According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog alive is Milly, who stands 3.8-inches tall at her shoulders. If you think it would be fun to own a dog about the same size as Milly, then there are several choices to consider. When compiling our list of the smallest dog, the dog breed’s minimum height was first considered. Then, we evaluated their weight when compiling the final list. Teacup designer dogs can be the perfect addition to your home, but do not overlook some standard breeds that stay small.
#9 The Mini-Me: Maltichon – 6-to-12 Inches
Breeders created the Maltichon by breeding the Maltese and the Bichon Frise. This dog should stand between 6-and-12-inches tall and weigh between 6-and-14 pounds. It is a friendly family dog who loves to be involved in everything that your family is doing. This dog also does well in homes where there is already another dog.
All Maltichons have soft wide hair. Some will have apricot, bluff, or cream markings. The coat can be a single layer or a double layer of variable length. This designer dog breed will have brown eyes and a black nose. A quick 20-minute romp is appreciated, but take precautions that those with a double-layer coat do not become overheated.
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#8 The Curly Lovebug: Broodle Griffon – 6-to-11 Inches
Broodle griffons stand between 6-and-11 inches tall. Typically, they weigh between 6 and 12 pounds. This cross between a poodle and a Brussels griffon may also be called brussapoo, brusapoo, brus-A-Poo or griffinpoo.
The head on the Broodle griffon can take after either parent, but it is seldom a mixture of both. This dog can have a wavy, smooth, or curly coat. If you are looking for a hypogenic dog, consider those with a curly coat. If the dog has a curly coat, expect to spend more time grooming it. This dog is eager to please her owners so that makes training much easier.
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#7 The Lover of Children: Mal-shi – 6-to-10 Inches
The mal-shi is a cross between the Maltese and the Shih tzu breeds. They stand between 6-and-10-inches tall and should weigh between 6-and-12 pounds. Most are gutsy and gregarious and love people. Therefore, they often make great therapy dogs. This dog does best when he has a place to romp.
The Mal-shi is prone to heat-aggravated respiratory problems, so if you live in a warmer area, share your air conditioning with your pet. While this dog requires little clipping, you do need to brush it daily. Typically, these dogs do very well in homes with other dogs and children.
#6 The Designer Pooch: Chorkie – 6-9 Inches
The chorkie is a designer pooch is a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a chihuahua. They should be between 6-and-9-inches tall and weigh between 2-and-8 pounds. They may also be known as a Yorkiechi. Any color combination is possible, but most have a noticeable grizzled appearance because of their Yorkshire heritage. Unlike some designer pups, you cannot breed two chorkies together and get a similar-looking dog, so a Yorkshire terrier and a chihuahua must be bred each time.
While one-or-two baths a month is generally enough, watch for hair growth inside this breed’s ears. This blocks the air from flowing into the air, which can cause ear infections. Frequent ear infections can lead to deafness.
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#5 The Famous Toy Pup: Toy Poodle – 5-to-10 Inches
The toy poodle has been around since at least the 17th century when they were known as sleeve dogs. This breed usually measures between 5-and-10-inches tall and weigh 6-to-10 pounds.
The American Kennel Club says that this dog can live between 10 and 18 years. It is the smallest of the three types of poodles that the club recognizes. A variety of colors are possible, including blues, grays, silvers, browns, cafe-aulaits, apricots and creams, but the dog should be one color over its entire body.
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#4 The Chocolate Charmer: Dorkie- 5-to-9 Inches
The Dorkie is a cross between Mini Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terriers. These dogs usually weigh between 5-and-12 pounds and stand between 5-and-9-inches tall. Black and tan is the most common color combination, but they can be chocolate and tan, fawn and tan or gray and tan. They can be dapple, brindle, piebald or sable.
Since their lineage on both sides were hunting dogs, you can expect this designer pooch to have strong prey instincts. Many owners report that they attach themselves to one person. They are often wary around young children. Try limiting the amount of jumping that this dog does as they are prone to intervertebral disk disease.
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#3 The Most Adorable Face: Mini Dachshund – 5-to-9 Inches
The mini dachshund can weigh up to 11 pounds and stands 5-to-9 inches tall. Its hanging ears on its oval head add to the lovable look of this dog. This breed can be red, tan, or yellow, or a combination of the three. They are brilliant dogs that can quickly get bored. Their coats can be smooth, long-haired, or wire-haired.
The mini dachshund is a highly loyal dog, but it can take the animal a while to warm up to outsiders. They have a long spine and a short rib cage, which can lead to back problems. Most have almost boundless energy.
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#2 The Cutest Name: Chiweenie – 5-to-9 Inches
Chiweenies stand between 5-and-9 -inches tall and weigh between 4-and-11 pounds. They are a cross between dachshunds and chihuahuas. Most chiweenies have a short coat, but there are long-haired chiweenies. Ears can be erect like the chihuahuas or droopy like the dachshund.
This breed makes terrific watchdogs, but they can be stubborn to train. These dogs usually do not have a high prey instinct, but they will bark to alert you to any changes in your environment. While this designer dog breed may have accidentally bred much earlier, breeders started intentionally breeding these dogs in the 1990s.
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#1 The Most Famous Small Breed: Chihuahua- 5-to-8 Inches
The American Kennel Club’s chihuahua breed standard says this dog will grow to be between 5-and-8 inches tall and should not exceed 6 pounds. This breed often lives between 14-and-16 years. The coat on this breed can be long or short and groomed appropriately. This breed can be any color, and it can be marked or splashed.
Despite their tiny size, chihuahuas have a big-dog attitude. This breed is more prone to heart problems than some other breeds. The American Kennel Club first recognized this breed in 1908.
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If you are looking for a small dog, consider these breeds. They may make the perfect companion for your household. Remember that taking on any dog is a commitment to love and take care of that dog until it passes away in several years. These tiny and teacup dogs may be the perfect addition to your life. They have a ton of love to give despite their tiny and teacup size.
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