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Most Popular Small (and Big) Dog Breeds in America

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5. Dachshunds
> Average weight (male): 11 lbs. (miniature)
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 13

The dachshund was developed in Germany centuries ago to hunt badgers, and its short legs and long body make it good at below-ground work. The dachshund is intelligent and should be kept busy or it will get bored. It comes in miniature or standard size and can have a smooth, wirehaired, or long-haired coat.

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4. Yorkshire Terriers
> Average weight (male): 7 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 9

The Yorkshire terrier’s confidence and courage make it a good pet to keep in bustling cities, and those qualities have earned it the nickname “the tomboy toy.” It is also known for its beautiful silky coat, which has a texture similar to human hair. The Yorkshire terrier requires a lot of care and attention.

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3. Toy poodles
> Average weight (male): 6 lbs. (toy) 15 lbs. (miniature)
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 7

Poodles come in three sizes — standard, miniature, and toy — and a variety of solid colors. They are smart and eager to please. They are also energetic and are good runners and swimmers. They require regular clipping and grooming of their hypoallergenic coat.

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2. French Bulldogs
> Average weight (male): 28 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 6

These sturdy little dogs with their bat-like ears are playful, good with small children, and intelligent. They don’t need much exercise or grooming but shouldn’t be left alone for long as they can suffer from separation anxiety. Like other “flat-faced” breeds, French bulldogs are prone to snoring, which can add to their charm — or not.

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1. Beagles
> Average weight (male): 30 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 5

Bred to live and work in packs, beagles are sociable dogs and like the company of their human families, as well as other dogs. They are scent dogs, which can sometimes get them into trouble and means they should not be left off-leash unless in a secured area.

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