What’s not to love? These toy-like tiny size dogs with active and energetic personality are a sight to the sore eyes.

Toys dogs are a great companion to humans, they enjoy to snuggle in your lap and make you laugh with their adorable ways. Their small stature makes them quite suitable for people living in an apartment or smaller spaces. However, their fragility can make them less ideal for a household with very young children, who may not have the understanding to refrain from hurting the small dogs.

Sometimes the smallest thing takes up the most room in your heart.

This breed of dog’s love attention and are loyal and intelligent. Some toy dogs can be handful to train, as it’s difficult to be firm with a dog that can melt a heart with few bats of their eyes. Toy dogs may have a low energy level, yet they need training and exercise, in order to avoid being overweight, destructive and depressed.

Don't be fooled by their tiny size, many of these tiny dogs have big personalities. However, they are easier to handle than a larger dog, as they shed less, eat less and cost less.

Here’s a list of “toy breed” dogs:

Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 7 – 10 pounds

Height: 9-12 inch

Country of origin: Germany, France

Personality: Playful, loyal, curious and fearless and territorial nature

Energy level: Somewhat Active, Brisk walks, making new friends, and plenty of play will satisfy exercise needs

Friendly: Make fun family pet but are not good with small children.

Grooming: High maintenance- needs to be combed twice a week to prevent mats.

Trainability: Moderately Easy Training: Consistent training using positive reinforcement must be provided.

Shedding level: Minimal shedding (seasonal)

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 8-10 pounds

Height: 9-11 inches

Country of origin: Belgium

Personality: Bold, playful, stubborn and mischievous in nature

Energy level: Energetic and active

Friendly: Friendly with other pets, bold, lively and entertaining pet for a family

Grooming: High maintenance- require occasional brushing to remove dead hair, needs to be combed 2-3 times weekly,

Trainability:  Moderately easy to train with a low amount of exercises, needs daily physical and mental stimulation.

Shedding level: Minimal shedding (seasonal)

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 7-12 pounds

Height: 9-12 inches

Country of origin: France and Spain

Personality: Intelligent, cheerful, affectionate, and sensitive in nature

Energy level: Energetic, loves indoor games, romp in the yard or take short walk on the leash

Friendly: Friendly with other pets, bold, lively and entertaining pet for a family

Grooming: High maintenance- require daily brushing to remove old hair and needs a monthly haircut.

Trainability:  Moderately easy training- able to learn wide variety of tricks quickly

Shedding level: Minimal shedding

Bolognese dog

Bolognese dog

Life Span: 13-15 years

Weight: 4.5-9 pounds

Height: 10-12 inches

Country of origin: Italy

Personality: Docile, enterprising, loyal, reserved, and serious.

Energy level: Highly energetic, mostly active, enjoys to walk and romp in large fenced yards.

Friendly: Friendly with children and playful with other pets and strangers

Grooming: High maintenance- requires frequent and daily brushing of coats.

Trainability: Easy to train-  eager to please, and obedient while performing

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Cavalier King Charles

Cavalier King Charles

Life Span: 9-14 years

Weight: 13-18 pounds

Height: 12-13 inches

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Personality: Sweet, gentle, playful, willing to please, affectionate and quiet.

Energy level: Somewhat active, enjoys moderate walk on leash or a romp in a sofa

Friendly: Friendly and playful to other pets and strangers, shy towards other dogs, and an ideal house pet

Grooming: Moderate maintenance- needs occasional brushing

Trainability: Moderately Easy Training: responds well to mild obedience training.

Shedding level: Moderate shedding

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Life Span: 14-18 years

Weight: 3- 6 pounds

Height: 6-9 inches

Country of origin: Mexico

Personality: Graceful, bold, timid, alert, and terrier-like attitude

Energy level: Highly energetic, loves running indoors, walk on leash and outings

Friendly: Friendly with other dogs and pets, intense devotion to master, and reserved with strangers

Grooming: Low maintenance- needs brushing 2-3 times a week

Trainability: Moderately Easy Training- easy to train due to low amount of exercise required

Shedding level: Minimal shedding

Chinese Crested Dog

Chinese Crested Dog

Life Span: 13-15 years

Weight: 5-12 pounds

Height: 11-13 inches

Country of origin: China

Personality: Alert, lively, intense expression, sensitive companion and playful in nature

Energy level: Medium energy, highly active with indoor games

Friendly: Friendly towards other dogs, pets and strangers, devoted to its family, willing to please

Grooming: Moderate maintenance: needs brushing every day or two, skin care routine – application of moisturizer or sunblock in hairless areas, removal of blackheads

