Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier

The toy-sized terrier has big-dog boldness. Vital Stats Height: 9 to 10 inches at shoulder Weight: 8 to 10 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 12 to 15 years Summary The Silky Terrier exemplifies the expression “small dog, big personality.” Weighing...
Shih-Tzu

Shih-Tzu

The descendant of regal dogs of China, the Shih Tzu makes a loyal and lively friend. Vital Stats Height: 9 to 10.5 inches at shoulder Weight: 9 to 16 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 15 years Summary His name means little lion, but there’s nothing fierce...
Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

The bold and fiery Shiba Inu is Japan’s smallest native spitz dog. Vital Stats Height: 13 to 17 inches at shoulder Weight: 17 to 23 pounds Coat: straight and thick Life span: 12 to 16 years Summary The Shiba Inu was originally bred to flush birds and small game,...
Schipperke

Schipperke

The Schipperke is loved for his cleverness, devotion, and versatility, as well as his sly sense of humor. Vital Stats Height: 10 to 15 inches tall at shoulder Weight: 11 to 18 pounds Coat: double coat in basic black Life span: 13 to 15 years Summary Curious and...
Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

Despite a reputation for naughtiness, the Brussels Griffon is all charm. Vital Stats Height: 7 to 8 inches at shoulder Weight: 7 to 12 pounds Coat: dense and wiry or short and glossy Life span: 12 to 15 years Summary Originally bred to hunt and kill rats, this former...
Pug

Pug

Vital Stats Height: 10 to 14 inches at shoulder Weight: 14 to 18 pounds Coat: short and smooth Life span: 12 to 15 years Summary Pugs often are described as a lot of dog in a small space. These sturdy, compact dogs are a part of the American Kennel Club’s Toy...
Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Cocky, commanding, and animated, the pint-size Pomeranian is always an entertaining companion. Vital Stats Height: 7 to 12 inches at shoulder Weight: 3 to 7 pounds, though some can reach 12 to 14 pounds Coat: soft and fluffy Life span: 12 to 16 years Summary Descended...
Pekingese

Pekingese

The lion dog of imperial China is now a king of hearts. Vital Stats Height: 6 to 9 inches at shoulder Weight: 7 to 14 pounds Coat: long and thick Life span: 12 to 15 years Summary Pekingese were bred for centuries to be the cherished companions of the imperial family...
Papillon

Papillon

Don’t let the delicate package fool you–though the Papillon will fit on your lap, this extrovert is happiest romping around and making friends. Vital Stats Height: 8 to 11 inches at shoulder Weight: 4 to 9 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 12 to 16...
Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher reigns as the “King of Toys.” Vital Stats Height: 10 to 12.5 inches at shoulder Weight: 8 to 11 pounds Coat: short and sleek Life span: 10 to 14 years Summary The Miniature Pinscher was originally bred in Germany to hunt vermin,...
Maltese

Maltese

The Maltese has been a treasured companion dog for more than 2,000 years. <h3 Vital Stats Height: 8 to 10 inches at shoulder Weight: No more than 7 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 12 to 15 years or more Summary Gentle and fearless, the Maltese greets...
Lowchen

Lowchen

The lion-hearted Lowchen is courageous and charismatic. Vital Stats Height: 12 to 14 inches at shoulder Weight: 9 to 18 pounds Coat: soft and long Life span: 13 to 15 years Summary The Lowchen is a toy breed that was developed as a companion dog and still finds itself...
Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

The lionhearted Lhasa Apso is a protective, loyal family companion. Vital Stats Height: 9 to 11 inches at shoulder Weight: 12 to 15 pounds Coat: long and straight Life span: 12 to 15 years or more Summary The Lhasa Apso is originally from Tibet, where he was a highly...
Keeshond

Keeshond

Friendship is this loving Dutchman’s number-one goal. Vital Stats Height: 16 to 19 inches at shoulder Weight: 35 to 45 pounds Coat: medium-length and thick Life span: 12 to 15 years or older Summary The Keeshond is an old breed, once a companion and watchdog on...
Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

