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A to Z Small Dog Breed List

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

Unsure about what small dog is perfect for you?  There are similarities among breeds but the differences may make your decision a little easier. Click on the picture to be taken to the breed profile page.

A "Quick Facts" Section in each profile will give you a, well, quick overview of the breed if your time is short.  Happy Hunting.

A Chihuahua is staring out of the window at the rain.

Oh, and by the way, none of these dogs pictured are hybrids, mixed breeds or designer dogs.  

Our Designer Dog List is the place to find information about hybrid breeds. 

Did I forget a breed that you think should be added to this list?  Please use the contact form at the end of this article to alert me of my omission.  I assure you it was not done deliberately.

The Small Dog Breed List contains:

  • Purebred Dogs Only
  • Dogs less than 25 pounds (Some on this list may end up being slightly larger)
  • Popular and Rare Breeds
  • Links to Breed-Specific Articles (Click on the photo to be taken to the breed profile page

Listing all of these breeds in alphabetical order is one way to organize this large group of dogs, but it is not the only way.  If you would prefer to begin your search for a dog by grouping (terriers, toys, herding dogs, non-sporting) check out Breeds of Small Dogs Based on Groups.

All 90 Small Dog Breed List

Origin:  Germany
Original Purpose:  Lapdog, Vermin hunter
AKC: Toy
Playful, Spunky, Affectionate

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Origin:  Alaska, USA
Original Purpose: Companion

UKC:  Northern Breed
Alert, Vocal, Loyal

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Origin:  Germany
Original Purpose:  Companion, Watchdog
AKC: Non sporting
Affectionate, Playful, Intelligent

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Origin:  USA
Original Purpose: Companion Watchdog
AKC: Non Sporting
Curious, Intelligent, Lively

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Origin:  Australia
Original Purpose:  Hunting mice & rats, sometimes tending sheep
AKC:  Terrier
Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Original Purpose:  Vermin hunter
AKC:  Hound
Quiet, Intelligent, Curious

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Origin: England 1000-1300
Original Purpose: Rabbit Trailing
AKC:  Hound Group
Independent, Gentle, Energetic

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Origin: Northumbria (England) 1800s
Original Purpose: Hunt rabbits, foxes, weasels AKC:  Terriers
Energetic, stubborn, athletic
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Origin: France or Spain 1300s
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  Non-sporting Group
Affectionate, Playful, Friendly

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Origin: Germany
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  FSS (Toy)
Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Italy

Original Purpose: Companion

AKC:  FSS

Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Border between England & Scotland 1700s
Original Purpose: Catching fox and other small game
AKC:  Terrier
Loyal, Affectionate, Inquisitive
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Origin: Boston U.S. 1970s
Original Purpose: Companion
AKC:  Non-Sporting
Affectionate, Devoted, Good Watchdog

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Origin: Brazil 1880s
Original Purpose: Catch vermin
AKC:  No, FCI (Terriers)

Spirited, Courageous, Alert

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Origin: Belgium 1800s
Original Purpose: Exterminate vermin
AKC:  Toy
Self confident, Sensitive, Lively

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Origins:  Scottish Highlands
Original Purpose:  Hunt fox, badger, otter
AKC:  Terrier
Cheerful, Inquisitive, Independent

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Origins:  Wales
Original Purpose:  Driving Cattle
AKC: Herding
Alert, Devoted, Serious

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Origin:  England (around 1600)
Original Purpose:  Lapdog, 
AKC:  Toy
Friendly, Loving, adaptable

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Origins:  The Czech Republic
Original Purpose: Hunt hare, fox, deer
AKC:  Terrier
Energetic, Playful, Protective

Read About the Cesky Terrier

Origins:  Mexico, 1500s
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC:  Toy
Loyal, Mischievous, Spirited

Read about the Long Haired Chihuahua

Origins:  Mexico, Circa 1500s
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC: Toy
Curious, Agile, Loyal

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Origins:  China, Africa:  1200s
Original Purpose:  Ratter
AKC:  Toy
Cheerful, Happy, Devoted

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Origins:  China 1200s
Original Purpose:  Ratter

AKC:  Toy
Cheerful, Happy, Devoted

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Origins:  Sicily (Antiquity)
Original Purpose:  Hunting hare, rabbits, game birds
AKC: Hound
Friendly, Independent, Affectionate
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Origins:  Spain, England
Original Purpose:  Hunt Game Birds
AKC: Sporting
Gentle, Affectionate, Loving

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Origins:  Madagascar
Original Purpose:  Companion
AKC:  Toy
Devoted, Intelligent, Clownish

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Origins:  Germany  1500s
Original 
AKC:  Hounds
Calmist of the three varieties

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Origins:  Germany  1500s
Original Purpose:  Badger Hunter
AKC:  Hounds
Liveliest of the three, Affectionate

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Origins:  Border between England & Scotland
Original Purpose:  Kill Vermin
AKC:  Terrier
Independent Affectionate, Persistent
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Origins:The Netherlands 1800
Original Purpose:  Ratter
AKC:  None
FCI, UKC:  Terrier
Charming, Playful, Friendly

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

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Origins:  France 1800s
Original Purpose:  Companion 
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 German Hunting Dog
Origins: Germany 20th century 
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 1900s)
Original Purpose:  Companions
FCI, CKC, KC, UKC, ANKC, NZKC 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 1500's
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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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 American ShepherdMiniature American Shepherd

Origins: United States, 1960s
Original Purpose: Herding small stock, companion
AKC: Herding
Smart, 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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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 -- your perfect breed might just be here waiting for you.

References used for this List:

American Kennel Club

Canadian Kennel Club

Kennel Club United Kingdom

Fédération Cynologique Internationale 

United Kennel Club


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