34 Toy Dog Breeds That Stay Puppy-Sized Forever (2022)

These toy dog breeds keep their adorable puppy looks their entire lives. Which sweet pupster will you bring home?

The most popular dog breeds are often small and adorable. In fact, some are so tiny that they’re dubbed teacup dogs—petite enough to rest comfortably in a dainty cup. Miniature dogs make some of the best apartment dogs purely because they don’t take up too much room. And toy dog breeds are so portable, you can take them just about anywhere without too much fuss. They love being carried in totes while out on the town or in backpacks while you do the hard work of hiking the trails. These cute little pups are so small you might want to get more than one!

What is a toy dog breed?

We know you’re excited to see the cute small dogs we’ve rounded up, but there are a few things you should know about toy dog breeds first. For starters, they’re short and lightweight. “A toy breed typically refers to a very small dog, typically weighing less than 14 to 18 pounds,” explains veterinarian Alena Abens, DVM, medical director of VCA Chicago North Animal Hospital. “However, different kennel clubs have different breeds in their toy category.”

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), for instance, lists the affenpinscher in the toy category, while the Continental Kennel Club lists it in the pinschers and schnauzer group and the United Kennel Club classifies it as a companion dog breed. To add to the confusion, “the Merck Veterinary Manual says toy breeds are those that weigh less than 10 pounds,” says veterinarian Matthew McCarthy, DVM, founder of Juniper Valley Animal Hospital in Middle Village, New York.

“Perhaps another way to look at this is that toy dog breeds are a group of dogs that are small in stature and bred solely for their perceived attractiveness and companionship as opposed to having ‘practical’ skills such as pointing or retrieving,” says Dr. McCarthy. And when it comes to companionship, some toy breeds are known for being super affectionate and cuddly dogs.

Are toy breeds healthier than other breeds?

All dog breeds are susceptible to different diseases. Brachycephalic dogs, such as the pug and bulldog, have short snouts, which makes them more prone to breathing issues and heat stroke. And Cavalier King Charles spaniels are predisposed to mitral valve heart disease, according to Dr. Abens.

As for the healthiest, “based on my experience, I would call out the Havanese and miniature pinscher as the least problematic,” says Dr. McCarthy. The Coton de Tulear, also on our list, is relatively free of genetic health issues, per the AKC. Don’t forget—those tiny chompers are part of the health factor too. Dr. McCarthy says periodontal issues are common in all toy breeds, so start dental care early.

Do toy breeds live longer than other breeds?

“In most of the animal kingdom, longevity increases with body size. For example, a mouse lives about 18 months, while an elephant can live for 90 years. However, with dogs, longevity decreases with increased body size,” says Dr. McCarthy.

That’s why toy poodles may live well into the teens, but Great Danes rarely live past 10 years of age. It is unknown why small dog breeds live longer, but some research has found that, statistically speaking, larger dogs do in fact live shorter lives than smaller breeds, says Dr. Abens.

Read on to learn more about the most popular toy dog breeds.

Miniature schnauzer

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We can’t decide what’s more endearing: the mini schnauzer’s human-like eyes and bushy eyebrows, its distinguished beard and mustache, or its adorable stocky body. And if these attributes weren’t enough to make the mini schnauzer the most favored of the schnauzer breeds (there’s the standard and giant schnauzer too), they’re outgoing, great with kids, and friendly. Check out these other dogs with beards you will fall in love with.

Breed Overview
Height:12 to 14 inches
Weight:11 to 20 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Toy American Eskimo

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Here’s a shocker: The American Eskimo dog doesn’t come from the frozen tundras of Alaska. Eskie’s, as they are known by adoring fans, originally hail from Germany. They’re undeniably cute, playful, perky, and quick at learning tricks. They tend to be protective, with herding in their genes, but never in an “I’ll nip your feet” kind of way. And that goes for the miniature and standard varieties of Amerian Eskimos.

Breed Overview
Height:9 to 12inches
Weight:6 to 10 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 15 years

Toy poodle

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If you’re looking for adorable toy dog breeds that look like teddy bears, these fluffy little nuggets are about the same size as a stuffed animal but much more cuddly and a whole lot more fun to play with. Maxing out at around five pounds and less than ten inches tall, they’re just as portable as your favorite teddy. They’ll be your devoted sidekick for years. “Many toy poodles live to their upper teens. I’ve even seen some 24-year-old toy poodles,” says Dr. McCarthy. The toy is the smallest of the poodle breed; next is the miniature, at 10 to 15 inches tall, and the standard, at about 15 inches high.

