A to Z Small Dog Breed List

A to Z Small Dog Breed List, the world's 90 smallest dogs.

Unsure about what small dog is perfect for you?  There are similarities among breeds but the differences may make your decision a little easier. Click on the picture to be taken to the breed profile page.

A "Quick Facts" Section in each profile will give you a, well, quick overview of the breed if your time is short.  Happy Hunting.

Oh, and by the way, none of these dogs pictured are hybrids, mixed breeds or designer dogs.  

Our Designer Dog List is the place to find information about hybrid breeds. 

Did I forget a breed that you think should be added to this list?  Please use the contact form at the end of this article to alert me of my omission.  I assure you it was not done deliberately.

The Small Dog Breed List contains:

  • Purebred Dogs Only
  • Dogs less than 25 pounds (Some on this list may end up being larger)
  • Popular and Rare Breeds
  • Links to Breed-Specific Articles (Click on the photo to be taken to the breed profile page

All 90 Small Dog Breed List

Origin:  Germany
Original Purpose:  Lapdog, Vermin hunter
AKC: Toy
Playful, Spunky, Affectionate

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Origin:  Alaska, USA
UKC:  Northern Breed
Alert, Vocal, Loyal

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Origin:  Germany
Original Purpose:  Companion, Watchdog
AKC: Non sporting
Affectionate, Playful, Intelligent

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Origin:  USA
AKC: Non Sporting
Curious, Intelligent, Lively

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Origin:  Australia
Original Purpose:  Hunting mice & rats, sometimes tending sheep
AKC:  Terrier
Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Original Purpose:  Vermin hunter
AKC:  Hound
Quiet, Intelligent, Curious

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Origin: England 1000-1300
Original Purpose: Rabbit Trailing
AKC:  Hound Group
Independent, Gentle, Energetic

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Origin: Northumbria (England) 1800s
Original Purpose: Kill rabbits, foxes, weasels
AKC:  Terriers
Energetic, stubborn, Companionable

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Origin: France or Spain 1300s
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  Non-sporting Group
Affectionate, Playful, Friendly

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Origin: Germany
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  FSS (Toy)
Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Italy
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  FSS
Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Border between England & Scotland 1700s
Original Purpose: Catching fox and other small game
AKC:  Terrier
Loyal, Affectionate, Inquisitive

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Origin: Boston U.S. 1970s
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  Non-Sporting
Affectionate, Devoted, Good Watchdog

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Origin: Brazil 1880s
Original Purpose: Catch vermin
AKC:  No, FCI (Terriers)
Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Belgium 1800s
Original Purpose: Exterminate vermin
AKC:  Toy
Self confident, Sensitive, Lively

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An A to Z Small Breed Dog List including 95 different breeds.
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  3. Aren't Small Dogs just the best? 

    If you are thinking about which dog to get, the decision can be overwhelming because there are just so many of these little guys to choose from.

    Do you want fluffy and cute, or sleek and smart

    Luckily there is that special  small breed dog just waiting to be loved by you.



    Many of the dogs listed on this page can be registered through the American Kennel Club.  But some are so rare in the U.S. that, although they are purebred, they have not as of yet been entered into this registry.  Around the world, however, they may be much more common.

    We continue to add to this small dog breed list as we research new breeds, so check back often -- your perfect breed might just be here waiting for you.


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