Welcome to Small Dog Place

Bigger might be better to some but we think the best comes in small packages especially when it comes to that tiny canine.  And, since you are here, we think you might agree.

Oh, the Joy of Being Owned by Small Dogs

There is so much to love and appreciate about small breed dogs.

Their small size makes them perfect for:

  • Apartment and city dwellers as well as those that live in the country
  • The young and old and everyone in between
  • For singles, couples,  and those with families
  • Hot Climates, Chilly and cold Places
  • Basically just about anyone - anywhere
  • Those Highly active and couch potatoes
  • Some are super playful, others highly intelligent
  • All are loving and loyal

But any dog, big or small deserves not only your love and understanding, but also some work on your part.  That is the purpose of this site.

You have questions about which breed is best for you?  We have answers.

You have concerns about your dog?  We are here to problem solve with you.

Maybe you just need some pointers on how to feed, groom, train or care for a pint-size dog.  

Everything Small Dogs

With over 400 pages and growing daily, there's lots to learn.  Here are some of the most popular topics, so scroll down and see if there is anything of interest to you.  Are you new to dog ownership?  Start your search below.  

Small Dogs:  Resources and Articles

If you are thinking about adoption, here is a  page that provides all the info you need to begin your search.

If you're thinking about a new dog, here is a place to start. Get a great overview of how small dogs can transform your life, and how much an adoption will cost. How to Choose a breed that's perfect, gender choices, and adopting and purchasing options.
Adopting in the U.K.?
Adopting a Senior Dog
The Life of a Shelter Dog

Not sure which dog breed is right for you?  Start here with links to the world's smallest dogs along with breed profiles and information.

View all the common and rare breeds of the world, pictured in alphabetical order with links to breed pages.   Or, if you prefer a list broken down by groups (terriers, toys, etc.), check out this page.  Thinking about a hybrid?  Check out this list.  Know the name of the breed you're considering?  Check out this alphabetical list of the world's small breed dogs.


Small Breed Puppies can be fun, but they also require some work.  Learn everything you need to know about turning that tiny puppy into a happy, healthy, well-adjusted adult.  

The Ultimate resource of finding the perfect name for your new dog or puppy.

That puppy needs the perfect name, so scroll through our extensive list of pages all with a unique twist on finding a great name.  All categories of names are included.  Here is the place to start.

Feeding small dogs  All the resources in one place.

Interested in nutrition or can't decide what food to feed? You're not alone. Learn about the types of foods, how to choose quality foods, how to choose the best, and how to feed a puppy. Or check out one of our dog food reviews.

Links to many articles about training a small dog.

Training is much more than teaching your dog to sit.  From house-training and socialization to teaching basic skills, or maybe you just need a guide on where to start your training.  We even have some insiders tips and tricks. We even have info for the would be dog trainer.

A to Z health concerns of small breed dogs

Find everything you need to keep your dog healthy: Check out our section on common health concerns. We have info on dog parasites and vaccinations, and tips to help keep your dog healthy throughout his life.

Grooming small breed dogs at home can be fun and save you money.  Here's how.

Even a short haired dog needs a little grooming and pampering from time to time. Transform grooming  from drudgery to bonding with these easy tips and techniques. Start here with our DIY Grooming guides.

Safety resources for small dog owners

We don't often think about safety when we are having fun, but small dogs are vulnerable to many preventable hazards.  All you need to know to become an expert.


Having fun with Fido is what its all about, right?  Just in case you need some pointers on where to go, what to see, or fun things to do, we've put together a great resource.


Types of Small Dogs

Perhaps you are looking for a specific type of dog.  We have them grouped into categories for easy browsing.

Seniors have special needs when it comes to dogs.  Here's a list of small dogs that make great pets for older people.

Older Adults love dogs as much as the "young folk" but many breeds may not work as well as others.  Want a less active,  a bit less yappy, or just one that's easy to care for.  Browse our list of the best breeds for seniors.

Want something tiny?  Here is a list of the world's smallest dogs.

If tiny is what you like, then you're in luck.  We've searched the world over to find the tiniest dog breeds...some will be easy to find but some are also rare and hard to get.  They all have one thing in common.  Extremely Little.

Soft and fluffy dogs are easy to cuddle, but what breeds fill that need?

Short and sleek, rough and wiry, or soft and fluff...What is your choice.  For those who love to cuddle and play with fluffy dogs, we have the best list for you.  Check out which breeds we think will meet your needs.

Don't like noisy dogs?  Check out these quiet breeds.

Are you one that prefers quiet?  Maybe you just want a dog that won't talk back.  More likely, you may need a small breed dog that is not going to ruin your relationship with your neighbor.   Discover our choices.

Breeds that are great for allergy sufferers.

Need a hypoallergenic breed that you can spend time with and not resort to all those nasty allergy symptoms.  Some breeds are difficult to live with if you have allergies.  Luckily, there are many that will love you, but won't add to your allergy symptoms.

Best small dogs that are good with kids.

If you have children now or suspect that your life will be blessed with kids in the future, then finding a dog that loves and tolerates kids is a must.  Don't think that big dogs are the only child-friendly breeds.  There are plenty of little ones that love the kiddos too.

Best small dogs that make great lap dogs.

If all you want is a dog that loves to curl up on your lap, we've chosen a list of 14 of the best.  Check them out.

Best small breed dogs for apartment living

Not all small dogs make good candidates for apartment living.  Here's the ones that make the best residents of apartments.

Prefer to find one that doesn't need much grooming?    Short - haired small dog breeds?

Great Non-Shedding Dogs 

Longest Lived Small Dogs

Dogs on Small Dog Place Have One Thing in Common: 


About 25 pounds down to the World's Tiniest Breeds

But beyond that, there are so many ways small dogs differ...

  • Some are perfect for the most active and athletic among us.
  • Then, there are those that do an admirable job of keeping our couches warm.
  • Some are vocal and others rarely bark.
  • There are some so intelligent, that training is a breeze.
  • Some are feisty and playful and others docile and devoted.
  • Some that require hours of pampering and those who’s grooming needs fit neatly into anyone’s schedule.
  • All that in a small package makes it easy to see how they can steal our hearts with that first puppy kiss!
  • Some give your vacuum cleaner a work out and others that never shed.
  • Find your next Best Friend right here at Small Dog Place

Hi, I'm Janice and I'm the person behind this site.  I love dogs, especially little ones and I want to be here to help you discover your special breed, then answer some of the questions and concerns you might have bringing your new puppy home, keeping him safe and healthy, and learning how to care for a dog throughout his entire life.  

Please feel free to learn more about me and I hope to hear from you and get to know you better too. Enjoy.


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