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12 Cute, Small Dog Breeds We Can’t Get Enough Of

“Cute” is a totally subjective concept. Even “small” can be subjective. After all, if you’re 6-feet-4-inches, anyone under 6 feet can look small to you. However, we are bravely putting forth our list of 12 small, cute dogs that rank high in the “adorable” category, while also being among the smallest breeds recognized by the AKC. They’re in no particular order: we can imagine the arguments that would ensue if we ranked this list! We’re absolutely sure we’ve left out someone’s favorite cute small breed.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
If you aren’t enchanted by this joyous, gentle little dog, check your pulse. Happy, adaptable, and loving, with heart-melting twinkling eyes, the Cavalier is an ideal companion. Although weighing in at only 13-to-18 pounds, there’s still a lot to love in this tiny, graceful package.

The national dog of Cuba is popular worldwide for his charm, playfulness, and intelligence. His silky coat, arched tail, and springy gait just add to his cuteness. Sturdy and spirited, he’s as good at dog sports, such as agility and rally, as he is at warming your lap.

As any Pug owner knows, it’s hard to make it down the street without someone bending over to ooh and aah over your dog. It’s a toss-up, which is more winning: their cute little monkey faces and square bodies or their mischievous, lovable personalities.

Bichon Frise
We could almost stop the list right here, because there is nothing cuter than this little ball of fluff. With his dark, inquisitive eyes, pep, and cheerful disposition, the Bichon Frise is irresistible. Bonus: the breed is hypoallergenic.

Italian Greyhound
While some are drawn to fluffy dogs, others may find the sleek and elegant Italian Greyhound better fits their definition of cute. This diminutive Greyhound, standing just over one foot tall, is full of grace, sweetness, and affection.

If those butterfly ears don’t win you over, the Papillon’s happy and alert personality will. The breed is a perfect package of daintiness, elegance, and liveliness. More robust than he looks, the Papillon loves dog sports, learning tricks, and being your adorable sidekick.

Norfolk Terrier
Just because he’s small, doesn’t mean he’s a lap dog. The Norfolk Terrier was bred to hunt vermin and small animals, with a hardy, sporting instinct. Compact, with expressive eyes and wiry coat, he’s a fun-loving and friendly companion.

Boston Terrier
Anyone who thinks he doesn’t care for small dogs hasn’t met the Boston Terrier. Rarely will you find such an amusing and intelligent canine companion. That compact little body, weighing in at no more than 25 pounds, has a unique tuxedo coat and, combined with those expressive dark round eyes, he’s both handsome and adorable.

Yorkshire Terrier
Is it any surprise that this is one of the AKC’s most popular breeds? Yorkies pack a lot of personality into those small bodies. They’re sprightly, affectionate, inquisitive, and energetic. The coat is their crowning glory: with a silky coat that is parted on the face and flows straight down each side of his body, he’s runway ready.

This cocky little extrovert probably doesn’t think of himself as cute, but with his dense coat and an expression that seems to be smiling at you, you may find him adorable. He’s a lively, animated companion, with a personality much bigger than his diminutive stature.

French Bulldog
Described as having bat ears and a smushed, wrinkly face, the French Bulldog may not sound very cute, but he’s actually downright irresistible. He’s so playful, affectionate, and smart that he can turn anyone into an adoring fan of the breed. Muscular and compact, this little charmer only stands about 12 inches tall and weighs in at 20-28 pounds (males) or 16-24 pounds (females).

Japanese Chin
This dog is so adorable that you may not mind that he thinks he’s the boss of you. With his straight silky coat and plumed tail, he looks like a little aristocrat, and he does have a noble, almost catlike air. But he’s also a bundle of joy and charm — loving, loyal, and sensitive — that lives to be your companion.

Are you wondering what the best small dog breeds for an apartment are? The adaptability of a dog to a small living space, like an apartment or condo, depends primarily on their energy level and exercise routine.

High energy pooches may be quite happy living in an apartment, as long as the owner fulfills their mental and physical fitness needs. However, the higher the energy level, the more time you’ll need to spend doing activities with your dog, like walking or jogging.

While dogs with lower energy levels may require less activity, they still need exercise or they can become overweight, destructive and depressed.

And, for your low-energy pups, DogTime suggests trying this orthopedic dog bed!

Since small dogs take up less space, many apartment dwellers prefer the smaller dog breeds.

Here are 32 small dogs who make great companions for those who live in apartments or condos, listed in alphabetical order.

1. Affenpinscher

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The Affenpinscher, also known as the “Monkey Dog” (“affen” means “ape/monkey” in German, and “pinscher” means “terrier”), is small but feisty, full of spunk and energy.

This mustachioed little devil descends from the numerous small terriers that populated 17th and 18th century stables and shops throughout Europe, ridding them of rats and mice.

2. Bichon Frise

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With compact bodies, baby-doll faces, and fluffy white hair, Bichons are a very appealing breed whose perky, good-natured disposition only enhances their looks.

The Bichon Frise is often mistaken for a Poodle.

3. Bolognese

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Comical and curious, this intelligent, devoted dog loves to spend time with their people, whether they go for walks, run errands, or play with the kids.

A member of the Bichon family of white, fluffy dogs—they’re also known as the Bichon Bolognese—they originated in the Italian city of Bologna, from which they take their name.

They excel at charming people to get their way, and can be difficult to housetrain, so be patient and consistent.

4. Boston Terrier

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The Boston Terrier may have been bred to be a ferocious pit-fighter, but you’d never know it today.

The little American Gentleman, as he was called in the 19th century, is definitely a lover, not a fighter, although males have been known to show their terrier ancestry with a bit of posturing when they feel their territory is being invaded by another dog.

5. Brussels Griffon

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Brussels Griffons, often called Griffons for short, originated in Belgium, where their hunting skills were used to keep stables free of rats and mice.

They eventually became more popular as house pets, and these cheerful, curious, and affectionate dogs do make great companions—for the right person.

They’re sensitive, sometimes moody and high-strung, and more than a little demanding of their owner’s attention.

6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful small dog who undoubtedly is a contender for the title of “top tail-wagger.”

They’re also extremely sweet and loving. Dogs of this breed make perfect lap dogs and grow extremely attached to their humans.

7. Chihuahua

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The Chihuahua is a saucy little pup, and not just because of their association with a certain fast-food Mexican restaurant.

