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Best Small Dogs

All About Small Dog Breeds!

Dog breeds that weigh under 30 pounds

Below is a list of dog breeds under 30 pounds that weigh between 4 and 9 pounds. These are at the lower end of the small dog breeds weight list.

The dogs in the list are for people that want to get one of the tiniest small dog breeds in the world. If you are looking for a tiny dog then these are the breeds you need to be taking a look at.





All of these breeds have different characteristics and personalities with some better suited to families with children, while others are more suited to older people that require a dog as a full time companion.

If you want to take a look at all 82 small dog breeds that weigh under 30 pounds just head on over to where you can read the profile of every small dog breed in the entire world.

Tiny small dogs 9 pounds and below list

  1. Affenpinscher: 6.5 to 9 pounds

  2. Bolognese: 6.5 to 9 pounds 

  3. Japanese Chin: 4.5 to 9 pounds

  4. Japanese Terrier: 4.4 to 8.8 pounds 

  5. Yorkshire Terrier: 5.5 to 8 pounds

  6. Maltese: 4.5 to 6.5 pounds 

  7. Chihuahua: 2 to 6.5 pounds 

  8. Prazsky Krysarik: 5.7 pounds 

  9. Pomeranian: 4 to 5.5 pounds 

Which one is for you

Affenpinscher has medium exercise requirements so is not too demanding for walks and they are good around children of all ages.

This breed is considered easy to train and they also make pretty good little watchdogs. They are low shedding and will not shed any fur at all however they do not get along too well with other small pets like cats and hamsters.

Bolognese has low exercise demands and will be happy with just one quick walk each and every day. Remember all dogs should have at least one walk every day to stay fit and healthy.

This breed is tolerant of children and is fairly easy to house train, however it is by far not the easiest to train small dog breed. This cute little dog is low shedding and is good around small pets like cats and even other unknown dogs.

Japanese Chin is another small dog breed that is low maintenance as far as exercise is concerned, the dog will be happy with just one walk each day.

This breed are really good with children however they are considered rather difficult to train and they are high shedding too. These dogs make pretty dogs watchdogs and they are good with cats.

Japanese Terrier is a high maintenance breed as far as exercise is concerned and require frequent exercise throughout the day. High energy dog need their exercise and if they do not get it they can get quite naughty and might even escape.

This breed are good with children however they should not be mixed with small animals because they will chase, terrorise and even injure them. This breed does make a decent watchdog and while they do shed fur it's not loads. They are also considered fairly easy to train.

Yorkshire Terrier is another high exercise needing breed and will need to be kept busy at home are they could look for stuff to do themselves and could get a little naughty.

The dog is good around children however they may nip so not recommended to be around younger kids. This is a clever little dog that is known for being rather easy to house train and if you want a watchdog this is probably the best that there is.

This small dog breed will not shed any fur at all whatsoever however they are not good around small pets unless raised will them from a young age.

Maltese is another high shedding small dog breed and is therefore not recommended for dog allergy sufferers.

This breed are good with children and small pets and make good little watchdogs however they are not so easy to house train. You are going to need lots of patience to train this breed. The dog has medium exercise requirements and will be happy with two decent length walks each day.

Chihuahua is another breed that has low energy levels and are therefore considered to be a low maintenance small dog breed.

This breed is good with children and other pets including cats and they make good little watchdogs. This breed does shed but not as much as some other breeds, they are not the easiest to house train.

Prazsky Krysarik is not a breed recommended for first time dog owner, they are considered to be a little problematic as far as house training is concerned.

They don't have massively huge exercise demands and they love to be around and play with children. It is a good watchdog breed however they are not good with cats or other small pets and they do shed quite a bit of fur too.

Pomeranian is such a cute fluffy small dog, however with such a fluffy dog you are going to get lots of fur all over your home, yes this is a high shedding small dog breed.

Exercise demands are fairly high too and grooming requirements are done daily, this is considered to be a high maintenance time consuming breed of dog. This breed is good around children and is very easy to house train.

These small dogs make pretty good little watchdogs too and will be great around small pets including birds and cats.

Best dog breeds under 30 pounds

Below is a video of all the best dog breeds under 30 pounds simply because they are the most popular worldwide. The most popular of the small dog breeds from the list above is the Pomeranian.