White Black & Tan, White Tan & Black
      • Origin: England
      • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Can be a little bit of a challenge. The Smooth Fox Terrier is also prone to digging. Should always be on a leash when outside a fenced yard due to their strong desire to chase nearly anything that moves. 
      • Good with Children: Best suited for homes with older children as many Fox Terriers are sensitive about their ears, tails and feet being pulled. They will not tolerate rough play. 
      • Want to learn more about the Smooth Fox Terrier? Visit AKC.org.

      Norfolk Terrier
      45. Norfolk Terrier

      • Height: 9-10 inches
      • Weight: 11-12 inches 
      • Coat: Double coat. Hard top coat and soft undercoat.
      • Shedding: Seasonal 
      • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Grizzle, Red, Red Wheaten, Brown
      • Standard Markings: Black
      • Origin: United Kingdom, Great Britain, England
      • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Can be a bit of a challenge. They were bred to hunt so they have a strong prey drive and should not be off leash outside of fenced yards. They are not a good fit for homes with other small animals such as ferrets, guinea pigs and hamsters. The Norfolk Terrier is a smart dog and easily adapts to the world around him, which makes him a good dog for travel. 
      • Good with Children: Generally does great with children. 
      • The AKC website has lots more info about the Norfolk Terrier. 

      Manchester Terrier
      46. Manchester Terrier

      • Height: 10-12 inches 
      • Weight: under 12 pounds 
      • Coat: Short, smooth
      • Shedding: Occasional
      • Standard Colors: Black & Tan
      • Origin: England
      • Life expectancy: 15-17 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Easy to train. Manchester Terriers are very smart and like to use their brain to solve problems and learn tricks. Because of their brainpower and speed, they are very good and agility, rally, flyball, barn hunts and any type of tracking sport. 
      • Good with Children: generally do well with children. 
      • More Manchester Terrier facts can be dug up at AKC.org.

      English Toy Spaniel
      47. English Toy Spaniel

      • Height: 9-10 inches
      • Weight: 8-14 pounds 
      • Coat: Long, silky 
      • Shedding: Seasonal 
      • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Black White & Tan, Red, Red & White
      • Origin: England, Great Britain
      • Life expectancy: 10-12 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No 
      • Trainability: Generally good results with early and consistent training
      • Good with Children: Best for older children who understand how to interact with dogs.
      • Learn more about the English Toy Spaniel at the American Kennel Club. 

      American Hairless Terrier
      48. American Hairless Terrier

      • Height: 12-16 inches
      • Weight: 12-16 pounds
      • Coat: Hairless / Short, shiny coat
      • Shedding: None
      • Standard Colors: Apricot, Black, Black Sable Red, Blue, Blue Fawn, Chocolate, Lemon, Lilac Dilute, Red, Red Sable, Seal, White & Apricot, White & Black, White & Blue, White & Blue Fawn, White & Chocolate, White & Lemon, White & Red, White Black & Red
      • Standard Markings: Brindle, Brindle points, Sable, Tan, Tan points, White, White markings & tan points
      • Origin: United States (Louisiana) 
      • Life expectancy: 14-16 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Very smart and easy to train. 
      • Good with Children: Generally good with kids, especially if raised with them as a puppy. 
      • To learn more about the American Hairless Terrier visit the American Kennel Club’s website 

      Australian Terrier
      49 Australian Terrier 

      • Height: 10-11 inches
      • Weight: 15-20 pounds 
      • Coat: Rough, double coat
      • Shedding: Very little
      • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Red, Sandy 
      • Origin: Australia
      • Life expectancy: 11-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Can be stubborn and a bit of a challenge. Start training early and keep sessions short. 
      • Good with Children: Generally good with kids. Not recommended for homes with cats or other small pets. Can sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs as well. 
      • The American Kennel Club has lots more info on Australian Terrier

      Affenpinscher
      50. Affenpinscher

      • Height: 9-11.5 inches
      • Weight: 7-10 pounds
      • Coat: Medium length, wiry coat
      • Shedding: Seasonal
      • Standard Colors: Beige, Black, Black & Silver, Black & Tan, Red
      • Standard Markings: Black mask
      • Origin: German, France
      • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Smart and easy to train. Keep sessions short as these pups lose interest quickly.
      • Good with Children: Not recommended for homes with small children. 
      • More can be found on the Affenpinscher at AKC.org

      Lowchen
      51. Lowchen

      • Height: 12-14 pounds
      • Weight: 15 pounds 
      • Coat: Dense, wavy coat
      • Shedding: Occasional 
      • Standard Colors:
      • Standard Markings:
      • Origin: Germany, Europe, France
      • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Easy to train. Can be prone to barking at any unfamiliar sound or motion. 
      • Good with Children: Gentle dog that is generally good with children and other pets.
      • Want to learn more about the lowchen? Explore more through the American Kennel Club

      Dandie Dinmont Terrier
      52. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

      • Height: 8-11 inches
      • Weight: 18-24 pounds 
      • Coat: Double coat with a hard top coat and soft undercoat
      • Shedding: Very minimal 
      • Standard Colors: Mustard, Pepper
      • Origin: Scotland
      • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Independent thinkers who require a patient and positive owner. 
      • Good with Children: Generally good with older children, 10 years and up. 
      • Read more on the Dandie Dinmont Terrier at AKC.org

