Looking For Types Of Small Dogs?
Types of small dogs are classified as toy breeds by the American Kennel Club (AKC), however, small dogs also exist in other AKC classified breed groups and will be included in the list below.
These dogs come with a vast array of different characteristics, hair types, and personalities. Due to the advantages of owning small dogs, many are becoming quite popular and make wonderful lap companions for seniors or those living in smaller environments such as apartments or condominiums.
Since there is no firm agreement on what height or weight makes a dog a
toy, and the upper height limit of some of those toy dog breeds exceeds
12 inches at the withers, this places these dogs within the height
range of dogs in some other groups as well.
In other words, although a breed may not have the description of being a toy dog, there are some other dog breeds that are relatively just as small like the toy breeds and make wonderful lap dogs as well.
Small Dog Size Description:
For "general size description of small dog types", this list will include all AKC dog breeds approximately 25 pounds or less and/or all dogs with a height no larger than 15-17 inches. We found 49 types of small dog breeds in the AKC dog breed list that fit this description.
To learn about their breed characteristics and personalities, click on one of the highlighted types of small dog breeds below:
SMALL DOG BREEDS
American Hairless Terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
English Toy Spaniel
French Bull Dog
Jack Russell Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
West Highland Terrier
There is much to consider before choosing a dog. Keep in mind that grooming can vary between these small dog types. If you have limited space in your living environment or are a senior person looking for companionship, we think the above list is a great place to begin looking for a suitable dog. Owning a dog is one of life's true enjoyment! We hope you, too, will be able to enjoy a new companion in your homelife!