Americans have a love affair with their dogs, and that affection might only double the smaller the dog. PetBreeds, a search engine for pet owners, put together a list of the tiniest dog breeds, based on maximum height and weight of each breed. Here are 10 of the tiniest (and cutest) dog breeds out there.
Toy poodles are typically no more than 10 inches tall and 10 pounds in weight. They also shed the least, so if you have allergies, this little one might be a good option.
The Russian tsvetnaya bolonka has a maximum weight of 9 pounds, a height of 10 inches and a hard-to-spell name. It is known to be protective and affectionate, so it's a good pet choice if you have kids.
Little Maltese, known for their soft white hair, typically weigh no more than 7 pounds and stand a maximum of 10 inches tall. They can be hard to train but are playful and loving.
Russian toy terriers can live 10 to 12 years. They a maximum of 6 pounds and stand up to 10 inches tall. They may be little, but these dogs can be very protective.
At a maximum of 14 pounds and 9 inches tall, Pekingese pups may be cute, but they are often hard to train and need a lot of grooming. They are a loyal and intelligent breed.
Prazsky krysarik dogs grow up to a mere 9 inches tall and weigh just 8 pounds. They are often affectionate and courageous.
Biewer dogs often weigh a maximum of 7 pounds and reach a height of 9 inches. They can live 12 to 15 years and need regular grooming to keep their hair healthy.
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Yorkshire terriers, also known as Yorkies, grow up to 9 inches tall and weigh a mere 6 pounds. They are loving but can be skittish and are not ideal for families with children.
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The Chihuahua, named for a state in Mexico, barks often and can be hard to train. Despite their tiny stature — at 6 pounds and 9 inches tall — Chihuahuas are fiercely protective of their owners.
At a maximum of 11 pounds and 6 inches, miniature dachshunds are the tiniest breed, according to PetBreeds. They are loving and enjoy cuddling. Miniature dachshunds make great companions.