All dog breeds are adorable, but here are some of the cutest small toy dog breeds we love.

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Origin: United Kingdom
Size: 1′ to 1’1″ at the shoulder, 13 to 18 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 9-14 years
Grooming: Occasional
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Affectionate, graceful, and gentle.”
Fun Fact: After King Charles II passed away, the popularity of the King Charles Spaniel waned and short-faced breeds were the new favorites. Which is where the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel came to be, after King Charles Spaniels were bred with Pugs and other short-faced breeds.

2. Chihuahua

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Origin: Mexico
Size: 6″ to 9″ at the shoulder, 3 to 6 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
Grooming: Minimal
Exercise: Some, do well in apartments
Personality: “Graceful, charming, and sassy.”
Fun Fact: Some scientists believe that the Chihuahua’s wild ancestor is the Fennec Fox.

3. Maltese

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Origin: Malta
Size: 8″ to 10″ at the shoulder, up to 7 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Occasional
Personality: “Gentle, playful, affectionate; fearless in a charming toy-dog way.”
Fun Fact: A Maltese named Trouble inherited $12 million from their owner, Leona Helmsley.

4. Norfolk Terrier

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Origin: England
Size: 9″ to 10″ at the shoulder, 11 to 12 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Grooming: Occasional
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Alert, fearless, fun-loving, and more sociable than the usual terrier.”
Fun Fact: Known for their drop-ear, the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier (prick-eared) did not become two separate breeds until 1964 in England and 1979 in the US.

5. Papillon

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Origin: France
Size: 8″ to 11″ at the shoulder, 4 to 9 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Grooming: Occasional
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Happy, alert, friendly.”
Fun Fact: Originally called the Dwarf Spaniel, it’s rumored that this breed got their name from Marie Antoinette who called her dog “le petit papillon” (the little butterfly) due to its ears.

6. Pomeranian

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Origin: Pomerania (present day Germany and Poland)
Size: 7″ to 12″ at the shoulder, 3 to 7 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical “personality breed”.”
Fun Fact: Pomeranians used to be roughly 30 lbs. and had all white coats. They’re descended from sled dogs from Iceland and Lapland.

7. Pug

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Origin: China
Size: 10″ to 1’2″ at the shoulder, 14 to 18 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Grooming: Occasional
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving.”
Fun Fact: The curly Q tail is said to be at its perfection when it has two full curls.

8. Scottish Terrier

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Origin: Scotland
Size: up to 10″ at the shoulder, 18 to 22 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Independent, confident, and never shy; spirited but dignified”
Fun Fact: FDR had a Scottie named “Fala” and it’s said that Fala received more fan mail during his lifetime than many other presidents did.

9. West Highland White Terrier

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Origin: Scotland
Size: 10″ to 11″ at the shoulder, 13 to 22 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Happy, smart, loyal, entertaining.”
Fun Fact: It’s rumored that the white coat came about because Colonel Edward Donald Malcom, a Scottish Nobleman, accidentally shot his red Cairn Terrier (confusing it for a fox) while hunting and wanted to prevent future hunting accidents.

10. Yorkshire Terrier

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Origin: England
Size: 8″ to 9″ at the shoulder, 4 to 6 lbs.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Grooming: Daily
Exercise: Some
Personality: “Sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate”
Fun Fact: The Yorkie is the second most popular dog breed in the world.

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