Dog Breed Reviews: Tiny and Toy Dog Breeds

These breeds are the little guys, standing up to 12 inches at the shoulder, and weighing up to 10 pounds. Give or take.

My dog breed reviews include positives AND negatives – good and bad traits and characteristics – on temperament, personality, behavior, exercise requirements, shedding, etc.

Reviews are based on my personal and professional experiences – over 35 years working with dogs – plus my extensive research. I'm Michele Welton – breed selection consultant, obedience instructor, and published author of 15 dog books.

Affenpinscher Affenpinscher Toy American Eskimo Dog American Eskimo Dog (Toy) Brussels Griffon Brussels Griffon Smooth Chihuahua Chihuahua
(Smooth Coat)
Longhaired Chihuahua Chihuahua
(Long Coat)
Miniature Dachshund Dachshund (Miniature) Japanese Chin Japanese Chin Maltese Maltese
Manchester Terrier Manchester Terrier (Toy) Miniature Pinscher Miniature Pinscher Papillon Papillon Pomeranian Pomeranian
Toy Fox Terrier Toy Fox Terrier Toy Poodle Toy Poodle Transylvanian Griffinfinch Transylvanian Griffinfinch
Very Special Breed!
Yorkshire Terrier Yorkshire Terrier
tiny dog breeds
5-12" | 3-10 lbs
small dog breeds
12-15" | 10-20 lbs
midsize dog breeds
15-18" | 20-40 lbs
medium size dog breeds
18-22" | 40-60 lbs
large dog breeds
22-26" | 60-90 lbs
giant dog breeds
over 26" | over 100 lbs