Most Popular Small Dog : A Quick guide

Most Popular Small Dog : A Quick guide

So you’re in the market for a small dog, but you have no idea where to start. The Internet can hinder you as much as help you these days. Endless lists, and different ones on every page at that. In this article, I will provide a quick guide to the American Kennel Club’s top small breeds.

What is the most popular small dog breed?

To assist with choosing a potential family member, I have listed the 10 most popular small dog breeds, courtesy of the American Kennel Club 2017 list of popular dog breeds.

10 Most Popular Small Dog Breeds

  1. Pomeranian

These little guys are well known for their long and thick coats. They are happy, energetic and extremely loyal.

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They are difficult to train, so it is best to start training them as early as possible.

They are wonderful apartment companions if they are trained well. Pomeranians are adorable little lapdogs, and they are great with kids. However, use caution around small children because Pomeranians have a delicate frame. Pomeranians are super energetic attention-seekers, so take that under advisement if you are considering this breed.

  1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

If you are looking for an easy to train small dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi may be your breed. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are excellent with kids, and they are good with cats if they have been socialized with them.


I would not recommend this breed if you have small caged animals as they still have their ratting behaviors. Similarly, they tend to take charge, and may not do well with larger breeds.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis enjoy freedom to run and thrive in areas with lots of room.

  1. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu are bred to be companions, which makes them an excellent choice if you are in the market for a lap dog.

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They don’t like being alone for an extended amount of time, and are not a good choice for an owner who does not spend a lot of time at home. They don’t require a lot of exercise, which makes them a great choice for an apartment dweller. Shih Tzu may be a little hard to train due to their stubbornness, but they make great watchdogs.
  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This is an excellent breed if you are looking for a quiet and friendly small dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavaliers love people, and, like Shih Tzu, do not like being solitary for long. They do require a big of grooming to keep them clean, and they tend to shed a lot.

Cavaliers are affectionate, playful, and great with kids and other animals. This breed is fantastic for families and multi-pet homes.
  1. Miniature Schnauzer

This breed contains a lot of personality and energy. They do not make good lap dogs, but they are loyal and versatile.

They adapt well to a variety of living conditions. Miniature Schnauzers should only be adopted from independent breeders because this breed tends to have behavior and personality issues if bought from a pet store. This breed’s versatility makes it an excellent choice for almost everybody, from multi-animal homes to single seniors looking for some canine companionship.

Even people who suffer from allergies, as the shedding from Miniature Schnauzers are minimal. Like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, it is recommended that the home be free from small caged animals.
  1. Dachshund

Dachshunds are super playful dogs with comical personalities. They are one of the most recognizable breeds due to their “hot dog” like appearance.


These dogs are less likely to get along with other animals, including other dogs. They are difficult to train, so only adopt one if you are willing to put in the time to make sure they are trained and socialized well.

They were bred as a hunting dog, so it is beneficial to stimulate Dachshunds with lots of toys and games.

  1. Poodle

Poodles are a popular breed due to their hypoallergenic coat. These dogs are chosen most amongst owners with allergies, and they are often crossbred with other breeds to reduce shedding.


Poodles are extremely intelligent and easy to train. They do best in homes with a lot of room to run and play. Poodles make good therapy and service dogs, and are very eager to please their owners.

  1. Yorkshire Terrier

Otherwise known as a Yorkie, this breed is very intelligent and easy to train. They tend to either snuggle on their owner’s lap or run around playfully.

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They do not like strange dogs and make great watchdogs. They can live with other animals if socialized, but prefer the company of another Yorkie.

They are an active breed that need time to take walks or play in the yard. Yorkies are loving dogs and are a great choice for loving families.
  1. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are a happy little breed that love companionship. They are playful and energetic, but do very well in apartments and small houses because they do not need a lot of exercise.

french bulldog

Another plus for apartment living is that they are very quiet. They tend to be stubborn, which may cause issues when trying to train them. They are also prone to medical problems, so be diligent about their grooming and care.

What is the most popular small dog breed in the United States?


Beagles are the top small breed in the US due to a variety of reasons, but mostly because they are a sweet, caring, and funny breed.


They require attentive training as puppies to grow into caring and nurturing adults, and they are often very difficult to housebreak. Beagles are friendly towards kids and other animals, but are alert watchdogs. They are not a great option for apartments due to their vocal abilities.

Among other popular small breeds there are Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, Havanese, Cocker Spaniels, and Maltese. These have different traits that they are known for. Of course, there are many other options. It is always best to consult a breeder or animal professional to determine which small dog breed is correct for you and your lifestyle.

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