So, you have thought long and hard about bringing a new puppy into your home, but if you are a city dweller or apartment owner, then you are probably wanting to adopt a toy dog.
Where you live just might not be suitable for larger dog breeds, even if they are adorable!
But this doesn’t mean you can’t open up your life to an adorable ball of fluff, there are a number of perfect toy dog breeds who are bursting with character.
We have put together an ultimate guide to toy dogs to see if any of these little guys are just the perfect pooch for you.
The Cutest Toy Dogs
This adorable ball of fluff is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle.
The Pomapoo is a small, friendly and loyal lap dog who stands no taller than 10” in height.
They are the perfect addition for couples, singles or families with older children. You will find a Pomapoo in a range of colors thanks to the Poodle mix, but you can be certain they will melt your heart with their teddy bear appearance.
These designer pooches come with a premium price tag of over $1,000 USD so ensure you do your research to find a reputable breeder.
The best Pomeranian x Toy Poodle mixes are loving, affectionate and a perfect companion.
A designer cross between the Maltese and the Toy Poodle produces the intelligent and sophisticated Maltipoo!
These small dogs are loved for their hypoallergenic coats, making them a firm favorite for mild allergy sufferers.
That said, their curly coat does come in relatively high on grooming requirements.
Many owners choose to have it regularly clipped by a groomer to keep maintenance down, but daily brushings are still a must!
Known barkers, they are brilliant housedogs, perhaps not ideal if your neighbors work shifts though!
Touted as the perfect lap dog, these toy dog breeds are people-pleasers and crave their human’s attention.
They certainly aren’t a breed who will cope well with being left alone.
The Maltipoo is clever, playful and bright – they will always bring a smile to your face.
What happens when we cross a Chihuahua with a Yorkie?
We get a Chorkie, one of the most confident toy dog breeds!
A smart and sassy designer pooch weighing in at no more than 15 pounds. Confident and stubborn, these guys aren’t for first time owners.
They have inherited the tenacity of a Yorkie with the determination of the Chihuahua.
Chorkies adore their human, so don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods of time.
For that reason, they are better suited to those owners who spend a significant amount of time at home – perhaps you work from home or have even retired?
Early training and socialization are a must if you want to avoid them potentially developing small-dog syndrome. Not only that but it enhances your bond and Chorkies love nothing more that being by the side of their human.
Long Haired Chihuahua
A small body, holding a huge heart who is a loyal and fierce protector, the Chihuahua is a great addition for singles, couples or the elderly.
Chihuahuas are renowned toy dog breeds, famous for making a great lap dog and loving nothing more than being with their human.
Relatively low on exercise requirements, they are a perfect toy dog for those who can’t get out as much as they used to.
These guys don’t tolerate being left alone, so they aren’t a good fit if you work long hours.
Their stubborn nature does mean they are difficult to housetrain so again, they are suited to someone who can spend the time at home, working through their training.
Due to their toy dog size, they can be intolerant of children, so they are better suited to homes with no kids or teenagers who will understand their needs.
Training this little guy is essential if you want to avoid him developing small-dog syndrome (nobody wants an excessive barker, lunger, jumper etc.)
Coming in a range of colors, we’re sure you’ll find one of these loving pooches to melt your heart.
Another Chihuahua mix, this one is a result of mating a Chihuahua with a Pug!
Not surprisingly, we get a compact companion with the most adorable face!
One of the smallest toy dog breeds, these little pooches will grow to around 12” in height and will weigh anywhere between 10-20 pounds.
A Chug is a great addition for singles, couples, seniors and families.
Their friendly nature (thanks to the Pug) combined with their confidence (thanks to the Chihuahua) makes them a great all-rounder!
They are loving and warm and just adore being with their people.
Chugs cope well with other pets in the home and even small children if the children understand their needs.
As well as being a famous member of the toy dog breeds classification, they are classed as a Brachycephalic breed so be mindful of exercising in the heat.
These flat-faced breeds don’t regulate their body temperature as well as long-snouted breeds, so they are at a higher risk of heat-stroke.
Smallest Toy Dog Breeds
Teacup Chihuahuas have all the characteristics of a full-size Chihuahua but will never grow any taller than 6” in height!
A tiny ball of fluff… they are energetic, affectionate and loyal but these tiny dogs can be a little stubborn!
Like their full-size counterpart, the Chihuahua is renowned for being a challenge to train so house-training may a take a little longer than planned.
Once you have that nailed, you could not want a more loving companion. Coming in a range of colors, these little guys really will melt your heart:
Due to their size, they most definitely are a member of the toy dog breeds club, however they often need veterinarian attention during labor, with the puppies needing to be born via caesarean section.
Standing less than 9” in height and weighing no more than 6 pounds, these toy dogs are perfect for smaller homes; where space may be an issue.
