The 30 Most Popular Small Dog Breeds in America

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The dog is clearly man’s best friend, at least according to 85 million American families who have a furry, four-legged friend. It’s by far the most popular kind of pet in America.

There are many different breeds to choose from — dogs of different shapes and sizes, skills and attitudes. Small dogs — those that grow to be about a foot tall — are particularly popular companions. They are easy to manage as they don’t require much living or play space and easily adapt to different environments.

To identify the most popular small dogs in the United States, 24/7 Tempo used the 2018 ranking of the most popular breeds in the country, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), which currently registers 195 breeds. We took the 30 most popular small breeds from that list. Breeds that were considered for the small category are not taller than 15 inches at the shoulder, according to AKC.

Dogs are the most adoring pets for many, and puppies are the most adoring and adorable dogs. Small dogs, especially the toy breeds, are more like puppies even when full grown, while breeds with a strong prey drive or a reputation for fierceness may not seem puppy-like even when young — these are 20 dogs that stay puppies the longest.