Breed Overview
Height:10 inches max
Weight:4 to 6 pounds
Life expectancy:10 to 18 years

Shih poo

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If the name didn’t give it away already, we’ll let you in on a secret: The shih poo is a mixed-breed dog—a cross between a shih tzu and a poodle that’s among the cutest dogs that stay small. You’re getting the best of both doggie genes here: the super-affectionate and charming traits of the shih tzu and the playful, comedic, smartypants personality of the poodle. Bonus: Both breeds tend to shed less than other dogs. If you have allergies, find out the best hypoallergenic dog breeds you can get.

Breed Overview
Height:8 to 15 inches
Weight:7 to 20 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 17 years

Maltese

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With those expressive eyes and outgoing, spunky personalities, you would have to have a heart made from coal to resist this loveable miniature dog. “Maltese are typically affectionate and charming, and they make both good watchdogs and athletes,” says Dr. Aben. The only drawback is that their adorable white fur requires daily brushing to prevent matting. But that just means you get to spend more time with this little angel.

Breed Overview
Height:7 to 9 inches
Weight:Under 7 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Papillon

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“Papillons are named after the French word for butterfly due to their wing-shaped ears,” says Dr. Abens. “They are dainty and elegant but can also make excellent agility dogs.” They live to flaunt their stellar intelligence and agility while doing obstacle courses and obedience trials. Fortunately, papillons don’t have to compete outside of the home to be content. Feed their curious and alert minds with puzzle toysand new tricks, and after you’re all done, snuggle those adorable ears.

Breed Overview
Height:8 to 11 inches
Weight:5 to 10 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 15 years

Chiweenie

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We love this sweet teensy-weeny toy dog breed. Does that give you a clue as to who its parents are? This designer breed mix of a Chihuahua and a dachshund, also known as a choxie, is pocket-size but has a giant personality. Both breeds are known for their spunk and moxie and their fearless loyalty to their favorite humans. Chihuahuas and dachshunds can be short- or long-haired pups, and chiweenies are the same. Their bodies tend to be shorter and robust, favoring the Chihuahua, with the long and narrow tail of a dachshund.

Breed Overview
Height:6 to 10 inches
Weight:5 to 12 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Yorkshire terrier

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A delightfully sweet and devoted companion you can carry in your tote? Sign us up! Yorkies love to be with their human, and if that means a shopping trip to Nordstrom in a snazzy tote, so be it. Yorkies aren’t likely to trigger allergies or shed too much. They can be little yappers, which really just translates to “lively and alert.” At least you’ll know when your Amazon order is delivered.

Breed Overview
Height:8 to 9 inches
Weight:4 to 6 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 16 years

Pug

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“The pug motto is ‘multum in parvo,’ which translates to ‘a lot in a little,'” says Dr. Abens, and we couldn’t agree more. “They are typically happy and energetic dogs with adorable facial expressions.” And by energetic, we don’t necessarily mean physical. Truth be told, they would rather cuddle than do anything too strenuous. They’re energetic in the sense that they are extroverts—animated and gregarious, making their rounds at gatherings and entertaining the masses. Where do you think the dogs in these funny pictures got their ideas from?

Breed Overview
Height:10 to 13 inches
Weight:14 to 18 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

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If there were a competition for the most comfort-bestowing toy dog breed, the Cavalier would be hard to beat. They are mild-mannered, and their heartwarming affection knows no limits, nor does their eagerness to please. They easily check off the qualifications for being one of the best dog breeds for emotional support. Yet they can balance being a therapy dog with being a family dog. “They adapt well to their owner’s lifestyle, so they can be very active or lazy couch potatoes,” says Dr. Abens.