Trainability: Easy to train- requires gentle approach

Shedding level: Minimal shedding

Dachshund

Dachshund

Life Span: 12-16 years

Weight: 16-32 pounds

Height: 8-9 inches

Country of origin: Germany

Personality: Spunky, friendly and has keen sense of smell

Energy level: Medium energy, gets easily bored

Friendly: Friendly with children and playful with dogs and other pets under supervision

Grooming: Low maintenance- require occasional brushing

Trainability: Moderately easy training- responds well to instructions

Shedding level: Minimal shedding

Havanese

Havanese

Life Span: 12-16 years

Weight: 7-13 pounds

Height: 8.5-11.5 inches

Country of origin: Cuba

Personality: Busy, curious, happy-go-lucky, playful, and tends to be vocal

Energy level: Highly energetic- enjoy short walk or good play session  and no special exercises needed

Friendly: Very friendly and affectionate with its family, children, strangers, other dogs and pets, and willing to please

Grooming: Moderate maintenance- occasional brushing 2-4 times weekly

Trainability: Easy training- eager to please

Shedding level: Minimal shedding (Non-shedder)

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 7-14 pounds

Height: 13-15 inches

Country of origin: Italy

Personality: Gentle, sensitive, reserved, affectionate, and loves to run and chase

Energy level: Highly energetic, likes daily romp outdoors, gold walk on leash or rollicking game indoors

Friendly: Devoted to family, friendly with children, other dogs, and pets

Grooming: Low maintenance –occasional brushing to remove dead hair, regular brushing of teeth

Trainability: Moderately easy to train - stretch out and sprint in fenced areas

Shedding level: Minimal shedding

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

Life Span: 12-14 years

Weight: 7-11 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Country of origin: Japan

Personality: Lively, devoted, aristocratic, sensitive, playfulness, and gentle in nature

Energy level: Medium energy, loves short walk, a romp or game

Friendly: Very friendly to dogs, pets, and strangers as well, devoted companion, willing to please, and good child companion

Grooming: Moderate maintenance –needs brushing twice a week

Trainability: Moderately easy training: independent

Shedding level: Moderate Shedding

Maltese

Maltese

Life Span: 12-14 years

Weight: 5-8 pounds

Height: 9-10 inches

Country of origin: Malta

Personality: Vigorous, playful, bold, feisty, and barks a lot

Energy level: Highly energetic, active with indoor games, enjoys romp in the yard or short walk on leash

Friendly: Friendly towards other dogs and pets, and reserved with strangers

Grooming: Moderate maintenance–coat needs to be combed every one or two days

Trainability: Difficult training: needs to be paper or box trained

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Toy Manchester Terrier

Toy Manchester Terrier

Life Span: 14-16 years

Weight: under 12 pounds (toy), 12-22 pounds (standard)

Height: 10-12 inches

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Personality: Gentle, sensitive among breeds, playful, reserved, timid, and inquisitive in nature

Energy level: High in energy and enjoys romp outdoors

Friendly: Playful in nature, friendly with its family, shy with other dogs and pets and timid with strangers.

Grooming: Low maintenance –occasional brushing to remove dead hair

Trainability: Moderately easy training- quick learner and does well in obedience trials

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

Life Span: 12-16 years

Weight: 8-10 pounds

Height: 10-12.5 inches

Country of origin: Germany

Personality: Busy, proud, inquisitive, playful, bold and brash, stubborn and independent in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, involved in many physical activities and enjoys to romp outdoors

Friendly: Scrappy with other dogs, chases small animals, and reserved with strangers

Grooming: Low maintenance –occasional brushing to remove dead hairs

Trainability: Easy to train – quick learner but needs consistent training sessions

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Weight: 10 - 12 pounds

Height: 10 inches

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Personality: intelligent, loyal, affectionate and sensitive in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, very active, tireless, alert companion, and enjoys exploring new things

Friendly: Very friendly with children and playful with dogs and other pets under supervision

Grooming: Moderate maintenance – needs brushing weekly

Trainability: Moderately easy training- doesn’t require too much effort to train

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 10 - 12 pounds

Height: 10 inches

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Personality: Loyal, alert, fearless, fun-loving and very sociable in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, mostly active, enjoys short brisk walks

Friendly: Very friendly with children and playful with dogs and other pets under supervision

Grooming: Low maintenance – occasional brushing

Trainability: Moderately easy training- quick learner, but consistency in training is necessary

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Papillon

Papillon

Life Span: 12-16 years

Weight: 4-9 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Country of origin: France

Personality: Obedient, responsive, gentle, amiable and timid in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, enjoys daily walk on leash as well as indoor and outdoor games

Friendly: Friendly towards strangers, other dogs, and pets, and playful with children

Grooming: Moderate maintenance –needs brushing twice in a week

Trainability: Easy to train- responds to gentle approach

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Pekingese

Pekingese

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: up to 14 pounds

Height: 6-9 inches

Country of origin: China

Personality: Courageous, bold, self-esteem, prettiness, independent, and stubborn

Energy level: Low energy, loves walking outdoors, and romp inside

Friendly: Devoted toward its family, friendly towards other pets and strangers.

Grooming: High maintenance- needs brushing least weekly, nose wrinkle must be cleaned to avoid infections, coat around anus must be inspected

Trainability: Difficult to train- due to its stubbornness, but can be trained through positive reinforcement

Shedding level: Moderate Shedding

Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 3-7 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Country of origin: Germany

Personality: Bold, busy, alert, curious, playful, self-confident, and attentive in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, loves indoor games and short walks

Friendly: Friendly towards other dogs and strangers

Grooming: Moderate maintenance – needs brushing twice a week

Trainability: Easy to train- must train when young not to bark excessively

Shedding level: Moderate Shedding

Poodle

Poodle

Life Span: 12-14 years

Weight: 4-8 pounds

Height: Less than 10 inches

Country of origin: Central Europe

Personality: Alert, responsive, playful, lively, sensitive and eager to please in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic – enjoy short walk and indoor games

Friendly: Devoted to family, friendly with children, other dogs, and pets, reserved with strangers and barks a lot

Grooming: High maintenance – its coat needs to be brushed every day and trim the nails regularly.

Trainability: Easy to train – enjoys the training sessions.

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Pug

Pug

Life Span: 12-15 years

Weight: 14-18 pounds

Height: 10-13 inches

Country of origin: China

Personality: Delightful, dignified, comedy, amiable, playful, stubborn, headstrong and a confident companion

Energy level: Medium energy, likes to walk on leash or lively game

Friendly: Friendly with children, other dogs and pets, and willing to please the family

Grooming: Low maintenance –occasional brushing of coat to remove dead hair, daily cleaning of facial wrinkles

Trainability: Moderately easy training – needs gentle approach

Shedding level: Constant shedding

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Life Span: 12-16 years

Weight: 5-11 pounds

Height: 7-11 inches

Country of origin: Russia

Personality: Affectionate, even-tempered, friendly, intelligent, loyal, playful, and social.

Energy level: Medium energy, moderately active, and needs a daily walk.

Friendly: Friendly with children and playful with other dogs and pets, an ideal pet.

Grooming: High maintenance – often brushing

Trainability: Easy to train- requires firm but kind training

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Life Span: 11-14 years

Weight: 9-16 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Country of origin: China

Personality: Sweet, spunky, vivacious companion, playful and stubborn in nature

Energy level: Medium energy, likes short walks on the leash, indoor games, and short frolics outside

Friendly: Devoted and affectionate to family, friendly with children, strangers, other dogs, and pets

Grooming: High maintenance – its coats need brushing every day

Trainability: Moderately easy training: needs consistent training throughout its life

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier

Life Span: 11-14 years

Weight: 8-11 pounds

Height: 9-10 inches

Country of origin: Australia

Personality: Bold, feisty, inquisitive, clever, stubborn, mischievous and playful

Energy level: Highly energetic, likes moderate walk on leash, playing in sofa areas, and games in yard

Friendly: Playful towards family, friendly with children dogs and other pets but sometimes aggressive towards other dogs and pets

Grooming: Moderate maintenance –needs brushing every day

Trainability: Moderately easy training – doesn’t require too much effort to train

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding

Schipperke

Schipperke

Life Span: 12-14 years

Weight: 10-16 pounds

Height: 10-13 inches

Country of origin: Belgium

Personality: Alert, curious, confident, fearless and independent in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, very active, and require more exercise

Friendly: Playful towards family, friendly with children dogs and other pets

Grooming: Low maintenance –weekly brushing of coats

Trainability: Easy to train – must begin early training

Shedding level: Moderate Shedding

Toy Fox Terrier

 Toy Fox Terrier

Life Span: 11-14 years

Weight: 3.5-7 pounds

Height: 8.5-11 inches

Country of origin: United States

Personality: Fun-loving, playful, effortless

Energy level: Highly energetic, and likes to walk on yard

Friendly: Playful towards family, friendly towards other pets and shy towards strangers

Grooming: Low maintenance – needs grooming once in a while.

Trainability: Easy to train- can learn variety of tricks

Shedding level: Moderate Shedding

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Life Span: 14-16 years

Weight: 7 pounds

Height: 8-9 inches

Country of origin: England

Personality: Intelligent, confident, busy, inquisitive and stubborn in nature

Energy level: Highly energetic, likes short walk on leash and enjoys games in yard

Friendly: Playful towards family, shy with dogs and other pets and friendly towards strangers

Grooming: High maintenance –its coat needs brushing in every two days

Trainability: Moderately easy training – gets easily bored, so need to keep the training sessions short

Shedding level: Minimal Shedding