11 Smallest Dog Breeds in the World

There are many tiny dogs in America, but what exactly are the smallest dog breeds in the world?

From the so-called Toy Group of dogs, I picked out the 11 absolute tiniest (and cutest) breeds on the planet. Enjoy!

**Height and weight data are taken from the American Kennel Club (AKC).**


Height: 8-10″ (20-25 cm)

Weight: 2-8 lb (0.9-3.6 kg)

Maltese Dog

The tiny Maltese is one of the absolute smallest dog breeds on the planet. It’s cute, playful and charming, and makes a great companion dog.

The Maltese has been around since ancient times, and was first depicted on a Greek amphora from 500 BC.

Toy Poodle

Height: 10″ maximum (<25.4 cm)

Weight:  4-6 lb (1.8-2.7 kg)

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three Poodle varieties: Standard, Miniature, and Toy.

It’s a confident and very intelligent dog that lacks undercoat and sheds very little fur. That’s why Poodles are considered to be hypoallergenic.

Yorkshire Terrier

Height: 7-8″ ( 18-20 cm)

Weight: 7 lb max (<3.2 kg)

Yorkshire Terrier

The cute and tiny Yorkshire Terrier is another hypoallergenic breed that was developed in the 1800s to catch rats in textile mills.

Yorkies are smart, affectionate, and very easy to train.


Height: 6-10″ (15-25 cm)

Weight: 4-6 lb (1.8-2.7 kg)

cute Chihuahua puppy

Named after the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, this very small dog breed is one of the most popular breeds in the world.

Chihuahuas come in multiple colors and in two coat lengths; Long Coat and Smooth Coat.

Despite their small size, Chihuahuas are confident and cocky, and require obedience training.


Height: 6-7″ ( 15-18 cm)

Weight: 3-7 lb (1.3-3.2 kg)

Pomeranian puppy

Developed in central Europe in the 1700s, Pomeranians have since become a popular companion dog.

Pomeranians are playful and friendly, and their alertness and intelligence also make them fine watchdogs.

Russian Toy Terrier

Height: 8-11″ (20-28 cm)

Weight:  Up to 6.5 lb (<3 kg)

The Russian Toy Terrier – or Russkiy Toy – comes in two coat varieties: Smooth Coat and Long Coat.

Originally bred as a watchdog and for catching rats, Russian Toys are nowadays a friendly and charming lapdog.

Toy Fox Terrier

Height: 8.5-11.5″ ( 22-29 cm)

Weight: 3.5-9 lb (1.6-4.1 kg)

The intelligent and active Toy Fox Terrier – also known as American Toy Terrier – is a great companion dog.

As they are said to have a sense of humor, Toy Fox Terriers were widely used by circus clowns in their shows.

Brussels Griffon

Height: 7-10″ (18-25 cm)

Weight: 8-10 lb ( 3.6-4.5 kg)

The Brussels Griffon goes by several names, including Griffon Bruxellois and Petit Brabançon.

Developed in Belgium in the 1800s, the tiny Brussels Griffon is smart, loyal, and packed with personality.

They want to be close to their owner, and don’t like to be left alone.


Height: 8-11″ (20-28 cm)

Weight: 7-10 lb (3.2-4.5 kg)


The beautiful Papillon, is happy and friendly and make an excellent family dog.

Papillon means “butterfly” in French, and it’s not hard to see how it got that name.


Height: 9-11.5″ ( 23-29 cm)

Weight:  7-10 lb (3.2-4.5 kg)


Originally a ratter, the Affenpinscher – a.k.a. Monkey Terrier – is nowadays an affectionate family dog.

Affenpinschers are usually happy, confident, and funny, but they can also be quite stubborn.

Japanese Chin

Height: 8-11″ (20-28 cm)

Weight: 7-11 lb (3.2-5 kg)

Japanese Chin

More than 1,000 years old, the Japanese Chin (or Japanese Spaniel) is a graceful, independent, and quiet lapdog that is said to be a lot like a cat.

Dog Breeds That Didn’t Make the List

A few other breeds that almost made the list are Miniature Pinscher, King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel), Chinese Crested, and Shih Tzu.

And these giant dogs definitely didn’t make the list! 🙂

World’s Smallest Dog

As we reported earlier, the smallest dog in the world is Miracle Milly, a tiny Chihuahua in Puerto Rico.

Milly is 3.8″ tall, and weighs only 1 lb!

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