They’re renowned for being one of the world’s smallest dogs, but they may well have the world’s biggest personality stashed inside that tiny body. That larger-than-life persona makes them appealing to dog fans from all walks of life.

8. Chinese Crested

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The Chinese Crested is an exotic-looking small dog who doesn’t actually hail from China.

They have two variants: the Hairless, with silky hair on the head (the crest), tail (plume), and feet (socks); and the genetically recessive Powderpuff, who has a full coat. Both variants can appear in a single litter.

9. Coton de Tulear

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For the smart and sweet-natured Coton de Tulear–Coton for short–the perfect day consists of nothing more than being with their human, whether it’s lying at their feet while they work, following them from room to room—not even the bathroom is sacred—or going for a joy ride in the car.

10. Dachshund

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Don’t let the Dachshund fool you. They might be, as legendary literary critic and humorous journalist H. L. Mencken said, “half a dog high and a dog and a half long,” but this small, drop-eared dog is tough enough to take on a badger.

In fact, that’s what people bred them to do and how they got their name–“Dachs” meaning badger; “hund” meaning dog.

11. Havanese

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The Havanese shines their affectionate personality on everyone, including strangers, children, other dogs, and even cats. But their family will get the lion’s share of their love; given the choice, they’ll stick like glue to their owner’s side.

The potential downside to all this devotion is that, when left alone, the Havanese can become anxious. This is definitely a housedog, and a Havanese left in the backyard–or anywhere away from their family–is not a happy dog.

12. Japanese Chin

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Jumpin’ jiminy! Is that a Japanese Chin on your fireplace mantel? It is! People who live with the Chin often marvel at the breed’s ability to leap tall furniture in a single bound.

The toy-size Japanese Chin has a catlike nature that includes the desire to be in high places, the ability to climb, and the tendency to wash themselves. They also sometimes bat at objects much like a cat would.

13. Lhasa Apso

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The Lhasa Apso thinks they’re a large dog–a very large dog.

Bred for hundreds of years to be a royal watchdog, the modern Lhasa approaches life the way his forebears did–they are a loyal guardian of home and family.

14. Lowchen

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With a name that translates to “lion dog,” you might expect the Lowchen to have a fierce demeanor. However, with people, they’re lionlike only in their looks.

Playful and gentle, the Lowchen is a great companion for children and adults alike.

15. Maltese

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Throughout their long history, the Maltese has been given many names, such as the “Melitae Dog,” “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” the “Roman Ladies Dog,” “The Comforter,” the “Spaniel Gentle,” the “Bichon,” the “Maltese Lion Dog,” and the “Maltese Terrier.”

Today, they’re known simply as the Maltese.

16. Maltese Shih Tzu

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Originally bred to be completely non-shedding–which is a misnomer since that’s not physically possible–the Maltese succeeds to some degree, since they’re a low-shedding companion.

However, the Maltese Shih Tzu is much more than that. They’re loving, loyal family companions.

17. Maltipoo

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Maltipoos are a popular cross of the Maltese and Toy or Miniature Poodle. True to their parent breeds, Maltipoos are affectionate and gentle.

They make super companions for empty-nesters and are excellent therapy dogs.

18. Manchester Terrier

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The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog who is eager to learn. They display the true terrier nature—independent, faithful, lively, sporty, and alert.

Discerning and devoted as well, a Manchester Terrier makes a loyal friend and a terrific watchdog.

19. Miniature Pinscher

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“Min Pins rule”—that’s the attitude you’ll discover when you get acquainted with the Miniature Pinscher, a small, elegant dog with an arched neck and well-muscled body.

Weighing in at a dainty eight to eleven pounds, this toy breed is a tough little dog with a lot of attitude.

20. Papillon

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The Papillon, whose name comes from the French word for butterfly, is a portrait come to life, the modern representation of the small spaniels often seen in paintings from centuries past.

The dwarf spaniel, as they were once known, has changed somewhat in appearance over the years, but they’re still the same wonderful companion who graced the laps of ladies and kings so many years ago.

21. Peekapoo

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For a “designer dog,” the Peekapoo dog breed has a fairly long history. A cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle, they were among the first of the recent slew of Poodle crosses developed back in the 1950s and ’60s.

They haven’t gained as much recognition as some of the other designer dogs, such as the Labradoodle and the Cockapoo, but they’ve won enough of a following that they’ve thrived for the last five decades.

22. Pekingese

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It’s no wonder the Pekingese has a self-important attitude, given their history as an imperial favorite. The imperial court of China held them in great esteem, and they still know it today.

A Pekingese will greet you with dignity and pride. They remember that their ancestors were the companions of royalty, and they continue to demand the respect such a position entails today.

With their soft round brown eyes, mane of long straight hair, and tail carried jauntily over their back, they swagger through life in full awareness of who they are and the importance they have to the people who live with them.

23. Pomeranian

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Cute, feisty and furry, Pomeranians are intelligent and loyal to their families. Don’t let their cuteness fool you, however. These independent, bold dogs have minds of their own. They are alert and curious about the world around them.

Unfortunately, in their minds, they are much larger than they really are, which can sometimes lead them to harass much larger dogs.

24. Poodle (Toy & Miniature)

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Although today’s Poodles seem to epitomize a life of leisure and luxury, make no mistake: These are real dogs bred to do real jobs.

Although it hardly seems possible when you look at a primped-up Poodle in the show ring, the breed was originally a water retriever, a job that requires jumping in the water to fetch waterfowl for hunters.

25. Pug

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The Pug’s comical looks, with deep wrinkles around big, dark eyes and a flat round face, can’t help but make you smile.

It is believed that the Pug’s name comes from the Latin word for “fist” because their face resembles a human fist.

26. Rat Terrier

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The Rat Terrier makes an excellent watchdog and is the ultimate farm dog; their strong jaws and quick movements were invaluable to farmers in eradicating rats and other small vermin from farms.

People often mistake them for a smooth-coated Fox Terrier or a Jack Russell, but owners know of all the wonderful traits that make the Rat Terrier unique.

27. Shiba Inu

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The Shiba Inu is known for a bold, fiery personality. The Japanese have three words to describe the breed’s mental traits: kaani-i (spirited boldness), ryosei (good nature), and soboku (alertness).

Combined, these traits make up the interesting, intelligent, and strong-willed temperament of this breed.

28. Shih Tzu

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James Mumsford, an American teacher and composer, perhaps described the Shih Tzu best:

“Nobody knows how the ancient eunuchs managed to mix together: a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear, and, for the rest, dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin.”

