A to Z Small Dog Breed List

A to Z Small Dog Breed List, the world's 90 smallest dogs.

All 90 Small Dog Breed List
Page 3 (Breeds Beginning with E through M)

Origins: England 1600s
Original Purpose: Lapdog 
AKC: Toy
Sweet, Gentle, Quiet

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Origins:  France 1800s
Original Purpose:  Companion dog
AKC: Non Sporting
Playful, Affectionate, Cheerful

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Origins: Germany, Ancient Breed
Original Purpose: Companion, Farm Dog
AKC: Non Sporting
Friendly, Playful, Vocal

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Origins:  Cuba
Original Purpose:  Lapdog
AKC: Toy
Affectionate, Sturdy, Willing to Please

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Origins:  Iceland 10th Century
Original Purpose:  Herding
AKC:  Non Sporting
Playful, Alert, Active

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Origins:  Italy, Greece or Turkey, Around during the Roman Empire
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC:  Toy
Gentle, Devoted, Calm

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Origins: England, 1800s
Original Purpose:  Fox Hunting
AKC: Not Registered
Friendly, Playful, Affectionate

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AKA Germany Hunting Terrier

Origins: Germany 20th century between World War I and II
Original Purpose:  Hunting
AKC: Accepted into the Terrier Group of FSS

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Origins: China (Antiquity)
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC: Toys
Playful, Sensitive, Cheerful

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Origins: Japan (Early 20th Century)
Original Purpose:  Companions
AKC: FCI (Group 5), CKC (Non-sporting), KC (Utility), UKC (Northern Breeds), ANKC (Non-sporting), NZKC (Non-Sporting); 

The AKC does not recognize these dogs because of the close resemblance to the white Pomeranian, American Eskimo, and Samoyed.

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Origins: Japan (Early 20th Century
Original Purpose:  Hunt vermin
FCI, UKC:  Terriers
Calm, Friendly, Affectionate

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Origins: The Netherlands 1500s
Original Purpose:  Duck Tolling
AKC: FSS Sporting
Friendly, Eager to Please, Even-Tempered

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Origins: Germany, mid 20th Century
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC: FSS Non-sporting

Highly intelligent, playful, High Spirited

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Origins: England 1700s
Original Purpose: Killing vermin
AKC: Terriers
Clever, Playful, Curious

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Lancashire HeelerLancashire Heeler

Origins: England
Original Purpose: Herder & Drover
AKC: FSS Miscellaneous Group

Alert, Friendly, Playful

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Origins: Tibet (Antiquity)
Original Purpose:  Watchdog, companion
AKC: Non-sporting
Playful, Bold, Loyal

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Origins: France, Germany 1500s
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC: Non-sporting
Affectionate, Spunky, Devoted

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Origins: Sicily (Antiquity)
Original Purpose:  Lap Dogs
AKC: Toys
Lively, Sweet, Fearless

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Origins: England 1500s
Original Purpose:  Catching Vermin
AKC: Toy Group

Lively, Curious, Playful

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Origins: U.S. 20th Century
Original Purpose:  Companion Dog
AKC: Not Recognized
Affectionate, Lap dog, Friendly

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Miniature Australian ShepherdMiniature Australian Shepherd

Origins: United States, 1960s
Original Purpose: Herding small stock, companion
AKC: Herding
Intelligent, Devoted, Hard-working

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Origins: England, 1800s
Original Purpose: Ratter & Dog Fighting
AKC: Terrier Group

Playful, Comical, Friendly

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Origins: German 1600s
Original Purpose:  Hunting Vermin
AKC: Toy Group

Spunky, Curious, Stubborn

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Origins: Germany, 1800s
Original Purpose:  Watchdog, Ratter
AKC: Terrier Group
Friendly, Devoted, Energetic

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Origins: Hungary, 20th Century
Original Purpose:  Herding
AKC: FSS (Herding Group)
Watch dog, Active, Affectionate

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An A to Z Small Breed Dog List including 95 different breeds.

Aren't Small Dogs just the best? 

If you are thinking about which dog to get, the decision can be overwhelming because there are just so many of these little guys to choose from.

Do you want fluffy and cute, or sleek and smart

Luckily there is that special  small breed dog just waiting to be loved by you.

Many of the dogs listed on this page can be registered through the American Kennel Club.  But some are so rare in the U.S. that, although they are purebred, they have not as of yet been entered into this registry.  Around the world, however, they may be much more common.

We continue to add to this small dog breed list as we research new breeds, so check back often --


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