10 Best Miniature Dog Breeds

Miniature dogs, also known as toy dogs at one time used to be called “toy dogs.” This is because during the Renaissance when balloon sleeves were in fashion, it was an affectionate practice to carry these dogs within their sleeves as arm warmers! They may appear frail, but most of these dogs are very confident and not afraid of anyone.

Though each miniature dog is unique, they all have some very similar characteristics.


The Chihuahua is thought to have originated in Mexico. This dog weighs up to 6 pounds and is approximately 6-9 inches tall. The colors of this dog vary greatly from black and tan, black and white spotted, or just about any other color. Their coat can be either long and smooth or long and feathering.

Chihuahuas think they are much bigger than they really are! They have very feisty personalities, but are very loving with their family.


The Havanese is a very chic dog to own in the United States. Their number have dwindled a great deal in Cuba where they are from. This dog has a square frame, bushy tail, and very soft expressive eyes. The coat is long, silky, and abundant.

The Havanese has a delightful personality and is a good family dog.

Japanese Chin

The Chin is originally from China, but developed in Japan. They are ornate in appearance with large eyes and feathering throughout their coat. They weigh up to 7 pounds and are 7-11 inches tall. The Chin uses its paws – almost like a cat – to wash its face!

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The Japanese Chin is known to be a rather good watchdog. This is one of the quietest dogs with a very high intelligence and very trainable. this dog does not like rough handling.


The Maltese has a very regal look about it and enjoys being pampered. This dog is very easy to distinguish with its long, flowing white hair. This dog usually weighs about 4-6 pounds and gets to be 9-10 inches tall.

Despite its small size, the Maltese is not delicate at all. It has a fun, gentle, affectionate nature. It is not the best, however, for families with small children.

Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is a confident, cheerful little dog. They almost look similar to small deer. The Min Pin is an ancient breed once used to rid farmhouses of rats. It also has a history of being a circus dog!

This dog weighs about 8-10 pounds. This dog will tend to bark a lot. It will rule the roost if you don’t establish who the leader is. The Miniature Pinscher can be a bit snappy around small children.


Owning a Peke was once revered for royal court members. It has a long double coat and should be brushed at least three times a week.

The Peke is stubborn and independent but trains well. Pekes will do better with older children.


The Pomeranian comes from herding and sled pulling ancestors. They usually weigh between 4-6 pounds. They are also constant shedders.

This dog is also know for being in the circus! They are full of personality and a wonderful companion to have around.

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The Poodle is the national dog of France, but it originated in Germany where it was known as Pudel. It grows to be less than 10 inches tall and has a full, curly coat. The Poodle is highly intelligent and easily trained. They are clever and entertaining and is well known for performing in circuses.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a charismatic, spirited little dog. These dogs are good companions and very affectionate. They are very adaptable to whatever your family is like.

Shih Tzu

This is a very pretty, yet compact and sturdy dog. The Shih Tzu is a fun, playful dog that also enjoys being spoiled! This breed thrives on socialization.