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.
Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese Crested Dog comes in two distinct varieties – the “hairless” and the “powderpuff”. The hairless variety is just that: hairless, except for its feet, head and tail. The “powderpuff” has a long, soft coat. These dogs are alert, charming, agile and lovable. They are playful with children but due to their tiny size and the lack of protective fur (the hairless form), they can get injured easily.
Standing about 25 cm (10 in) tall at the shoulder, the Bichon Frise is a small fluffy dog that probably originated in Spain. Bred specifically to be a companion, the Bichon Frise is a wonderfully affectionate dog. Because his job was to entertain, his nifty repertoire of tricks made him an ideal circus dog. Today, though, it is more often found entertaining families at home.
The Lancashire Heeler was once used to drive livestock to market and hunt rats and rabbits at home, but is now a popular companion dog breed in his native UK. In appearance, it resembles its Corgi cousins but it is smaller, usually weighing just about 6 kg (14 lb). The Lancashire Heeler makes an alert, friendly, energetic, intelligent and playful dog companion.
Similar in size and appearance to the Pomeranian, the Volpino Italiano is a rare breed of the spitz. Developed in ancient Italy, this dog breed was loved by royalty and peasants alike as it is very friendly and energetic. It makes a great family dog as it is very loyal and bonds firmly with its human owners. Because of the long and bushy coat, however, this dog requires weekly coat brushing and regular bathing.
A relatively new breed developed in Germany, the Biewer Terrier is a long-haired toy terrier. Despite being one of the tiniest terriers, usually weighing no more than 3 kg (7 lb), this dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal, intelligent and always eager for adventure. Its lively and affectionate nature makes it a great pet for adults and older children (young kids might accidentally hurt it).
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