      Biewer Terrier
      53. Biewer Terrier 

      • Height: 7-11 inches
      • Weight: 4-8 pounds 
      • Coat: Soft, silky 
      • Shedding: Very little
      • Standard Colors: Black Tan & White, Blue Tan & White
      • Origin: Germany
      • Life expectancy: 16 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Very easy to train basic commands. Potty training can take some patience. 
      • Good with Children: Generally a sweet, loving family pet. Due to their small size, always supervise toddlers around your Biewer. 
      • Think the Biewer Terrier might be right for you? Learn more at the American Kennel Club’s website

      Bolognese
      54. Bolognese

      • Height: 10-12 inches
      • Weight: 5.5- 9 pounds 
      • Coat: Soft, cottony 
      • Shedding: Very minimal 
      • Standard Colors: White
      • Origin: Bologna, Italy 
      • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: Generally easy to train, so long as you don’t give in to their sweet eyes. 
      • Good with Children: Great with children, but due to the Bolognese’s small size, they are recommended for homes with children 10 years and up. 
      • Get more insight on the Bolognese at AKC.org

      German Spitz
      55. German Spitz 

      • Height: 12-15 inches
      • Weight: 24-26 pounds 
      • Coat: Thick, double coat
      • Shedding: Seasonal
      • Standard Colors: Black, Black & Tan, Brown, Cream, Orange, Red, White, Wolf Grey
      • Standard Markings: Parti-color, Sable 
      • Origin: Germany
      • Life expectancy: 13-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Very smart and easy to train. Excels at obedience training. Can be a bit vocal. 
      • Good with Children: Generally do well around children. 
      • The American Kennel Club has more on the German Spitz


      Lancashire Heeler
      Photo courtesy of American Kennel Club

      56. Lancashire Heeler

      • Height: 10-12 inches
      • Weight: 9-17 pounds 
      • Coat: Short, dense, waterproof
      • Shedding: Seasonal
      • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Liver & Tan
      • Origin: England
      • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Easy to train. Can be shy of strangers, but once they get to know a person they will greet them with tail wagging.
      • Good with Children: Generally good with kids. 
      • Find out more info on the Lancashire Heeler at AKC.org


      Russian Toy
      57. Russian Toy

      • Height: 8-11 inches
      • Weight: up to 6.5 pounds 
      • Coat: Smooth-coated / Longhaired 
      • Shedding: Very minimal 
      • Standard Colors: Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Brown & Tan, Red, Red & Brown, Red Sable
      • Origin: Russia
      • Life expectancy: 12-14 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Generally easy to train, but can be stubborn. Their silly side and smarts help them do very well at trick and agility competitions. 
      • Good with Children: Because of their small size, Russian Toy dogs are better suited to homes with older children. 
      • Interested in the Russian Toy? Go more in depth at AKC.org

      Norwegian Lundehund
      58. Norwegian Lundehund

      • Height: 12-15 inches
      • Weight: 20-30 pounds 
      • Coat: Double coat with a heavy top coat and soft undercoat
      • Shedding: Seasonal 
      • Standard Colors: Black, Gray, Reddish Brown, White, Yellow, Sable & White
      • Standard Markings: Black, Black tips, Gray, White
      • Origin: Norway
      • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
      • Hypoallergenic: No
      • Trainability: Very smart, yet very sensitive. Always use positive training techniques and socialize early. 
      • Good with Children: Yes
      • The American Kennel Club has much more on the Norwegian Lundehund


      Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
      Photo credit: Aspen Hill Farms

      59. Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

      • Height: 8-15 inches
      • Weight: 8-25 pounds 
      • Coat: Short, smooth 
      • Shedding: Seasonal
      • Standard Colors: Black & White, Blue & White, Blue Fawn & White, Chocolate & White, Fawn & White, Lemon & White, Red & White, Sable & White, Silver & White, White & Apricot, White & Black, White & Blue, White & Blue Fawn, White & Chocolate, White & Fawn, White & Lemon, White & Red, White & Sable, White & Silver
      • Standard Markings: Brindle, Brindle points, Tan points
      • Origin: United States
      • Life expectancy: 14-16 years 
      • Hypoallergenic: No 
      • Trainability: Easy to train and they do very well in dog sports such as agility, rally, etc.
      • Good with Children: Yes  
      • Discover more on the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier at AKC.org

      Russian Bolonka
      60. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

      • Height: 9-10 inches
      • Weight: 4.5-11 pounds 
      • Coat: Long, curly 
      • Shedding: Minimal 
      • Standard Colors: Black, Brown, Gray, Red, Wolf Grey
      • Standard Markings: Fawn, Silver Tan 
      • Origin: Russia
      • Life expectancy: 12-16 years
      • Hypoallergenic: Yes
      • Trainability: A little more independent than most toy breeds, but are fairly easy to train.
      • Good with Children: The Bolonka is a good family dog, however due to its small size, homes with older children make a better fit. 
      • Read more about the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka through the American Kennel Club




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