Agile and entertaining, the high-flying Japanese Chin is more than just a pampered pet. Vital Stats Height: 8 to 11 inches at shoulder Weight: 4 to 9 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 10 to 14 years with some reaching 16 years of age Summary The Japanese Chin...
Havanese

Havanese

With a personality that’s as sunny as his native island of Cuba, the Havanese is a fun and devoted companion. Vital Stats Height: 8.5 to 11.5 inches at shoulder Weight: 7 to 13 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 12 to 15 years or older Summary The Havanese...
French Bulldog

French Bulldog

His unique appearance and mischievous nature make the Frenchie a well-loved breed. Vital Stats Height: 11 to 12 inches at shoulder Weight: 16 to 28 pounds Coat: short and smooth Life span: 11 to 14 years Summary The French Bulldog has enjoyed a long history as a...
English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel

This distinctive dog has a noble character and history. Vital Stats Height: 10 to 11 inches at shoulder Weight: 8 to 14 pounds Coat: long and silky Life span: 10 to 12 years or more Summary Nicknamed “Charlies” after the king who loved them, English Toy...
Dalmatian

Dalmatian

Consider this breed if you are an active person who can provide plenty of training, socialization, and opportunities for hearty exercise. Vital Stats Height: 19 to 24 inches at shoulder Weight: 48 to 55 pounds Coat: short and satiny Life span: 13 to 16 years Summary...
Coton De Tulear

Coton De Tulear

The sweet-natured, cottony-coated companion absolutely lives for his person and easily adapts to his household’s lifestyle and needs. Vital Stats Height: 8.5 to 12.5 inches at shoulder Weight: 8 to 13 pounds Coat: white, fluffy, and thick Life span: 14 years or...
Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

Called ugly by some, a Chinese Crested proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Vital Stats Height: 11 to 13 inches at shoulder Weight: up to 12 pounds Coat: none except for a few tufts; or long and silky Life span: 10 to 14 years Summary The Chinese Crested...
Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Meet the world’s smallest dog. Vital Stats Height: 6 to 9 inches at shoulder Weight: 3 to 6 pounds Coat: smooth or long Life span: 10 to 18 years Summary The Chihuahua’s charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and...
Bulldog

Bulldog

Vital Stats Height: 12 to 15 inches at shoulder Weight: 40 to 50 pounds Coat: short and smooth Life span: 8 to 12 years   Summary Bulldogs originally were used to drive cattle to market and to compete in a bloody sport called bullbaiting. Today, they’re gentle...
Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is one of only a few dogs with the distinction of being “Made in America.” Vital Stats Height: 12 to 15 inches at shoulder Weight: 10 to 25 pounds Coat: short and smooth Life span: 13 to 15 years Summary Boston Terriers have been popular...
Bolognese

Bolognese

Not just another white fluffy dog. Vital Stats Height: 9 to 12.5 inches Weight: 8 to 14 pounds Coat: white ringlets Life span: 12 to 14 years Summary A true companion dog, the Bolognese loves to be at his family’s side. However, he also loves getting his way and...
Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Happy, charming and independent, the Bichon Frise is an engaging companion. Vital Stats Height: 9 to 11 inches at shoulder Weight: 7 to 12 pounds Coat: soft and fluffy Life span: 12 to 15 years Summary The Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shawn FREE-say; the plural is...
American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

With his fluffy white coat and bouncy personality, the American Eskimo Dog is truly “the dog beautiful.” Vital Stats Height: Toy, 9 to 12 inches at shoulder; Miniature, 12 to 15 inches at shoulder; Standard, 15 to 19 inches at shoulder Weight: Toy, about...
Poodle

Poodle

Beautiful, sophisticated, and intelligent, the Poodle stands out in the crowd. Vital Stats Height: Toy, up to 10 inches at shoulder; Miniatures, 11 to 15 inches at shoulder; Standards, about 22 inches at shoulder Weight: Toys, 6 to 9 pounds; Miniatures, 15 to 17...