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These Are the 30 Small Dog Breeds People Love the Most

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15. Maltese
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 36 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Temperament: Gentle, playful, charming

The Maltese is one of the friendliest dogs out there. It is extremely social and does not tolerate being alone very well. This toy dog is known for its silky, straight, and thick fur covering its body. The Maltese may be a good choice for people with allergies because it sheds very little.

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14. Miniature American Shepherd
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 29 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-13 years
> Temperament: Good-natured, intelligent, devoted

The miniature American shepherd looks just like a regular American shepherd but smaller. And it loves horses. Similar to other herding dogs, the mini has a lot of energy and is very loyal.

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13. Chihuahua
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 35 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 14-16 years
> Temperament: Charming, graceful, sassy

The chihuahua is among the smallest dogs. It is no more than 5 to 8 inches tall and weighs no more than 6 pounds. It is one of the oldest South American breeds — dating back to the 15th century — and a national symbol of Mexico.

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12. Cocker Spaniel
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 28 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 10-14 years
> Temperament: Gentle, smart, happy

Cocker spaniels belong to the sporting group of dogs, which were bred to work with hunters. The cocker was America’s most popular breed for several years, according to the AKC. It has a lot of energy and loves to play, which makes it great pets for kids.

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11. Havanese
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 22 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 14-16 years
> Temperament: Intelligent, outgoing, funny

Havanese is the only dog breed of Cuban origin. It is very social and makes a wonderful city dog. Two of the more famous people who had Havanese are Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway.