10 Teacup Dog Breeds for Tiny Canine Lovers

Pomeranian While today's Pomeranians are known for being lapdogs, their origins were to pull sleds and herd animals. The Pomeranian breed was 30 pounds in weight when it first appeared. They were originally bred to be companion dogs and not working dogs in the 1800s. They have only gotten smaller since then.

Poodle Poodles are great family dogs, because of their intelligence, athleticism and sociability. Teacup poodles are typically 4 pounds in weight, while their larger counterparts can weigh between 45 and 70 pounds.

Beagle Teacup beagles are small in stature, but they make up for it in friendliness and energy. These beagles are relatively small for teacup dogs, weighing in at around 15 pounds. They are stubborn and can have a hard time learning to obey commands.

Maltese The Maltese is one of the oldest breeds in the world, having been bred almost 3,000 years ago. It was also considered royalty back then. The average teacup breed weighs between 2 to 4 pounds. These dogs are great for people looking for a cuddle buddy.

Pomsky The Pomsky, as its name implies, is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. The size of Pomskies will vary depending on the amount of each breed they have. This breed is known for having a high level of energy so make sure you are ready to go on lots of walks and play.

Yorkshire Terrier Yorkshire terriers were popular dogs in their small sizes, so the teacup variety is also a hit. Even though they are small dogs, these tiny dogs can still be big-dog personalities. Yorkies are vocal, protective, confident, and assertive. Yorkies are loyal and love their families.

Bichon Frise Bichon frise literally means "curly lapdog" and is translated roughly from French. Teacup bichons live up to their names. Bichons were created to be companions and loving pets. Some people call them living stuffed animals. Bichons can be very snuggly but they also need to get some exercise and play.

Chihuahua Teacup Chihuahuas have enjoyed fame in many ways, including appearing in commercials for fast food and being carried around in purses by celebrities. These tiny dogs are not always glamorous. Chihuahuas require proper training and socialization. Otherwise, they can become anxious and defensive around strangers. They need to be active and mentally stimulated.

Pug Teacup pugs make great apartment dogs. They are small in stature, weighing between 3 and 7 pounds, have a chill demeanor and require little exercise. Pugs are sometimes stubborn but will respond to training, especially when treats are given.

Shih Tzu Teacup shih-tzus are often referred to as the "diva" of the dog world. These canines are also very athletic. Shih tzus are a muscular breed with long, silky, smooth hair. They were designed for agility course. They can be overworked due to their flat faces, which can lead to breathing problems and heat.