Small Dog Breeds

Here is a list of all moderately Small Dog Breeds. Small dog breeds stand about 12-15 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 10-20 pounds. Small dogs are generally healthy, have a long life and are sturdy. Small sized dogs are often the right choice for apartment dwellers.

This list does not include tiny dog breeds like the Chihuahua. We have a separate list of smallest dog breeds for breeds that can compete for the world’s smallest dog title!

American Eskimo Dog (Miniature)

small dog breeds miniature american eskimo

Australian Terrier

small dog breeds australian terrier

Bichon Frise

small dog breeds bichon frise

Border Terrier

small dogs border terrier

Boston Terrier

small breed boston terrier

Cairn Terrier

small dog breeds cairn terrier

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

small breed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Chinese Crested Dog

small dog breed Chinese crested

Coton de Tulear

small dog breed coton de tulear


small dog breeds dachshund

English Toy Spaniel

small dog breeds english toy spaniel

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

small dog breeds smooth fox terrier

Fox Terrier (Wirehaired)

small dog breeds wire fox terrier


small dog breed havanese

Italian Greyhound

small dog breeds italian greyhound

Jack Russell Terrier

small dog jack russell terrier

Lakeland Terrier

small dog breeds lakeland terrier

Lhasa Apso

small dogs lhasa apso


small dog breed lowchen

Toy Manchester Terrier

small dog manchester terrier

Miniature Poodle

miniature poodle small dog breeds

Miniature Schnauzer

small hypoallergenic breed miniature schnauzer

Norfolk Terrier

small dog breed norfolk terrier

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier


Toy dog breeds Pekingese


Toy dog breeds Pug

Rat Terrier

terrier breeds rat terrier


non sporting breed schipperke

Scottish Terrier

Scottish-Terrier-terrier breeds

Shih Tzu

non sporting dog shih tzu

Silky Terrier

Toy dog breeds Silky Terrier

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

Welsh Terrier

terrier breeds welsh terrier

West Highland White Terrier

terrier breeds West Highland White Terrier


Toy dog breed xoloitzcuintli

Small dog breeds that don’t shed?

Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Border Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Cairn Terrier, Chinese Crested Dog, Coton de Tulear, Havanese, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Westie, and Xolo are hypoallergenic small dog breeds.

Which is the best small apartment dog?

Miniature Poodle is an ideal apartment dog for most. All non-shedding small dog breeds make good apartment dogs. If you have children at home, consider the Shih Tzu, Bichon or some other breeds good with kids (avoid tiny breeds).

Which is the smartest small dog breed?

Miniature Poodle and Miniature Schnauzer are the smartest small dog breeds.

Which is the best small dog for kids?

Kids should be taught to be gentle around small dogs (avoid tiny dog breeds). The Shih Tzu is good with kids. Generally, all dogs are good with kids they have been raised up with.

Best dog food for small dog breeds