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Miniature Dog Breeds

Miniature dog breeds are those that are small and stay small throughout their life. 

Are you ready to be owned by a miniature or small breed dog? Most small breed dog owners usually feel that way. 

Miniature Dog BreedsMiniature Dog Breeds (Yorkshire Terrier)

Let's face it, you are their companion and protector.

You are also their nurse, food server, hair stylist, pedicurist, mother/father, taxi driver, custodian, and anything else that your opposable thumb can do for them.

Sounds like a lot of work without much pay, but most owners will tell you that small dogs are simply the best.

"Why", you ask?  Well,

  • They are easy to transport, making them excellent travel companions.
  • They don’t eat much, so food costs are reasonable.
  • Many were bred for centuries solely to be companions, so they have learned how to do this job very well.
  • They are easier to manage overall.
  • They make excellent choices for first-time dog owners.
  • They thrive in virtually any environment.

Beyond the obvious similarities, miniature dog breeds vary widely according to temperament, activity levels, grooming needs, trainability, friendliness, and affection levels.

So, if you are interested in a pint-sized pooch, a little bit of research before you buy is essential.

Remember, the one thing that all miniature dog breeds have in common is that cuteness factor. It's hard to resist that tiny puffball with such a big personality.

All of these Dogs are 22 pounds (10 kg) or smaller. You may notice that some of these breeds are also listed on our Medium Size Breeds Pages. That is because their weight range falls into both categories.

Miniature Dog Breeds

Affenpinscher

Origin:  Germany

Height:  10-12 in (25-30 cm) 
Weight:  8-13 lb (4-6 kg) 
Ease of Training:  Moderate

Miniature dog breeds

Alaskan Klee Kai

Origin:  USA

Height:  Up to 13 in  (33 cm)  (Toy)
              13-15 in   (33-38 cm)  (Miniature)
               15-17   (38-44 cm)  (Standard)

Weight:  Up to 9 lb.  (4 kg)  Toy
               9-15 lb (4-7 kg)  Miniature
                15-22 lb  ( 7-10 kg)  Standard

Ease of Training:  Moderate


American Eskimo Dog

Origin:  USA

Height:  15-19 in  Standard
               12-15 in Miniature
                9-12 in  Toy

Weight: 20-40 lb Standard
              11-20 lb Miniature
                 6-10 lb Toy

Ease of Training: Moderate

Miniature dog breeds

American Hairless

Miniature dog breedsAmerican Hairless

Origin:  USA

Height: 10-18 in (25-46 cm)

Weight: 7-13 lb (3-6 kg)

Ease of Training: Moderate



Review of the Best Foods For Dogs

We get asked a lot about the best dog foods. But there isn't just one - it depends on the age of your dog, the size of breed, and whether you prefer a dry food or a wet (canned) food. We have reviewed all the options available and cut all the information down to just 5 foods. To find out more, go to our page on the best foods for dogs!



Australian Terrier

Miniature dog breedsAustralian Terrier

Origin:  Australia

Height:  Up to 10 in (Up to 26 cm) 

Weight:  Up to 15 lb (Up to 7 kg) 

Easy of Training:  Easy


Basenji

Origin:  Central Africa

Height:  16-17 in (40-43 cm) 

Weight:  20-24 lb (9-11 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Challenging

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Miniature Dog Breeds

Beagle

Origin:  UK

Height:  13-16 in (33-40 cm) 

Weight: 20-24 lb (9-11 kg)

Ease of Training:  Moderate

Miniature dog breeds

Bedlington Terrier

Origin:  UK

Height: 16 in (41 cm) 

Weight:  17.5-23 lb (8-10.5 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Miniature dog breeds

Bichon Frise

Origin:  France/ Belgium

Height: Up to 12 in ( 30 cm) 

Weight:  6-13 lb  (3-6 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Miniature dog breeds

Biewer Terrier

Miniature dog breedsBiewer Terrier

Origin:  Germany

Height:  Up to 8.5 in (22 cm)

Weight:  Up to 7 lb (3.1 cm)

Ease of Training:  Moderate


Bolognese

Miniature dog breedsBolognese

Origin:  Italy

Height: 10-12 in  ( 25-30 cm) 

Weight:  5.5 - 8.8 lb  (2.5-4 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy


Border Terrier

Origin:  UK

Height: 13 in (33 cm)

