If you would prefer a smaller dog or live in a smaller space and can't accommodate a large dog, here are small dog breeds that our Upland vets know will stay small for you.
15 Dog Breeds That Stay Small Forever
Whether you're looking for a small dog out of preference, or you live in a smaller apartment, our Upland vets would like to help you find the perfect dog for you and your family. Here are 15 dog breeds that will stay small and adorable even as they get older.
1 - Affenpinscher
The Affenpinscher, known as a little 'black devil' dog, was bred to hunt of rodents.
These small wire-haired, terrier-like dogs often seem to believe that they are a much bigger dog than they actually are, and the Affenpinscher is particularly popular for its mischievous character and curious temperament.
2 - Alaskan Klee Kai
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new breed of dog whose name is an Inuit term translated as "small dog".
This Spitz-type energetic and intelligent breed closely resembles a smaller version of the Siberian Husky and an adult can only weigh 15 pounds.
3 - Chihuahua
The Chihuahua can pack a powerful personality into its diminutive frame.
The world's smallest dog breed is popular for its confidence, enthusiasm, and loyalty and often considers itself the head of the household.
4 - Dachshund (mini)
Miniature dachshunds can measure up to 6 inches at the shoulder and they are known to be playful, affectionate, good with Children, and have good watchdog traits.
They come in three different coat types: Smooth or short, Wire, and Long-Hair
5 - Boston Terrier
Although originally bred to be fighting dogs, today's Boston Terriers are gentle and affectionate companions.
The cute little body, weighing less than 25 pounds, has a unique tuxedo coat making these little dogs all the more adorable.
6 - Pomeranian
Royal patronage, including from Queen Victoria, played a role in popularizing Pomeranians, aided by these dogs' delightfully dainty appearance and outgoing character.
This diminutive breed is exceptionally loyal to its owners, making the Pomeranian a great watchdog and cuddly companion who enjoys both indoor play and short outdoor exertions.
Did you know that Pomeranians weren’t always this small? The earlier records of the breed show an average weight of 30 lbs – ten times greater than what the breed typically weighs today! Years of breeding made Pomeranians go from a medium-sized breed to a small companion dog.
7 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This affectionate and gentle toy dog breed thrives on living at the heart of a family.
A King Charles can easily adapt to any living situation, and these miniaturization of sporting spaniels are both friendly and easy to housetrain.
8 - Pug
Originally bred to be lap dogs by the Shang Dynasty, Pugs have taken the responsibility of being companion dogs for over two thousand years. Like Pomeranians, they weren’t always this small, though. After Pugs were imported to the Netherlands from China, the breeder intentionally bred Pugs to make them smaller.
9 - Havanese
The Havanese is a member of the Bichon family and officially the national dog of Cuba.
This compact canine is not only a loving addition to any family, this energetic breed also useful for playing the role of a watchdog.
10 - Papillon
Sometimes referred to as the butterfly dog because of their ears, the Papillon is a highly trainable companion dog.
They are easy to train and become comfortable with completing virtually any task their owners give them. With high energy and a friendly character, Papillons get along well with other pets and strangers.
11 - Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is a hypoallergenic breed and one of the smallest terrier-type dogs. The breed standard is set for a maximum weight of 7 lbs. Even though Yorkies are a very small breed, they keep many of the Terrier characteristics. Being brave, feisty and bossy is in their nature.
There is also the Teacup Yorkie – this is just a Yorkshire Terrier specifically bred to be small. Teacup Yorkies weigh only two to four pounds and stand between five and seven inches tall.
12 - Pekingese
This breed was a favorite in Peking's Imperial palace and these small-scale dogs still retain a regal dignity.
Weighing no more than 12 pounds, their small size makes them a good choice for apartment life, although Pekingese do enjoy regular walks.
13 - Miniature Pinscher
While originally used for pest control, the "King of Toys" now enjoys life at the center of families.
These sturdy, compact dogs are well-known for their distinctly high-stepping gait, and vocal abilities, making Miniature Pinschers wonderful watchdogs.
14 - Schipperke
This Flemish barge dog, whose name means 'Little Skipper', was originally bred to be a watchdog and rat catcher on the river barges.
Small, foxlike and enthusiastic Schipperkes are known for their willful attitudes and distinctive matt-black coats.
15 - Shiba Inu
A National Monument of Japan, where their name translates as "small dog", these dogs were originally bred to hunt small game
With their alert and attentive characters, and their meme-friendly handsome faces, these are increasingly popular companion dog around the world.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.