By Janice Jones |Last Updated 11-22-2021
Wondering about tiny dogs that stays small throughout their entire life?
Ever think about what small really looks like?
We search far and wide to locate the world’s smallest of small dog breeds.
Can't wait to see who made the top 20 list?
Keep in mind that there are many small breed dogs and we feature almost 90 breeds on Small Dog Place.
There are also much variability within breeds. There will always be members of these breeds that far exceed the breed standard for weight and height.
Take the lovable Shih Tzu breed for example. I've heard people brag about their 23 pound Shih Tzu, and then there are purebred Shih Tzu dogs that never grow to be more than 4 pounds. Quite a Difference
There are also many small dogs that are smaller than what is usually seen in the breed. We call them runts.
AND, because small is popular, many breeders are breeding for smaller and smaller versions of the most popular breeds. They call this dwarfing down. The general public likes to call them teacup puppies.
Mind you, most of these smaller versions of the breed are healthy, but the practice o trying to make smaller and smaller does come with risks.
Here is our top list of the tiniest dogs that stay small (unless of course, you feed them too much).
Go ahead, purchase that pooch purse.
You’ll gonna need it for these little guys. Listed in alphabetical order, the top 20 are:
Height: up to 11 inches
Weight: 4 to 8 pounds
Playful, Affectionate, Good with Children and other dogs, Fairly easy to Train
Height: 7 to 8 Inches
Weight: 8 to 10 pounds not to exceed 12 pounds
Playful, Affectionate, Good for First Time Owners,
Two types: Smooth and Rough Coat
Read More about the Brussels Griffon
Cavoodle is a hybrid between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy Poodle
Size: 9 to 15 inches
Weight: 11 to 22 pounds
Playful, hypoallergenic, social, is a good lap dog, doesn't bark much
Read more about the Cavoodle
Height: 6 to 10 Inches (15 - 25 cm)
Weight: Less than 6 pounds 1.8 - 2.7 kg
Two types: Smooth short hair, and long hair
Playful, Affectionate, Good Watch Dog, Good for First Time Dog Owners
Ideally 11 to 13 inches
Up to 12 pounds
Affectionate, Good around Children, Playful, Good Choice for First Time Dog Owners
Comes in two varieties: Powderpuff and hairless
Read more about the Chinese Crested Dog
Height: Miniature, 5 -- 6 inches at the shoulder; Standard, 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 11 pounds and under (Miniature); 16 to 32 pounds (Standard) Between 11 and 16 pounds
Playful, Affectionate, Good with Children, Has Good Watch Dog Traits,
Three different types of coats: Smooth or short, Wire, and Long-Hair
Read more about the lovable Dachshund
Height: 9 to 11 inches
Weight: 8 to 14 pounds
Read More about the English Toy Spaniel
Height: 12-15 inches, (30-38 centimeters)
Weight: 6-10 pounds, (3-5 kilograms)
Friendly, Affectionate, Good with Strangers, Children, and other Dogs
Read more about the tiny Italian Greyhound
Height: 8 to 11 inches
Weight: 4 to 9 pounds
Affectionate, Friendly, Good for First Time Dog Owners
Read more about the Japanese Chin
Height: 7 to 9 inches
Weight: 4 to 6 pounds
Height: Not to exceed 11 inches (28 cm)
Weight: Averages 5-8 pounds but can be smaller (2.3 - 3.7 kg)
Read more about this amazing new breed, Mi-Ki
Height: 8 to 11 inches
Weight: 3 to 9 pounds
Read More the Papillon or Phalene
Height: 6 to 9 Inches (15 - 23 cm)
Weight: Up to 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Read more about the Tiny Pekingese Dog
Height: 7 to 12 inches (18 - 30 cm)
Weight: 3 to 7 pounds (1.3 - 3.1 kg)
Read More about the Pomeranian
Height: 7 to 9 inches
Weight: 2 to 6 pounds
Read more about the Prague Ratter
Height: 8 inches (20 cm)
Weight: 4-6 pounds (1.8 - 2.7kg)
Read more about The Rat Terrier
Weight: up to 6.5 pounds
Read More about Russian Toy Terriers
Height: 9-10.5 inches
Weight: 9-16 pounds
Playful, good Watch Dog Traits, Requires Much Grooming
Some believe there is an Imperial Shih Tzu Breed
Read more about the Shih Tzu Breed
Height: 8.5 to 11.5 inches
Weight: 3 to 9 pounds
Height: 10 inches high
Weight: 6 to 9 pounds
Read More about the Toy Poodle
Poodles are also known to make amazing hybrids because they are hypoallergenic. Here is a good example:
Height: 9 to 9 inches
Weight: up to 7 pounds
Read More about the Yorkshire Terrier
Smallest dog living (former record holder)
Long-haired, female Chihuahua, Boo Boo, from Raceland, Kentucky, USA, was officially the smallest dog in the world, after being measured 10.16 cm (4 in) tall on 12 May 2007. This small fluffy dog held the record for a few weeks.
The smallest service dog is Cupcake, a female long-haired chihuahua, who measured 15.87 (6.25 in) tall, on 08 September 2012. She is owned by Angela Bain (USA) of Moorestown, New Jersey, USA (Guiness World Records)
Guinness World Records found that the smallest dog in the world in 2013 was Miracle Milly, a brown Chihuahua born in December 2011. She was 3.8 inches tall and roughly 1 pound and was owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Today reported in May, 2015 that Pip the pug of Dudley, West Midlands, in England might be the smallest dog in the world. At 4 months old, she weighs just over a pound and is under 4 inches tall.
Did you Know… That Pocket sized pets are one of the most popular areas in the Guinness World Records Database?
Currently, there are two main categories for these tiny dogs:
Smallest dog living by height and smallest dog living by length.
In every breed their are exceptions to the rules (breed standard).
Sometimes they are the runt of the litter and in other cases, there is a deliberate attempt by breeders to dwarf down a breed.
For example, I have a 4 pound Shih Tzu, perfectly healthy, happy, and energetic. Some refer to these tiny Tzus as Chinese Imperials.
What does the breed standard for Shih Tzu dogs call for?
Shih Tzu dogs should be between 9 and 16 pounds.
Is he an anomaly? Maybe, but his mom and siblings are all this size, suggesting that he was selectively bred to be small.
If you have your heart set on a tiny dog, you aren't alone. But, before you search for that pocket pouch, check out this article on hypoglycemia.
This is one the most common and serious disorders of tiny puppies.
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