Top 10 Best Miniature Dog Breeds

For those who just can’t bear to be away from their pooch, there’s a dog breed for that. He’s super portable and loves to travel in a tote bag, snuggle up on a welcoming lap and better yet, his mini stature means he can’t reach kitchen counters. Yes, these top 10 best miniature dog breeds are great for families, kids, single and seniors. And while they may never terrorize a burglar, they’ll sure let you know when danger – or the mailman – is near. (Photo credit: DmyTo/Bigstock)


Pomeranian

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Let’s start with the quintessential miniature breed – the Pom. Known for his lion-like mane this spirited little guy is high energy and loves to run, play, boss the cat around and nod off on a willing lap. Originating in Germany, this mini spitz can reach heights of 11 inches (at shoulder) and weigh up to 7.5 pounds (minus the cute outfit). (Photo credit: Ksuksa/Bigstock)


Cairn Terrier

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Run Toto, run! Yes that famous little dog who trekked the yellow brick road was none other than a hardy little Cairn terrier. While wee in height, this little lad was bred in Scotland to hunt vermin so probably not ideal for households with small pets who won’t appreciate the chase. He stands 13 inches tall and can weigh up to 16 pounds. (Photo credit: cynoclub/Bigstock)


Miniature Dachshund

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Gotta love a wiener dog! One of our favorite miniature dog breeds. Another vermin hunter, this adventurous little pooch with the stubby legs is highly affectionate and loves to hunt, dig and play a good game of chase. This smaller sized version of the German-bred dachshund weighs in around 11 pounds and while we don’t like to talk height… his is just below 7 inches. (Photo credit: Brusnikaphoto/Bigstock)


Yorkshire Terrier

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Ah, the Yorkie – another must have on this miniature dog breeds list! His larger than life personality makes this tiny terrier a great companion pooch while his diminutive stance means he is practically wallet size!  Native to Yorkshire, England his confident persona ably makes up for his 6-7 inch height. Typically weighing about 7 pounds, a porky Yorkie can grow up to 15 pounds. (Photo credit: Pelana/Bigstock)


Toy Poodle

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Ooh la la, this clever little native of France was bred back in the early 1700s to perform tricks and work in circuses. Today, this still entertaining and active pooch is more often seen in the role of therapy dog. Derived from the Standard poodle, this clever, gentle pup stands up to 15 inches tall and weighs up to 17 pounds. (Photo credit: Pelana/Bigstock)


Pekingese

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!This native of China dates back more than 2,000 years and hasn’t mellowed with age! A feisty little pooch with a stubborn streak, the Peke is extremely loyal and loving to his owner, but not a big fan of kids and other pets. He’s a great companion dog but might not agree to ride in your tote. He stands 9 inches and weighs up to 14 pounds. (Photo credit: Julia_13/Bigstock)


Papillon

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Looking like one big fluffy butterfly, these tiny pooches date back to Europe in the 1500s making them one of the oldest toy spaniel breeds around. This clever, spirited pooch is one mighty mini, often used as a watchdog (bark is worse than his bite category) to alert his owners. He can tip the scales at 10 pounds and stands 11 inches. (Photo credit: KariDesign/Bigstock)


Miniature Schnauzer

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Described as both spunky and friendly, this mini version of the German-bred Schnauzer is a great family pet in spite of being used as an ominously named “ratter” back in the 19th century. Today, all he’s likely to catch is a tossed ball or Frisbee. This wee bearded pooch with the loving nature weighs up to 18 pounds and stands 14 inches. (Photo credit: otsphoto/Bigstock)


Shih Tzu

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!Like flowers? This little tyke is known as the Chrysanthemum dog and is thought to originate in ancient Tibet. This confident companion pooch is highly affectionate with people and other pets and loves to play as much as he loves to snooze on a welcoming lap. Fully grown, he’ll stand up to 11 inches and weigh up to 16 pounds. (Photo credit: chaoss/Bigstock)


Chihuahua

If you're looking for a pint-sized pooch, try these miniature dog breeds on for size!The last on our list of miniature dog breeds, this tiny Mexican import is one hot tamale when it comes to delivering big dog attitude in a small dog package. He’s got a lot to say and is not shy about barking it. His winning, sassy nature has seen him toted by the likes of Paris Hilton and Sharon Osbourne. He stands less than 10 inches with a weight of around 6 pounds. (Photo credit: oksun70/Bigstock)


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