Breed Overview
Height:12 to 13 inches
Weight:13 to 18 pounds
Life expectancy:9 to 14 years

English toy spaniel

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Did we share the same dog twice? Nope, the English toy spaniel and Cavalier King Charles spaniel are toy dog breeds everyone gets confused. Their coats are similar, but look closely and you might notice their bodies are different. The English toy is stocky, compact, and square. The head is chunky and prominent. The Cavalier’s head is proportionate to the body, which is well-balanced and slightly longer. Personality-wise, the English toy is an affectionate, good-natured, and gentle companion dog like the Cavalier, albeit a wee bit stubborn when it comes to training.

Breed Overview
Height:10 to 11 inches
Weight:8 to 14 pounds
Life expectancy:10 to 12 years

Havanese

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“Havanese are typically born trainable extroverts with silly personalities, and they can be excellent watchdogs,” Dr. Abens says. That’s about the only time they bark, so if you hear them, something’s up. Havanese delight in all kinds of activities, including performing tricks, clowning around, and playing with toys. These happy pups don’t shed much, but daily grooming is essential to keep their silky coat smooth.

Breed Overview
Height:8.5 to 11.5 inches
Weight:7 to 13 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 15 years

Pomeranian

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Is this a miniature dog or tiny fox? That teeny, fox-like face is so precious, but as you probably know, Pomeranians are all dog. You can’t help but scoop them up to cuddle. They tend to be headstrong, feisty, and sassy, and they love to be the center of attention. Sometimes they’re just playful, but other times they convey their opinions with yapping.

Breed Overview
Height:7 to 12 inches
Weight:3 to 7 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 16 years

Brussels griffon

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The beard on a Brussels griffon may remind you a bit of the miniature schnauzer, and then there’s that sweet-yet-grumpy face. Griffs can be demanding, assertive, and full of self-importance, but it’s just their way of saying they want to be as close as possible to you, whether you’re on the sofa, sleeping, making dinner, or going to the bathroom. They don’t like to be left alone at home, and if they are, they will probably bark their complaints for all the neighbors to hear.

Breed Overview
Height:7 to 8 inches
Weight:7 to 12 pounds
Life expectancy:10 to 15 years

Cavachon

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The Cavachon is a super-cute mixed dog breed whose parents are a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise. The parent breeds are part of the AKC toy and nonsporting groups, and their combined genetics create a sweetheart of a pooch oozing with an affectionate, sensitive, and gentle nature. That doesn’t mean they’ll be all-day lap loungers, though. They like to mingle and play with humans and other animals too.

Breed Overview
Height:12 to 13 inches
Weight:15 to 35 pounds
Life expectancy:10 to 15 years

Shih tzu

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A strong independent streak might not make shih tzus stellar students when learning new commands, but their stubborn attitude is so stinkin’ adorable, you can’t help but forgive them. And really, can you blame them? Initially bred to be companion dogs, their doting and fondness for human attention come naturally. If it were up to the shih tzu, it would skip obedience school and meet new friends at the dog park.

Breed Overview
Height:9 to 10.5 inches
Weight:9 to 16 pounds
Life expectancy:10 to 16 years

Affenpinscher

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We’re fairly certain affenpinschers have been stand-ins for Wookies and Ewoks in Star Wars movies. Just look at that coat and the scrunched-up face! It’s a bewildering mix of neat and messy, and yet affenpinschers are one of the dog breeds that don’t shed too much. They show loyalty and warm affection but are not submissive. In fact, they consider themselves fluffy versions of humans, though they’re probably the only friends inquisitive and fearless enough to lick your face.

Breed Overview
Height:9.5 to 11.5 inches
Weight:7 to 9 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 14 years

Chihuahua

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All dogs are individuals, but some toy breeds might be more suspicious or scared of humans and compensate for their small stature by being nippy. “Chihuahuas can go either way—when they’re nice, they are amazingly sweet, but if they have the grumpy gene, look out,” says Dr. McCarthy. “I have more scars from Chihuahuas than I do from other breeds.” Chihuahuas are not actually mean. They’re just saucy and feisty, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Saucy or sweet, they ranked number 34 on the AKC’s list of the most popular dog breeds of 2020, and this is how long they’ll live.

