Types of Small Dogs

I will introduce various types of small dogs on this page. Many people like them as they are very cute animals.

There are advantages if you are the owner of a small dog. First of all they are less expensive to keep as they eat less and clothing is cheaper. You don’t have to go outside as often if you use a litter box or a portable indoor toilet on your balcony. This might be a suitable option for you so check it out.


Types of small Dogs - Affenpinscher
Types of small Dogs – Affenpinscher

Shoulder height: 25 – 30 cm
Weight: 2.9 to 6.0 kg
Colors: black
Health: bone break
Life span: 11 – 14 years
Suitable: for beginners

The Affenpinscher is very old and most likely originates from Germany. They have an ape-like face and are not very beautiful. The coat is harsh rough and is mostly black.

This dog is mostly quiet, active, adventurous, curious, stubborn, playful, lively, protective and affectionate towards family members, but becomes bored easily. He likes to bark.

Its life span is 11.4 years. Not recommended for homes with very small children.

Australian Silky Terrier

Types of small Dogs
Types of small Dogs – Silky Terrier

Shoulder height: 23 cm
Weight: 3.5 – 4.5 kg
Colors: blue or greyblue, puppies are often black
Health: good
Life span: 12 to 15 years
suitable for beginners and older people

This breed was recognized internationally 1959. He was used to catch rats and snakes. This breed is active, funny, vital, intelligent, teachable and entertaining.

Suitable for all kinds of apartements. The coat has to be groomed regularly.


Types of small Dogs – Chihuahua

Shoulder height: 16 – 20 cm
Weight: 0.5 – 3kg, normal is around 1 kg
Colors: in all colors
Health: soft spot in their skulls, low blood sugar, eye infections (wipe eyes daily to keep the eyes clean and minimize tear staining), tremble or shiver when stressed or are cold, Dental care is a must, luxating Patella, heart-related disorders
Life span: between 10 and 18 years

The Chihuahua (called after a state in Mexico) originates most likely from Mexico. It is the smallest breed worldwide. This dog is self-conscious, alert, agile and attached.

There are two types: long-haired and short-haired. As they suffer when its cold you better get the long-haired coated dog.

It is suitable for small apartments and he likes the contact to humans. Good for seniors who have plenty of time to care for him.

You can easily provoke it to attack and this makes this dog unsuitable if you have small children.

Chihuahua (Long Coat)

Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)

Chihuahua (Short Coat)

Picasso Chihuahuas – Gold/White Short Coat Chihuahua female puppy

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

types of small dogs
English Toy Terrier

Photo by Sannse

Shoulder height: 25 – 30 cm
Weight: 2.7 – 3.6 kg
Colors: black
Health: if too small they can be sensible
Life span: 9 – 13 years
Suitable: for beginners and seniors

Don’t get extreme small sizes due to health issues. Bigger sizes are more robust. This dog is funny and likes to play and has a lot of courage. They learn quickly and can be trained easily. They can live in small apartements but also enjoy long walks outdoors.

They like to bark so make sure to train him not to bark too much.

english terrier

This standard or toy dog is extremely fast, agile and alert. So make sure you can cope with that. They were used for killing rats in rat pits which was a sport where bets were taken as to which dog would kill its quota of rats in the fastest time.

Read more about small dogs here.


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