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What are the most popular small breed dogs in America?  

If you have your heart set on one of these little dogs, you might be curious to know which ones are the most popular. 

Do you wonder where all these popularity statistics originate?   

In the United States, Each year the American Kennel Club Releases a list of most popular dog breeds based on registration figures. This data is available in February.

Though the list changes from year to year, many small breeds still remain popular. 

This is only part of the answer though, because the statistics do not take into account the growing number of designer breeds people own and they don’t list rare breeds, or dogs that are not registered with the AKC. 

Even so, this is the best estimate of popularity we have in the United States.

Why People Love Small Breed Dogs

Why the popularity of small breeds?  That’s easy to answer. 

Their small size makes it easy to manage them, keep them in tiny house, apartments and condos and they do well in city living. 

They are portable and can easily go everywhere in carriers and small purse size containers. 

They are more economical in that they eat less and easier to clean up after and they require less exercise. 

Most are good with a wide variety of people:  families, singles, seniors and inexperienced dog owners. 

Ten Top Reasons for Owning a Small Breed Dog

  • Small dog breeds are easy to manage and portable. How often do you see celebrities carting around their tiny dogs in luxury purses?

  • Small dog breeds need less exercise. Most small dogs get most of their exercise just running around the house.

  • Small dog breeds eat less so they are more economical. Consider the cost of ½ cup of dog food per day as compared to 4 cups per day and as they always say, what goes in must come out. Clean up is so much easier!

  • Small dog breeds are good for a wide variety of people:  couples, singles, families, seniors. Do you fall into one of those categories?
  • Small dogs are easier for inexperienced dog owners.  Compared to some large powerful breeds that should be left for experienced owners, most anyone can care for and train a tiny dog.

  • Small dogs open the doors for their owners to meet new people – Let’s face it – what could be easier for a shy person wanting to meet new friends than a cute little dog on the other end of the leash.

  • They are just the right size to pick up, hold, cuddle and care for.  They bring out the “inner” parent in all of us.

  • Most small breeds have been bred throughout the centuries for one job:  the ultimate companion and boy do they do it well.

  • Many of the small dog breed do not shed, so there is less clean up.  Better yet, many are more hypoallergenic than larger breed dogs making them suitable for allergy sufferers.

  • They don’t take up as much space so don’t bother buying that king size bed.  Your four pound fur baby will fit just fine on your bed, if that is your choice.

Top Twenty Most Popular Small Breed Dogs in the
United States in 2016

1. Beagle

Listed as No. 5 in popularity.


2. French Bulldog

Listed as No. 6 in popularity.


3.  Yorkshire Terrier

Listed as No. 7 in popularity.


4. Poodle

Listed No. 8 in popularity.


5.  Dachshund

Listed No. 13 in popularity.


6. Miniature Schnauzer

Listed No. 16 in popularity.


7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Listed as Number 18 in popularity.


8. Shih Tzu

Listed as Number 19 in popularity.


9. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Listed as Number 20 in popularity.


10. Pomeranian

Listed as Number 21 in popularity.


11.  Boston Terriers

Listed as Number 22 in popularity.


12.  Shetland Sheepdog

Listed as Number 23 in 2016.


13. Havanese

Listed as Number 24 in popularity.


14. Chihuahua

Listed as Number 28 in popularity.


15. Cocker Spaniel

Listed as Number 30 in popularity.


16. Maltese

Listed at Number 31 in popularity.


17. Pug

Pugs were listed as Number 33 in popularity.


18. West Highland White Terrier

Listed as Number 41 in popularity.


19. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise was listed as Number 44 in popularity.


20 Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu was listed Number 45 in popularity.

The American Kennel Club publishes registration statistics on their breeds each year.

Most Popular Small Breed Dogs in Canada

Most Popular Small Breed Dogs

In Canada, The Ottawa Citizen reported on Feb. 9 2011 the following small dogs topped the list of popular small breed dogs in Canada. 

  1. Chihuahua
  2. Beagle
  3. Pomeranian
  4. Yorkshire Terrier
  5. Shih Tzu
  6. Poodle
  7. Havanese
  8. Miniature Schnauzer
  9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Most Popular Small Dog Breeds in the UK

Popular Small Breed Dogs:  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

In 2015, the UK,  the kennel club, in the UK reported these dogs as being in the top twenty most popular small breed dogs in Great Britain:

  1. Cocker Spaniel
  2. French Bulldog
  3. Pug
  4. Border Terrier
  5. Miniature Schnauzer
  6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  7. Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
  8. Shih Tzu
  9. Dachshund (Miniature Smooth-Haired)
  10. Lhasa Apso
  11. West Highland White Terrier
  12. Beagle

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