The smallest dogs in the world

Chihuahua is believed to be the world smallest dog breed. These dogs weigh around 6 pounds and are 6 to 9 inches high. They have a life expectancy of 10 to 18 years. They have a varied coat type. Chihuahua is an intelligent and an obedient dog and requires less grooming and exercise. Chihuahua is unreceptive of harsh treatment while training. Being small, they can squeeze through small gaps.

Affenpinscher is also called monkey dog due to its monkey like appearance. Affenpinscher weighs between 7 to 9 pounds and is to 11 inches tall. In 17th and 18th century Europe, this dog was used a vermin hunter.
Bichon Frise weighs upto 12 pounds and attain a height of 11 inches. It has black eyes, nose and white or cream coat. These dogs have an arched neck and have well-plumed tails.

Chinese Crested is a little dog and can weigh up to 12 pounds, and their height can be 13 inches high. This is a coatless breed. They have silky hair on the head, neck, feet and tail. One type of this breed has full coat, but it is genetically recessive (Powderpuff). Chinese Crested was known to be a companion for the invalid. These dogs can easily read the mind of the owner and can lie around for hours. These dogs do not welcome strangers easily and are even prone to biting them.

Japanese Chin hails from Asia. The dog is known for its agility. It can jump tall furniture/walls in a single leap. It has heavy coat so it needs regular brushing. Japanese Chin learns quickly, but it also has a mind of its own. These dogs can easily get along with other pet dogs and cats.
Papillon is one of the small dog breeds. The breed has descended from the 16th century toy spaniels. This is a very active and outgoing breed. An average Papillon weighs up to 9 pounds grows up to 11 inches high. The coat does not shed hair excessively.

Pomeranian is an entertaining and good natured small dog breed which weighs around 7 pounds and stands a foot tall. Pom, Loulou, Dwarf Spitz or Zwergspitz are other variants of its name. The tail of the animal is very prominent. They have loud shrill bark and thus prove good as watch dogs.
Toy Poodle is around 10 inches at shoulder and can weigh up to 9 pounds. Its coat is dense and curly. Toy poodle is an intelligent and a beautiful dog. Earlier, the breed was a water retriever.
Toy Fox Terrier is an American breed. It can weigh up to 7 pounds and can grow up to 1 foot high. They were also used for hunting activities. Toy Fox Terrier is an intelligent and active dog. These dogs are also used for circus activities.

Yorkshire terrier, also known as Yorkie, is another small dog breed. It can weigh up to 7 pounds and are around 9 inches high. It has an elegant long silky coat. This breed is well suited to apartment life. The dog is so small that it can be carried easily in dog purse.