While they may be little, Toy and small-breed dogs have quite a lot going on. They’re often full of love and ready to share it with their people — and they can be charming and funny to boot. They tend to be the right size for just about any home. They’re often easy to travel with due to their small stature. And they frequently have life spans that can stretch into the teens.
I love all dogs, but I’m particularly fond of the ones I can snuggle in my arms. Here are five small breeds I wouldn’t mind seeing more of.
The Papillon tends to be a clever and active little dog. He often stars in agility trials and aces tracking tests. His name comes from the French word for “butterfly,” which is understandable once you see his big, beautiful fringed ears.
English Toy Spaniel
Though the English Toy Spaniel may look a bit snooty, he typically has a silly side and tends to be a devoted companion to his people. He is often happy to relax on your lap but has an adaptable activity level and can enjoy participating in dog sports.
Toy Fox Terrier
This breed’s motto, “Life is merrier with a Toy Fox Terrier,” is the truth! He’s typically silly and playful, and can perform well in agility and other dog sports. He can also be a great dog for families with older children — don’t be surprised if he wants to snuggle up with you!
The Miniature Pinscher may look like a scaled-down Doberman, but he actually predates that breed. He tends to be affectionate and funny — though be aware that he sometimes thinks he’s hot stuff and may not be afraid to take on a bigger dog.
"Lowchen" is German for “little lion,” and that’s what he tends to resemble when he has a lion trim, with a mane of fur around his face, bare rear end and bare tail with a pouf of fur at the tip. I love this little guy for his often clownish and outgoing personality — he typically overflows with charm, curiosity and intelligence.