Small Dog Breeds (under 20lbs / 9kg)
Small dog breeds suit smaller environments, tend to live longer than larger ones, and make great little companions, although they may not be the most suitable of jogging partners due to their small size. Small dogs can often gain most of their exercise requirements indoors from play, especially around kids, but they will still benefit greatly from spending time outdoors. Small dogs continue to be the most popular of all the breed sizes, perhaps because their small size makes them more manageable and convenient than their larger counterparts.
Despite also being known as the Monkey Terrier, this curious little creature from Germany can be afraid of heights.
- Australian Terrier
Brave and playful, this small terrier from Australia can be quite the digger when it wants to be.
- Bichon Frise
Small but sturdy, this powder puff of a dog originates from Tenerife, where it was bred originally as a lap dog.
A small bichon-type dog from the north Italian city of Bologna, from where it takes its name.
- Border Terrier
Orginating from the border between England and Scotland, this little terrier has an otter-like face.
- Brazilian Terrier
This frisky terrier is one of only two breeds that are actually native to Brazil.
- Brussels Griffon
An entertaining and often comical dog from Brussels in Belgium.
- Cairn Terrier
This shaggy little terrier from Skye in Scotland will be familiar to most people as "Toto" from the film "The Wizard of Oz".
- Cesky Terrier
A low set bearded little terrier bred as an all round family pet and pack hunter.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Under a ruling set by King Charles, this cheerful looking and good natured dog is still meant to be allowed access, by law, to ALL public places in England.
This big eared little wonder is more robust than its fragile size may suggest.
- Chinese Crested Dog
Elegant and fragile at the same time, this dog was probably not even from China originally, despite its name.
- Coton De Tulear
This is the National Dog of Madagascar, but despite the grand honour it is often a timid dog by nature.
The National Dog of Cuba, this small dog was once very popular amongst the ruling classes of Havana.
- Italian Greyhound
Elegant, gentle and submissive by nature, this animal is capable of great speed.
- Jack Russell Terrier
Compact and bold (put 'em up Scoob) this terrier is very popular in the UK and was named after the Reverend Russell, who initailly bred this line.
- Japanese Spaniel
Short muzzled and square bodied, this happens to be one of the more obedient of the toy breeds.
- Lakeland Terrier
A bearded and often quite stubborn little terrier from Cumbria in England.
- Lancashire Heeler
The original little ankle nipper from England, also known as the Ormskirk Heeler.
- Lhasa Apso
This long coated dog was once considered sacred in its country of origin, Tibet.
Sweet natured, this dog is is often dubbed "The little lion" thanks to the traditional cut of its coat.
Despite being bred as a companion and as a lap dog in Malta, this cheerful and loving animal can be a little snappy if handled roughly.
- Manchester Terrier
An enthusiastic little dog from Manchesterin England. A former rat catcher turned companion dog.
- Mexican Hairless Dog
Also known as Xoloitzcuintli, this dog is a natural guardian.
- Miniature Pinscher
Lean and confident little rat catcher from Germany.
- Miniature Poodle
The unmistakeable poodle is a curly haired dog originally from Germany, and owes its trademark haircut to its former role as a water retreiver.
- Miniature Schnauzer
With a characteristic beard covering his "schnauze" or muzzle, this vermin hunter from Germany can be a bit of a barker.
- Norfolk Terrier
One of the smallest of the terrier breeds, this English vermin hunter sure makes up for it in personality.
- Norweigan Lundehund
Having the aloofisheness of a cat, this small dog breed from Norway can be almost impossible to housebreak.
- Norwich Terrier
Another of the smallest of the terrrier breeds, this ratter from England has a fox-like muzzle.
This dainty lap dog from France has characteristic large feathered ears.
- Patterdale Terrier
A working dog from Patterdale in Cumbria, like many terriers this little chap was bred for hunting foxes.
Fragile looking and all the way from China, this small dog tends to snore thanks to its short muzzle.
Small and short bodied but large in character, this breed is named after Pomerania in Germany.
The unmistakable round faced pug from China, not overly active but it does love to play.
- Queen Elizabeth Pocket Beagle
This dog from medievel England has low hung ears and dates back to Queen Elizabeth the First.
- Sealyham Terrier
A welsh terrier bred from a right old mix of breeds, this former badger hunter can be a challenge to train.
This brave and playful dog from Belgium is not to be trusted around smaller pets, especially those normally kept in cages.
- Shetland Sheepdog
A herder from the Shetland Isles, this is a charming and loyal dog.
- Shih Tzu
This elegant and proud little dog from Tibet has a long and silky coat, making it an ideal lap dog for keeping people warm.
- Silky Terrier
Bred originally in Australia, this dog is a cross between the Australian terrier and its Antipodean counterpart, the Yorkshire terrier.
- Smooth Fox Terrier
This is an inquisative little terrier from England that was formerly used to spring foxes from their dens.
- Tibetan Spaniel
Bred by Tibetan monks, this "prayer" dog was often a revered gift.
- Toy Fox Terrier
A highly trainable small dog from America that was often seen in the circus.
- Toy Poodle
Originally from Germany and not France, the trademark coat was originally for keeping vital organs warm while allowing free movement through water for retrieveing ducks.
- Volpino Italiano
An old spitz type breed from Italy, and rumoured to have been the very dog of Michelangelo!
- Welsh Terrier
An outgoing terrier from Wales sporting a characteristic beard.
- West Highland White Terrier
Orginally bred for hunting, this active terrier from Scotland can also be stubborn.
- Wire Fox Terrier
Like many terriers this little dog from England was originally bred for hunting foxes, and so is quite agile and fast when it needs to be.
- Yorkshire Terrier
A true northern dog, this poor animal was originally used down the mines in Yorkshire for controlling vermin.
This is a relatively new breed from America resulting from crossing the Bichon Frise with the Shih Tzu. Could this be the warmest lap dog of all time?