29. Silky Terrier

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The Silky, as they’re often called, is an elegant little dog with a beautiful, silky—hopefully that wasn’t a surprise—coat of tan and blue.

Beneath that delicate-looking exterior, however, is a big, bold spirit. People unfamiliar with the breed are often surprised to see the small Silky Terrier warn off intruders, romp with large dogs, or keep up with their owners on a hike.

30. Toy Fox Terrier

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The Toy Fox Terrier (TFT) was developed in the United States, making him one of only a few breeds that are truly “All American.” They were bred from small Smooth Fox Terriers, along with several toy breeds—including Chihuahuas and Manchester Terriers—to set breed size.

They’re a true terrier–with fire, heart, and spirit to go out in the field hunting squirrels–and a true toy dog–a diminutive, loving companion who will curl up on the sofa and watch TV with their humans.

31. Yorkipoo

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The Yorkipoo loves people and fun–not necessarily in that order. They will delight their family and are always willing to perform tricks or show off for any visitor. Their confidence keeps them from being overly snappy or aggressive; they’re happy in their own skin.

The Yorkipoo can be an excellent companion to anyone looking for a small, confident dog with ample energy and even greater love.

32. Yorkshire Terrier

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The Yorkshire Terrier, nicknamed the Yorkie, seems quite confident, and why not? With their silky coat and perky topknot, the Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most glamorous representatives of the dog world, sure to attract attention wherever they go.

Because they’re so small, they often travel in style—in special dog purses toted around by their adoring owners.

Please remember you can adopt just about any breed of dog from a shelter or rescue. You can also search DogTime’s adoption page to find adoptable dogs of any breed near you!

Which of these small apartment dog breeds is your favorite? Do you have a small dog not listed here who is a good apartment dog? Then tell us about them in the comments below!

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20 Small and Tiny Dogs That Stay Small Forever

  1. Tiny Dogs

By Janice Jones |Last Updated January 26, 2020

Wondering about tiny dogs that stays small throughout their entire life?

Ever think about what small really looks like?

We search far and wide to locate the world’s smallest of small dog breeds.

Can’t wait to see who made the top 20 list?

Go to Tiniest Dog Pictures, Now

Keep in mind that there are many small breed dogs and we feature almost 90 breeds on Small Dog Place.

There are also much variability within breeds. There will always be members of these breeds that far exceed the breed standard for weight and height.

Some dogs are tinier than the average for the breed.

Take the lovable Shih Tzu breed for example. I’ve heard people brag about their 23 pound Shih Tzu, and then there are purebred Shih Tzu dogs that never grow to be more than 4 pounds. Quite a Difference

There are also many small dogs that are smaller than what is usually seen in the breed. We call them runts.

AND, because small is popular, many breeders are breeding for smaller and smaller versions of the most popular breeds. They call this dwarfing down. The general public likes to call them teacup puppies.

Mind you, most of these smaller versions of the breed are healthy, but the practice o trying to make smaller and smaller does come with risks.

Here is our top list of the tiniest dogs that stay small (unless of course, you feed them too much).

Go ahead, purchase that pooch purse.

You’ll gonna need it for these little guys. Listed in alphabetical order, the top 20 are:

Top 20 Small and Tiny Dogs That Will Stay Small:

1. Bolognese

Height: up to 11 inches

Weight: 4 to 8 pounds

Playful, Affectionate, Good with Children and other dogs, Fairly easy to Train

Read More about the Bolognese

2.Brussels Griffon

Height: 7 to 8 Inches

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds not to exceed 12 pounds

Playful, Affectionate, Good for First Time Owners,

Two types: Smooth and Rough Coat

Read More about the Brussels Griffon

3. Chihuahua

Height: 6 to 10 Inches (15 – 25 cm)

Weight: Less than 6 pounds 1.8 – 2.7 kg

Two types: Smooth short hair, and long hair

Playful, Affectionate, Good Watch Dog, Good for First Time Dog Owners

Read More about the Chihuahua

4. Chinese Crested Dog

Ideally 11 to 13 inches

Up to 12 pounds

Affectionate, Good around Children, Playful, Good Choice for First Time Dog Owners

Comes in two varieties: Powderpuff and hairless

Read more about the Chinese Crested Dog

5. Dachshund (Mini)

Height: Miniature, 5 — 6 inches at the shoulder; Standard, 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 11 pounds and under (Miniature); 16 to 32 pounds (Standard) Between 11 and 16 pounds

Playful, Affectionate, Good with Children, Has Good Watch Dog Traits,

Three different types of coats: Smooth or short, Wire, and Long-Hair

Read more about the lovable Dachshund

6. English Toy Spaniel

Height: 9 to 11 inches

Weight: 8 to 14 pounds

Read More about the English Toy Spaniel

7. Italian Greyhound

Height: 12-15 inches, (30-38 centimeters)

Weight: 6-10 pounds, (3-5 kilograms)

Friendly, Affectionate, Good with Strangers, Children, and other Dogs

Read more about the tiny Italian Greyhound

8. Japanese Chin

Height: 8 to 11 inches

Weight: 4 to 9 pounds

Affectionate, Friendly, Good for First Time Dog Owners

Read more about the Japanese Chin

8. Maltese

Height: 7 to 9 inches

Weight: 4 to 6 pounds

Read More about the Maltese

10. Mi-ki

Height: Not to exceed 11 inches (28 cm)
Weight: Averages 5-8 pounds but can be smaller (2.3 – 3.7 kg)

Read more about this amazing new breed, Mi-Ki

11. Papillon

Height: 8 to 11 inches

Weight: 3 to 9 pounds

Read More the Papillon or Phalene

12. Pekingese

Height: 6 to 9 Inches (15 – 23 cm)

Weight: Up to 12 pounds (5.5 kg)

Read more about the Tiny Pekingese Dog

13. Pomeranian

Height: 7 to 12 inches (18 – 30 cm)

Weight: 3 to 7 pounds (1.3 – 3.1 kg)

Read More about the Pomeranian

14. Prague Ratter (Prysky Krysarik)

Prague Ratter (Prysky Krysarik)

Height: 7 to 9 inches

Weight: 2 to 6 pounds

Read more about the Prague Ratter

15. Rat Terrier

Height: 8 inches (20 cm)

Weight: 4-6 pounds (1.8 – 2.7kg)

Read more about The Rat Terrier

16. Russian Toy Terrier

Height: 11 inches

Weight: up to 6.5 pounds

Read More about Russian Toy Terriers

17. Shih Tzu

Height: 9-10.5 inches

Weight: 9-16 pounds

Playful, good Watch Dog Traits, Requires Much Grooming

Some believe there is an Imperial Shih Tzu Breed

Read more about the Shih Tzu Breed

18. Toy Fox Terrier

Height: 8.5 to 11.5 inches

Weight: 3 to 9 pounds

Read More Toy Fox Terriers

18. Toy Poodle

Height: 10 inches high

Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

Read More about the Toy Poodle

20. Yorkshire Terrier

Height: 9 to 9 inches

Weight: up to 7 pounds

Read More about the Yorkshire Terrier

Who is the Smallest Dog in the World?

