8 Super Cute Popular Small Dog Breeds That Will Make You Say Awwww!

Sometimes the seriousness of life is just too much and you need to de-stress. What better way to wind down and clear your mind than looking at cute pictures of popular small dog breeds?

This super cute article may also help you find a specific small dog breed if you are pet hunting. Here are the top 8 cutest popular small dog breeds and why they have gained so much popularity.





Span Life


7 - 12 inches

3 to 7 pounds

12 to 16 years

Shih Tzu

9 - 10 inches

9 to 16 pounds

10 to 16 years

Miniature Poodles

10 - 12 inches

15 to 17 pounds

12 to 15 years

Yorkshire Terrier

8 - 9 inches

4 to 6 pounds

12 to 15 years

Jack Russell Terrier

10 - 15 inches

13 to 17 pounds

10 to 15 years

Bichon Frise

9 - 11 inches

7 to 12 pounds

12 to 15 years

Basset Hound

Up to 14 inches

50 to 65 pounds

10 to 12 years

Cocker Spaniel

14 - 15 inches

24 to 28 pounds

12 to 15 years



1st position is Pomeranian

This small dog breed is just as smart as it is adorable. Their intelligence makes them easy to train and gives them an awesome personality. They come in a variety of colors with orange, white, and tan being the most common.

Pom-poms are little fireballs of energy that love to play and are easily excited making them one of the funniest small dog breeds. Pomeranians are also known for their loyalty and eagerness to stay at their owner’s side.

If you like Pomeranians, I hope you don’t mind a little noise. Pomeranians are notorious for barking at anything and everything. At least you won’t have to worry about anyone sneaking up on you.

To top it all off, they look like little teddy bears and stay small and sweet weighing in at 3 to 7 pounds.

Pomeranians: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, Behavior, and Training


Shih Tzu

2nd position is Shih Tzu

The name Shih Tzu means “little lion” and it’s easy to see where they got the nickname from when you look at their coat. This is a common show breed known for their agility and competitive spirit.

Shih Tzu’s are extremely affectionate and can usually be found following their owners from room to room looking for love. Their long silky hair and sweet flat noses are highly desirable for those looking for a small dog with a unique appearance.

Shih Tzu’s are wonderful family dogs that prefer the indoors. Their long coats make them pretty susceptible to heat so outdoor summer activities should be limited. To learn more about the Shih Tzu breed follow this link

Shih Tzu Dogs - The Complete Owners Guide from Puppy to Old Age


Miniature Poodles

3rd position is Miniature Poodle

This cute small breed is one of the more commonly known and popular breeds. Miniature poodles are tougher than they look and are basically little athletes. They are great when it comes to agility training involving jumps and hoops. Poodles are easily house broken and love to learn new tricks.

Despite their small stature and curly cuteness, this breed can make an excellent watchdog. Miniature poodles are wary (but not aggressive) towards strangers. You can trust this breed to make a lot of noise if an unexpected “guest” shows up in the middle of the night!

Mini-Poos are also popular because they are hypoallergenic. They do not have fur like regular dogs. Miniature poodle’s beautiful curly locks are made of hair just like us humans. This means very little shedding and less brushing required.

More about this breed can be found here


Yorkshire Terriers

4th position is yorkshire

Yorkshire Terriers (“Yorkies”) are a small breed with a big attitude. They are known to be bold (despite their small size), stubborn, and difficult to train. Yorkies are very protective of their owners and seem to be unaware of how little they are.

This breed makes an excellent watchdog and will sound the alarm when you have visitors. Yorkshire Terriers are an extremely energetic breed that requires a lot of exercise and playtime.

Yorkshire Terriers are another hypoallergenic and shed free dog option. Though their coat won’t make you sneeze, it can require a lot of upkeep. Many Yorkie owners opt to shave their dog in order to avoid the constant brushing.

Nutrition for this breed can be found here


Jack Russell Terrier

5th position is Jack

A sedentary or laid back lifestyle is not suited for this energetic breed. Jack Russell Terriers are affectionate and playful but they can be quite a handful! Training this highly intelligent breed can be compared to raising a toddler.

They have boundless energy that never seems to run out so they need a LOT of exercise. This breed is perfect for people who love to go on walks or runs. Be cautious, this little guy may just go for a walk without you if not properly penned.

They can also jump to incredible heights and have been known to hop over high fences. Jack Russells are very funny little dogs with a personality that cannot be matched by any other breed.

If you want to know more about the Jack Russell Terrier breed, follow this link

Jack Russell Terrier Training


Bichon Frise

5th position is Bichon

Look at this cutie pie! The Bichon Frise is highly popular among small dog breeds because of their poofy powder-puff appearance. They look this way because of their thick double-layered coat. The bottom layer is dense causing the top layer to stand up and pop out.

This breed is very energetic and can play for hours. A Bichon Frise is a family dog who is great with children of all ages and loves to make friends with other pets. One unique personality trait of this breed is its sensitivity. They can easily get their feelings hurt and require a lot of love and affection.

If you want to know more about the Bichon Frise, take a look at this website

Bichon Frise (Barron's Dog Bibles)


Basset Hound

7th position is Basset Hound

This incredibly cute small dog breed was originally bred as a hunting dog. Some dog owners still use Basset Hounds for this purpose. When they aren’t busy chasing rabbits or squirrels, you can find a basset hound cuddling with their owners or playing with children.

This is one of the most friendly small dog breeds. They are well suited for pet owners of all ages as well as homes with other pets. Many dog lovers admire this breed for their adorable long ears alone. Their ears coupled with their big feet and droopy eyes make them one of the cutest dog breeds out there!

The Basset Hound (Terra-Nova)


Cocker Spaniel

8th position is Cocker

Just look at those fluffy ears! Cocker Spaniels are known for their beautiful, curly coated ears. It’s not just their ears that make them so attractive. They come in a variety of colors and patterns but the most common look for this breed is the light and shiny chestnut brown.

As beautiful as their coat is, it can sometimes be a chore to maintain. Some Cocker Spaniel owners shave their dog instead of dealing with the constant brushing. Don’t worry; the Cocker Spaniel is still super cute with a buzz cut.

Their sweet golden eyes are sure to melt the heart of any dog lover. Cocker Spaniels are great hunting dogs but can be a great addition to any family. They are playful, energetic, and cheerful. This breed is of moderate intelligence and generally holds a high respect for their owner. They are easy to train due to their eagerness to please. 

Cocker Spaniels. Cocker Spaniel Dog Complete Owners Manual

Did you enjoy this list of super cute popular small dog breeds? This article is my go-to reference when choosing a small dog breed for my family. Which one is your favorite? Tell us what you think in the comments and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

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Anna Sakila

Hi, I’m Anna Sakila and I love to give my friend the best of everything. I started this blog so I can also share my experiences with you. Take a tour through my site to see helpful stories and useful information on the best ways to care for your lovely dog.

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