Breed Overview
Height:6 to 9 inches
Weight:2 to 6 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 20 years

Miniature pinscher

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We know what you’re thinking. We thought it too. The miniature pinscher is clearly a pint-size version of the Doberman pinscher, right? The teeny-weeny toy breed, also known as the min-pin, would be the first to correct you. Breed historians believe the miniature pinscher may be a mix between an Italian greyhound and a dachshund.Oddly enough, it’s dubbed the King of Toys even though it’s just a foot tall and weighs about 10 pounds. We can see that in its confident and courageous personality and its stately sleek and shiny coat, high-perched ears, and expressive eyes.

Breed Overview
Height:10 to 12.5 inches
Weight:8 to 11 pounds
Life expectancy:15 years

Pekingese

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Will you be a dear and fetch me my royal treats? The Pekingese is a honey of a toy breed that exudes a dignified manner with a dash of aloofness. Back in the day, they were royal lap sitters. There’s definitely still some blue blood running through their veins—and bluish-black tongues. They’re easygoing and have layers upon layers of snuggle-worthy luxurious fur.

Breed Overview
Height:6 to 9 inches
Weight:7 to 14 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 14 years

Biewer terrier

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Cute as a button, the Biewer (pronounced “beaver”) is a calm dog breed with an irresistibly cute, angelic face and a charming little smile. Biewers make friends effortlessly with their outgoing and whimsical personalities. Dainty and precious is their vibe, but in truth, they are surprisingly athletic and relish long walks and agility competitions. The AKC recognized the Biewer in 2021 as a member of the toy group.

Breed Overview
Height:7 to 11 inches
Weight:4 to 8 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Tiny fox terrier

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Just how tiny is the tiny fox terrier? It weighs between four and six pounds and ranges from eight to 11 inches tall. A teensy package loaded with character, the tiny fox is an unlikely combination of a sweet and loving lapdog and a tenacious terrier. Always in the pursuit of something fun, they’ll need you to bring your A game—or they could become mischievous.

Breed Overview
Height:8.5 to 11.5 inches
Weight:3.5 to 7 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 14 years

Coton de Tulear

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Fluffy but not stuffy, the Coton de Tulear (KO-Tone Dih TOO-Lay-ARE) is a happy-go-lucky pup with the cutest smile you ever did see. Then there’s that alluring cottony-soft coat you could cuddle for hours. As much as the Coton de Tulear loves a good snuggle session, it needs creative outlets for its sometimes boisterous clownish antics. These dogs covet playtime with you, along with lots of interesting and challenging toys and games. You’ll have plenty of years together because the Coton de Tulear is one the longest-living dog breeds.

Breed Overview
Height:9 to 11 inches
Weight:8 to 15 pounds
Life expectancy:15 to 19 years

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

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A charming, spirited, and clever miniature dog with a hard-to-pronounce name (Svet-NE-ya Bo-LON-ka), the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is one of those rare dog breeds you probably haven’t heard of before. But now that you know it, you’ll want one for yourself. This sweet little pup tart is chummy with everyone and turns strangers into fast friends with just one look. The Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka is more lapdog than athlete. Still, every dog needs daily exercise. A walk around the block, playtime in a fenced yard, or a trip to the dog park should suffice.

Breed Overview
Height:8 to 12 inches
Weight:4 to 12 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 16 years

Japanese Chin

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The Japanese Chin struts about with swagger and self-importance, and we’re not about to call them out on it. This Japanese dog knows it has a coat to be envied—that long, luscious fur covering its backside and heavenly feathering on its legs and ears are Instagram-worthy. Interestingly enough, Japanese Chins share some traits with cats. They’re meticulous groomers, a bit aloof, and persnickety. They’ll claim their favorite spot on the sofa but are more than happy to share it if you lavish them with some love.

Breed Overview
Height:8 to 11 inches
Weight:7 to 11 inches
Life expectancy:10 to 12 years

Norwich terrier

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Portable and adorable? How can you turn down this honey of pup that you can take anywhere? At just 10 pounds, the Norwich terrier is ready to travel anywhere in the city or country. This breed loves to take in its surroundings and interact with other people, satisfying its curious nature with fun and active things to do. Agility games, flyball, and playing at the dog park expend enough energy to wear them out for cuddle time later.

Breed Overview
Height:10 inches
Weight:12 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Chorkie

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Another tiny crossbreed, the chorkie is born of a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire terrier. And it’s pretty apparent after spending a little bit of time with one that the breed has acquired the lively, spunky, and sassy nature of its parents. Both breeds tend to be wary of strangers, but that’s probably due to their undying loyalty to their favorite humans. They love their humans with all their might and aren’t crazy about outsiders horning in on their territory.

Breed Overview
Height:6 to 9 inches
Weight:8 to 15 pounds
Life expectancy:10 to 15 years

Cesky terrier

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Years ago, most terriers were bred to hunt and kill rodents and other small critters. Terriers today are more about play than hunting but retain a deep-seated independent streak and loads of energy—think zoomies times ten and a wee bit naughtiness—except the Cesky terrier. Its dignified appearance doesn’t exactly lend itself to excitedly running around. It’s a bit more mellow, cooperative, and easy to train, and it’s a wonderful family dog.

Breed Overview
Height:10 to 13 inches
Weight:13 to 24 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Bichon frise

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The name says it all: “Bichon” is the French word for “lapdog,” and “fries” is French for “curly.” We just call them precious balls of fluffy goodness. You’ll never see any other color but white on a bichon. Nor will you see too much fur on your floor. Their hair doesn’t shed, and their skin doesn’t produce much dander, which is good news for people who have allergies. Like humans, they’ll need haircuts via regular groomer visits. As for the pup’s temperament, bichons areas sweet as the day is long.

Breed Overview
Height:9.5 to 11.5 inches
Weight:12 to 18 pounds
Life expectancy:14 to 15 years

Toy Manchester terrier

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While the standard Manchester terrier may be slightly bigger than your average small dog breed, the toy version is absolutely perfect for hands-on pet parents. The small size makes them great companion dogs, which are known for loyalty and alertness. These miniature dogs are also great for rooting out pests, perfect if you’ve been dealing with a pesky mouse problem at home.

Breed Overview
Height:10 to 12 inches
Weight:12 pounds max
Life expectancy:15 to 17 years

Teacup poodle

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Poodles have always been popular, and these little guys are favorites of dog lovers who want the companionship of a poodle, just in a smaller size. Unlike the toy poodle, however, this technically isn’t one of the toy dog breeds.

A teacup pup is usually smaller than a toy breed and is not recognized by the AKC. Before you buy, know that many veterinarians have concerns about these breeds, and not just because of their tiny size. After all, the Chihuahua is an AKC-recognized toy breed that weighs only about five pounds, similar to toy breeds. The concern is due to unethical breeding practices. Breeding runts leads to a host of health problems, such as the inability to maintain blood sugar levels. Plus, they are so small that they can easily be injured. If you do buy a teacup breed, be sure you find a reputable and ethical breeder.

Breed Overview
Height:9 inches max
Weight:6 pounds max
Life expectancy:12 to 14 years

Border terrier

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Border terriers aren’t technically a toy breed, but theywill remain small throughout their lives. They’re both affectionate and athletic small dogs, needing a lot of exercise. Their wiry coat is also low maintenance. Male and female border terriers have slightly different size ranges, but you can expect this happy-go-lucky dog to maintain a healthy adult weight under 15 pounds, which is just perfect for snuggling in an adult’s lap. They’re also fiercely loyal and protective, making them excellent family members.

Breed Overview
Height:12 to 15 inches
Weight:11 to 15 pounds
Life expectancy:12 to 15 years

Cairn terrier

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Though they’re not always classified as toy dog breeds, cairn terriers are small, snuggly, and smart lapdogs that will stay small. They have wiry coats and enjoy being around their families—your pup will want to hop into your lap and be around you as much as possible. They are also athletic dogs that need daily walks and bouts of play. They’re often mistaken for Yorkshire terriers but are actually slightly larger in height, weight, and structure.

Breed Overview
Height:10 inches
Weight:13 to 14 pounds
Life expectancy:13 to 15 years

Miniature dachshund

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If you’re looking to be the talk of the local pet meetup club, consider this incredibly sweet small dog breed that is often compared to a popular ballpark snack. Miniature dachshunds are affectionate, intelligent, and athletic. They are perfect for a wide range of pet parents, from families with children to child-free older adults. They’re easily trained and love to play and go for walks. Plus, their small size makes them easy to carry around. Keep in mind: Because of their long backs, these dogs can develop back problems.

