All Pure Small Dog Breeds

List of All Pure Small Dog Breeds

Dogs come in various breeds, sizes and can be categorized in numerous ways, we are however going to focus on just “pure small dog breeds”. 

Various factors are responsible for accurately classifying a dog as a small breed, these factors are, but not limited to the following;

  • Size: According to Pawsomedoggie Toy dog breeds can span a length between 6-9 inches while a small dog is between 8-12 inches. With this in mind, it is important to know that most dogs above 12 inches can also be categorized as a small dog breed.
  • Weight: According to Petplace Small and Toy dog breeds can weigh between 2 – 37 pounds (1-17kg), while DogPwnd considers Small or toy dog breeds to weigh between 2 – 22 pounds (1-10 kg) 

With that out of the way, let us take a look at all the various pure small dog breeds;

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher
  • Nature: Curious, Loyal, Funny, Brave.
  • Height: 9-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 7-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Alaskan Klee Kai

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  • Nature: Energetic, Smart, Loyal
  • Height: 13-17 inches
  • Weight: 10-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog
  • Nature: Clever, Active, Playful
  • Height: 9-15 inches
  • Weight: 6-20 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier
  • Nature: Smart, Inquisitive, Alert
  • Height: 12-16 inches
  • Weight: 12-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years 

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier
  • Nature: Upbeat, Courageous, Curious
  • Height: 10-11 inches
  • Weight: 15-20 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-15 years 

Basenji

Basenji
  • Nature: Intelligent, Smart, Active
  • Height: 17-16 inches
  • Weight: 22-24 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-14 years 

Beagle

Beagle
  • Nature: Loyal, Friendly, Curious
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 20-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years 

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
  • Nature: Athletic, Alert, Smart
  • Height: 15-17.5 inches
  • Weight: 17-23 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years 

Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frise
  • Nature: Curious, Alert, Smart
  • Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years 

Biewer Terrier

Biewer Terrier
  • Nature: Loyal, Alert, Smart
  • Height: 7-11 inches
  • Weight: 4-8 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 16 years 

Bolognese

Bolognese
  • Nature: Loyal, Alert, Smart
  • Height: 7-11 inches
  • Weight: 4-8 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 16 years 

Border Terrier

Border Terrier
  • Nature: Upbeat, Tough, Affectionate
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 11.5-14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier
  • Nature: Alert, Amusing, Friendly
  • Height: 15-17 inches
  • Weight: 12-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years 

Brazillian Terrier

Brazilian Terrier
  • Nature: Alert, Friendly, Confident
  • Height: 13-16 inches
  • Weight: up to 22 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon
  • Nature: Alert, Sociable, Curious
  • Height: 7-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier
  • Nature: Alert, Active, Curious
  • Height: 7-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Cardigan Welsch Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Nature: Loyal, Affectionate, Smart
  • Height: 10.5-12.5 inches
  • Weight: 25-38 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Nature: Gentle, Graceful, Athletic
  • Height: 12-13 inches
  • Weight: 13-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier
  • Nature: Adventurous, Clever, Alert
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-24 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Long Hair Chihuahua

Chihuahua
  • Nature: Sassy, Graceful, Charming
  • Height: 5-8 inches
  • Weight: <6 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years 

Chinese Crested Hairless

Chinese Crested
  • Nature: Alert, Active, Affectionate
  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: 8-12 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-18 years 

Cirneco Dell’Etna

Cirneco dell’Etna
  • Nature: Independent, Friendly, Affectionate
  • Height: 16.5-19.5 inches
  • Weight: 17-26 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

American Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel
  • Nature: Intelligent, Cheerful, Gentle
  • Height: 13.5-15.5 inches
  • Weight: 20-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years 

Coton de Tulear

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  • Nature: Cheerful, Witty, Smart
  • Height: 9-11 inches
  • Weight: 8-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 15-19 years 

Dachshund

Dachshund
  • Nature: Intelligent, Cheerful, Gentle
  • Height: 5-9 inches
  • Weight: <11-32 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years 

Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Danish-Swedish Farmdog
  • Nature: Trainable, Energetic, Alert
  • Height: 12.5-14.5 inches
  • Weight: 15-20 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years 

Dutch Smoushond (Dutch Ratter)

Dutch Smoushond (Dutch Ratter)
  • Nature: Alert, Charming, Playful
  • Height: 14-16.5 inches
  • Weight: 19-22 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel
  • Nature: Gentle, Smart, Playful
  • Height: 9-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years 

French Bulldog

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  • Nature: Sociable, Patient, Alert, Athletic
  • Height: 11-12 inches
  • Weight: 16-28 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years 

German Spitz

German Spitz
  • Nature: Loyal, Attentive, Active
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 24-26 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Nature: Gentle, Brave, Docile
  • Height: 12.5-14 inches
  • Weight: 32-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years 

Havanese

Havanese
  • Nature: Intelligent, Cheerful, Active
  • Height: 12.5-14 inches
  • Weight: 32-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years 

Icelandic Sheep Dog

Icelandic Sheepdog sitting facing forward.
  • Nature: Friendly, Curious, Playful
  • Height: 16.5-18 inches
  • Weight: 25-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound
  • Nature: Alert, Affectionate, Playful
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 7-14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years 

Jack Russel Terrier

Russell Terrier sitting in three-quarter view facing forward
  • Nature: Alert, Inquisitive, Upbeat
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

JagdTerrier

Jagdterrier
  • Nature: Hardworking, Sociable, Smart
  • Height: 13-16 inches
  • Weight: 17-22 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years 

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin
  • Nature: Graceful, Noble, Loving
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 7-11 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years 

Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz
  • Nature: Loyal, Funny, Intelligent
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 10-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terrier
  • Nature: Loyal, Playful, Cheerful
  • Height: 8-13 inches
  • Weight: 5-9 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier
  • Nature: Friendly, Confident, Bold
  • Height: 14-15 inches
  • Weight: less than 17 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler
  • Nature: Alert, Intelligent, friendly
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-17 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso
  • Nature: Confident, Intelligent, Funny
  • Height: 10-11 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Löwchen

Löwchen
  • Nature: Affectionate, Lovable, Outgoing
  • Height: 12-14 inches
  • Weight: 15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Maltese

Maltese
  • Nature: Graceful, Charming, Playful
  • Height: 7-9 inches
  • Weight: less than 7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Manchester Terrier (Standard)

Manchester Terrier (Standard)
  • Nature: Observant, Spirited, Smart
  • Height: 15-166 inches
  • Weight: 12-22 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 15-17 years 

Manchester Terrier (Toy)

Manchester Terrier (Toy)
  • Nature: Alert, Spirited, Sharp
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: <12 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 15-17 years 

Mi-Ki

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  • Nature: Sociable, Friendly, Gentle
  • Height: 10-11 inches
  • Weight: 4-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-14 years 

Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherd standing in three-quarter view
  • Nature: Well-Mannered, Smart, Loyal
  • Height: 13-18 inches
  • Weight: 20-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years 

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Nature: Mischievous, Funny, Upbeat
  • Height: 10-14 inches
  • Weight: 18-28 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years 

Miniature Pincher

Miniature Pinscher
  • Nature: Fearless, Proud, Loving
  • Height: 10-12.5 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years 

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer
  • Nature: Outgoing, Smart, Obedient
  • Height: 12-14 inches
  • Weight: 11-20 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier
  • Nature: Alert, Fearless, Confident
  • Height: 9-10 inches
  • Weight: 11-20 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years 

Norrbottenspets

Norrbottenspets
  • Nature: Agile, Alert, Fearless
  • Height: 16.5-18 inches
  • Weight: 20-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-17 years 

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund
  • Nature: Alert, Athletic, Loyal
  • Height: 12-15 inches
  • Weight: 20-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier
  • Nature: Affectionate, Curious, Alert
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 12 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Papillon

Papillon
  • Nature: Friendly, Alert, Upbeat
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 5-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years 

Parson Russel Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier
  • Nature: Friendly, Active, Clever
  • Height: 13-14 inches
  • Weight: 13-17 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Pekingese

Pekingese
  • Nature: Affectionate, Loyal, Regal
  • Height: 6-9 inches
  • Weight: 14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Nature: Affectionate, Athletic, Cheerful
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: <30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years 

Peruvian Inca Orchid (Small)

Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Nature: Affectionate, Loyal, Agile
  • Height: 9.75-15.75 inches
  • Weight: 8.5-17.5 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
  • Nature: Cheerful, Alert, Energetic
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 25-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years 

Pomeranian

Pomeranian
  • Nature: Curious, Bold, Vivacious
  • Height: 6-7 inches
  • Weight: 3-7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years 

Poodle (Miniature)

Poodle (Miniature)
  • Nature: Proud, Agile, Intelligent
  • Height: 10-15 inches
  • Weight: 10-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years 

Poodle (Toy)

Poodle (Toy)
  • Nature: Agile, Smart, Proud
  • Height: Less than 10 inches
  • Weight: 4-6 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years 

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
  • Nature: Playful, Athletic, Alert
  • Height: 8-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-13 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-1 years 

Pug

Pug
  • Nature: Mischievous, Charming, Loving
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 14-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Pumi

Pumi
  • Nature: Intelligent, Agile, Bold
  • Height: 15-18.5 inches
  • Weight: 22-29 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years 

Rat Terrier

Rat Terrier
  • Nature: Friendly, Agile, Curious
  • Height: 10-18 inches
  • Weight: 10-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-18 years 

Russel Terrier

Russell Terrier
  • Nature: Alert, Curious, Lively
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Russian Toy

Russian Toy
  • Nature: Smart, Loyal, Cheerful
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14+ years 

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka standing in three-quarter view.
  • Nature: Curious, Playful, Friendly
  • Height: 9-10 inches
  • Weight: 4.5-11 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-16 years 

Schipperke

Schipperke
  • Nature: Alert, Confident, Curious
  • Height: 10-13 inches
  • Weight: 10-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier
  • Nature: Confident, Alert, Spirited
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 18-22 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12 years 

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog
  • Nature: Playful, Energetic, Intelligent
  • Height: 13-16 inches
  • Weight: 15-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years 

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu
  • Nature: Alert, Active, Attentive
  • Height: 13.5-16.5 inches
  • Weight: 17-23 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-166 years 

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
  • Nature: Affectionate, Playful, Outgoing
  • Height: 9-10.5 inches
  • Weight: 9-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years 

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier
  • Nature: Friendly, Fast, Alert
  • Height: 9-10 inches
  • Weight: <10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Nature: Amusing, Friendly, Independent
  • Height: 12.5 inches
  • Weight: 15-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund
  • Nature: Smart, Energetic, Friendly
  • Height: 11.5-13.5 inches
  • Weight: 20-35 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
  • Nature: Playful, Lively, Intelligent
  • Height: 8-15 inches
  • Weight: 8-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years 

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier
  • Nature: Affectionate, Sensitive, Loyal
  • Height: 14-17 inches
  • Weight: 18-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 15-16 years 

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier
  • Nature: Friendly, Smart, Alert
  • Height: 8.5-11.5 inches
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years 

Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier
  • Nature: Confident, Alert, Sociable
  • Height: 15.5 inches
  • Weight: 15-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years 

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier
  • Nature: Affectionate, Feisty, Brave
  • Height: 7-8 inches
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-15 years 

Data for this article was sourced from the American Kennel Club, Dog Time