TOP 10 MINIATURE DOG BREEDS
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Number 10 – The Pomeranian Let’s start with a German breed that has conquered the hearts of toy dog lovers all over the world: On our number 10 spot, we have the Pomeranian. With its friendly, cheerful disposition and its beautiful plush coat, it is the perfect choice for toy dog enthusiasts. This adorable breed is related to powerful Spitz-type sled dog breeds like the Siberian Husky and the Samoyed. And apart from being an ideal companion on four paws, the Pomeranian is quite a good watchdog. Number 9 – The Bichon Frise And the next spot on our list of the TOP 10 miniature dog breeds goes to a small white dog who looks more like a cotton puff than a canine: The Bichon Frise is an amazingly sweet, playful companion - and it comes in a small enough size to comfortably fit on people’s laps. As most miniature breeds, Bichons make amazing pets for families with slightly older children, as their delicate bodies can easily get injured by rough play. Number 8 – The Shih Tzu Our number 8 spot goes to a Chinese toy breed, the Shi Tzu - whose sweet temper and adorable looks gained it the role of palace dog back in ancient China. And indeed, the regal Shi Tzu is as charming as it is beautiful: The small-sized dog comes with large, soulful eyes and a long flowing coat. Sweet, friendly and playful, these former palace pets are a sheer joy to live with and make wonderful family companions. Number 7 – The Miniature Poodle And at number 7 on our list of the TOP 10 miniature dog breeds, we have the smallest version of the Poodle. Originally bred as waterdogs, poodles count among the smartest breeds in the world. These fun dogs love learning new things and are eager to explore life. And their smallest representatives just happen to combine that merry temperament and brightness with the perfect size for toy-dog enthusiasts. Number 6 – The Miniature Dachshund Our number 6 spot goes to the smallest version of the popular German “badger hound” – also known as "wiener dog" or “sausage dog": the Miniature Dachshund. Bred to fearlessly engage badgers and foxes in their dens, Dachshunds are known have a mind of their own. Just like their larger cousins, the elongated bodies of these miniature hounds contain a lot of personality and courage, which make them excellent watchdogs. Number 5 – The Yorkshire Terrier On our number 5 spot, we have the Yorkshire Terrier, who was originally bred as hunting dog for rats. With the prey being not much smaller than the hunter, this task required enormous amounts of courage from the little terriers. This same courage and tenacity make these toy-sized terriers amazing watchdogs. But whenever they are not guarding their house, the affectionate Yorkies are quite happy to cuddle with their favourite humans. Number 4 – The Maltese On our number 4 spot, we have a beautiful and ancient breed famous for its long, flowing silky white coat: the Maltese. It is said that back in ancient Greece, entire temples have been named after this breed, who used to be the favourite lapdog of many a Roman and Greek household. Despite its name, the Maltese does not come from the island of Malta, but stems from south-central European spitz-type breeds. Originally, it may have looked similar to the Pomeranian. Number 3 – The Papillon And here we are, at the TOP 3 positions on our list of the TOP 10 miniature dog breeds in the world. The Bronze Medal goes to an elegant and energetic little dog named after its butterfly-shaped ears: the Papillon. Number 2 – The Pekinese Now, here we are at our second position on the pedestal – the prestigious Silver Medal Spot. And for this position, I have picked another toy dog breed from China. Like the Shi Tzu, the Pekinese started its career as palace dog. With its long, soft coat and – for a miniature dog breed – very low energy levels, the Pekinese is a picture-perfect lapdog. These little furballs are extremely easy to live with. Not prone to barking and yapping, they are quite fond of a laidback lifestyle, as long as they get plenty of cuddles. Number 1 – The Chiahuahua And now, we come to the absolute top-spot on our list of the TOP 10 miniature canines. The Gold Medal goes to no other than the king of toy dog breeds - the fearless ruler of many households all across the world: The Chiahuahua. Highly intelligent, alert and watchful, this little breed from Mexico will often attack much larger dogs, and even humans – if not properly socialized. Despite their size – or, should we say, lack thereof -, Chiahuahuas are very agile and capable. They are easy to train and successfully compete in agility tournaments. Because of their small size and their adaptability, Chiahuahuas make outstanding apartment dogs.