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Companion Dog Breeds

Nicole Cosgrove

One of the truly most awesome thing about owning a dog is the companionship it has to offer. All dogs if raised well and properly looked after and loved will offer their owners devotion and companionship. But there are some dogs who were bred for that specific purpose, rather than as a working dog or hunting dog, or herder alongside it. This list has some of the top picks to be companion dogs. When you are done here feel free to use the Dog Breed Selector to the right to gather more information.

General Information
Origin United States
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 5.5 to 26 pounds
Height 7 to 18 inches at the shoulder
Life span 14 to 16 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Love to explore
Alert
Inquisitive
Affectionate
Smart
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Australia
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 8 to 11 pounds
Height 9 to 10 inches at the shoulder
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Companion
Loyal
Playful
Intelligent
Smart
Easy to train

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 141st by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 9 pounds
Height 9 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – above average
Breed Traits

Watchdog
Affectionate
Loyal
Happy
Curious
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Australia
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 130th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 9 to 14 pounds
Height 9 to 11 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – above average
Breed Traits

Stubborn
Mischievous
Entertaining
Playful
Spirited
Lively

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Greece
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 18 pounds
Height 8 to 13 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Average to above average
Breed Traits

Devoted
Affectionate
Social
Outgoing
Happy
Confident

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Registered member of the AKC
Size Toy
Weight 4 to 7 pounds
Height 8 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Very good – bright dog
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Devoted
Alert
Bold
Fearless
Tenacious

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Brazil
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 15 to 22 pounds
Height 13 to 16 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Perky
Intelligent
Playful
Intelligent
Spirited
Active

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 82 by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 12 to 16 pounds
Height 10 to 11 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Good Family dog
Affectionate
Alert
Joyful
Smart

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Belgium, Spain, France
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 44th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 16 pounds
Height 9 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Very good – Quite intelligent
Breed Traits

Friendly
Cheerful
Loving
Affectionate
Sweet natured
Intelligent

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 95th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 6 to 12 pounds
Height 7 to 9 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Below average – training will not be super quick
Breed Traits

Playful
Lively
Curious
Sparky
Affectionate
Happy

Hypoallergenic

Can be

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not popular – ranked 151st by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 17 to 23 pounds
Height 15 to 18 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Fairly intelligent – average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Loving
Loyal
Somewhat sensitive
Playful
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Italy
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 5 to 12 pounds
Height 9 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Affectionate
Loyal companion
Devoted
Curious
Entertaining

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Mexico
Popularity High – Ranked 30th by AKC
Size Toy
Weight Six pounds or less
Height 6-10 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10-18 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Cute
Lively
Affectionate
Eager to please
Funny

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Czech Republic
Popularity Not popular – ranked 184th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 23 pounds
Height 10 to 13 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Good – about average
Breed Traits

Watchdogs
Alert
Playful
Patient
Loyal
Joyfull

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Africa or Mexico, China
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 75th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 5 to 12 pounds
Height 11 to 13 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Lively
Playful
Affectionate
Happy
Loyal
Joyfull

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 70th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 18 pounds
Height 9 to 13 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Brave
Bold
Alert
Loyal
Cheerful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Originally England, later revived by an American breeder
Popularity 18th on the AKC list
Size Small
Weight 13 to 18 pounds
Height 12 to 13 inches
Life span 9 to 15 years
Intelligence Very good – quite an intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Affectionate
Happy
Playful
Eager to please
Gentle

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Madagascar
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 85th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 8 to 13 pounds
Height 9 to 12 inches
Life span 14 to 18 years
Intelligence Very good – learns quite quickly
Breed Traits

Friendly
Intelligent
Lively
Playful
Cheerful
Eager to please

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin France
Popularity Not recognized by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 12 to 14 pounds
Height 11 to 13 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Calm
Playful
Loyal
Affectionate
Loving companion
Entertaining

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Denmark and Sweden
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 15 to 25 pounds
Height 12 to 15 inches
Life span 10 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Lively
Intelligent
Friendly
Great companion
Playful
Active

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Netherlands
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 20 to 24 pounds
Height 14 to 17 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Loyal
Affectionate
Gentle
Loving
Playful

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not popular – ranked 177th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 8 to 24 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches
Life span 11 to 13 years
Intelligence Fair – needs 40 to 80 repetitions before it learns a new command
Breed Traits

