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These Are the 30 Small Dog Breeds People Love the Most

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10. Pomeranian
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 24 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Temperament: Inquisitive, bold, lively

The Pom, the smallest of the spitz breeds, is one of the world’s most recognizable toy breeds thanks to its double coat and foxy face. It is very easily trained and can quickly master tricks. The dog is typically about 6 inches tall and weighs between 3 and 7 pounds.

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9. Shih Tzu
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 20 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, playful, outgoing

The Shih Tzu, which means “lion dog,” is famous for being really sweet with children. It was developed by imperial breeders in the palace of the Chinese emperor — but does perfectly fine living in an apartment.

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8. Miniature Schnauzer
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 18 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Temperament: Friendly, smart, obedient

These minis were bred to be all-around farm dogs and are great watchdogs. Two of their signature features are the bushy beard and eyebrows. They were bred from their cousin, the standard schnauzer, which has a lineage going back to the 1400s.

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7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 16 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, gentle, graceful

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed is about a century old. It is a mixture of a toy breed with the athleticism of a sporting dog. It is a house dog that loves to hang out with people and doesn’t like to be left alone.

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6. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 10 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-13 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, smart, alert

Fans of “The Crown,” a popular Netflix show about the British royal family, will recognize the Pembroke Welsh Corgi as it is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dog breed. It is a herding breed that can be a wonderful pet if its owners are as physically active as it is.

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