Weight: 11-16 lb  (5-7 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

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Boston Terrier

Origin:  USA

Height:  15-17 in (38-43 cm)

Weight: 11-24 lb (5-11 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Miniature dog breeds

Brazilian Terrier

Miniature dog breedsBrazilian Terrier

Origin:  Brazil

Height:  13-16 in (33-40 cm)  Males are larger

Weight:  Up to 22 lb (10 kg)

Ease of Training:  Moderate


Brussels Griffon

Also Known As Griffon Bruxellois

Origin:  Belgium

Height: 10 in (25 cm) 

Weight:  About 9 lb ( 4 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Miniature dog breeds

Cairn Terrier

Miniature dog breedsCairn Terrier

Origin:  UK

Height: 11-12 in (28-31 cm)

Weight:  13-18 lb (6-8 kg)

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Origin:  UK

Height: 10 -13 in ( 25-43 cm) 

Weight:  10-19 lb (4-9 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy

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Miniature Dog Breeds

Cesky Terrier

Miniature dog breedsCesky Terrier

Origin:  Czech Republic

Height:  10-13 in (25-32 cm) 

Weight:  13-22 lb(6-10 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Moderate


Chihuahua

Origin:  Mexico

Height: 5 in (13 cm) 

Weight:  1-6 lb  (0.5-2.5 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Miniature dog breeds

Chinese Crested Powder Puff

Origin:  China

Height: 9-13 in  (23-33 cm) 

Weight:  Up to 12 lb  (5.5 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Miniature dog breeds

Coton de Tuléar

Miniature dog breedsCoton de Tuléar

Origin:  Madagascar

Height: 10-11 in (25-28 cm) 

Weight:  12-15 lb  (5-7 kg) 

Ease of Training:  Easy


Dachshund

Miniature dog breeds

Height: (Toy) Up to 12 in (30 cm)
             (Dwarf) 12-13.7 in (30-35 cm)
             (Standard) 13.75 in  (35 cm)

Weight:  (Toy) Up to 9 lb  (4kg)
              (Dwarf) 14.4 lb (7 kg)
              (Standard) Over 14.4 lb (Over 7 kg)

Origin: Germany

Ease of Training:  Medium

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  8-10 in

Weight:  16.6 lb  (8 kg.)

Origin:  Great Britain

Ease of Training:  Easy


Dutch Smoushond

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  14-17 in (35-42 cm) 

Weight:  20-22 lb (9-10 kg) 

Origin:  The Netherlands

Ease of Training: moderate


English Toy Spaniel
aka.  King Charles Spaniel

Miniature dog breedsKing Charles Spaniel

Height:  8-12 in (22-30 cm)

Weight:  7.7014.3 lb  (3.5-6.5 kg)

Origin:  Great Britain

Ease of Training:  Easy

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French Bull Dog

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  12 in  (30 cm)

Weight:  13-26.5 lb  (6-12 kg)

Origin:  France

Ease of Training:  Very Easy

Fox Terrier (Smooth  & Wire)

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  15 in (39 cm)

Weight:  17.5 lb  (8 kg)

Origin:  Great Britain

Ease of Training:  Medium


German Hunting Terrier
(Jagdterrier)

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  13-16 in (33-40 cm) 

Weight:  18-22 lb (8-10 kg) 

Origin:  Germany

Ease of Training: Challenging


Havanese

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  8-11 in  (20-28 cm)

Weight:  13 lb  (6 kg)

Origin:  Western Mediterranean

Training:  Easy

Italian Greyhound

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  13-15 in  (32-38 cm)

Weight:  11 lb  (5 kg)

Origin:  Italy

Ease of Training:  Easy


Jack Russell Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  10-12 in (25-30 cm) 

Weight:  11-13lb (5-6kg) 

Origin:  UK

Ease of Training:  Challenging


Japanese Chin

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  11 in  (28 cm)

Weight:  6.6 lb  (3 kg)

Origins:  Japan

Ease of Training:  Easy

Japanese Spitz

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  12-15 in  (30-38 cm)

Weight:  11 lb  (5 kg)

Origin:  Japan

Ease of Training:  Easy


Japanese Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  15-16 in  (38-42 cm)

Weight: 17-18 lb  (7.6-8 kg)