Smallest dog living (former record holder)

Long-haired, female Chihuahua, Boo Boo, from Raceland, Kentucky, USA, was officially the smallest dog in the world, after being measured 10.16 cm (4 in) tall on 12 May 2007. This small fluffy dog held the record for a few weeks.

The smallest service dog is Cupcake, a female long-haired chihuahua, who measured 15.87 (6.25 in) tall, on 08 September 2012. She is owned by Angela Bain (USA) of Moorestown, New Jersey, USA (Guiness World Records)

In 2013

Guinness World Records found that the smallest dog in the world in 2013 was Miracle Milly, a brown Chihuahua born in December 2011. She was 3.8 inches tall and roughly 1 pound and was owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico.

In 2015

Today reported in May, 2015 that Pip the pug of Dudley, West Midlands, in England might be the smallest dog in the world. At 4 months old, she weighs just over a pound and is under 4 inches tall.

Did You Know…

Did you Know… That Pocket sized pets are one of the most popular areas in the Guinness World Records Database?

Currently, there are two main categories for these tiny dogs:

Smallest dog living by height and smallest dog living by length.

Have a Tiny Dog Not On This List?

In every breed their are exceptions to the rules (breed standard).

Sometimes they are the runt of the litter and in other cases, there is a deliberate attempt by breeders to dwarf down a breed.

For example, I have a 4 pound Shih Tzu, perfectly healthy, happy, and energetic. Some refer to these tiny Tzus as Chinese Imperials.

What does the breed standard for Shih Tzu dogs call for?

Shih Tzu dogs should be between 9 and 16 pounds.

Is he an anomaly? Maybe, but his mom and siblings are all this size, suggesting that he was selectively bred to be small.

Required Reading for Tiny Dog Owners

If you have your heart set on a tiny dog, you aren’t alone. But, before you search for that pocket pouch, check out this article on hypoglycemia.

This is one the most common and serious disorders of tiny puppies.

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The Chihuahua Poodle mix, or chipoo, is a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred Poodle.

Like any mixed breed, it is impossible to exactly predict the size, shape, and temperament of the Chipoo.

But, given the Chihuahua’s size, this is a smaller hybrid, that is usually loyal, clever, and playful.

What else should you know about the little Chihuahua Poodle Mix?

What’s In This Guide

  • Chihuahua Poodle Mix At A Glance
  • In-depth Breed Review
  • Chihuahua Poodle Mix Training And Care
  • Pros And Cons Of Getting A Chihuahua Poodle Mix

Perhaps not as popular as other poodle hybrids like a Labradoodle or Whoodle, the Chipoo is a smaller dog with its own distinctive features.

With one parent being a Chihuahua, the smallest dog breed around and one with an energetic personality, the tiny stature and diverse style of the Chipoo makes them stand out in a pool of poodle hybrids.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix FAQs

Our readers’ most popular and frequently asked questions about the Chihuahua Poodle mix, or Chi Poo.

  • Are Chihuahua Poodle mixes good family dogs?
  • How long do Chihuahua Poodle mixes live?
  • How big do Chihuahua Poodle mixes get?

Find out the answers to these questions and more!

Chihuahua Poodle Mix: Breed At A Glance

  • Popularity: The Chipoo, like many other mixed breed dogs, is growing in popularity.
  • Purpose: Companion
  • Weight: Anywhere from 3-20 pounds
  • Temperament: Playful and smart, this mix may become very attached and protective of its humans. Proper socialization is vital.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Breed Review: Contents

  • History and original purpose of the Chipoo
  • Fun facts about Chihuahua Poodle mix
  • Chihuahua Poodle mix appearance
  • Chihuahua Poodle mix temperament
  • Training and exercising your Chi Poo
  • Chihuahua Poodle mix health and care
  • Do Chihuahua Poodle mixes make good family pets
  • Rescuing a Chipoo
  • Finding a Chipoo puppy
  • Raising a Chihuahua Poodle mix puppy
  • Chi Poo products and accessories

Without further ado, let’s get into the history of the Chipoo!

History And Original Purpose Of The Chihuahua Poodle Mix

It’s unclear when the Chipoo first started to appear, but it is a fairly new hybrid.

The exact original purpose of the Chi Poo isn’t known. It’s possible that the cross wasn’t even intentional!

The Toy Poodle Chihuahua mix has a very old and impressive parentage.

Perhaps the Chipoo dog hasn’t been around all that long, but it clearly has longstanding lineage between the Chihuahua and the Poodle.

Chihuahua History

It’s likely that the Chihuahua’s origins trace back even before the Maya people inhabited Mexico.

Love small dogs? Check out the teeny Chiweenie!

Ancient remains of dogs very similar to Chihuahuas have been found in archeological digs that date back to the 13th century.

Poodle History

The Poodle most likely came from Germany, originating around the 15th and 16th centuries before the breed popped up in Spain in the 18th century.

Smaller Poodle breeds (the Miniature and Toy Poodles) were bred from the Standard Poodle, and their purpose changed to that of a companion dog.

Fun Facts About The Chihuahua Poodle Mix

Chihuahua Poodle mixes aren’t only just referred to as Chipoos or Chi Poo dogs. They also go by the portmanteau names Wapoo, Poochi, and Chipoodle!

Though there are three different sizes of Poodle, including Toy, Miniature, and Standard, only the first two types are usually parents of the Chihuahua Poodle mix.

The size difference between the Standard Poodle and the Chihuahua precludes their mixing.

Though Chihuahua Poodle mixes are still slowly growing in popularity, the parent breeds are quite famous!

