According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale list, there are officially 342 dog breeds but there are others that are still unknown. So the choice is huge. Before adopting a dog, most people carefully examine its characteristics and fully understand it. If you like small dogs, you can choose from the breeds listed below.
If we talk about a slightly different dog, everyone is directly thinking of the Chihuahua. Renowned by many famous owners, the Chihuahua is the smallest pet dog in the world. She is from the eponymous Mexican city and according to legend, she was the favorite companion of Aztec princesses. Despite its small size, this cheerful and dynamic dog will not allow himself to be afraid of other dogs, no matter their size. There are long-haired Chihuahuas, but they are less numerous than those with short hair. In general, they measure between 15 and 30 cm and weigh between 1.5 and 3 kg. They also have a life span of up to 20 years.
The Japanese Spanish
The Japanese Spaniel is a small dog about 30 cm, the weight usually between 3 and 4 kg. It is considered the most loving companion unlike the dog. He loves to have fun and his intelligence is one of his greatest assets. The Japanese Spaniel is also appreciated for its good humor and dynamism. Independent and featuring a very elegant air, it is one of the dog breeds most valued by the ancient royalty of Japan. It can live up to 14 years.
Jack Russell took its name from the English reverend, John Russel, the man who allowed it to exist. He was a terrier, a small hunting dog full of energy. Obviously, this is the ideal dog for very active people who want to go out in nature with their pet. Otherwise, he needs to be given a lot of exercise so that he can expend his energy and avoid failure. Among the behavioral traits that most attract the animal, we can mention its loyalty and its wisdom. In terms of size, Jack Russells measure between 15 and 35 cm. For weight, they weigh between 3 and 10 kg. In addition, their life expectancy is between 12 and 14 years.
The Fox Terrier
Originally from England, the Fox terrier is known for its effectiveness in chasing wolves and rats out of their burrows. Measuring between 33 and 39 cm, it usually weighs between 6 and 9 kg. There are two types of Fox Terriers: smooth-haired and wire-haired. In any case, he is a dynamic dog who stands up for his strong manners. Courageous, intelligent, loving and honest are also adjectives that perfectly describe him. Its head is easily recognizable by its small flat skull, its muzzle extending downward, its fine muscular jaw and its small V -shaped drooping ears. Fox terriers can live up to 15 years.
The Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, also called Shetland or Sheltie, is a small 33 to 41 cm dog weighing between 6 to 12 kg. It comes from the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland where it is bred to care for sheep. Very sociable and very kind, this breed results from crossing dogs from the Shetland Islands and Collies. He is also known for his great dynamics and his ingenuity that accelerates his training. Loyal Shetland Sheepdogs have a life span of 12 to 13 years.
The Welsh Corgi Cardigan
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a unique one from Wales. It resembles a fox and measures between 25 and 33 cm when mature. Despite its small size, it is used to raise cattle and sheep. Weighing between 14 and 17 kg, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is shy in character to people he doesn’t know, but his loyalty to his master remains unwavering. Intelligently, this cross of Cardigan and Pembroke is very easy to educate. In addition, you will appreciate his courage, his gentleness and his good humor. A healthy Cardigan Welsh Corgi can live up to 15 years.
The Prague Ratter
Measuring between 20 and 23 cm, the Prague Ratter is a different kind of small dog that comes from the Czech Republic where it is most widespread. She is loving, sociable, loyal and caring, the ideal companion for children and families. On the other hand, it is very sensitive to cold. It weighs only between 1.5 and 3.5 kg and can live up to 14 years.