Origin:  Japan

Ease of Training:  Medium


Miniature Dog Breeds

Kyi Leo

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  9-11 in  (23-28 cm)

Weight:  9-13 lb  (4-6 kg)

Origin:  United States

Ease of Training:  Medium


Lakeland Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  14 in  (36 cm)

Weight:  Up to 17 lb  ( Up to 7.7 kg)

Origin:  Great Britain

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium

Lancashire Heeler

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  10-12 in(25-31 cm)

Weight:  7-13 lb  (3-6 kg)

Origin: Great Britain

Ease of Training:  Challenging


Lhasa Apso

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  Approx. 10 in ( 25 cm)

Weight:  Approx. 13-22 lb (6-10 kg)

Origin:  Tibet

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium


Löwchen 
Petit chien lion
Little Lion Dog

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  12.5 in  (32 cm)

Weight:  11 lb  (5 kg)

Origin:  France

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium


Lundehund (Norwegian)

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  12.5 - 15 in (32-38 cm)

Weight: 13.2-17.6 lb ( 6-8 kg)

Origin:  Norway

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium


Maltese

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  8-10 in  (20-25 cm)

Weight:  4-6.6 lb  (2-3 kg)

Origin:  Italy

Ease of Training:  Medium


Manchester Terrier (Toy)
English Toy Terrier
Blue and Tan Toy Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  15-16 in (38-41 cm)

Weight:  11-22 lb  (5-10 kg)

Origin:  Great Britain

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature dog breedsMiniature Pincsher

Height:  10-12 in  (25-30 cm)

Weight:  8.8 lb (4 kg)

Origin:  Germany

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium


Miniature Poodle

Miniature dog breedsMiniature poodle
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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  12-14 in  (30-36 cm)

Weight: 13-15 lb  6-8 kg)

Origin:  Germany

Ease of Training:  Easy to Medium

Miniature dog breeds

Norfolk Terrier

Miniature dog breedsNorfolk Terrier

Height:  9-10in (22-25 cm) 

Weight:  11-13 lb ( 5-6 kg)

Origin:  UK

Ease of Training:  Average


Norwich Terrier

Miniature dog breedsNorwich Terrier

Height:  10 in (25-26 cm)

Weight:  10-12lb (5-6kg) 

Origin:  UK

Ease of Training:  Average


Papillon Continental Toy Spaniel

Miniature dog breedsPapillon Continental Toy Spaniel

Height: 8-11 in (20-28 cm)

Weight: 9-10 lb (4-6 kg)

Origins: France

              Ease of Training:  Easy

Miniature dog breeds

Parson Russell Terrier

Miniature dog breedsParson Russell Terrier

Height:  13-14 in (33-36 cm) 

Weight:  13-18 lb (6-8 kg) 

Origin:  UK

Ease of Training: Challenging


Pekingese

Miniature dog breedsPekingese

Height: 6-9 in (15-23 cm)

Weight:  7-12 lb. (3-5.5kg)

Origins: China

Ease of Training: Challenging

Miniature dog breeds

Phalène
Same as Papillon except for ears

Miniature dog breedsPhalene

Height:  8-11.5 in  (20-29 cm)

Weight:  8.8-10 lb  (4-4.5 kg)

Origin:  France/Belgium

Ease of Training:  Easy

Miniature dog breeds

Pomeranian

Miniature dog breeds

Height: 9-11 in (22-28 cm)

Weight:4-6 lb ( 2-2.5 kg)

Origins: Germany

Ease of Training: Easy


Portuguese Podengo

Miniature dog breeds

Height: 8-12 in (20-31 cm)

Weight: 9-13 lb (4-6 kg)

Origins: Portugal

Ease of Training: Medium


Pražský Krysařík
(AKA (Prague Ratter)

Miniature dog breedsPrague Ratter

Height:  6-9 in (16-22 cm)

Weight: 2-6 lb (1-3 kg)

Origins: Czech Republic

Ease of Training:  Medium


Pug

Miniature dog breedsPug

Height: 10-12 in (25-30 cm)

Weight: 14-18lb (6.3-8 kg)

Origins: China

Ease of Training: Easy

Rat Terrier

Height: 8-14 in (20-36 cm) smaller
             14-22 in (36-56 cm) Standard

Weight: 7-9 lb (3-4 kg)
              11-35 lb (5-16 kg)

Origins: U.S.A.