Celebrities such as singer Joss Stone love their Poodle pups, and actresses like Demi Moore and Reese Witherspoon adore their Chihuahuas.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Appearance

A mixed breed like the Chipoo offers diversity in style. As a hybrid, the Chipoo will have a mix of characteristics from each parent.

The Toy Poodle Chihuahua mix full grown weighs anywhere between 3 to 20 pounds and can stand from 5 to 15 inches.

Crossbreeding accounts for some of the variance in weight and height.

On average, a Toy Poodle is around 10 to 15 inches tall.

Chihuahuas, though, are celebrated for their very tiny stature. Their height doesn’t normally rise above nine inches.

General Appearance

The head of a Chihuahua Poodle mix could be apple-shaped like the Chihuahua or rounder with a long nose like the poodle.

The coat is another place where genetics like to make this hybrid a little different.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Coat

Poodles are known for their sculpted grooming.

Grooming gives them the aristocratic look that defines the breed.

A Chihuahua’s coat can be long or short and curly or smooth depending on the characteristics of the parents.

Chipoo puppies, even from the same litter, can have coats that differ both in hair length and texture.

Coat Colors

Most common coat colors among Chipoos include:

  • White
  • Apricot brown
  • Black
  • Fawn

These dogs may be a solid color like a Poodle or have a pattern of colors throughout the body which is a possible characteristic of the Chihuahua.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Temperament

Remember Mighty Mouse, the tiny little superhero with red trunks, cape and a big attitude?

If Mighty Mouse were a dog, he’d be a Chipoo.

It’s known for both its intelligence and its energy—a lot of energy!

Like both parents, the Toy Poodle Chihuahua mix is usually devoted, loving, and affectionate.

Its intelligence makes this dog easy to train. The Chipoo tends to bond with one family member in particular.

The high energy level of the Chi Poo means they get bored easily, so leaving them home alone for long periods of time outside a kennel can lead to disaster.

Socializing A Chipoo

The Chihuahua Poodle mix interacts well with other dogs or different kinds of pets in the home when they are all raised in the same environment.

It is more difficult to get them to accept a new dog coming into the family, though.

Much like the Chihuahua, they can be fiercely protective of their humans and may bark and snarl at other dogs if they get too close.

Early socialization can help them to be more accepting of strangers in the home and out at the dog park.

Chipoos love to play but can get a little over excited in a way that is may be overwhelming for young children.

For this reason, they are better suited to homes with children over the age of 10.

Training And Exercising Your Chipoo

Training and socialization are incredibly important in properly raising a dog, no matter what the breed. And the Chipoo mix is no exception!

Potty training may be an issue, as the Chipoo may tend to be excitable. Check out our guides to potty training and crate training for some expert-level advice.

The Chihuahua Poodle puppy comes from two highly intelligent breeds and will benefit from positive reinforcement training. For some specifics on training Chihuahuas, check out our detailed guide.

Exercise Needs

They love to play and toys work to keep them stimulated. Without that stimulation, the dog will get bored and unhappy.

Walks provide good exercise. Keep in mind their legs are small, so the walks should be short but frequent.

Let them run when possible, as well. A fenced in backyard is ideal for a playful puppy like the Chipoo to get as much exercise as they need.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Health And Care

First generation mixes like little Chipoo puppies are surrounded in a bit of controversy, much of it myth, explains Carol Beuchat, Ph.D.

In fact, Chipoo puppies are less likely to face diseases that are common in their parents based on a 2006 study conducted by the University of Sydney.

Inbreeding among purebreds can make them more prone to genetic diseases. For example, the Chihuahuas can develop conditions like patellar luxation, glaucoma or even hemophilia.

Poodles, on the other hand, inherit stomach problems and cataracts.

By breeding these two together, the risk is potentially reduced and the Chipoo my gain benefits from both breeds.

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There is no way to predict the outcome of breeding, though.

Conditions To Watch For

Crossbred dogs like the Chipoo are at risk for the same conditions that affect their parents.

Some health concerns that may pop up with this dog include:

  • Overactive tear gland
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Loose kneecaps
  • Glaucoma
  • Dry skin

Dental problems are also common among small breed dogs as their tiny jaws make their teeth inherently weak. For this reason, the vet may suggest daily brushing, regular cleanings, and a dry food diet.


Obesity in these dogs can cause further health problems like:

  • Chronic respiratory infections
  • Tracheal collapse
  • Joint damage
  • Poodles can be prone to Addison’s disease, a condition that affects hormone production.

A Chipoo might also be at risk as one parent is a Poodle, although it is less common in Toy Poodles.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Health Tests

It is important that each parent is health checked for all the diseases relevant to their breed before they are mated.

The Chihuahua parent should have a clean bill of health from the vet, including no history of dental problems, or knee problems.

They should also have no family history of necrotizing meningoencephalitis.

The Poodle parent should be PRA clear, vWF clear, and have a recent clear eye test.

They should also have no family history of luxating patellas, Cushings disease or heart problems.


As small dogs, Chihuahua Poodle mixes have a decent expected lifespan.

Chihuahuas live an average of about twelve and a half years, while Toy and Miniature Poodles live an average of about fifteen.

So you can expect your Chipoo to live to somewhere in his mid teens.

Chipoo Grooming And Care

Some Chihuahua Poodle Mix puppies may inherit the Poodle’s low shedding coat, but this is not guaranteed.

Long-haired versions of this dog may require regular professional grooming to keep the coat healthy, shaped and free from tangles.

Home grooming with a soft bristled brush is recommended between trimmings for long-haired Chipoos along with a bath every few weeks to keep them tidy.

Brush the long-haired Chipoo before bathing. Otherwise, their hair may mat.

Short haired Chipoos also require regular bathing. Between baths, consider a wipe down with a wet cloth or doggie wipe.

General Care

The Chihuahua Poodle Mix does well with the standard diets unless otherwise directed by the veterinarian.

The vet will most likely recommend high-quality food made for small dogs to avoid common digestive issues and dental problems.

They can get overweight, so monitor their diet closely and limit treats unless used for training or teeth cleaning.

Do Chihuahua Poodle Mixes Make Good Family Pets

The small size of the Chipoo allows them to thrive in apartments and houses.

They do well as a family dog but are better suited to older children or homes with no kids.

They’re social animals and will want attention. Leaving them alone for long periods of time may result in destructive behavior.

Since the Chipoo is crossbred, they can have different temperaments and be somewhat unpredictable.

