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13 of the World’s Tiniest Dog Breeds

We’re going to be honest here: These pups are irresistibly cute, and resistance is futile. Prepare to “Ooh!” and “Aah!”

Is tiny the same as teacup?

two small dogs playing together outdoorsotsphoto/Shutterstock

Our list includes small breeds weighing approximately six to 14 pounds. While we can’t deny teacup breeds are super cute, these pups usually weigh only 4 pounds and are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC states, “This is not an actual size classification and is usually attained through breeding runts. So-called teacup dogs often come with a host of health problems.” These include hypoglycemia, respiratory issues, heart defects, and digestive problems, just to name a few. Plus, they’re so fragile and tiny that you have to be on high alert as a pet parent to prevent injury.

Brussels griffon

brussels griffon dog standing outdoors in summerotsphoto/Shutterstock

This adorable little breed packs a lot of cute attributes into its eight- to 12-pound body. Its trademark black muzzle and whiskers give it a distinguished beard highlighted by big, soulful eyes. While adults and children alike are drawn to the irresistible cuteness, the Brussels griffon isn’t a good choice for the rambunctious nature of younger children, but that doesn’t mean it prefers solitude. Quite the opposite, they tend to stick close to their owner and are not fans of being left alone for long periods of time.

Affenpinscher

Really cute affenpinscher dog with a pink tongue.DejaVuDesigns/Shutterstock

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you may be tempted to name this little charming and energetic furbaby after your favorite Wookiee or Ewok. Their tiny ten-pound frame is large and in charge when it comes to playtime. In fact, these pups may have more energy than the small children they lives with, making them a fun family addition. They’re also friendly with other critters, but because one of their favorite pastimes is chasing and hunting pests, like rodents, it’s not a good idea to have a hamster or gerbil for a roommate. Here are more of the best dog breeds for kids.

Toy fox terrier

little puppy breed Toy fox terrier in the summer the park on the green grassdezy/Shutterstock

What a perfect name for the trifecta of qualities this little breed holds. If you break it down, there’s toy, meaning the toy group or what the AKC classifies as a breed small enough to fit in your lap (and yes, they love to snuggle). Fox—well, just look at that face! And finally, terrier, meaning this is also a feisty and fearless hunter of small rodents. When it comes to training, they get bored easily (I see a squirrel!), so keep sessions short and sweet.

Source: https://www.rd.com/advice/pets/tiniest-dog-breeds/

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