Small dogs: you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em. Tiny heads poking out of purses, or prancing about with floss-thin leashes, look ridiculous to some or utterly adorable to others. Fortunately the canine universe boasts of a wide array of dog breeds, ranging from nearly 2 lb pups to those that weigh over 200 lbs! Wherever you find yourself on the small-dog-fan spectrum, here are a few of the most popular dog breeds that make the list.

Toy Fox Pinscher

Toy Fox Pinscher (Wikipedia)

Toy Fox Pinscher:  These little pups are speed-bullets that zip around the room with extreme energy.  The Toy Fox Pinscher is a mini image of the Doberman, with its black and tan markings, and though these beauties only weigh about 6 pounds, they are great match for active owners.

Maltese dog

Maltese

Maltese: A hypoallergenic breed, this silky-haired snowball weighs only 5-7 pounds, and is a perfect size as a carry-on companion. The Italian Maltese can grow long luscious locks, or sport a smart short trim to keep them from tripping when they run about.

Papillon dog

Papillon

Papillon: Though the Papillon typically weighs between 7-9 pounds, no small-dog list would be complete without these unique canine creatures. Ranking as one of the Top Ten Smartest Dog Breeds, the Papillon’s fan-like ears and winning personalities make them irresistible pets.

pomeranian running in grass

Pomeranian

Pomeranian: These little big-dogs, share some roots with the Siberian Husky, though you would never know it with their miniature stature. Pomeranians can come in over 20 shades, and are extreme socialites who love being preened and petted!

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier: Yorkies rank as one of America’s most beloved breeds, and are adored for their courage and feisty personalities. Though they often grow no bigger than 7-9 pounds, the Yorkie will poke his curious nose in any hole, making a great side-kick for just about any situation.

Chihuahua dog

Chihuahua

Chihuahua: These energetic Mexican dogs are often mixed with other breeds, because of their size and affection-loving personalities. The Chihuahua dogs weigh between 4-8 pounds, and healthy pups can live up to 18-20 years!

Russian Toy Terrier

Russian Toy Terrier

Russian Toy Terrier: One of the tiniest breeds in the bunch, Russian Toy Terriers weigh an average of 3-6 pounds. They come as shorthair dogs (closely resembling the Chihuahua) or longer-haired pups with silky ears that look butterfly-like when they stand up.

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