But if you love both Chihuahua and Poodle temperaments and don’t mind which combination you end up with, then you should be happy with the outcome.

Rescuing a Chipoo

It isn’t always easy to find the cross you’re interested in. At times it’s much more difficult than finding a purebred from a reputable breeder!

But if you can find a puppy or adult Chihuahua Poodle mix, it’ll surely warm your heart to be able to adopt a dog in need of a good home.

Adopting a rescue dog also often has the added advantage of enabling you to know what the dog will be like, since dogs in need of adoption are frequently a little bit older.

The cost of adoption will also be lower than getting a puppy from a breeder.

For some suggestions as to where to look for a Chipoo adoptee, take a look at the list of rescues found here.

Finding A Chihuahua Poodle Mix Puppy

Due to the small size of this breed, newborn puppies require a lot of care, so reputable breeders can be difficult to find. You also may need to travel to get your puppy.

Before purchasing a dog, insist on health screening for issues that commonly impact Chihuahuas and Poodles to ensure the puppy is healthy.

Ask the breeder to see certifications of these screening tests.

Meet the Parents

You should also meet the mother, and the father too if possible. Make sure that they are both friendly and confident, and have an obvious bond with their owner.

The Perfect Companion For Life With A New Puppy

They should also have a purpose in life beyond producing puppies, whether that’s as a show dog, agility dog, or an adored family pet.

A good breeder will ask you lots of questions, and happily answer all of yours too. They will show you evidence of the parents health checks and have had all their puppies flea treated, wormed and checked by the vet.

The Cost Of A Chipoo Puppy

Expect to pay anywhere from 500 to 1,400 dollars for a Chipoo puppy.

The average price falls in the 950 dollar range but may vary depending on the location and breeder.

Look locally first for a breeder to reduce the cost.

When you locate one with a puppy, ask for references to check out the breeder before buying.

Where to Avoid

It’s incredibly important that potential owners avoid buying from pet stores and puppy mills. These irresponsible and at times cruel businesses are simply out to make a profit, often at the expense of the health and happiness of their puppies.

For more information on finding a puppy from a reputable breeder, check out our step by step puppy search guide.

It isn’t always easy to find the mix you want, but as crossbreeds (also known as “designer dogs”) are growing in popularity, it isn’t impossible either!

Raising A Chihuahua Poodle Mix Puppy

Caring for a vulnerable Chipoo puppy is a big responsibility.

There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training.

You’ll find them listed on our Chihuahua Poodle mix puppy page.

Chipoo Products And Accessories

Choosing the best products for a mixed breed can be tough! So we’ve put together some great guides to help you decide what will suit your Chipoo best.

Check them out below.

  • The Best Beds For Chihuahuas
  • Best Food For Chihuahuas
  • Best Shampoo For Poodles

Pros And Cons Of Getting A Chihuahua Poodle Mix


  • May be excitable and overprotective
  • May be harder to potty train
  • Small dogs need greater care and caution when handling and playing
  • Doesn’t like to be left alone for long periods of time


  • Great for small-space living
  • Intelligent and playful
  • A great companion animal

These, of course, are simply basic points. There’s a lot more to be considered with the Chipoo!

Comparing The Chihuahua Poodle Mix With Other Breeds

The Chi Poo has a lot to recommend it—but it also has some things in common with some other mix breed dogs!

Take a look at the guides to these other mixes for comparisons and similarities.

  • Cockapoo
  • Maltipoo
  • Chion

Similar Breeds

The Chihuahua Poodle mix isn’t for everyone, of course.

If you like certain features of this mix but aren’t sure about others, take a look at these suggested mixes that may more closely fit what you’re looking for.

In addition to the mixes found in the section above, one of these may be a better option for you and your situation.

  • Pomchi
  • Jack-chi
  • Mini Labradoodle
  • Bich Poo

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Breed Rescues

These rescue centers are located in various places around the world, so you can search for your local area.

  • Poo Mix Rescue
  • Chihuahua Rescue
  • Rescue Me
  • Carolina Poodle Rescue
  • Mid-Atlantic Poodle Rescue

Do you know of any other rescues for this mix or the parent breeds? Leave us a comment below!

References And Resources

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This article has been extensively rewritten and updated for 2019.

Last Updated: January 6, 2020

The Chi Poo is a crossbreed mixing the Chihuahua with the Poodle. The Chi Poo is the ideal family dog; it is extremely low maintenance and famously good with children.

He does not require large housing and is happy to be left alone to his own devices during work hours.

The Poodle is an impressive and regal breed, and is known for its incredible intellect and skilled in many dog sports and athletic competitions.

The Poodle passes some of its smarts down to the Chi Poo but keeps most of the physical prowess to itself.

The Chihuahua is a famous companion dog, often seen riding in the purses of famous celebrities and has a reputation as a friendly, low maintenance dog.

Most of these traits hold true and are passed down into the Chi Poo.

The Chi Poo loves to play and is quite vocal and expressive, it is highly affectionate and will shower its owners with love.

It is a known lapdog, the closer the Chi Poo can get to its owner the happier it is. The Chi Poo is a wonderful, loyal companion, and great company for anyone who needs a committed friend.

Chi Poo Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Chi Poo is a low-maintenance pet.

Welcoming a dog into your family is a big decision to make for anybody to make, there are tough decisions to be made and many personal considerations to ponder.

This guide will break down step by step whether or not the Chi Poo is the right dog for you, and hopefully, make the process a little easier.

What Price are Chi Poo Puppies?

The Chi Poo is relatively inexpensive as far as designer crossbreeds are concerned, with the average selling price going for approximately $700 to $900.

The number one priority should be finding a quality, ethical breeder of good repute.

Where to Find Reputable Chi Poo Breeders?

Finding a good breeder is the first step in bringing a new dog into your family, and it is the easiest and most important way you can ensure your new friend has the best start to life it possibly can.

It is also important for your peace of mind that you know you bought your dog from a breeder with ethical practices and that you have supported a good business.

Your Chi Poo breeder should be able to pass the following criteria:

  • A good breeder is passionate about the animals and knows many facts and care details about the breed which they should readily offer to you. Feel free to ask the breeder any questions you may have about the Chi Poo, taking on an animal into your family is a big decision and they should respect your interest.
  • The breeder should be caring and compassionate about the dogs, they should give the impression that they are true animal people.
  • The breeder’s facilities should be hygienic, clean and spacious. It is important to support breeders that house their animals humanely.
  • The breeder should carry themselves with a sense of professionalism. A dog is a big financial decision and they should be respectful of your decision making process.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chi Poo Puppies

  1. The Chihuahua is the only dog breed known to be born with a ‘molera,’ or a soft spot in its skull, not dissimilar to human children in that sense.
  2. Depending on who you ask “what is the smartest dog breed?”, you may get Poodle as your answer. These are famously intelligent dogs whose talents allow them to be successful work, therapy, and hunting dogs. All Poodles and Poodle hybrids have the capacity for creative problem-solving.
  3. The Chihuahua has an old heritage, being genetically linked to the ancient dogs which roamed Mexico many years ago, known as the Techichi dogs.

Physical Traits of the Chi Poo

The Chi Poo possesses many desirable traits.

The Chi Poo is a small dog typically resembling a fluffy, curly-haired chihuahua with softer Poodle features.

Though its coat is highly dependant on which of its parent breed’s DNA is more dominant.

Some Chihuahuas have shiny, longer coats while some have wiry, short coats, the Poodle also comes in many different sizes, the make of the Chi Poo’s parents will have a huge influence on the physical makeup of the Chi Poo itself.

Generally, the Chi Poo has a small, compact body and a small, upright tail.

The Chi Poo comes in a myriad of different colorations, including but not limited to black, white, gray, brown, fawn, cream, brindle, silver, and blue.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chi Poo?

The Chi Poo is a very small breed, taking after its parent the tiny Chihuahua. The male Chi Poo towers between 9 and 13 inches tall and weighs between 10 and 20 pounds.

While the female Chi Poo stands between 7 and 12 inches tall and can weigh between as little as 8 and 18 pounds.

What is the Chi Poo’s Life Expectancy?

The Chi Poo is expected to live anywhere between 12 and 15 years old, which is approximately average for dogs as small as this one.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Chi Poo

The Chi Poo is a very relaxed breed, it can become hyperactive, but it is generally placid and with a calm, friendly demeanor.

It can become quite active and energetic if it has not been walked though, and can become uncharacteristically talkative during these times too.

The Chi Poo is an intelligent breed, it’s parent, the Poodle, is perhaps one of the smartest of all dog breeds, and it imparts some of this intellect into the Chi Poo.

The Chi Poo is not prone to creative problem-solving. However, it leads a simple life and is not equipped for many working or athletic roles.

The Chi Poo is a keen learner though and does not struggle to learn tricks and follow most commands.

The Chi Poo has a great memory; it will remember people and any perceived injustices that they may have slighted upon it.

The Chi Poo has been known to hold grudges and can be wary of people outside its immediate family. It is easy to warm a Chi Poo up though, as it’s love for playing and generally affectionate demeanor usually win the day.

The Chi Poo’s Diet

The Chi Poo loves to play.

A Chi Poo is not a greedy eater; many Chi Poo is reported to sometimes be somewhat indifferent come feeding time, preferring to stay by their owner’s side rather than be apart and present at the food bowl.

A Chi Poo enjoys the standard diet for small dogs, high-quality food with plenty of protein is essential for growing strong dogs.

A Chi Poo puppy should be allowed to eat as much as it wants, feed it small meals regularly to establish regular, good eating habits into the Chi Poo’s daily routine.

How Much Exercise Does the Chi Poo Need?

The Chi Poo is not an overly energetic or active dog. It is low maintenance and doesn’t require excessive walking.

The Chi Poo does, however, love a good run, and if possible, it’s a good idea to take him to the park daily and let him off the leash, at the park, the Chi Poo will chase after unassuming small animals and birds and will enjoy socializing with other animals.

Making sure your Chi Poo is well exercised goes a long way to dissuading any destructive habits that may arise in a disgruntled, cooped up Chi Poo.

Chi Poo Health and Conditions

The Chi Poo is blessed, being generally healthy. It does, however, suffer from one or two serious and minor issues occasionally, some of them being eye-related issues.

Serious Issues

  • Some Chi Poo are sadly prone to a glaucoma diagnosis, a serious eye issue which generally leads to impaired vision and eventually blindness.
  • The Chi Poo is also susceptible to the buildup of excessive eye gunk due to an overactive tear gland. If your Chi Poo suffers from this condition then its eyes must be cleaned and treated regularly or risk serious infection which could lead to further eye complications further down the line. Consult with your veterinarian for treatment options and directions on how to maintain the hygiene of your Chi Poo’s eyes.

Minor Issues

  • The Chi Poo can be afflicted by a number of skin infections and various rashes, it can be prone to dry skin and flaking. If this occurs the Chi Poo can be massaged with dog moisturizer and given special antiseptic shampoo to treat damaged skin. In these cases, it is prudent to speak with your veterinarian who will point you in the right direction and set your Chi Poo on the path to recovery.

Grooming Advice

Due to the variety in the ChiPoo breed, it can be slightly confusing to groom your pet properly.

Though none of the varieties of the coat require extensive maintenance, the longer coats, which are more Poodle-like in shape, are likely to tangle and mess up often.

Depending on the coat length of your pet, brushing one to four times per week is necessary to keep your dog in good shape.

Since this dog does not like to get dirty and loves staying clean, you will only need to bath it once every two to three months.

If your pet has long hair, a haircut is recommended several times a year (around 3-5 times).

You also do not need to worry about excessive hair falling all over the place as ChiPoo shed very less fur.

To brush the coat of your ChiPoo, you can use a slick brush and if there are any knots or matted hair, use a 2-in-1 comb.

The process of brushing will be made much easier by first wetting the coat with a spray bottle and gently running your fingers through it.

For the bathing purpose, use a canine shampoo instead of the ones humans use as it can irritate the skin of the dog.

Afterward, brush the coat once, blow-dry or towel-dry the coat, and brush the coat once again to give a very neat and finished look to the dog’s coat.

The easier kinds of haircuts can be given at home easily but make sure you do not attempt any professional haircuts yourself.

Take your dog to a professional for styling its hair, especially if you want to color its coat.

But if you are confident about your own skills, you can use Kool-Aid, the juice from fruits such as blackberries, or food coloring to dye the coat of your ChiPoo to your desired hue.

Special Treats

No matter how well-balanced of a diet your Chi Poo consumes, it is important for you to occasionally give it special treats.

