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.
Another toy dog breed that originated in ancient China, the Shih Tzu is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world – it was found out that these dogs existed as early as 8,000 BC. The Shih Tzu was originally kept in royal palaces as a lap dog but recently, it started to be used in dog sports, particularly obedience, rally and agility competitions.
Originally a companion dog of Belgian sailors, the Schipperke is considered one of the smallest shepherd breeds in the world. It is an extremely lively and energetic dog that loves to chase anything that moves. An alert watchdog, the Schipperke is usually reserved with strangers. This breed can make an amiable and pleasant apartment dog but needs daily exercise.
Closely related and similar to the Yorkshire Terrier, the Silky Terrier was developed in Australia in the 19th century. Usually weighing about 4 – 4.5 kg (9 – 10 lb), this little dog is notable for its straight, silky and shiny coat. The silky terrier is a tough character that is always up for a challenge and adventure. Despite its tiny size, it loves to go vermin hunting whenever given the chance.
Named after its characteristic butterfly-like look, the Papillon (French word for butterfly) is one of the oldest, smartest, most popular and most trainable toy dogs. The highly energetic and spirited Papillon is commonly chosen by obedience or agility exhibitors who want a top-notch competition dog in a very small package.
Originally developed as a ratter, the Miniature Schnauzer is easily identifiable by its long beard and bushy eyebrows. A tiny dog with a whole lot of heart, this pooch is always in the top 20 most popular breeds in the US, UK and Germany, but it is commonly found around the world. The Miniature Schnauzer is a very intelligent and affectionate dog that loves to be in the center of the action.