8 Of The World’s Smallest Dog Breeds That Are Bound To Steal Your Heart



There’s little doubt that dogs are the most popular pets in most parts of the world. A large reason for that is their sheer versatility – there are hundreds of dog breeds, and they come in all shapes and sizes.

In this article, we will look at 8 of the smallest dog breeds in the world, covering their basic characteristics, their average height and weight, and provide further information about the breeds mentioned.



Though Basenjis are small dogs, they are tall as well. They behave like cats and get a temperament like cats. They seldom bark and are good at leaping. Maybe Basenjis really have cats’ soul.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are Greyhounds in miniature. Most people know IGs from Kylie Jenner’s Instagram account, right? They are as grace and elegance as their larger cousins. The cute tiny puppies are expected to live up to 15 years old.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a cross of the Cavaliers and the Spaniel. They are friendly and can adapt to any living situation easily. The adorable puppies behave gently and can keep the energy of large dogs. They can also be excellent therapy dogs.

Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested are famous for their spotted pink skin, spiky hairdo and furry feet. They are loving and energetic, most importantly, devoted to their owners. Thanks to the hairless, Chinese Crested dogs have many advantages, such as limited shedding, no doggy odor, and warming the bed on cold nights.


Havanese is the dog breed native to Cuba. They’re small, sturdy and friendly, making them perfect for cities. Havanese doesn’t need harsh training methods. Plus, their long coats are just to keep their skin protected from the sun in warmer climates.


Famous for their long and low bodies, Dachshunds are one of the most popular dog breeds. Whether you have a miniature breed or a “regular” one, these canines are super friendly and curious. Though they hate long-distance runs, Dachshunds can play all day long! Plus, they bark loudly, making them excellent watchdogs.

English Toy Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel is a sweet Toy breed with a cheerful and lovable personality. Their small size is perfect for an apartment, and their friendly characteristic makes them wonderful companion dogs for children. Plus, the breed has some hunting instinct and can be a good small hunting spaniel.

Norfolk Terrier

Though Norfolks are small size, they have larger dogs’ personalities, such as confident, feisty, and adventurous. Because Norfolks are born to hunt in packs, they tend to be more gregarious independent terrier breeds.