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Top Cutest Dog Breeds That Stay Small Forever

Top Cutest Dog Breeds That Stay Small Forever

Are you searching for a dog but don't want anything too big? If you would prefer a smaller dog or live in a small space that can't accommodate a large dog, here are some small breeds of dog that our Riverside vets say will stay small forever.

Dog Breeds That Stay Small

Whether you are looking for a small dog out of preference, or you live in a smaller space, the vets at Riverside Animal Hospital want to help you to find the dog that is perfect for your family. Here are some dog breeds that will stay small even as they grow older.


The Affenpinscher, known as a little 'black devil' dog, was bred to hunt of rodents.

This small terrier-like and wire-haired dogs often seem to believe that they are a much bigger dog than they actually are.

Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new breed of dog whose name is an Inuit term translated as "small dog".

This Spitz-type energetic and intelligent breed closely resembles a smaller version of the Siberian Husky and an adult can only weigh 15 pounds.


The Chihuahua can pack a powerful personality into its diminutive frame.

This is the world's smallest dog breed and is popular for their loyalty, enthusiasm and confidence. 


Royal patronage, including from Queen Victoria, played a role in popularizing Pomeranians, aided by these dogs' delightfully dainty appearance and outgoing character.

This diminutive breed is exceptionally loyal to its owners, making the Pomeranian a great watchdog and cuddly companion who enjoys both indoor play and short outdoor exertions.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This gentle and loving toy-sized dog breed thrives as the heart of a family. They love attention.

A King Charles can easily adapt to any living situation, and these miniaturization of sporting spaniels are both friendly and easy to housetrain.


Originally bred to be lap dogs by the Shang Dynasty, Pugs have taken the responsibility of being companion dogs for over two thousand years. Like Pomeranians, they weren’t always this small, though. After Pugs were imported to the Netherlands from China, the breeder intentionally bred Pugs to make them smaller.


The Havanese is a member of the Bichon family and officially the national dog of Cuba.

This compact dog is not only a great addition to the family, but their energetic and alert nature makes them useful for playing the role of watchdogs.


Sometimes referred to as the butterfly dog because of their ears, the Papillon is a highly trainable companion dog.

They are easy to train and become comfortable with completing virtually any task their owners give them. With high energy and a friendly character, Papillons get along well with other pets and strangers.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a hypoallergenic breed and one of the smallest terrier-type dogs. The breed standard is set for a maximum weight of 7 lbs. Even though Yorkies are a very small breed, they keep many of the Terrier characteristics. Being brave, feisty and bossy is in their nature.

There is also the Teacup Yorkie – this is just a Yorkshire Terrier specifically bred to be small. Teacup Yorkies weigh only two to four pounds and stand between five and seven inches tall.


This breed was a favorite in Peking's Imperial palace and these small-scale dogs still retain a regal dignity.

Weighing no more than 12 pounds, their small size makes them a good choice for apartment life, although Pekingese do enjoy regular walks.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Contact our Riverside vets today to help with recommendation and to get your first vet exam when you do choose your new canine companion.

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