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    World's Tiniest Dog Breeds

    Wondering about tiny dogs that stays small? 

    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 12 list? 

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    Keep in mind that there are many small breed dogs and plenty of variability within the breed. There will always be members of these breeds that far exceed the breed standard for weight and height. 

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    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.

    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 alphabetically order, the top 12 are:

    Top 12 Tiny Dogs: 
    World's Smallest Dog Breeds  (Listed in alphabetical order)


    Height:  up to 11 inches

    Weight:  4 to 8 pounds

    Read More about the Bolognese 

    Brussels Griffon

    Height: 7 to 8 Inches

    Weight:  8 to 10 pounds not to exceed 12 pounds

    Read More about the Brussels Griffon 


    Height: 6 to 10 Inches

    Weight:  Less than 6 pounds

    Read More about the Chihuahua 

    English Toy Spaniel

    Height: 9 to 11 inches

    Weight:  8 to 14 pounds

    Read More about the English Toy Spaniel 

    Japanese Chin

    Height:  8 to 11 inches

    Weight: 4 to 9 pounds

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    Read more about the Japanese Chin


    Height: 7 to 9 inches

    Weight:  4 to 6 pounds

    Read More about the Maltese


    Height:  8 to 11 inches

    Weight: 3 to 9 pounds

    Read More the Papillon  or Phalene


    Height:7 to 12 inches

    Weight:  3 to 7 pounds

    Read More about the Pomeranian 

    Prague Ratter (Prysky Krysarik)

    Prague Ratter (Prysky Krysarik)

    Height:  7 to 9 inches 

    Weight:  2 to 6 pounds

    Russian Toy Terrier

    Height:  11 inches

    Weight:  up to 6.5 pounds

    Read More about Russian Toy Terriers 

    Toy Fox Terrier

    Height:  8.5 to 11.5 inches

    Weight: 3 to 9 pounds

    Read More Toy Fox Terriers 

    Toy Poodle

    Height: 10 inches high

    Weight: 6 to 9 pounds

    Read More about the Toy Poodle 

    Yorkshire Terrier

    Height: 9 to 9 inches

    Weight:  up to 7 pounds

    Read More about the Yorkshire Terrier

    Who is the Smallest Dog in the World?

    In  2013

    Miracle Milly, a brown Chihuahua born in December 2011 takes that honor; she is 3.8 inches tall and roughly 1 pound; and is owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico. 

    Did You Know...

    Tiny Dogs that Stay Small

    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.

    Have a Tiny Dog Not On This List?

    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.  

    Required Reading for Tiny Dog Owners

    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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