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Top 10 Dogs That Stay Small

Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff

October 25, 2011
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A list of the top ten dogs that stay smallContributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

While not a proponent, if I’m to be perfectly honest, of small, yappy rat-sized lap dogs or designer pooches, I do have a strong affinity for a lot of the smaller dog breeds out there.

They’re easier, make great indoor dogs (some larger breeds do too of course) and don’t require 18 lbs. of food per sitting. Not to mention picking up after the … uh, remnants of 18 lbs. of food at a sitting later that day.

Let’s take a look at the best of the best, the top ten dogs that stay small list.


10. Boston Terrier

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

Ya’ gotta’ love the short hair on these little pooches, meaning maintenance is a piece of cake. The Boston Terrier is great with kids too, making her a great family pet. Yes, there’s no denying that even at an early age they’re outfitted with the jowls of a 90-year old man, but they’ll put ‘em to work on any and all household items. So don’t be shy about loading her down with an abundance of chew toys.

9. Pug

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

This one’s for you, as I simply can’t past the notion the poor animal ran head-long into a parked car and forever altered the look of ensuing generations of Pugs. But there’s no denying the affinity so many have for this scrunch-faced, personality filled canine. If you’re thinking about a Pug, be warned; the smooshed face means wheezing and a good bout of snoring come bed time.

8. Chihuahua

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

Okay, I’m in a giving mood, what can I say? A little on the yappy side for my taste, not to mention they’re only slightly larger than a NY City rat. In spite of all that, they honestly believe they’re the toughest hombre on the block. But there’s no denying people love these little guys since it’s impossible to go outside and not find someone with a purse full of south-of-the-border pooch. One favor if you would be so kind; please, for the love of all things holy don’t dress ‘em up; the results are physically debilitating for the populace at large.

7. Miniature Poodle

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

When they’re not shaved to look like they’re wearing pom-poms on the head, ankles and back side, poodles have a lot of the maltese look about them. These are not only dogs that stay small, they prefer a smaller family too, one is ideal. Because when they get attached, they really get attached; this makes them a bit shy around strangers, and even those they don’t see regularly.

6. Dachshund

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

Easily the goofiest looking canine on our Top 10 list of Dogs That Stay Small, these guys are not what they appear. If, at first glance, you assume these little Oscar Meyer wieners are nothing but odd shaped mini-pooches, you’d be sorely mistaken. The Dachshund has a long hunting history, ferreting out vermin and other small, nasty creatures from the kinds of places you and I would rather not think about. And that takes a certain moxie, and the Dachshund’s got it.

5. Wire Fox Terrier

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

Like a lot of terriers, either on our list or not, the Wire Fox Terrier is tough as nails. Generations of hunting will do that to a dog; it’ll also help make him smart and as loyal as a trusted friend. Along with their toughness comes boundless courage, a nice combination when you can find it. I mean, these dudes aren’t afraid of anything. Makes me glad they’re on our side.

4. Mini Australian Shepherd

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

For dogs that stay small, like their larger brethren mini Aussies have no shortage of energy and speed. But it’s not just their physical attributes; these guys are one of the smartest breeds you’ll ever run up against. As for looks, they’re right up there with Top 10 list item #1 in my book. Not enamored with one particular look? Aussies come in an almost limitless number of different markings and colors.

3. Maltese

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

While these little guys look like little balls of curly white fur, they’re actually great for those with allergies, or simply don’t want dog hair all over the house because there’s very little shedding. The Maltese is also smart as a whip, though too much time alone and he’ll use that to your disadvantage by getting a little creative with household furnishings and most anything else not bolted down.

2. Yorkshire Terrier

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

Likely one of, if not the most, popular all the dogs that stay small on our list, at least by American Kennel Club (AKC) standards. The Yorkshire Terrier has been in the top 10 of all breeds registered with the AKC since the dawn of The Club. Clearly, a LOT of people like these little guys. And Yorkie owners, you know who you are, will defend their pets to the death should you have the nerve to ‘dis their dog. Don’t like Yorkies for some reason? I’d suggest keeping it to yourself.

1. Miniature Schnauzer

A list of the top ten dogs that stay small

One of the coolest dogs on the planet, regardless of size, is the mini schnauzer. These dogs stay small, but tough as nails as they were originally bred as hunters targeting small game like rabbits. Minis are smart and just plain look awesome. Great family pets too, but schnauzers can get a little over-protective of their family, especially kids, which can mean a bit of barking when pedestrians amble by. But just look at ‘em!



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