They still have the characteristics of the Standard Poodle, but nowhere near the exercise requirements.
Alert and social, they are happy loving their human on the couch!
Due to the selective breeding of toy dog breeds, they carry a $2,000 – $2,500 USD price tag*!
*Not surprising when litters are usually only one or two puppies.
Despite their lower exercise needs, they are still a Poodle, who carry the title for second most intelligent dog; so they can get bored if they aren’t stimulated.
Training is a must and be creative with some brain games.
They can become excessive barkers if they don’t feel their needs are being met! Be watchful for the known health issues in these toy dogs and do your research before you bring one home.
A low-fat version of the full-fat Yorkie, the Teacup Yorkie is still a Yorkie but will only grow to 5” in height!
Like the original, the Teacup is tenacious, feisty and loyal!
They don’t tend to mix well with other family pets, and can be quite intolerant of small children, therefore couples, singles and elderly owners are better suited to these guys.
Intelligent and curious, so despite their toy dog breeds status, they will give you a run for your money.
Training isn’t generally an issue, providing you have an understanding of how dogs learn.
These Terriers are fiercely protective so they are renowned barkers – they will alert you to everything – from the mailman to an acorn dropping outside, so be mindful if you have close neighbors.
Needing only 20 minutes of exercise twice a day, they are often a great option for owners who are less mobile.
The loving, loyal and playful Chiweenie is what we get when we cross a Dachshund with a Chihuahua.
The weenie bit comes from Weiner Dog (i.e. Dachshund or Sausage Dog).
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security with these toy dog breeds, their small body packs a whole lot of punch!
Standing up to 12 inches in height and weighing anywhere between 5 and 10 pounds, this toy dog is fearless, protective and courageous.
These toy dogs are awesome housedogs! Chiweenies love nothing more than curling up on the couch at the end of the day.
Despite their small size, they are pretty active and love to play. This is a sure way to keep their bright mind stimulated.
Be mindful of their long back, if they inherited this from their Doxie parent, they will be prone to Intervertebral Disc Disease which can cause pain and eventually paralysis.
Fluffiest Toy Dogs
A 4lb Maltese? That would be a Teacup Maltese.
These tiny dogs carry all the same qualities as a Standard Maltese, just in a much smaller size!
Their tiny, white fluffy appearance has melted hearts over the last 20 years.
Perhaps because the original Maltese has Royal Heritage. It is well known that Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots owned one.
The Teacup Maltese is playful and energetic, never seeming to grow up.
Another lap dog, they love nothing more than being with their human, so these are another toy dog breed who don’t deal well being left alone for long periods of time.
Their small size makes them perfect additions to smaller homes and their lower exercise requirements are helpful to more elderly owners.
The Maltese is renowned for being a people pleaser, so this does make training a little easier! But just like the standard, their coat does need frequent grooming, resulting in most owners opting for a teddy-bear cut, which pretty much sums up their entire appearance.
A designer pooch mixing the Pomeranian with the Chihuahua.
Weighing no more than 12 pounds, it is a small body carrying a huge personality.
These little pooches are intelligent, independent, stubborn and full of sass! Known as excessive barkers, some owners can struggle with these little guys.
Another toy dog who doesn’t cope being left alone, they prefer plenty of human interaction. They perhaps should be renamed shadow dogs; wherever you are, they are!
Relatively low on exercise requirements, 30 minutes per day is ample, but remember to keep them on leash because recall training can be a challenge!
These toy dog breeds are perfect for city or apartment living with their low exercise requirements and small size, just be mindful of their tendency to bark if not managed from puppyhood.
An adorable teddy bear – no, they actually look like a teddy bear, the Bichon Poodle is exactly that. A result of crossing a Bichon Frise with a Poodle.
With both parents having a tight curly coat, you know your Bichon Poodle will too!
Having the intelligence from the Poodle and the loving nature from the Bichon, the Bichon Poodle is super-trainable, super-loyal and all-round super companion.
Active and inquisitive; they make the perfect addition for busy family homes.
They just love being with people, so if kids and teens are milling around, they are in their element! Bichons are usually fond of their food, so if they’ve inherited the Bichon lines, training will be a breeze if you have a handful of tasty treats.
Just be mindful of them over-eating, neither breeds copes well with excessive weight gain.
Friendly and sociable, a great addition for couples, singles, families and the elderly.
So that is our ultimate guide to toy dogs.
With any puppy, it is essential to fully research their temperament and needs before you bring them home.
It is also vital to source a reputable breeder. You may also consider rescuing a toy pooch instead, there are plenty that find their way into shelters.
These dogs make perfect additions if you are limited on space or live in the city.
They are also great toy dog breeds for those more elderly owners with limited mobility; most toy breeds fall pretty low on exercise requirements compared to larger breeds.
Let us know which is your favorite below.