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.
Russian Toy Dog
Also known as Russkiy Toy or Moscow Toy Terrier, the Russian Toy Dog is a toy-sized dog that was developed in Russia in the 19th century when it was a popular companion for the aristocracy. Weighing just 1.3 – 2.7 kg (3 – 6 lb), it is one of the smallest dogs in the world. A very loving, intelligent and loyal pet, the Russian Toy Dog can be either longhaired or smooth-haired.
Originally bred to hunt and kill rats, the Brussels Griffon is an intelligent and cheerful dog with a terrier-like disposition and almost human expression. This affectionate breed comes in a variety of colors, including red, beige, black and tan, or black. Despite its tiny size, this breed makes a good watchdog and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks.
Probably the most famous of the “purse puppies”, Chihuahuas come in many different coat types and colors. Standing no more than 13 cm (5 in) at the shoulder, these small Mexican canines are very popular with dog owners all over the world as they have a great personality, lively nature and they require a minimum of grooming.
As the name suggests, the Japanese Chin comes from Japan where this dog has been prized as a lively companion for more than a thousand years. Intelligent and well-mannered, the Japanese Chin learns quickly but might be a bit stubborn sometimes. Usually friendly toward other animals and strangers, this dog makes a great pet for older children (young kids might accidentally injure it).
Reputed as one of the world´s oldest dog breeds and the most ancient European toy breed, the Maltese has a curious history. The dog is believed to have been discovered by the Phoenicians on the island of Malta around 1500 BC. These days, the Maltese is known to be an extremely lovable and playful dog that always enjoys being with its owners.
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