Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world. In fact, they’re so popular that there’s a dog for almost every lifestyle and need. Along with cats, dogs rank as the second most common pet in households all across North America, Europe and Australia.
In this article we’ll take you through some of the different types of dogs out there so that you can find your perfect match!
Miniature Breeds- Teacup Dog Breeds
The smallest dog breeds in the world are classified as teacups or miniature dogs. These tiny dogs weigh less than 6 pounds and can be carried around like a baby, hence their name of teacup dogs.
Some of these toy dog breeds such as Chihuahuas and Maltese can be found in households across America while others such as the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are more popular in Europe. They’re known for being affectionate, easy to train and small enough to fit into your palm – pretty cute if we do say so ourselves!
This is considered one of the most popular of all teacup sized breeds and is considered the smallest dog breed in the world. It has a life expectancy of 12-18 years and can come in a long haired and short haired variety.
Chihuahuas’ are one of the most ancient breeds found today and have been documented as far back as seventh century Mexico. They’re known for their large pointy ears, curled tail and tufts of hair that sprout from their forehead or cheeks just like eyebrows. With such an adorable appearance it’s no wonder why Chihuahuas remain one of America’s favorite teacup dogs!
One look at their big eyes surrounded by soft pure white fur makes it easy to see why Yorkshire terriers make great pets for families with children. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years and weigh less than 7 pounds.
This toy dog breed originates from the 19th century in England where working class men would keep them as ratters on their small businesses or farms. The dog’s occupation was to catch rats that would pick at food supplies, but since its arrival in America it has gone on to become more popular as a family pet who loves children!
This playful little pup is known for being affable with other dogs and people although they can be overly active around young children. However anyone adopting this cuddly breed needs to know that its long white fur needs quite a bit of grooming – especially around the eyes where tears are prone to staining the hair.
Bichons are so fluffy that they used to be mistaken as lambs, but their family tree can actually be traced back to around 400 AD when it made its first appearance in Spain. Bichons have remained popular for centuries among European nobility because of their friendly personalities and ease of care.
This cuddly little cutie was originally bred as a sled dog in 16th century Scandinavia before being brought to America by German immigrants. They’re one of the smallest dogs breeds with an average weight of 4 pounds and life expectancy of 12-15 years.
Originally known as the Wolfspitz, Poms are very active dogs who need lots of daily exercise since they were bred to pull sleds all day. They’re known for their fox like appearance, dense undercoat and affectionate nature toward their owners.