Are you thinking of getting a dog? If so, there are many things you should consider such as these 25 things you need to know before adopting a dog. One of the most important things is the size of your new dog. If you like big dogs and have enough space, time, and commitment to give them proper care and love, you could pick one of the larger dog breeds. However, if you live in a small apartment without a backyard, you should stick to small breeds. Today, we’re going to show you some of the smallest dogs in the world. Also known as teacup dog breeds, these dogs might stand just a few inches tall but what they lack in size, they make up for in cuteness. From Yorkshire terriers to Chihuahuas, these are the 25 smallest dogs in the world.
Also known as the Monkey Terrier, the Affenpinscher is a toy-sized, terrier-like dog, easily recognizable by its unusually hairy face. Affenpinschers tend to get along with other dogs, pets and children. They are busy, bold, inquisitive and playful but when not given proper rules and training they might become authoritarian.
The Havanese was once nearly extinct on his native island of Cuba but this small breed has been increasingly popular recently. Standing just about 25 cm (10 in) tall at the shoulder, the Havanese is very playful and always willing to please. It is easy to train, and has an aptitude for performing in obedience competitions. The breed’s history of circus tricks aids him in agility.
Dachshunds rank among small dog breeds but they can actually get even smaller. The Miniature Dachshund usually stands just about 13 – 18 cm (5 – 7 in) tall at the shoulder, making it arguably the world´s shortest dog. Yet, these tiny pooches are very affectionate and playful. They love the outdoors but they will be happy in a city apartment too.
Originally bred to hunt and kill vermin in barns, the Norfolk Terrier was developed in England in the early 1800s. It might be one of the smallest terriers but in terms of the temperament and nature, it can easily compete with much larger breeds. The Norfolk Terrier is a fearless, independent, hard-working, affectionate and very smart dog.
Originally a lap dog favored by Chinese royalty, the Pekingese is an ancient toy dog breed. Its noble origins sometimes make it difficult to housetrain but other than that, the Pekingese is very affectionate and loyal with his family members. Its vigilant nature also makes it a great watchdog that is – thanks to its compact size – suited to any home.