Small dog breeds are more popular today than ever before. But however diminutive they may be in stature, all small dogs have strong, well-defined personalities. It is also wrong to assume that because a dog is mall it does not enjoy a good walk. A look at the dog breed profiles in the Dog Breed Directory shows that while some fairly small dogs such as the amiable but rather fierce-looking French Bulldog will adopt a take it or leave it attitude towards exercise, while the Pekingese will happily and readily walk for very long distances.
Small dog breeds, such as the Tibetan Spaniel or the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, are ideal companions for children and are not as likely to cause them to fall over in play as a bigger dog might do. On the other hand, toy breeds can often prove to be snappy if provoked and are susceptible to injury if dropped by tiny, inexperienced hands. However, many small dogs do make wonderful companions for the elderly and are appreciative lap dogs.
When choosing a small dog, it is vital to realize that as well as coming in different shapes and sizes, small dogs have individual characteristics and needs. Terriers, for example, are vivacious dogs which were bred to hunt small animals and, although they can be lots of fun to own, they are not the ideal choice for the elderly or sedate, who might be happier with a gentle, companionable gundog, or a dog which has been bred for no other purpose than to be an affectionate companion and pet.
It is also essential to bear in mind your own lifestyle and temperament when selecting a dog. Expenses should also be taken into account when selecting breeds that have higher maintenance costs like grooming.
Below we have listed small dog breeds under 38 cm (15 inches) in height and 9 kg (20 lbs) in weight.