These home-cooked or store-bought treats will help you strengthen your bond with your pet, train it through positive reinforcement techniques, and simply make its day.

Also, these delicious treats are necessary once in a while to break the monotony and give your dog something it genuinely loves to eat.

Moreover, the Chi Poo is not an easy breed of dogs to feed since it becomes indifferent at the time of eating which is why you often need to give it something different.

Since the Chi Poo is a very calm, relaxed, small, and lightweight dog breed, make sure the treat is not too heavy or high in its protein content to avoid digestion problems.

Despite how much of a picky eater this dog is, a Chi Poo is bound to love beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, or veal.

Another healthy and equally tantalizing option for a treat is fish, such as cod, salmon, or flounder.

Once in a while, you can treat your Chi Poo to fresh vegetables, including lima beans, zucchini, or sweet potatoes.

However, make sure the vegetables are given in a low quantity and are nicely diced up.

You can also add cheese to the regular food your dog eats to make it more flavorful, but make sure that it has low levels of lactose like Swiss cheese or cottage cheese.

Additionally, fresh fruits, eggs, or extra virgin olive oil can give your Chi Poo that extra flavor and taste it craves and deserves.

Also, steer clear of any treats consisting of artificial coloring or chemical preservatives.

Lastly, if you are getting a treat from the store and are confused due to the array of ingredients in it, focus on the first three or four ingredients because the food will primarily be made of those.

My Final Thoughts on the Chi Poo

The Chi Poo is an all-round dependable companion dog, it fits perfectly on laps and is low maintenance, making it perfect for families and young children.

It is also inexpensive for its pedigree and is happy to live in a small accommodation.

Overall, the Chi Poo possesses many desirable traits and is a fine choice of dog for anybody.

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6 Smallest Dog Breeds with the Biggest Hearts

Sometimes the smallest dogs come with the biggest personalities.

Small dogs make great family additions, snuggle buddies, and all around companions. They don’t let their small size stop them from expressing their big personalities, and they can do almost anything a big dog can do. They love to go on adventures, run around at the dog park, and make new friends.

The best part is they’re small enough to fit comfortably in your lap for maximum cuddles. Here are a few of the world’s smallest dog breeds that would look great by your side.


The Affenpinscher is often called the “monkey dog” or “ape terrier” for its apish good looks. For Star Wars fans, they could pass as miniature Wookies or Ewoks.

Affenpinschers are willful dogs that behave more like children than canines, but they’re deeply loyal and affectionate. An average Affenpinscher weighs 6-13 pounds.

Yorkshire Terrier

With their shoulders no higher than seven inches off the ground, Yorkshire Terriers are little dogs with big personalities. Commonly called Yorkies, these little pups are overflowing with energy. This small breed loves to run and play, but their little legs tire quickly.

Their silky coats require regular grooming, and their glamorous good looks are always drawing attention. Most Yorkies weigh less than seven pounds.

Brussels Griffon


Ranked as the 99th most popular dog breed by the AKC, you may have never heard of this pint-sized pup. The Brussels Griffon is a German dog breed with a terrier-like disposition.

They’re small, but they make fearsome watch dogs and love learning new tricks. Most Brussels Griffons range between 8 and 12 pounds.


These popular Mexican dogs come in 9 different colors and are known for their large, pointy ears and big, dewy eyes. They’re enthusiastic little lap dogs that don’t realize how small they actually are. A Chihuahua is never one to cower from a bully or turn down a new adventure.

Even the biggest Chihuahuas usually don’t weigh more than six pounds.


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Standing just shy of a foot, the Papillon is often called the butterfly dog for its wide, pointy ears. They have big brains inside tiny bodies and are listed among some of the smartest dog breeds in the world.

They excel in both obedience training and agility trials, and training them is easy and enjoyable. Even with that impressive temporal lobe, Papillons only weigh between 8 and 11 pounds.

Toy Fox Terrier

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The Toy Fox Terrier is a miniature version of larger fox terriers, and they’re often seen showing off their lively personalities in the center ring at the circus.

They’re easy to train, and while they’re small, they’re also mighty. They’re athletic little dogs that love going on walks and runs that will take them as far as their short little legs will go. On average, they weight between 3.5 and 9 pounds.

Russian Toy

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The Russian Toy is one of the smallest dog breeds on the list. Weighing in at a mere 3-6 pounds, these tiny dogs were originally bred to fight rats. They bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “pick on someone your own size.”

There are both long- and short-haired Russian Toy varieties, and they stand between 8 and 10 inches tall.

Some other small dog breeds that are honorable mentions, but no less adorable include: Boston Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the Bichon Frise, the Japanese Chin, French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Jack Russell Terriers, and so many more. Really any toy breed is just too adorable to manage.

If you’re looking for a new canine companion but can’t handle the size of some of the more popular breeds, these tiny dog breeds are a great option. They’re fun, affectionate, and full of personality. Adopt one or adopt them all, sometimes mixed breeds are the best breeds–you won’t regret the time you spend with your miniature new best friend.

Do you have a small dog breed? Show us in the comments!

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If You Love Animals, Never Buy A Teacup Dog

No specific breed is a teacup by default. That leaves unscrupulous breeders to devise new and brutal ways to shrink an already small breed like a Chihuahua or Yorkshire terrier into something new and terrible.

Aside from Paris Hilton’s dubious menagerie — she says she has 35 pets — teacups are also frequently seen at shelters. Shelters like East Valley, where Perry often sees teacup dogs brought in. People will return them and say, “I can’t do anything with them.”

As though they’re expecting teacups to be like, well, dogs.

Trouble is, these pint-sized pooches are not Swiss watches. They’re not ingeniously designed micro-marvels. Physiologically, tiny breeds take a licking – Perry cites tiny bones that scarcely develop, precious little exercise, overworked organs – and more often than not, they don’t keep on ticking.

“They have tiny little hearts,” Perry says. “And tiny little lungs. They don’t last as long.”

And, much to some new teacup owners’ surprise, they can’t quite do all the things normal-sized dogs do. Even some things that are quite vital.

“The reasons why people want toy dogs are the worst things for dogs.” Indeed, a life spent inside purses, having little exercise and even less interaction with other dogs is never a recipe for a healthy, happy canine companion.

“No matter what, they’re dogs,” Perry explains. “Dogs are social animals.”

Frail-bodied teacups don’t get a lot of opportunities to just be dogs. And often, to meet surging demands for the micro market, they hail from places like this: