Types of Small Dogs

Many people love the types of small dogs because they are very interesting and cute.

King Charles Spaniel

Colours: Blenheim, Tricolour (black/white/tan), Black and Tan, and Ruby

King Charles Spaniel
King Charles Spaniel

Photo by David Shankbone – King Charles Spaniels on Great South Bay Long Island

Shoulder height: around 30 cm
Weight: 3.6 – 6.3 kg
Colors: Blenheim, Tricolour (black/white/tan), Black and Tan, and Ruby
Health: Patellar luxation
Life span: 10 years
Suitable: for beginners and seniors

cavalier king charles spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Photo by Claire Mainwaring 08

Friendly dog and suitable for children, but needs a lot of human interaction.

Most common cause of death is heart failure. They were the sixth most popular dog in Great Britain in 2007.

These dogs are active, sporting, curious, playful, affectionate, very patient and good with kids and other animals and adapt quickly.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhound

Shoulder height: 33 to 38 cm
Weight: 3.6 – 8.2 kg
Colors: black, grey
Health: Epilepsy, Legg-Perthes disease (degeneration of the hip), Patellar Luxation (slipped stifles), von Willebrand disease (vWD) (Bleeding disorder), Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Color dilution alopecia (hair loss in dilute pigmented dogs, i.e.: blues, blue fawns, etc.), Leg Breaks (most common under the age of 2), Cataracts, Vitreous degeneration, Liver shunts, Autoimmune hemolytic anemia, Periodontal disease (gum recession, early tooth loss, bad tooth enamel), Hypothyroidism
Life span: 13.5 years
Suitable: for beginners

It has a short and almost odorless coat.
They have slender bodies so clothing might be difficult to find.

This dog prefers a quiet household, is good with older people, but rough play with children may result in injury because of its fragile nature.

They are fast, agile and love to run and instinctively hunt by sight. That’s why you should leash the dog at all times when not in an enclosed area.

This dog is elegant and has a soft, loving character. He is a pleasant house dog but not suitable as watch dog and not good for kids.

These dogs are quick, very active and a bit crazy.

Japanese Chin

types of small dogs
Japanese Chins

Photo by Ceallagh

Shoulder height: around 25 cm
Weight: 2 – 4 kg
Colors: White with black or red-yellow spots
Health: Patellar luxation
Life span: 10 years
Suitable: for beginners and seniors

Japanese Chins probably originate from China. They don’t bark often, they are calm, sociable “lapdogs” and don’t bother people. They can live in small apartements. They are funny, charming and attached and have a gracile body structure. They like long walks in any weather conditions. They are good for older people who can give this dog a lot of love and care.


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