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Miniature Dog Breeds

Nicole Cosgrove

miniature pinscher

Some people prefer large dogs, some prefer tiny or small ones, and some prefer somewhere in between, also known as miniatures. In this section we have a compilation of miniature dog breeds with a mix in of small dogs too to give you more options if size is your main starting point when looking for a new dog. Miniature dogs can fit into smaller living spaces, are less costly in terms of feeding and are more manageable when walking. We also have further options in narrowing down the search in our Dog Breed Selector.

DogBreed
Miniature Bulldog
Miniature Bulldog
Bulldog and Pug Mix
General Information
Size Medium
Weight 20 to 40 pounds
Height 12 to 16 inches
Life span 9 to 13 years
Touchiness Sensitive
Barking Rare
Activity Moderate
Breed Traits

Dependable
Sensitive
Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Good Family Pet

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Very popular – ranked 36th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 33 pounds
Height 10 to 14 inches
Life span 11 to 14 years
Intelligence Fair to average – will need around 40 to 80 repetitions to learn a new command
Breed Traits

Brave
Lively
Fiery
Energetic
Loyal
Great family companion

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

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 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


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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.