Small Dogs Big Hearts

We have compiled a list of the 15 of the most popular small dogs that are dominating the world and invading our homes.

So let’s explore further into a world of the eccentric little divas.


Try to resist their doleful expressions if you can, I am amazed that a dog that has so much stamina and such large ears can have such selective hearing, especially when it comes to getting their own way. (Hound)


Photo by ©Antonio Novak

`The friendly ones’. Always ready to help but they have a great deal of determination and will always try to get their own way. (Hound)


Single minded and obstinate, but quite delightful. The bed is theirs, the couch is theirs, your favourite chair, well...


The world’s smallest breed of dogs with one of the boldest temperaments. Also known for their absolute devotion to their owner. So if you love to be idolised unconditionally, get rid of the kids and get a Chihuahua.

Chinese Crested

Yes it is really a dog. These have become very popular in the last couple of years ever since the infamous "Krull the Warrior King' from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

True to character the Chinese Crested will pee everywhere and can be fairly hard to potty train.

Dachshund or Sausage Dog

Own one of these and you will soon become a Dachshund addict. They too become extremely devoted pets. They love to burrow, under anything especially blankets, so if hate to sleep alone this is the companion for you.(Hound)

Fox Terrier

Fox-terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs.

~Jerome K. Jerome-Three Men in a Boat.~

Lively active and busy dogs that will totally take over your home.

Jack Russell

It is Houdini in fur. Just when you close the one hole he will find another. They want to know exactly what is happening in the neighbourhood and nothing will stop them. The leader of the street gang.

Lhasa Apso

Photo by ©Dalia Drulia

Gentle and calm and quirky. These are the therapists of the canines with an instinctive urge to console you when you are down. This is a small dog breed with a really big bark.


'The Tantrum Queen' with the demeanour of an angel and the disposition of Godzilla.


Photo by ©Chris Cheever

The yappers. Despite this they are one of the most obedient of the toy breeds as long as you get a good set of earplugs.


The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor.

~Margo Kaufman~

The clowns of the toys. Good with children because they consider them pug sized friends.


Believe it or not some of these are described as cheerful extroverts. Always eager to please, but they have to be part of the family and they have to rule the roost. (Gundogs)

Scottish Terrier

A firm but faithful friend to the end, with the memory of an elephant. Be careful they can sulk and ignore you for a considerable length of time if you offend them.

Yorkshire Terrier

Photo by ©Regina T.

Remember that although this breed is in the toy group it is a terrier and the terrier instinct has not been bred out of them. They are the king of the jungle.

read more on Yorkies...

As I said eccentrics. Bear in mind that although small dogs may be easier to keep in apartments they will still require exercise and grooming.

If you have kids and are thinking of getting a little canine companion then I strongly recommend you first take a look at what Sandy recommends.

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