Small in Size, Big on Coolness: Exploring the Coolest Small Dog Types

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Small dogs are often larger than life in charm. Their energy is infectious and their unconditional companionship and occasional shenanigans can really fill our lives with joy. From the royal Skye Terrier to the regal Pekingese, the sleek Italian Greyhound to the quirky Basenji, and the lovable French Bulldog these lovely fluffers have made a special place in the hearts of dog lovers around the world.

Skye Terrier: Majestic Legends in a Miniature Frame

Skye Terriers originate from the misty Isle of Skye in Scotland. With flowing coats, they carry a regal disposition. Skye Terriers are dignified in nature with unmatched loyalty and devotion. They make perfect companions and a steadfast and faithful friend.

Pekingese: The Imperial Guardians of Love

The Pekingese were revered as sacred guardians of palaces in ancient China. These dogs look like small lions and possess an aura of nobility. Their coats are luxurious, profuse and faces charmingly expressive. Pekingese command attention wherever they go. Pekingese are fiercely loyal and deeply affectionate small dogs.

Italian Greyhound: Grace in Motion

Italian Greyhounds are the epitome of grace and elegance. The romantics amongst us could say that these dogs are living embodiments of poetry in motion. They glide effortlessly through life with their sleek and slender physique. Italian Greyhounds thrive on human companionship and form deep bonds.

French Bulldog: Endearing Charisma in a Compact Package

With its adorable bat-like ears and expressive face, the French Bulldog never fails to capture your heart. Their small stature is inversely proportional to the vibrancy of their personality and the infectious charm they radiate. French Bulldogs are renowned for their friendly and affectionate nature. Their loyalty is unwavering and affection unending. The Fluffy Frenchies can effectively fill even the coldest heart with joy.

Basenji: The Quirky Chatterbox

Basenji is a breed known for their vocalization skills. They’re often referred to as the “barkless dog.” So, how do they communicate? Basenjis use a distinctive yodel or “baroos” to let you know of their feelings. Basenjis hail from Africa and carry an enigmatic personality. Their coat is as smooth as their charm. Having a Basenji as a company could surely be an adventure for you.

Dachshund: A Dollop of Delight and Determination

Dachshund’s elongated body combined with its spirited personality has become a symbol of courage and tenacity. These dogs were originally bred to hunt badgers in Germany. Their loyalty knows no bounds and their determination and companionship is the stuff of legend. They are fast, energetic, fun loving, and joyous dogs.

Jack Russell Terrier: A Dynamic Dynamo of Energy and Fun

These spirited canines are characterized by their indelible zest for life and indomitable spirit. A Jack Russell Terrier’s compact body is complemented by keen intelligence. You can always count on them for an adventure. If you like being outdoors, these dogs can make excellent companions.

Maltese: The Delicate Darlings of Devotion

Maltese, much like the Skye Terrier, embodies grace, elegance, and devotion. These dogs have silky white coats and expressive eyes. Maltese dogs are spirited animals with hearts full of courage. Their loyalty is unwavering, their demeanor gentle, and nature affectionate. These dogs are perfect companions for people seeking a little slice of heaven in their lives.


There are different opinions about small dogs. You’d often hear people say that small dogs aren’t as loyal, or as protective of their humans. You’d often see videos of cranky Chihuahuas giving their humans a hard time. This creates a rift in your heart about small dogs. Trust me when I say this, dogs, despite their size, are capable of radiating unending love and joy. You will never be disappointed in your little furry friends if you treat them the right way.

The best part is small dogs fit nicely into your apartment. They are mostly happy running around your house. Yes, a breed like Dachshund needs regular exercise or they tend to become fat and unhealthy. But that’s about it.

Take the French Bulldog for instance, they are gentle souls with incredible courage and loyalty. Why would you miss out on the top-notch companionship offered by these canine wonders? Do your research, find a dog whose personality resonates with yours, and choose happiness.

About the author

Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Steven enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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