Can You Identify These Small Dog Breeds?


About this quiz

You certainly know the saying: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ; Tiny dogs, like the Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu and Bichon Frize, may be small, but they often have a great personality, compensate for what they lack in the flesh!

There is a bit of history and science behind these small dog breeds that is quite interesting. For example, history tells us that many of these small dogs have considerably larger puppy ancestors.

The Pomeranian, for its part, comes from the Spitz, a sled dog. (You’re kidding now by imagining a Pomeranian pulling a sled, don’t you?) Still, other dogs are small because they are small. Chihuahua, for example, has always been a little guy with roots in Mexico.

Small breeds of dogs, however, are excellent and preferable for many, such as people living in apartments or small houses or seniors who have difficulty physically managing a larger dog. Some of us just like to have a little dog curl up in our lap. Fortunately, there are several dozens of small to very small breeds.

Take a look at this quiz and see how many small dog breeds you know – and maybe learn more about some breeds you did not know!

A bit like a Rough Collie but smaller

Shetland Sheepdog
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The Shetland sheepdog or sheltie is a beautiful and elegant little dog, a bit like a Rough Collie but small. He was originally born as a shepherd, because this dog is a tireless worker, but is currently more appreciated as a pet for its beauty and its small size.

Although this breed looks nothing similar to wolves, but this dog is genetically one of the domestic breeds most closely related to wolves

Shih Tzu
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Although this breed looks nothing similar to wolves and other wild canids, the Shih Tzu is genetically one of the domestic breeds most closely related to wolves. It is thought that this companion breed originated in China around 800 BC.

A king put forth a law that said no one of these dogs could be barred from any public place, not even the House of Parliament

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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King Charles II, who lived and ruled England in the 17th century, was an extremely devoted fan of the toy spaniels that came to be named after him. The King put forth a law that said no King Charles Spaniel could be barred from any public place, not even the House of Parliament, where animals otherwise were forbidden.


Due to a great physical similarity, the Boston terrier ends up being quite confused with him

French Bulldog
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The French bulldog has stood out as one of the most popular dogs in many countries in recent years. With that, due to a great physical similarity, the Boston terrier ends up being quite confused with him, but be aware that the breeds are quite different, especially when the theme is "personality"

His distinctive coat is an integral part of its breeding

West Highland White Terrier
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The West Highland White Terrier's coat is so important that it was bred for that feature, specifically.

This breed has been accompanying queens and princesses for a long time

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Throughout history, Maltese dogs have been companions to royalty, rulers and monarchs. Even a Roman emperor, Claudius, kept one as a pet.


This dog has both an American and English variety?

Cocker Spaniel
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Having a name like Cocker Spaniel, we might not have guessed there are American and English varieties of this breed. These varieties appear slightly different: with the American possessing a smaller head and the English have a longer snout.

The formation, improvement of this dog took place already in the Roman Empire

Italian Greyhound
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It is also believed that the first representatives of the breed arrived in Italy from Greece. The formation, improvement of the Italian greyhound took place already in the Roman Empire, therefore Italy is considered the birthplace of these miniature greyhounds.

Like human babies, this dog has a soft spot on their heads called molera

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Like human babies, chihuahuas have a soft spot on their heads called molera. But unlike babies, a chihuahua might have the spot for its whole life


The world's tiniest guard dog? Some people mistakenly think that this is a miniature version of another breed.

Miniature Pinscher
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Many people mistakenly believe that the Miniature Pinscher (or 'Min Pin') is a smaller version of the Doberman Pinscher

This snow-white dog can be seen in portraits painted during the Renaissance in France. It was at this time that this little dog was very popular with wealthy nobles, he was kept even at the royal court.

Bichon Frise
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Under Francis I (1515-1547) the Bichon Frise became established in the French royal court society. Its peak of popularity came, however under the reign of Henry III (1574-1589). the monarch, unhappy to be separated from his beloved dogs for any length of time during the day, fashioned a basket in which to hold them, and tied it around his neck with ribbons.

His muscles are so powerful that he can jump up to 5 times his own height

Jack Russell Terrier
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Jack Russell's muscles are so powerful that he can jump up to 5 times his own height.


He was once considered a sacred dog and part of Asian royalty. The Chinese believe was a cross between a lion and a marmoset

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Legend has it that a lion fell in love with a marmoset and wanted to wed his tiny love. The lion begged the Buddha to make him small, but allow him to keep his lion character. Buddha agreed and from their union, the dogs of Fu Lin, the lion dogs of China arose.

In the United States, this dog is called "American gentlemen"

Boston Terrier
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In the United States, Boston Terrier dogs are called "American gentlemen" because of the white "shirt-front" on the chest and because of their adequate behavior.

“Perfection” - Definition : This dog has the highly desired double curled tail

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It’s said that some Pugs with a double curl have tails that even make two complete circles of the same radius!


His name refers to monkey-like expression of its face

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Affenpinscher means "monkey-like dog" in German language ("affen" = "monkey", "pinscher" = "terrier"). Name refers to monkey-like expression of its face.

This dog shares his name with a popular Italian pasta dish

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Like the pasta dish of the same name, the Bolognese breed originates in Italy

In the late 19th century, this dog became popular with traveling circuses.

American Eskimo Dog
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In the late 19th century, the American Eskimo Dog became popular with traveling circuses. They were easily trainable and capable of performing entertaining agility stunts.


Often nicknamed "sausage dog"

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The Dachshund is also known by one of his many nicknames, including Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog, Doxie, and more

This little dog was basically bred to chase rodents

Yorkshire Terrier
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the Yorkshire terrier has been used among the humblest classes for the elimination of rat pests. Despite its small size, it was well known that the Yorkies had killed many of these rodents without fear. They were so popular that they began to participate in various "sports" related to the ' rats chasing ' and betting at the time.

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