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Breed Overview
Height:5 to 6 inches
Weight:11 pounds max
Life expectancy:12 to 16 years

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FAQs

What dog will stay small forever? ›

Chihuahuas are one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. Named after the Mexican state Chihuahua, these dogs love the sunshine! They are graceful, charming and sassy! They are expected to live between 14 and 16 years, and stand at a maximum height of eight inches and do not exceed six pounds.

What breeds make a forever puppy? ›

Some popular parent breeds for Forever Puppies include Bichon Frise, Miniature Poodles, Shih-Tzu, Cavapoo, Cavachon, Cockapoo, Cockachon, and more. The most popular parent breed mixes for a Forever Puppy are a Cavapoo and Cavachon, a Cavachon or Cavapoo and Mini Poodle, or a Cavapoo and Bichon Frise.

What is the best behaved small dog? ›

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  • #6 Boston Terrier. ...
  • #7 Bichon Frise. ...
  • #8 Pekingese. ...
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What is a teddy bear puppy? ›

Teddy Bear puppies are designer dogs, which means they are a mixed breed. These dogs are a crossbreed between the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise breeds—that's where they get their good looks and small size! Of course, their cute looks and tiny size are just some of the traits that make this breed so irresistible.

What small dog looks like a teddy bear? ›

Miniature Poodle

It's their soft curls, soulful yet playful eyes, button nose, and wavy hair that make them look like the cuddliest teddy bears ever.

What dog that doesn't grow? ›

Adult Chihuahuas weigh 6 pounds at most, so they're one of the cutest dogs that don't grow. Despite their meager size, Chihuahuas think of themselves as big dogs. They don't back off from a fight or a challenge and can be excellent watchdogs.

What is a quiet calm dog breed? ›

The quietest dog breeds include the Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bernese Mountain Dog, French Bulldog, Borzoi, Basenji, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Scottish Deerhound.

What is a Daisy dog? ›

Bichon Frise. Poodle x Shih-Tzu. The Daisy Dog is a very popular breed being cute and shaggy with a great personality. There are three dog breeds that make up the Daisy Dog – the Bichon Frise, Poodle, and the Shih-tzu. All three breeds are popular with families and people living alone.

What is a Twoodle puppy? ›

So what's a Twoodle? A Teddy Bear Twoodle is an intentional hybrid pairing of a Smeraglia English Goldendoodle with a Smeraglia Schnoodle. The Twoodle is a result of taking the best of both of our breeds and pairing them together to produce exactly what we need for our clients.

What is a Habibi bear dog? ›

The Habibi Bear is a beautiful dog that is allergy-friendly, non-shedding, and comes in a kaleidoscope of colors; available in three sizes. For 30+ years our beautiful lines have been painstakingly developed with a small handful of litters each year to closely monitor and record what we have produced.

What is a teddy poodle? ›

A Teddy Bear Poodle is a Poodle that is groomed to look like a teddy bear. This often includes specifically trimming the fur to create a rounded, stuffed toy aesthetic. Contrary to popular misconception, Teddy Bear Poodles are actually purebred Poodles and not mixed dogs.

What type of dog looks like a baby bear? ›

Think dogs that look like bears, think Chow Chows. This Northern Chinese dog breed is known in its native country as the Songshi Quan, which translates as “puffy-lion dog” – and it's not hard to see why! With more fluff than you'll ever know what to do with, Chow Chows make the perfect teddy bear cuddle companions.

Do teddy bear dogs stay small? ›

Teddy bear puppies are small in stature, and they remain small even into adulthood, growing to a height of approximately 12 inches. They weigh a light 12 to 14 pounds as adult dogs. The breed sports a soft, fluffy coat that doesn't shed like most dog breeds.

What is the healthiest small dog? ›

Healthiest Small Dog Breed: Chihuahua

Technically a tiny toy breed at just 5–6 pounds, Chihuahuas stand out as one of the healthiest dog breeds, too. Not only do they have plenty of spunk and personality, but can also live for anywhere from 12–18 years.

