Which Dogs Are Considered “Small Breed” Dogs?

While there are hundreds of small dog breeds out there, trying to pick just the right one for you and your family can be challenging. It might be surprising to know that there are actually hundreds of different kinds, but over time we have seemed to focus in on just a handful. Let us take a look at some of the most popular and determine if we can find a good match. Care should be taken while choosing a breed to be sure that the breed matches your own personality and temperament.


This breed originated from a larger breed; Pomeranians have retained a mellow outlook and gentle character. Very playful and active, they are good with children if raised with them from puppy-hood. They tend to bark a lot and will need daily grooming.


Some call them the smallest breed of dogs. Despite their small stature they tend to be aggressive toward other breeds. They show very little fear of breeds or species bigger than themselves and have a tendency for nipping children. On the other hand, Chihuahuas are very loyal and affectionate as they get to know you over time, but their aggressiveness should always be kept in mind. Being small, they require less exercise as compared to other breeds. Chihuahuas also get along quite well with cats.

Boston Terrier:

An ideal small dog for families, the Boston Terrier gets along very well with children and other animals. Their coats are easy to keep clean and manage. They are aggressive chewers.

Jack Russell Terrier:

A hyperactive breed, these terriers are not for lethargic owners because they are always chasing things and will frequently hop onto high furniture. Highly intelligent and active, they need good training to be disciplined enough for home life.


A small dog that tends to be over-protective of its owner. Not recommended for families with children. However, I personally own one and adore my Simon!

Shitzu or Shih Tzu:

Shitzus make wonderful family pets because they are friendly and non-violent. They do not shed hair but daily grooming is required. Also, this breed of dog gets along well with other animals.

Bichon Frise:

Yet another small breed dog that makes a good family pet. Good with children and other animals. Bichon Frise is smart, easy to train, and quite an active breed. They do not shed.

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