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Miniature Dog Breeds

Miniature Dog BreedsMiniature Dog Breeds (Yorkshire Terrier)

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. 

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


Height:  10-12 in (25-30 cm) 

Weight:  8-13 lb (4-6 kg) 

Origin:  Germany 

Ease of Training:  Moderate

Miniature dog breedsAlaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai

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

Origin:  USA

Ease of Training:  Moderate

Miniature dog breedsAmerican Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

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

Origin:  USA

Ease of Training: Moderate

Read more about the American Eskimo Dog Link
Miniature dog breedsAmerican Hairless

American Hairless

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

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

Origin:  USA

Ease of Training:

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Miniature dog breedsAustralian Terrier

Australian Terrier

Height:  Up to 10 in (Up to 26 cm) 

Weight:  Up to 15 lb (Up to 7 kg) 

Origin:  Australia

Easy of Training:  Easy


Height:  16-17 in (40-43 cm) 

Weight:  20-24 lb (9-11 kg) 

Origin:  Central Africa 

Ease of Training:  Challenging

Read more about the Basenji Dog Breed Link


Height:  13-16 in (33-40 cm) 

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

Country of Origin:  UK 

Ease of Training:  Moderate

Read more about the Beagle a miniature sized dog.

Bedlington Terrier

Height: 16 in (41 cm) 

Weight:  17.5-23 lb (8-10.5 kg) 

Origin:  UK 

Easy of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Read more about the Bedlington Terrier

Bichon Frisé

Height: Up to 12 in ( 30 cm) 

Weight:  6-13 lb  (3-6 kg) 

Origin:  France/ Belgium 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Read more about the Bichon Frise
Miniature dog breedsBiewer Terrier

Biewer Terrier

Height:  Up to 8.5 in (22 cm)

Weight:  Up to 7 lb (3.1 cm)

Origin:  Germany

Ease of Training:  Moderate

Miniature dog breedsBolognese


Height: 10-12 in  ( 25-30 cm) 

Weight:  5.5 - 8.8 lb  (2.5-4 kg) 

Origin:  Italy 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Border Terrier

Border Terrier  Height: 13 in (33 cm)

Weight: 11-16 lb  (5-7 kg) 

Origin:  UK 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Read more about the Border Terrier

Boston Terrier

Height:  15-17 in (38-43 cm)

Weight 11-24 lb (5-11 kg) 

Origin:  USA 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Read more about the Boston Terrier
Miniature dog breedsBrazilian Terrier

Brazilian Terrier

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

Weight:  Up to 22 lb (10 kg)

Origin:  Brazil

Ease of Training:  Moderate

Brussels Griffon

Also Known As Griffon Bruxellois  

Height: 10 in (25 cm) 

Weight:  About 9 lb ( 4 kg) 

Origin:  Belgium 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Miniature dog breedsCairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

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

Weight:  13-18 lb (6-8 kg)

Origin:  UK 

Ease of Training:  Easy to Moderate

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Height: 10 -13 in ( 25-43 cm) 

Weight:  10-19 lb (4-9 kg) 

Origin:  UK 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Read more about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Miniature dog breedsCesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier

Height:  10-13 in (25-32 cm) 

Weight:  13-22 lb(6-10 kg) 

Origin:  Czech Republic

Ease of Training:  Moderate


Height: 5 in (13 cm) 

Weight:  1-6 lb  (0.5-2.5 kg) 

Origin:  Mexico 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Read more about the Chihuahua

Chinese Crested

Height: 9-13 in  (23-33 cm) 

Weight:  Up to 12 lb  (5.5 kg) 

Origin:  China 

Ease of Training:  Easy

Read more about the Chinese Crested
Miniature dog breedsCoton de Tuléar

Coton de Tuléar 

Height: 10-11 in (25-28 cm) 

Weight:  12-15 lb  (5-7 kg) 

Origin:  Madagascar  

Ease of Training:  Easy

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