The Best Small Dog Breeds

Yorkshire terriers make the perfect down-to-earth companions.

Small dogs sometimes get a bad rap as being “yappy,” hyperactive and harder to train, but as with any stereotype, that’s not necessarily the case. Sure, the smaller breeds do indeed pack a lot of personality into a little body. However, they are faithful companions with a lot of heart and have a loving disposition with adults and children alike.

Small dogs can be happy in any space, from a large home to a modest studio apartment, and they tend to live longer than their larger counterparts (from 12 to 20 years), but don’t lump them all in one small box. The following breeds have some striking differences between each of their personalities. Open next page to get started