Loyal
Sensitive
Independent
Social
Loving
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 8-9 inches at the shoulder
Height 16-32 pounds
Life span 12-15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Smart
Playful
Mischievous
Alert
Hunter
Fearless

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Cuba
Popularity Very good – 24th as ranked by the AKC
Size Toy, Small
Weight 7 to 13 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Very good – this is a smart dog, one of the quicker toy breeds
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Gentle
Companion
Cheerful
Intelligent
Sociable

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Italy
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 71st by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 14 pounds
Height 13 to 15 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Fair to average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Loyal
Social
Friendly
Happy
Intelligent

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin England, Australia
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 90th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 10 to 15 pounds
Height 8 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Above average – understands things in a reasonably quick manner
Breed Traits

Loyal
Active
Frienldy
Fearless
Devoted
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Japan
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 5 to 9 pounds
Height 8 to 13 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Active
Lively
Spirited
Intelligent
Affectionate
Loving

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Japan, China
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 97th by the AKC
Size Small (toy)
Weight 4 to 7 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Average – training will be gradual
Breed Traits

Alert
Cheerful
Friendly
Gentle
Lively
Independent

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin China
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 65th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 15 pounds
Height 10 to 11 inches
Life span 10-15 years
Intelligence Fair to average
Breed Traits

Alert
Intelligent
Cheerful
Playful
Energetic
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 145th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 15 to 18 pounds
Height 13 to 15 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Fair to average – may need 40 to 80 repetitions before understands new command
Breed Traits

Sensitive
Independent
Lively
Confident
Affectionate
Fearless

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin England
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 6 to 13 pounds
Height 10 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Eager to please
Happy
Great family dog
Attentive
Devoted
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany, Europe
Popularity Not popular – ranked 171st by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 8 to 18 pounds
Height 12 to 14 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average – bright and easy to train
Breed Traits

Great family dog
Playful
Gentle
Smart
Affectionate
Cheerful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 64 by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 8 to 10 pounds
Height 10 to 13 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

energetic
lively
outgoing
assertive
independent
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Australia
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 12 pounds
Height 9 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 18 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Energetic
Brave
Outgoing
Fearless
Independent
Easygoing

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin USA
Popularity Not yet a registered member of the AKC
Size Toy
Weight 5 to 10 pounds
Height 10 to 12 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Friendly
Charming
Social
Playful
Intuitive

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Malta
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 31st by the AKC
Size Toy, Small
Weight 4 to 7 pounds
Height 7 to 10 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years – some live a little more
Intelligence Very good – the brightest toy dog
Breed Traits

Energetic
Alert
Lively
Affectionate
Devoted
Smart dog

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United States
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 5 to 22 pounds
Height 12 to 17 inches
Life span 12 and 16 years
Intelligence Very good
Breed Traits

affectionate
loving
intelligent
sweet
sensitive
Needs experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 10-18 pounds
Height 13-14 inches at the shoulder
Life span 12-14 years
Intelligence Very smart
Breed Traits

Smart
Fast
Courageous
Intelligent
Livly
Outgoing

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 133rd by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 12 to 22 pounds
Height 15 to 16 inches
Life span 14 to 16 years
Intelligence Above average – understands new commands with 15 to 25 repetitions
Breed Traits

Loyal
Independent
Intelligent
Comical
Curious
Charming

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 134th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 11 to 12 pounds
Height 9 to 10 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Fair to average
Breed Traits

Social
Loving
Independent
Brave
Potential for some aggression
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 103rd by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 10 to 12 pounds
Height 9 to 10 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – above average
Breed Traits

Loyal
Brave
Energetic
Needs experienced owner
Loving
Enjoys challenges

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Norway
Popularity Not popular – ranked 188th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 20 pounds
Height 12 to 15 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent breed
Breed Traits

Active
Social
Intelligent
loyal
Energetic
Playful

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 7 to 15 pounds
Height 7 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Lively
Happy
Companion
Loving
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin China
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 80th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 8 to 14 pounds
Height 6 to 9 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Low to fair
Breed Traits

Companion
Bold
Brave
Independent
Sometimes aggressive
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin France
Popularity Very good – ranked 48th by the AKC
Size Small (toy)
Weight 4 to 9 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Very good – a smart dog
Breed Traits