What is the cheapest dog to own? ›

Cheap Dogs: Top 10 Budget-Friendly Pooches
  1. Greyhound. These super-sleek dogs are low on grooming needs, according to the National Greyhound Adoption Program (NGAP). ...
  2. Bull Terriers. ...
  3. Weimaraner. ...
  4. Collie. ...
  5. Beagle. ...
  6. Chihuahua. ...
  7. Dachshund. ...
  8. Bichon Frise.
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What breed of dog hardly barks? ›

1 – BASENJI

The Basenji or Africa's “Barkless Dog” is a unique breed and contender for the title of oldest AKC breed. While it's true the Basenji doesn't bark, when they express themselves they make a unique sound that is something between a chortle and a yodel.

Which small dog is easiest to housebreak? ›

4 Easiest Small Dogs to Housetrain
  • Shiba Inu.
  • Maltese.
  • Miniature Schnauzer.
  • Shih Tzu.
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What dog doesn't smell or shed? ›

Whippets are truly the least smelly of dogs, and are practically odorless. Their short coat means minimal shedding and grooming. Similar to Greyhounds, Whippets are a popular racing breed, and were once used for hunting rabbits.

What breed of dog does not grow big? ›

Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers are both typically under 13 inches tall. Pomeranians, Brussels Griffons, and toy poodles are small dog breeds. Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed.

Will a small puppy stay small? ›

Small and medium puppy breeds grow up pretty quickly. In fact, those petite puppies finish growing at around half the age of their larger counterparts, according to Dr. Klein. “On average, small breeds typically stop growing by the time they reach 6 to 8 months of age.”

Do French bulldogs stay small forever? ›

Do Teacup French Bulldogs Stay Small Forever? Since they have been purposely bred for their miniature size, teacup French Bulldogs will remain small forever. The breed's maturity period is estimated at 18 months, so by then, the pooch will have reached its maximum weight and size.

Do teacup dogs grow? ›

Teacup dogs may way as little as two pounds, and measure fewer than 17 inches when fully grown.

What is the healthiest small dog? ›

Healthiest Small Dog Breed: Chihuahua

Technically a tiny toy breed at just 5–6 pounds, Chihuahuas stand out as one of the healthiest dog breeds, too. Not only do they have plenty of spunk and personality, but can also live for anywhere from 12–18 years.

Does paw size determine dog size? ›

However, while paw-size can be a good indicator of whether your dog's growth spurt is done, it doesn't tell you how much bigger your dog will actually be. To figure out your dog's adult size, you will need to know your dog's current weight and their ages.

What is the smallest dog in the litter called? ›

A puppy born in a litter of many puppies can be labeled the runt simply because it is the smallest among several or more puppies.

Should you pick the runt of the litter? ›

Picking a runt puppy is okay if that means the puppy is the smallest pup in the litter but otherwise healthy. Conversely, it's risky to choose a runt that is abnormally small, has infections or presents congenital deformities at birth. These conditions are usually signs of future health complications.

Is there a mini Frenchie? ›

A mini Frenchie is a standard French Bulldog that got bred down to a smaller size. There are other names associated with this phenomenon such as the micro French Bulldog or teacup Frenchies. All these terms essentially carry the same meaning. A smaller version of the standard Frenchie dog we all know and love.

What breed of dog looks like a Chihuahua? ›

The Russian toy is similar in size to the Chihuahua, standing between eight and 11 inches tall and weighing up to six and a half pounds. 7 It is also similar to Chihuahuas in that the breed has two varieties of coat: a smooth coat and a long coat.

Is there a mini bulldog? ›

The Mini Bulldog is a cross of a purebred English Bulldog and a purebred Pug, also known as Miniature Bulldog or Toy Bulldog. As the name suggests, it's a small dog at about 10 to 14 inches tall, weighing between 25 to 40 pounds. The lifespan of this crossbreed is around 10 to 12 years.

What is the cheapest teacup dog? ›

What is the cheapest teacup puppy? According to our research, teacup beagles, teacup chihuahuas, teacup silky terrier, teacup Pomskies are among the cheapest cup dogs. Teacup puppies under $500 exist, but we advise caution when buying from breeders that offer such low prices for these dogs.

What dog breeds come in teacup size? ›

“Most breeders consider teacup dogs less than 4 pounds and standing less than 17 inches tall. Given these standards, there are six true teacup breeds; teacup Chihuahua, teacup Maltese, teacup poodle, teacup Pomeranian, teacup Yorkie, and teacup Shih Tzu,” explains Dr.

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