19 Toy Dog Breeds that Make Great Pets

Chihuahua Chihuahuas can be small dogs but have huge personalities. They are also very trainable. It's common for Chis to become attached to their owners and won't allow themselves to be left alone for extended periods of time. However, it's easy not to forget how much fun they can have when being around people. 

Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) Yorkies are a popular breed of toy dog due to their ability to be affectionate and playful. Yorkies are not always suitable for children, so be aware if you have little ones. 

Pug The Pug's wrinkles and snorts are irresistible, as is its sweet nature and joy-loving personality. The Pug's lack of trainability makes them a great toy for families with children or other pets. 

Maltese The Maltese is a small dog that can be trained to groom dogs. It has a long, soft coat and loves being groomed. The Maltese is a charming lap dog with lots of intelligence. They love to snooze and take a stroll around the block. 

Affenpinscher Affenpinschers are small, shaggy dogs that can fit big personalities in their small frames. They are not suitable for children, but they are a laid-back dog who can live in apartments and enjoy playing with their owners. 

Japanese Chin The Japanese Chin is also known as the Japanese Spaniel. It is a noble and beautiful toy breed from Asia. Although these affectionate puppies are still quite rare in Asia, they might be worth looking into if you're looking to find a small dog with cat-like traits. 

Italian Greyhound Italian Greyhounds have all the same great qualities as standard Greyhounds but in a smaller package. They are fast and affectionate towards their owners. They are also pet-friendly and kid-friendly. 

Havanese The history of the Havanese is long. They date back to 1550's Cuba. They are a loving and affectionate breed that is well-known for their ability to make people feel comfortable. They are intelligent, loving, and good-natured. They can also be trained to become therapy dogs. 

Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin)  The Min Pin, another small dog that has big dog vibes and intelligence, is also known as the King of Toys for its stubbornness and intelligence. Although Min Pins are energetic and friendly, they can be a bit noisy so apartment dwellers might not find them to be the best choice. 

Pekingese Pekingese possess a distinct and dignified personality, which has been around since the days when they were in high demand among Chinese royalty. Pekingese are not shy and can be social and friendly with young children. 

Papillon Papillons, small, intelligent, and social, are one of the most active toy breeds. They love to explore with their owners. Are you interested in dog sports? This breed is a great competitor in obedience and agility. 

Brussels Griffon (Griffs) The intelligent and sturdy Griffs have a reputation for being one of the most entertaining toy breeds. Griffs have a lot of personality, almost human-like features, and a sensitive nature that sometimes leans towards self-importance. This is in the most adorable way. 

Silky Terrier Although Silky Terriers look like Yorkies, this breed has its own personality. They are affectionate and intelligent, with endearing traits such as high intelligence and affection. They love to play and socialize, even though they aren't always interested in being a lap dog. 

Toy Poodle The Toy Poodle, like other types, is smart and confident, with lots affection for their special people. Although they are not very active, they need to be socialized and provided with plenty of time for one-on-one bonding. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavalier King Charles Spaniels rank among the most large toy breeds. Their noble lineage can be traced back as far as 17 -century England. They are friendly, affectionate, and easy to train. 

Shih Tzu Shih Tzus are a popular choice for toy dogs. This breed is playful, confident, and extremely lovable. However, you can expect lots of snorting out of their smushy faces. 

Chinese Crested The Chinese Crested is a great choice if you are looking for a distinctive dog. The Chinese Crested is a breed that is largely hairless, with the occasional tuft or fur. They are playful and loving, and they can be as unique in personality as their appearance. 

Pomeranian Although poms can be bossy, with the right person they can be very loving puppies. This breed is loyal and guard-dog friendly. 

Toy Fox Terrier Toy Fox Terriers are another small dog with big personalities. They share many of the same Terrier traits as their larger counterparts, including intelligence, energy and a love for people. You should plan for lots of walks and include some playtime.