With all the chaos going on in the world we need something that can take out mind off of it. One thing that arguably makes the world a better place are puppies. There’s no denying that they are some of the most adorable creatures on the planet. Puppies come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the cutest ones are the smallest. These dogs are almost microscopic and all we want is to snuggle with every one of them.
Chihuahuas Are Small, But Mighty
If someone is looking for a puppy that will stay small its whole life look no further than a Chihuahua. Even though they are small they are very energetic, fierce, and loyal. Their name comes from their origin city of Chihuahua, Mexico.
This particular Chihuahua is named Layla. She was born the runt of the litter and wasn’t even half the size of her two siblings. Her owner loves to dress her up in different costumes and outfits because she loves to pose for the camera.
The Story Behind the Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terriers are some of the most fun-loving lapdogs. They are known for their large, erect ears, dark eyes, and impressive intelligence. Most of them stand under a foot tall, but being a Terrier means they are packed with loads of tenacity.
A fun fact about them is that they were made as a crossbreed between Chihuahuas and Italian Greyhounds. The Toy Fox Terrier in the photo is named Dollar and he is dressed as Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat for a Halloween event.
Tongues Out for the Shih-Poo
Many small breeds of dogs are mixed and this applies to the Shih-Poo. This adorable dog is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Toy Poodle and can also go by the name Shoodle or Pooshi. They love to be pampered with lots of attention and they can live in almost any environment.
Shih-Poos are like snowflakes where no two look exactly alike. Some may have straight or curly hair and come in a mix of black, white, and brown. Most of them weigh an average of 18 pounds and come in teacup, miniature, and standard sizes.
Pomeranians Are Tinier Than Expected
One of the most elegant and regal dog breeds is the Pomeranian. They originated in Pomerania, an area in northeastern Europe, hundreds of years ago and are a miniaturized version of an Arctic sled dog. Most of them don’t weigh over seven pounds and come in over two dozen colors.
Similar to other show dogs, Pomeranians are easily trained and do well with children. They like to stay active, but since they are so small they can get most of their exercise indoors. This makes them a great pet to have in an apartment or a house without a backyard.
A Dog with a World Record
There is a Guinness World Record for almost anything and that even applies to dogs. This is a photo of Milly who holds the record for being the smallest dog in the world. She is a Chihuahua who lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico and is constantly approached by people astounded by her tiny stature.
Milly was born on December 1, 2011, and she weighed less than an ounce. She was so small that she could fit in a teaspoon and had to be fed through an eyedropper.
Brighten Your Day with a Bichon Frise
Dog experts believe that a Bichon Frise is packed with a charming personality with lots of beauty and a comedic tone. Most of them barely reach a foot tall and they have a hypoallergenic coat that is one of the softest and smoothest to pet.
Bichon Frises are also one of the most favored dogs in professional dog shows because they are easily trainable and enjoy performing for an audience. They are also extremely confident and usually have a big smile on their face wherever they go.
Yorkshire Terriers Go Back to the Victorian Era
The first Yorkshire Terrier was seen in the mid-1800s in Northern England and it quickly became a popular lapdog for Victorian women. They were bred by weavers in Scotland in order to crawl into the small spaces of textile mills and get rid of the rodents.
These adorable pups barely reach seven pounds and are known for a coat that grows down to the floor. Despite their small size, this Terrier breed is known to have a feisty and restless attitude.
How French Bulldogs’ Ears Almost Disappeared
French Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds to own and they rank fourth out of 193 with the American Kennel Club. They were first discovered with lacemakers in England during the mid-1800s right as they were relocating to northern France. After they arrived they quickly became a pop culture phenomenon.
The best way to tell if it is a purebred is the two distinctive facial features. One being its bat-like ears and the other its half-flat and half-dome skull. The French almost bred out their ear shape, but Americans strongly rejected the notion.
What Ducks Have to Do with Toy Poodles
Poodles come in a few sizes with Toy Poodles being the smallest. They stand at only 10 inches tall and have a stereotype of being weak and afraid. That has been thoroughly debunked because they’re actually eager, athletic, and very intelligent.
They are the national dog of France and are known there as a “duck dog” because they originally were duck hunters in Germany. Toy poodles were first bred in America during the early 1900s and the ones that are well-bred are almost exact replicas of each other.
Why Papillons Are a Favorite Among Royals
Even though Papillons are tiny they are easy to spot because of their large, wing-shaped ears. This is how they got their name because “papillon” is French for butterfly. They are able to flourish in all environments, whether they are humid, freezing, small, or vast.
Papillons give a great performance at dog shows because they respond well to training and love to learn new tricks. They are also prominently featured in vintage portraits of female royals and were admired by historical figures such as Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette.
