By M. W. Byrne

Ankle Commandos: The 13 Best Small Dog Breeds to Own

Lapdog lovers unite: Today, we’re taking a look at the best small dog breeds! These mini dogs are ready to make mischief, steal snuggles, beg for kibbles, and just generally brighten your life with their adorable antics.

Mixed/Mutts

Diversity leads to strength in the world of DNA, so picking up a small dog with an unknown origin story is often better than anything with an “untainted” bloodline.

1

Chihuahua

The smallest of toy dog breeds, the chihuahua has both its critics and fierce defenders.

2

Pomeranian

The ever-popular Pomeranians do require a little more grooming than small dog breeds, and tend to shed like fiends. Outside of that, these small fluffy dogs have very few issues in either body or temperament.

3

Yorkshire Terrier

Train them early to stop the incessant yapping and yorkies are fun and frolicsome, but don’t need a lot of room to run.

4

Maltese

If you want some of the glorious hair of a pomeranian without the shedding, a maltese is a marvelous option. Along with the Bichon Frisé, there is perhaps no more iconic small white dog.

5

Toy Poodle

There’s very few bad poodles. The most hypoallergenic of any dog, since they have hair, not fur and thus don’t shed.

6

Shih Tzu

These sweet little dogs are the right fit for anyone in search of a loyal lapdog.

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