Small Dog Breeds

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

If you’re betting on a breed to win “Best in Show,” then the Scottish Terrier is about as close as a sure bet as they come. With the second most wins at Westminster, the Scottie is as big of a performer on the big stage as they are at home. …

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Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier

If Teddy Roosevelt thinks highly of the Rat Terrier, then there’s  probably something special about the breed. This small, high energy, made in America breed, was a reliable rat trap from the 18th to the 20th century. Although the breed may have a vicious side when on the hunt, that’s …

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Russian Toy

Russian Toy

There are sandwiches that weigh more than the elegant, eventful and always entertaining Russian Toy. This small breed with medium energy is still rare around the world but is sure to catch on soon. Whether you call them the Russkiy Toy, the Russian Toy Terrier or just Russian Toy, this …

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Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Once upon a time, the Norfolk Terrier went by the name, Norwich, until Kennel Club’s around the world would agree the breed was deserving of distinction. Bred as a badger hunter and ratter, the Norfolk, is one of the smallest working terriers around. They may be tenacious out in the …

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Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier

While they may be one of the smallest working terriers, the Norwich Terrier has a personality and work ethic as large as any breed. Once upon a time, this breed was a reliable source for controlling rat populations. Indeed, that is largely due to their low to the ground and …

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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer

Just how smart is the Miniature Schnauzer? They are the smartest breed in the Terrier Group—and get this—they aren’t even Terriers.  The smallest of the Schnauzer trio, but certainly the most popular, it is easy to see why so many people love this dog. How can you not? Perhaps it’s …

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Papillon

Papillon

This toy breed may not be your average lapdog, but people, including aristocratic women, just love them the Papillon. Paps for short, the French word “Papillon” means “Butterfly.”  Indeed, Paps are light like a Butterfly, but are quite the versatile breed.  Additionally, there’s one more thing about the Paps— there’s …

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Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler

Looking for a small dog with a ton of energy and rare? Well, you would be 1 out 5,000 if you went with England’s smallest herding dog, the Lancashire Heeler. While they may be the smallest pastoral breed around, there’s no doubt how big of a heart this breed has.  …

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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

From the spiritual confinements of Tibet comes a majestical looking, non-sporting breed, Lhasa Apso. Lhasa Apso is one of the oldest breeds with recognition. The Lhasan may appear as a cute lapdog but their role for thousands of years represents a different story. A story of alerting and guarding nobles and …

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Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherd

The 1960’s brought us good music, great art, and a small yet versatile American made dog; the Miniature American Shepherd. And if you love a good shepherd, but not the size of one, this herding breed is what you’ve been looking for. Once the rest of the country caught on, …

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