Ease of Training: Easy to Medium

Russian Toy (A.K.A. Russkiy Toy)

Miniature dog breedsRusskiy toy

Height: 8-11 in (20-28 cm)

Weight: Up to 7 lb (Up to 3 kg)

Origins: Russia

Ease of Training: Medium

Miniature dog breeds

Schipperke

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  9-13 in (22-33 cm

Weight:  7-18 lb (3-8 kg)

Origins: Belgium

Ease of Training: Medium


Scottish Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  10-11 in (25-28 cm) 

Weight: 20-24 lb (9-11 kg) 

Origin:  UK (Scotland)

Ease of Training:  Challenging


Sealyham Terrier

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  10-12 in (25-30 cm) 

Weight:  18-20 lb (8-9 kg) 

Origin:  UK

Ease of Training:  Challenging


Shetland Sheepdog

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  12-15 in (35-37 cm)

Weight:  13-15 lb (6-7 kg)

Origins:  Scotland

Ease of Training: Easy


Shiba Inu

Miniature dog breeds

Height: 14-16 in (35-40 cm)

Weight: 18-22 lb (8-10kg)

Origins: Japan

Ease of Training: Challenging

Miniature dog breeds

Shih Tzu

Miniature dog breedsShih Tzu

Height: 10-11 in  (25-27 cm)

Weight: 9-16 lb (4-7.5 kg)

Origins: China

Ease of Training: Medium

Miniature dog breeds

Silky Terrier
(AKA Australian Silky Terrier)

Miniature dog breeds

Height:  Up to 9 in (Up to 23 cm) 

Weight:  Up to 9 lb (Up to 4 kg)

Origin:  Australia

Ease of Training:Challenging:


Skye Terrier

Miniature dog breedsSkye Terrier

Height: 9-10 in (23-25 cm)

Weight:  19-23 lb (8.5-10.5 kg)

Origins: UK (Great Britain)

Ease of Training: Challenging


Swedish Vallhund

Miniature dog breeds

Height: 12-14 in  (31-35 cm)

Weight: 25-35 lb (12-16 cm)

Origins:  Sweden

Ease of Training: Medium


Tibetan Spaniel

Miniature dog breeds

Height: 10 in (25 cm)

Weight: 9-13 lb (4-7 kg)

Origins: Tibet or China

Ease of Training: Challenging


Tibetan Terrier

Miniature dog breedsTibetan Terrier

Height: 14-16 in (35-41 cm)

Weight: 17-31 lb (8-14kg)

Origins: Tibet

Ease of Training: Medium


Toy Fox Terrier

Miniature dog breedsToy Fox Terrier

Height: 9-12 in (23-30 cm)

Weight: 3.5-7 lb   (2-3 kg)

Origins: U.S.A.

Ease of Training: Medium


Toy Mexican Hairless

Miniature dog breedsToy Mexican hairless

Height: 11-12 in (28-30 cm)

Weight: 9-18 lb (4-8 kg)

Origins:  Mexico

Ease of Training:  Challenging


Toy Poodle

Miniature dog breedsToy Poodle

Height: 10-11 in (25-28 cm)

Weight: 6-9 lb (2.5-4 kg)

Origins:  France

Ease of Training:  Easy


Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Height: 7-10 in (17-25 cm)

Weight: Not Specified

Origins: Russia

Ease of Training: Average


Volpino
(AKA Cane de Quirinale

Miniature dog breeds

Height: 11-12 in (27-30 cm)

Weight: 9-11 lb (4-5 kg)

Origins: Italy

Ease of Training: Easy


Welsh Terrier

Miniature dog breedsWelsh Terrier

Height:  Up to 15 in (Up to 39 cm) 

Weight:  20-22 lb (9-10 kg) 

Origin:  UK (Wales)

Ease of Training:  Medium

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West Highland White Terrier

Miniature dog breedsWest Highland White Terrier

Height:  10-11 in (25-28 cm) 

Weight:  15-22 lb (7-10 kg)

Origins:  UK

Ease of Training: Medium

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Yorkshire Terrier

Miniature dog breedsYorkshire Terrier

Height:  8-9 in (20-23 cm) 

Weight:  7 lb  (Up to 3 kg) 

Origins:  UK

Ease of Training: Medium

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