Canines can come in all shapes and sizes, but the fashion for small dog breeds has reportedly skyrocketed in recent years.
Explanations for this fashion include the lower cost of living of petite pets and the better adaptation of these breeds to urban environments.
Whatever the explanation, here are the hottest little four-legged friends of 2020, according to registration statistics from the American Kennel Club.
The popularity of the Pekingese has slowly declined in recent years
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The origins of this ever-popular oriental aristocrat can be traced back to ancient China.
While the Pekingese’s popularity has slowly declined in recent years, possibly due to its high level of grooming requirements, these toy dogs are still excellent pets.
Papillon’s unusual name, meaning “butterfly,” refers to the breed’s strikingly cheeky ears
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The Papillon is descended from toy spaniels, and its unusual name, meaning “butterfly,” refers to the breed’s noticeably cheeky ears.
Although these dogs have unparalleled personalities, the Papillons’ need for constant company means they are poor choices if left alone for long periods of time.
13. West Highland White Terrier
The small dog breed West Highland White Terrier makes for intelligent and self-confident companions
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A white variety of cute cairns was developed to work in the Scottish countryside in the 19th century.
The small dog breed West Highland White Terrier has since gotten a little shorter and makes for intelligent and self-confident companions.
The Maltese toy dog has been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries
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Originally bred to hunt rats, the Maltese toy dog has been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries.
With their beautifully long coats, they make active and energetic pets, though this cuddly dog breed can be problematic on occasion with young children.
A black chihuahua sitting in front of the camera
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The name of the smallest breed in the world comes from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the dog first came into fashion.
This breed of dog makes great pets, although they can be difficult to train and a little jealous of young children.
Ancient China’s passion for flat-faced dog breeds is behind the development of the pug
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Ancient China’s passion for flat-faced dog breeds is behind the development of the pug.
This mischievous breed is valued for their ability to make adorable, human-like expressions on their faces, but Pugs have a less attractive tendency to gasp and snort with more than moderate exercise.
Pomeranians are the smallest of the Spitz dogs
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Pomeranians are the smallest of the Spitz breed, and these cute canines are popular pets for their Instagram-like appearance.
Despite their petite proportions, the Pomeranians have tall personalities, which makes them an excellent choice for those who live in smaller apartments.
8. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu were reportedly bred from Tibetan breeds to become pets for Chinese emperors
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The Shih Tzu were reportedly bred from Tibetan breeds to become pets for Chinese emperors.
While her petite face and shiny eyes have enchanted generations of pet owners, Shih Tzus’ calm temperaments make her an excellent choice for families with young children.
7. Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers are a strong option for a family pet
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This pocket-sized dog breed was created by mixing Affenpinschers with the original German Schnauzer.
Miniature Schnauzers are a strong option for a family pet because they are healthy, have a long life expectancy, and have a pleasing personality.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is a breed of dog known for its good mood and sociable disposition
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This relatively modern mix has a characteristic gray-brown silky coat.
Yorkies are known for their good mood, their sociable nature and their terrier origins make them excellent watchdogs and pied patters.
5. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are strong and lively little shepherds
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The iconic Pembroke dog breed is perhaps best known for their royal patronage, with Welsh corgis often seen in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, who is reported to have owned at least thirty corgis during her reign.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are strong and lively little shepherds who are affectionate and sociable without being too clingy.
The miniature dachshund …. also known as the “sausage dog” is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world
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The Dachshund made it into the top four small dog breeds in 2020, displacing the Pembroke Welsh Corgi by one place.
The dachshund, originally from Germany, is still used today to track down game and to hunt rabbits.
This most photogenic of all small dog breeds has unmatched confidence and courage, but Dachshunds require a fair amount of attention.
Beagles are the smallest British pack dogs bred for hunting
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Beagles are the smallest British pack dogs bred for hunting.
This handsome breed makes an excellent addition to any family because of the pets’ small stature and intelligent personality.
Poodles are also wonderful companions that are welcome in any home
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While poodles are most commonly associated with dog shows, they are also wonderful companions to welcome into any home, though these pets have lost a spot from last year’s rankings.
Miniature poodles and miniature poodles are clever canines and are great for young families because of their calm temperament.
1. French bulldogs
French bulldogs are still the most popular small breed of dog
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Frenchies have retained first place and are now the second most popular dog breed out of all, falling only behind the Labrador in 2020.
French bulldog registrations have risen by a staggering 830 percent since 2010 and by 62 percent since 2019 alone.
The French Bulldog differs from similar breeds by its distinctive “bat ears”, which give these adorable dogs a clownish appearance.
Appearance aside, Frenchies are popular choices for families because of the dogs’ docility and friendliness to strangers and animals alike.