Lively
Playful
Happy
Intelligent
Alert
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany and Poland
Popularity Ranked 21st by the AKC
Size Small (toy)
Weight 3 to 7 pounds
Height 7 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Very good – it is an intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Happy
Extroverted
Lively
Intelligent
Social
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin China
Popularity Very popular – ranked 33rd by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 14 to 18 pounds
Height 10 to 14 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Cheerful
Friendly
Happy
Out going
Loving
Affectionate

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin England
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 11 to 13 pounds
Height Up to 12 inches
Life span 11 to 13 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Energetic
Bold
Clever
Alert
Loving
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 109th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 17 pounds
Height 12 to 14 inches
Life span 13 to 15 years
Intelligence Very intelligent – bright and quick
Breed Traits

Energetic
Intelligent
Confident
Devoted
Cheerful
Feisty

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Peru
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 166th by the AKC
Size Toy, Small and Medium
Weight 8 to 18 pounds, 18 to 26 pounds, 26 to 50 pounds
Height 10 to 16 inches, 16 to 20 inches, 18 to 26 inches
Life span 11 to 13 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – bright and quick
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Intelligent
Energetic
Lively
Intelligent
Social

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Russia
Popularity Not recognized by the AKC
Size Toy
Weight 3 to 6 pounds
Height 8 to 10 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Loving
Energetic
Social
Playful
Cheerful

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United States, Britain
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 101st by the AKC
Size Toy, small, medium
Weight 5 to 40 pounds
Height 9 to 19 inches
Life span 13 to 18 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – top 30% of breeds
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Intelligent
Energetic
Loving dog
Outgoing
Lively

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Tibet,China
Popularity Very high
Size Toy
Weight 9 to 16 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10 to 16 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Yappy
Demanding
Perky
Intelligent
Affectionate
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 58th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 18 to 22 pounds
Height 10 to 11 inches
Life span 11 to 14 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Alert
Smart
Loyal
Brave
Independent
Best with experienced owners

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Australia, Great Britain
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 102nd by the AKC
Size Small (toy)
Weight 8 to 11 pounds
Height 9 to 10 inches
Life span 11 to 14 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – above average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Happy
Friendly
Intelligent
Lively
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 124th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 20 pounds
Height 13 to 16 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Alert
Loyal
Spunky
Inquisitive
Affectionate
Plucky

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Recognized as Manchester Terrier, the Toy size is not recognized separately
Size Toy (small)
Weight Under 12 pounds
Height Under 15 inches
Life span 15 to 17 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Loyal
Intelligent
Charming
Funny
Entertaining
Playful

Hypoallergenic

NO

DogBreed
General Information
Origin U.S
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 116th by the AKC
Size Toy (small)
Weight 4 to 7 pounds
Height 9 to 11 inches
Life span 13 to 14 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Playful
Intelligent
Energetic
Alert
Plucky
But typical terrier

Hypoallergenic

NO

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany, then standardized in France
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 6-9 pounds
Height Under 10 inches
Life span 14-15 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Smart
Responsive
Eager to please
Entertaining
Social

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin China
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 118th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 9 to 15 pounds
Height 9 to 10 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Alert
Cheerful
Loyal
Charming
Playful
Independent

Hypoallergenic

NO

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Hungary
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Small
Weight 9 to 11 pounds
Height 10 to 12 inches
Life span 14 to 16 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Spirited
Lively
Playful
Friendly
Social

Hypoallergenic

NO

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Wales, UK
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 111th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 17 to 21 pounds
Height 15 to 16 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Energetic
Playful
Alert
Independent
Dedicated
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 94th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 20 pounds
Height 13 to 16 inches
Life span 10 to 15 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Bold
Independent
Alert
Loyal
Somewhat sensitive
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Mexico
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 139th by the AKC
Size Toy, small or medium
Weight Toy – 5 to 15 pounds, miniature – 15 to 30 pounds, standard – 25 to 40 pounds
Height Toy – 9 to 14 inches, miniature – 15 to 20 inches, standard – 20 to 30 inches
Life span 14 to 20 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Loyal
Intelligent
Alert
Affectionate
Happy
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Northern England – Yorkshire and Lancashire Counties
Popularity Very popular
Size Small
Weight 4-6 pounds
Height 8-9 inches at the shoulder
Life span 13-16 years
Intelligence Very smart
Breed Traits

Loyal
Intelligent
Alert
Affectionate
Courageous
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.