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These Are the 30 Small Dog Breeds People Love the Most

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5. Dachshund
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 11 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Temperament: Friendly, curious, spunky

The dachshund, which belongs in the hound group of dogs, is known for its long, low body and little legs. The standard breed does not usually grow higher than 8 or 9 inches; the miniature is about 5 or 6 inches tall. It is a national symbol of Germany.

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4. Yorkshire Terrier
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 12 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, sprightly, tomboyish

Yorkies are known today as cute lap dogs but they were originally bred to be ratters in mines and mills. They may be tiny and weigh no more than 7 pounds, but they have the personality of a real terrier — tenacious, feisty, and brave.

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3. Poodle
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 6 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years
> Temperament: Active, proud, very smart

Poodles are perhaps the most famous aristocrat dog breed. They have a reputation for being dumb and sassy but this could not be farther from the truth. They are actually among the smartest dogs. Poodles are also very athletic and can be easily trained.

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2. Beagle
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 7 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Temperament: Friendly, curious, merry

The beagle, a scent dog, was bred to hunt and live in packs. It is very social and likes the company of other dogs, as well as people. There are two types of beagles but neither grows taller than 15 inches.

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1. French Bulldog
> Overall AKC rank in 2019: 4 out of 193
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Temperament: Adaptable, playful, smart

Famous for their “bat ears,” the French bulldog is great for people who live in the city, as it is very adaptable. The French bulldog is a relaxed and loyal dog, which makes it ideal for single owners as well as couples and families.

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