Small Dog Breeds
Are you looking for a small sized dog to love? Sometimes the biggest personalities come in the smallest packages…and fortunately, there is a wide range of smaller sized breeds to choose from.
To make it easy for you, we have put together a list of the most popular small dog breeds in Australia. Learn more about their history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to guide you to choose the right small dog for you and your family!
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The Australian Terrier (a.k.a. “Aussie”) is one of the smallest terrier breeds. It is sturdy, short-legged and has a long head with triangular, erect ears
and dark brown eyes.
The Bichon Frise (or simply “Bichon”) is a small, sturdy dog famous for its curly, fluffy white coat. They were popular in France as performing dogs and companion dogs.
The Border Terrier is a small powerful, fearless dog that loves to hunt and dig. He is a good natured, high energy, intelligent and loyal.
The Boston Terrier is an American breed of domesticated dog, small to medium-sized with a muscular and heavy-set appearance similar to the English terrier breeds.
Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxellois)
The Brussels Griffon, also known as Griffon Bruxellois in Europe, is a toy dog breed.
The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest Terrier breeds. This little terrier is originally from the Scottish Islands where it was originally used as a working dog.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog, equipped with a moderately long coat, long floppy ears and a well-feathered chest and tail. Officially classified as a toy breed, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies was originally developed by cross breeding King Charles Spaniels with Pugs.
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after its place of origin in Chihuahua, Mexico. Chihuahuas come in many different varieties, and each is as unique as its owner.
The Dachshund is a small long dog with muscular short legs. There are three varieties of Dachshunds including shorthaired, wirehaired and longhaired and each of these varieties do shed.
The Fox Terrier is a small sized dog that comes in two varieties: Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.
The French Bulldog is a very energetic and loyal companion. A small sized, playful dog with a good reputation for playing nice with kids, the French Bulldog has been a favourite of urban dwellers since the mid-1800s, into the early 20thCentury and is now seeing new popularity with the modern Australian family.
The Havanese is a small toy breed of domesticated dog. It has a thick coat of either long and straight or curly fur, ears that droop to the side of its face, and a great deal of personality.
The Italian Greyhound (also referred to as the IG) is a slim, fine boned dog. It looks quite similar to the Whippet but it is smaller in size and stature.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell is a small and spirited domesticated dog of the terrier family. Compact, muscular and very energetic, Jack Russells are known as the small dog with the big attitude.
The Japanese Spitz is an active small breed dog that loves human attention and tends to be very loyal and affectionate.
The Lhasa Apso is a small, non-sporting dog known for its long, silky, dense coat which (unless groomed otherwise) flows to the floor.
The Maltese a small lively dog with long white flowing hair. The silky coat of the Maltese can hang to the floor if it is allowed to grow. With dark eyes and a dark nose the Maltese is said to be the ultimate lap dog.
Maltese Shih Tzu
The Maltese Shih Tzu (which is often misspelt as Maltese Shitzu) is a crossbreed or hybrid breed of domesticated dog.
Miniature Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a small and stocky but very strong little dog. Selectively bred from smaller examples of the full-sized Bull Terrier, the Miniature version is almost identical in its appearance and its temperament.
There are three varieties of Miniature Dachshunds including shorthaired, wirehaired and longhaired and each of these varieties do shed.
The Miniature Pinscher is a small domesticated dog, muscular and full of energy. An old breed, the Miniature Pinscher can be traced back to more than 200 years ago.
The Miniature Poodle is a small sized dog, which was bred as a smaller alternative to the Standard Poodle.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a popular small dog with a huge personality and loads of energy.