What Is the Smallest Breed of Dog in the World?

There are several contenders for smallest dog breed. Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world but the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are also quite small and there can be individual dogs which are smaller than some Chihuahuas. Other breeds, such as the Maltese, the Japanese Chin, and the Papillon, all weigh less than 10 pounds and can also rival the Chihuahua as the smallest breed at times.

Here are some of the breeds which might be considered the smallest breed of dog in the world.


The Chihuahua is a very old Mexican breed. Dogs of this type have probably existed in Mexico for hundreds of years and a larger version may have been used in religious ceremonies by some of the earlier Mexican peoples. The Chihuahua is a bold, feisty breed. They can be quite independent, though they are devoted to their owners. They are not recommended for families with small children but they should do all right with older children. The Chihuahua is not supposed to weigh more than 6 pounds according to the club’s breed standard, though some pets do weigh more.


Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from England. They were originally a terrier breed and were bred to hunt rats and other vermin in the textile mills of northern England. They are a beautiful little breed with a long flowing coat of tan and blue. The Yorkie is outgoing, determined, and brave. They are not afraid of anything. They are also very curious and quite active. The Yorkie only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.



The Pomeranian was once a much larger dog, weighing up to 30 pounds, and was used to pull sleds in the cold north of Europe. Over the last 200 years the breed has been slowly reduced in size until today these charming little dogs weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. They retain their spitz-dog appearance and even look like little foxes. They are intelligent, outgoing, and love to please their owners. With their thick, dense coats they do need quite a bit of grooming.



The beautiful Maltese has a long flowing white coat. These dogs are good for allergy-sufferers. The Maltese has been known for around 2800 years. This charming, intelligent, brave, playful little dog only weighs 4 to 6 pounds. They do require daily brushing to keep their coats from matting.


Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is actually a Chinese breed. They were bred only to be lapdogs for ladies in the Imperial Palace. These little dogs are intelligent, affectionate, and devoted. It’s easy to teach them tricks and they enjoy showing off in front of friends, though they can be reserved with strangers. They are playful and agile. The Japanese Chin usually weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, though some dogs can weigh just 4 pounds. They stand 8 to 11 inches tall. They have a lovely longish coat that is usually white with black or red markings.



The Papillon was originally known as a Dwarf Spaniel in the 16th and 17th century, though any relation to spaniels seems unlikely. These little dogs are friendly, elegant, and quite dainty. They are happy and lively little dogs. They have a medium-long coat but they do not have an undercoat and they don’t need a lot of grooming. The Papillon (the name means “butterfly” for the breed’s butterfly-like ears) stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 5 to 10 pounds.


Most people agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world but there are several other small breeds which are similar in size to the Chihuahua.


Japanese Chin – This breeds of dogs is an average shedder

The Japanese Chin is great for someone  

whose wants a small, relatively calm companion.

HEIGHT:   8-11 inches
WEIGHT: 4-7 lbs
COLOR(S):  black and white, red and white, or black and tan and white
LONGEVITY:   12 to 14 years
EXERCISE:  low activity level
GROOMING:  Moderate


The Japanese Chin, original name is called as Japanese Spaniel, the AKC changed the name in 1977. It is originated from Japan and is an ancient toy dog breeds with full of history. These dog breeds is first and foremost bred as a companion dog.

In 1964 they were honored as one of Japan’s national symbols. It was later developed in Japan and introduced to Europe in 1700.



The Japanese Chin’s coat is straight, long, and silky. He has a feathering on his back of the legs, the tail, the ears, and around the neck. He has a large broad head and large and round eyes. The muzzle is short and broad. The coat colors comes with white with patches of black, red, lemon, yellow, sable, black, orange, brindle, red and tricolored.


The Japanese Chin Dog is very obedient compare with other toy breeds, they is very bright and enjoy to learn new things. The training will be easy due to their eager to please attitude. This dog should have a socialization training for him can meet varieties of people.
The training should train with gentle, fun, yet structured training, and most impoartantly is patience.

Here are the dog training tips for your reference.


Grooming the Japanese Chin may be takes somes of your times. These silky and long coat need to brush and comb with using a soft bristle brush or curry bomb every other day to keep the coat in a good looking. Bathe only when is necessary with a gentle dry shampoo.

The Japanese Chin is a gentle, mild mannered, yet is affectionate and playful dog. They are a very devoted companion dog to their owner. These dog breeds is not a barker.

They are alert and also is a good watchdogs. They can get good along with a gentle children and other small pets.