Small Dog Breeds

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Looking for information about Small Dog Breeds? From Cairn Terriers to Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dog Adoptions Central offers accurate and informative information on all of the most popular small dog breeds in the USA and Canada.

Learn all about each small dog breed, including a general profile, history, appearance, personality traits, health issues, care concerns such as nutrition, exercise, grooming and training. Each profile from our list of small dog breeds will help you decide on the right small breed of dog to choose for your family.

Small Dog Breeds Listed From A to Z


Pekingese Dogs

Pekingese Dogs and Puppies

The Pekingese Dog, one of the world’s most recognizable breeds of small dog, was once the sacred dog of China. The Pekingese Dog derives its name from the Tang Dynasty (619 – 907 AD) and their regal lineage is reflected in the Peke’s modern day character. For the Pekingese, exercise is a leisurely affair; short strolls will suffice.

Conversely, grooming the Pekingese Dog is anything but leisurely. Dedicated and regular attention is essential to avoid a knotted ball of fluff with a humorless constitution.

The Pekingese Dog is a breed for dog devotees. The grooming can be laborious, but the benefits can be great. The Peke’s occasional flirtations with humor and its attentiveness to his master can conquer the hearts of even the most reluctant groomer.

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Rat Terrier

All About Rat Terrier Dogs and Puppies

The Rat Terrier is a dog of early immigrants who made their way into America. Designed as a capable farm or ranch dog, his purpose was to protect the property from the rats and other vermin that plagued the farms during those days and this was a job which he performed wholeheartedly. For a time, the Rat Terrier declined in numbers but recent years has seen a resurgence of the breed, this time as a capable and affectionate little companion animal.

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Labradoodle Dog Breed Information

All About Labradoodle Dogs and Puppies

The Labradoodle, a crossbreed from a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, is a handsome, playful dog. For the most part, he has inherited the best qualities from his poodle parent -low shedding and low dander, and from his Labrador parent – gentle temperament and trainability.

Since 1989 when this breed was first introduced, the Labradoodle is somewhat varied in appearance. The spectrum of colours ranges from nearly white to black with many winsome mixes in between. The coat’s texture ranges from a subtle wave to a curly cotton ball quality.

Perhaps the best known feature of the Labradoodle is its extraordinarily cute appearance and mild disposition. Frankly, they’re just the nicest dog one can image.

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Bichon Frise

All About Bichon Frise Dogs and Puppies

Originally developed in the Mediterranean, the Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Barbet, a variety of Water Spaniel that was common to that area. While he was first called the Barbichon, his name would eventually be shortened to Bichon and, originally, this unique little dog was divided up into four different categories: the Bichon Teneriffe, the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolognais, and the Bichon Havanais. Regardless of what number of names he was known by, he would eventually come to be one of the most popular breeds of small dog in the world. How was it that this little powder puff of a dog came to be so widely-known? Most Bichon fans will tell you that its all about the personality.

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Pomeranians

All About Pomeranian Dogs and Puppies

Belonging to a group of dogs, known as the Spitz family, the Pomeranian is a descendant of working sled dogs from Lapland and Iceland. Surprisingly, however, he did not earn his name for the places that he originated but, rather, for the place that he was bred down into a toy size. Pomerania, now known as the present day Germany and Poland, made up the Baltic seas southern coast. It is here that the Pomeranian was bred down from his larger 20-30 pound size, and became the toy variety that we know and love today.

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Chihuahua

All About Chihuahua Dogs and Puppies

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog, although their personality is anything but pint-sized. As many Chihuahua owners will attest, every Chihuahua is an alpha-dog.

The Chihuahua has a clouded history and although an old breed, they are relatively new to the United States and Canada. The Chihuahua is a saucy, devoted pet that needs lots of love but only a few other requirements. Exercise and grooming are minimal, but feeding his temperamental palate can be a headache. This tiny dog is well suited for apartment dwellers and ideal for the elderly. The Chihuahua’s distinctive features and bubbly personality make this small-scale pet a prodigious companion.

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Cockapoo

All About Cockapoo Dogs and Puppies

The Cockapoo is a mixed breed dog, combining the best traits of two popular dog breeds – the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel. Possibly the first of the designer dog breeds, Cockapoos first entered the picture officially in the 1950’s and have found their way into the hearts and homes of dog lovers worldwide ever since.

Cockapoos are registerable with both the North American Cockapoo Registry and the
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The Cockapoo Club of America now recognizes two distinct variations of the Cockapoo Breed; The English Cockapoo™ and the American Cockapoo™. As you may have guessed, these two varations were named according to the Cocker Spaniel side of the family – whether an AKC Registered English Cocker Spaniel or an AKC Registered American Cocker Spaniel were bred to an AKC Registered Poodle – whether Toy, Miniature or Standard.

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