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These Are the 30 Small Dog Breeds People Love the Most

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25. Lhasa Apso
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 78 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Temperament: Confident, smart, comical

The Lhasa apso goes back more than a millennium with roots as sentinels in Tibetan monasteries high in the Himalayas. The breed is famous for its very long, flat-hanging coat. It is the earthly representative of Tibet’s mythical protector, the Snow Lion, according to the local folklore.

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24. Miniature Pinscher
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 74 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Temperament: Fearless, fun-loving, proud

Min Pins — often called the “kings of toys” — don’t usually grow more than a foot tall. Where they come from is unclear but some experts say they may be a cross between a dachshund and an Italian greyhound.

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23. Cairn Terrier
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 72 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Temperament: Alert, cheerful, busy

Cairn terriers were bred to be fearless and to hunt foxes and other small prey. They like to spend time outside where they can explore and dig around. After all, these dogs lived on preserves and farms in Scotland for centuries.

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22. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 66 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, loyal, smart

Corgis are famous for being Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dogs and she’s had many since the 1940s. She has Pembroke Welsh corgis; the Cardigan Welsh corgis are their close cousins. The way to tell them apart is to look at the tail: Cardigans have tails; Pembrokes do not.

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21. Scottish Terrier
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 56 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12 years
> Temperament: Confident, independent, spirited

Scottish terriers have been among the most popular dogs in America since the late 1930s when Humphrey Bogart and Shirley Temple had them. Contrary to popular belief, Scotties can be trained, even though it may take longer because they are very independent.

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