Why China Deserves Credit for the Maltese
Another puppy that belongs to the Toy Group is the Maltese. They usually stand between seven and nine inches and weigh under seven pounds. They have a distinctive straight and silky white coat and will move almost effortlessly across the floor.
During the time of the Roman Empire Malteses were a symbol for wealth and fashion, as well as playing a large part in Roman literature. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Chinese kept them from going extinct and mixed them with some of their Toy breeds.
Pugs Can Definitely Rock the Wrinkles
There isn’t another living creature that looks like a Pug. Each of them has a large, round head, big eyes, and a wrinkly forehead that makes them give off human-like facial expressions. They also do well with all ages and thrive in both the city and the country.
Their name is derived from the Latin word “pugnus,” which means fist because they were thought to resemble a clenched fist. Pugs are one of the most ancient breeds and can be linked back to China almost 2,000 years ago.
Look Closely at the Ears of the Norwich Terrier
Most tiny dogs have some of the softest coats, but Norwich Terriers are known for their hard, wiry fur. They may look similar to the Norfolk Terrier, but Norwich Terriers have erect and pointed ears. They weren’t even recognized as separate breeds until 1979. These dogs are both affectionate and energetic, but they can be stubborn.
Norwich Terriers were bred to get rid of England’s rodent problem and stay in packs to go on foxhunts. They are still associated with Cambridge University because almost everyone owned one during the 1870s.
How This Affenpinscher Won Best in Show
Affenpinschers can best be described as loyal, affectionate, and entertaining. Many owners say that they are very similar to humans in their behavior. It was first bred in Germany during the 1600s to get rid of rats and other pests and they later became companions for the lady of the house. Also, it was reported that a writer named Desmond Morris saw one try to fight off a grizzly bear in Alaska.
This is a photo of Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher who won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club. He was the favorite due to his agility, obedience, and kindness.
How the Royals Saved the Brussels Griffon
Old folk songs used to refer to the Brussels Griffon as “bearded dogs” because of the long fur that covers their muzzle. These dogs are extremely alert and social, which makes them very easy to train. They are small and sensitive and do best with adult owners who let them stick close by at all times.
After mainly being used to keep the rodent problem down in Brussels, Belgium in the early 1800s, the Queen of the Belgians became quite fond of them. The royal praise led to their popularity around the world and without it, they probably wouldn’t have survived.
The True Boston Terrier Family Tree
One of the Boston Terrier’s most iconic features is its tuxedo-like coat, which can be a blend of many colors. They also have a square-shaped head with a short muzzle and large eyes. They are given the name Boston because they thrive in urban environments, are good with people, and they are always up for a brisk walk.
The Boston Terrier is a product of the mix between a Bulldog and the extinct White English Terrier due to the popularity for blood sports in 19th-century England. The first one named Judge was sold to a Bostonian in 1870 and is the direct ancestor of all past and present Boston Terriers.
The Rich History of the Japanese Chin
No one had heard of Japanese Chins in the United States until 1854 when they were brought over by Japanese nobles for trade. Before then Chins were associated with Asian royals and were a favorite lapdog for Chinese aristocracy. They have been seen in ancient Chinese temples, pottery, and embroideries from 500 to 1,000 years ago.
Japanese Chins love to be indoors and will try to stick close with their companion. One of their signature traits is their thick hind legs that give off an elegant and exotic appearance.
Kylie Jenner Loves Italian Greyhounds For This Reason
If Kylie Jenner can hold her Italian Greyhound in one hand with ease, then they must by tiny. They are a miniature version of Greyhounds being more slender at 13 to 15 inches tall. These pups were bred for the purpose of just being lapdogs and to charm the aristocracy.
Experts on the breed said that Italian Greyhounds would much rather be held in their owner’s lap or arms than be in a bed or on the floor. Since their coat is so fine they are very sensitive to cold weather and like to be kept warm at all times.
What Beagles Bring to the Table
Beagles have remained in the Hound group for centuries because they were one of the first pack-hounds for hunters in Europe. Those who didn’t have horses would be able to keep up with the Beagles as they hunted for rabbits and other game.
In 1885 the first Beagle named Blunder arrived in the United States and helped the breed become popular due to their strong nose, musical voice, and excellent hunting abilities. They are some of the most lovable animals and come in a mixed variety of colors such as red, white, black, brown, and blonde.
Pumis Are More Than Just a Cute Dog
There are only a few sheepdogs that come from Hungary and the Pumi is the oldest, having been around since 800 A.D. Just by looking at the Pumi they almost resemble a soft stuffed animal, but they were born to do tough work. They are one of the best dogs to help move flocks of cattle, sheep, and pigs.
Pumis love to exercise and have natural agility that helps them climb all over the place. Since they have a good mix of soft and harsh fur they are really easy to groom and only need to be brushed every couple of months or so.