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Most Popular Small (and Big) Dog Breeds in America

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10. Boston Terriers
> Average weight (male): 25 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 21

The Boston terrier is a U.S. breed, the result of a cross between an English bulldog and a white English terrier, and it has been very popular for more than a century. However, the Boston Terrier Club of America cautions that Boston terriers are not for everyone. They need human contact, time, and attention; they are very active and love to play, but they are not outside dogs.

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9. Shih Tzu
> Average weight (male): 16 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 20

Shih Tzus originated in China many centuries ago. Although diminutive in size, they take their name from the Mandarin word for lion. They began appearing in the U.S. after World War II, when veterans brought them back to America, and they were recognized by the AKC in 1969. They have a long flowing coat and a proud bearing.

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8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
> Average weight (male): 18 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 19

This dog has been popular for a long time. As reflected in its name, King Charles II had one, although the breed fell out of favor for a while after the fall of the House of Stuart in England. Another fan was Charlotte York, one of the characters in the television series “Sex and the City.” Friendly and easily trained, it’s good with young children as well as with other pets.

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7. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
> Average weight (male): 30 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 18

The Pembroke Welsh corgi is also popular with royalty — it’s Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite. The corgi is a working dog, strong and athletic. And despite its little legs, it excels at many sports. The corgi is an easy pet to have, and its short coat needs little maintenance.

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6. Miniature Schnauzers
> Average weight (male): 20 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 17

In the U.S., the miniature schnauzer is treated differently from other schnauzer breeds in that it is not classified as a working dog and is judged as a terrier. It is intelligent and alert, which makes it a good watchdog, and it excels in obedience trials and agility competitions. The miniature’s eyebrows and beard make it easily recognizable.

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