Just 43 Pictures of Sweet and Fluffy Small Dog Breeds You’ll Want to Snuggle Right Away



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Prepare for lots of love from these small and toy dog breeds!

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Don’t you wish that your dog could stay a cute little puppy forever? Well, all dogs have to grow up — but these canines will certainly stay puppy-sized forever. We’ve rounded up some of the most friendly and tiny breeds of toy dogs (not to be confused with dog toys) — small dog breeds that typically weigh in at 7 to 35 pounds. Thinking big(ger)? Check out more mixed-breed, medium-sized and large dog breeds.

If you live in an apartment or you just don’t have a ton of space for a large pet, then these small-statured dogs may be the perfect fit for you. What these pups lack in size, they more than make up for in loyalty, playfulness, and plenty of cuddles. Plus, they’re great with kids! If you’re thinking of adopting a furry little friend (emphasis on the little), here are some dog breeds to consider. Who knows? You may just find a corgi worthy of The Queen of England.

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Alaskan Klee Kai

Love huskies but don’t quite have the space for a medium-sized dog? May we introduce you to the Alaskan Klee Kai — this dog looks just like a husky, but will only weigh up to 15 pounds. If you need more convincing, this is the breed of Sophie Turner’s adorable pup.

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Chihuahua

Named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua, these loyal and energetic dogs prove that good things do come in small packages — about five pound packages, to be exact.

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Pomeranian

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Rat Terrier

Rumor has it that Teddy Roosevelt coined the name of this pint-sized terrier. Beyond being excellent exterminators (hello, city-dwellers), they’re loyal, cheerful, and have a silky-smooth coat.

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Japanese Chin

A longtime companion of Japanese royalty, these regal pups make a sweet and cuddly lap dog. The only downside to this breed is that you’ll have to deal with the fact that they’ll always have better hair than you.

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Yorkipoo

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Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

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Yorkshire Terrier

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English Cocker Spaniel

These spaniels weigh slightly more than their popular American counterparts, but their merry personalities win over families just as easily. Get them outside, and they’re quite the happy campers.

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Whippet

Reaching speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, whippets are the fastest animal of their size, according to the American Kennel Club. A couple of all-out sprints will tire them out for an entire afternoon.

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Maltese

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Miniature Pinscher

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Basenji

Basenjis originally worked as hunting dogs in Africa, prized for their intelligence and independence. Most notably, however, the “barkless dog” makes an odd chortle-like sound instead of a typical “woof.”

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Beagle

Beagles have great temperaments — they’re spirited and intelligent, playful, loyal, and friendly. Their keen sense of smell can sometimes make walks interesting, as they try to follow every smell they encounter.

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Bichon Frise

These non-shedding dogs are known for being unbelievably happy, loving, and lovable. They require little exercise, making them ideal for apartment living. They’re intelligent, although sometimes they exhibit a stubborn streak.

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Border Terrier

Plucky and happy, border terriers are known to be a tough, working breed. They will instinctively chase and hunt animals (and cars), so owners need to be especially vigilant.

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Boston Terrier

Affectionate and excellent with children, the Boston terrier doesn’t have the fiery temperament of a typical terrier. They’re dapper and intelligent and love lots of attention.

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Brussels Griffon

A member of the toy group, these pups are alert, curious and loyal. They also come in a smooth-coated variety, called “brabancons.”

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Cairn Terrier

These upbeat, happy-go-lucky dogs tend to busy themselves with self-appointed jobs. They’re feisty, especially with other dogs, and don’t get along well with cats. They may need supervision around very young children.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cocker Spaniel

Loyal and affectionate, the cocker spaniel is the perfect play pal for a child. They’re intelligent with a desire to please, which makes training a breeze.

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Dachshund

With their happy, fun-loving personalities, these dogs love to play and get along great with children and other pets. Each of the three coat varieties has a slightly different personality — the smooth is the most stubborn of the trio.

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French Bulldog

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Havanese

These funny and outgoing little pups are the national dog of Cuba (hence the name) and make loyal family companions. While they’re quite intelligent and naturally affectionate, Havanese are also more energetic than most toy breeds and require daily exercise.

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Italian Greyhound

These slender dogs have a long history (President John Tyler bought one for the First Lady in the 1840s) and they have the same sweetness of their taller greyhound cousins. Italian greyhounds’ loyal, affectionate nature means they’re perfectly suited as cuddling companions.

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Jack Russell Terrier

Although not recognized by the American Kennel Club, Jack Russell terriers have made a name for themselves by appearing on screen in Wishbone, The Artist, and My Dog Skip, to name a few. The intelligent workers can be stubborn and extremely energetic.

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Lhasa Apso

Alert and watchful, these dogs are suspicious of strangers and will bark in alarm. They’re independent and stubborn but very loyal and faithful to their families.

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Miniature Poodle

Even though all poodles are considered one (extremely intelligent) breed, they come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. The miniature variety typical weighs in at a manageable 15 to 17 pounds. As for that fancy haircut, the “poodle clip” is designed to protect the joints and organs in cold water.

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Miniature Schnauzer

With its German sensibility (rather than the fiery nature of a British terrier), these dogs are excellent with both children and elderly people. Their alert nature and natural protective instincts make the mini schnauzer a good watchdog.

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