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Smallest Dog Breeds

November 6, 2010 4:51 PM

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Have you always dreamed of carrying your dog around in your purse like you’re Paris Hilton? Here’s a selection of small-breed dogs that will fit nicely inside your bags! Just be careful with the little guys!

Chihuahua

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Chihuahua

This is a little dog we’ve all seen poking it’s bat-ears out of somebody’s purse! The Chihuahua is toy sized but certainly does not have a toy personality. Energetic, courageous and adventurous are just a few words to describe them. Generally, this is not a great dog around children. While being a good companion, they do become very attached to their owners. For such a small dog, it takes a strong owner to show it who’s boss! A Chihuahua will be between 2-6 pounds.

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Miniature Pinscher

They look like a miniature Doberman. Both were bred from the German Pinscher. But this little guy is only going to weigh around 8 pounds! The Miniature Pinscher is a quick learner and you’ll be shocked how fast it’s willing to follow your lead. Just make sure you lead it as they are prone to “Small Dog Syndrome.” If you let them think they’re in charge, they can become quite a nuisance. But a well-trained Pinscher will give you an intelligent, brave and wonderful little friend.

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Jack Russell Terrier

One of the bigger dogs on the “Small Dog” list, the Jack Russell will get to a 14-18 pound weight. While still being on the small side, it’s an absolutely fearless breed. They actually have a very large hunting instinct for a small breed too. Jack Russell’s are obedient and willing to learn. A dog that definitely needs his exercise as well.

Pomeranian

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Pomeranian

The stuffed animal in this photo really is a dog! The Pomeranian is another dog that is prone to “Small Dog Syndrome” and is definitely a dog that will make some noise if you let it. Make sure you’re in charge. The Pom is a great companion when trained properly. They are active but still a docile and affectionate breed. A very good dog for apartment living, the Pom will only grow to a 3-7 pound size.

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Bichon Frise

Bichon’s are fluffy, white little dogs that love human companions. It’s also not as yippy as other small breeds. They are easy to train. But they need people to be happy. They are definitely happiest when around the family. Expect Bichon’s to weigh between 7-12 pounds.

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Rat Terrier

Another very small dog, the Rat Terrier will not be larger than about 6 pounds. But in that 6 pounds comes a ton of energy! They are eager, lively and very feisty. They are also willing to learn and eager to please which makes them an easy breed to train. Expect this little dog to swim and dig like it’s been doing its whole life!

Italian Greyhound

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Italian Greyhound

I’ve always wanted an Italian Greyhound. For starters, it’s one of the easiest dogs to groom. It almost doesn’t shed at all. Plus, they’re so unique looking. They’re not as fragile as they look however. They are extremely fast and active but they also are very at home in a quiet house. This is a breed of dog that truly wants to be your best friend! Italian Greyhounds are usually in the 6-10 pound range.

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