Popular Small Breed Dogs

Popular Small Breed Dogs:  Toy Poodle

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.

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.  

Why People love small breed dogs

Popular Small Breed Dog:  The Shih Tzu

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

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. Small dog breeds are good for a wide variety of people:  couples, singles, families, seniors. Do you fall into one of those categories?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

Most Popular Small Breed Dogs in the
United States in 2012

Popular Small Breed Dogs:  The Yorkshire Terrier

According to the American Kennel Club, the following small dogs hit the top of the list of popular dog breeds in 2012.

1.   Yorkshire Terrier

2.   Poodle

3.   Dachshund

4.    Shih Tzu

5.   Miniature Schnauzer

6.  French Bulldog

7.  Chihuahua

8.   Pomeranians

9.   Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

10.  Boston Terriers

11.   Maltese

12.   Havanese

13.   Pugs

14.   West Highland White Terriers

15.   Papillons

16.   Bichon Frisé

17.   Miniature Pincher

18.   Shiba Inu

19.   Scottish Terrier

20.  Lhasa Apsos

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 the UK, according to the kennel club, the most popular small breed dogs in Great Britain are the:

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  2. West Highland White Terrier
  3. Border Terrier
  4. Shih Tzu
  5. Miniature Schnauzer
  6. Lhasa Apso
  7. Yorkshire Terrier
  8. Pug

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