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9 of the Cutest Small Dog Breeds

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Corgis are one of the cutest small dog breeds.

Corgis are one of the cutest small dog breeds.

The votes are in! Discover which small dog breeds take home the title for cutest canine. Of course, "cuteness" is subject to personal opinion, but majority rules.

The Cutest Small Dog Breeds

  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Japanese Chin
  3. Shih Tzu
  4. Bichon
  5. Yorkie
  6. Pug
  7. Westie
  8. French Bulldog
  9. Corgi

1. The Affenpinscher: The Little Monkey Dog

This little terrier was originally a ratter and general all-around farm dog. They are one of those "so ugly it is cute" kind of dogs. After being pulled from working in the stables, the Affenpinscher became a popular household companion so that people could stare at this cute, little animal all day.

The world can look huge to a little Japanese Chin.

The world can look huge to a little Japanese Chin.

2. The Japanese Chin: So Cute It Is Claimed in Two Countries

Even though the Japanese Chin snorts, reverse sneezes, and turns its nose up at strangers, it is hard to resist. It was likely bred from the Pekingese, which is a well-known ancient breed and one of the closest genetic ancestors of the wolf. The Japanese Chin is a tough, little dog in a very, very small package.

The Shih Tzu is an adorable, bouncy breed, known for its fashionable haircuts.

The Shih Tzu is an adorable, bouncy breed, known for its fashionable haircuts.

3. The Shih Tzu: Another One of Those "Awww" Cute Dogs

If you want a load of cute and are into excessive grooming, this is the perfect dog for you. Some people call Shih Tzus stubborn, others call them "less than intelligent," but whatever you decide on, they take cute to the next level.

The Bichon delivers cuteness on an epic level.

The Bichon delivers cuteness on an epic level.

4. The Bichon Frise: Too Cute for School

These little dogs are cute, playful, cheerful, happy, and simply full of fun and fluff. The Bichon is listed as the top dog of . . . I've got nothing. Let's do the honors and award them top contender of the "cuteness" category.

Yorkies know how to pose for that perfect "too cute" moment.

Yorkies know how to pose for that perfect "too cute" moment.

5. The Yorkie: Another Little (Emphasis on Little) Ratter

Like the Affenpinscher, this is another small breed developed to hunt rats. This dog, however, was specially bred to be tiny. Yorkies are petite, full of spunk and lovability, and are bred with a long, furry coat which rarely sheds.

6. The Pug: A Face That Only a Mother Could Love

This Chinese dog breed is “so ugly it is cute." Definitely a dog breed I would not personally own, but I doubt they mind. Pugs are incredibly popular, and legions of owners will tell you that they are the cutest dogs of all time!

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Puh-lease! Why would anyone think that those big, bulging eyes are cute? Maybe it's their trademarked head tilt?

7. The Westie: A Leg Up on the Competition

Small, white, and almost too cute, Westies were able to make this list even without the famous bulging eyes and a “Mack truck” face of the Pug. The Westie's adorable, stumpy legs literally give them a leg up on the competition.

Every day, a big, strong Westie wakes up and thanks the creator that it was a born a hardy breed—they swagger like a true Scotchman.

These dogs have been known to take out a can of whup-ass and dominate other small animals. Does this dog have the Napoleon complex? Can we all say “aw, poor baby,” together?

Frechies look cute to...well, lets just say, to the working girls of Paris.

Frechies look cute to...well, lets just say, to the working girls of Paris.

8. The Frenchie: The Once Favorite Dog of the Belles de Nuit

Continental cuteness! Short legs, big eyes, and “batwing” ears, this little dog is so cute that the Parisian beauties of the night once made claim to this loveable breed, and treated them like babies.

The Frenchie is related to one of the other dogs on this list but deserves a spot of its own.

9. The Corgi: Cutest of Them All?

Although YouTube polls claim that the Pug is the cutest dog breed of all, I disagree! In my opinion, Corgis are the cutest dog breed of all time and too cute for their own good!

All over the internet, hackers and homebodies are posting memes of the Corgi lawyer. Understimulated internet surfers everywhere are viewing underwhelming videos of Corgis playing with babies or chasing a ball.

Their noses may not be smushed like the Pug, and their legs are kind of stumpy, but seriously, how cute is too cute? Not to mention, Yorkies can rock a suit and tie, too. You might not agree that these little Welshmen are the cutest dogs . . .

Yeah, right! Who am I kidding? Everybody agrees.

Almost all dogs are cute, but this group is amazing. You might want to rush out and bring home one of these breeds, but don’t go to a pet shop or buy from an internet puppy wholesaler. You will be buying from a puppy mill and will end up with a dog that is cute, but not housebroken, and may be in poor health due to irresponsible breeding. You won't find waking up each morning to a warm pile of puppy poop or pee too cute, will you?

If you don’t agree with this ridiculous list and have your own ridiculous suggestions, leave a comment! You might even change someone's mind.

Corgis Get My Vote for the Cutest Breed. Am I Right, or What?

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You Can Comment, but My Opinion Will Not Change

Carrie on May 26, 2020:

How did you miss the Japanese Spitz (I luv corgis to)

Makaela on April 11, 2020:

Corgi is a must #1! I’m really trying to convince my mom to get us one but she keeps saying “Oh i don’t know maybe when we move into the apartment”

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 22, 2020:

Mel, yes, Havanese are cute!

Mel on March 22, 2020:

Corgi is cute but Havanese is even cuttier :)

Stella Lambton on January 10, 2020:

Golden retriever or cavalier! come on!

madeline on August 09, 2019:

I want a westie so bad now even though I already have 2

Lottie on October 28, 2018:

My fav is a Pekingese or a corgi

Stephanie on August 30, 2018:

My fav dog breed is the golden retriever duh !

Tamara Moore on June 12, 2017:

I don't mean to be biased, but English Bulldogs are The Cutest dogs EVER! lol...


milliejp on October 20, 2016:


Mike on June 01, 2016:

i think it the pug

Otubu on February 23, 2015:

There's a terrific amount of kngwledoe in this article!

Denis Juels on July 01, 2014:

Haha great article! I have to say though, Shih-Tzus are the best. Hey, check out this video of a dog getting pranked by his owner: :)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 18, 2013:

Sorry Victoria we are going to have to give Gizmo a consolation prize. I recently rescued a Havanese, and she is definitely the cutest. Maybe so ugly she is cute? I took her to the river yesterday so she could go swimming with my Pitbull, and she just wanted to play in the mud. Too cute.

I read an article recently about dogs and mirrors. Primates recognize self, but dogs think they are seeing another dog. I wonder. It sounds like a fun research project. (My dog has no interest in a mirror. Does that mean she is too smart or too dumb?)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 18, 2013:

Well, Dr. Mark, I don't know why there isn't a picture of my Gizmo in this mix. LOL. But I do see him in the Highland Terrier. He is part terrier (and shih tzu and pekingnese), so maybe he is part Highland. I love this hub. They are all adorable. The pugs are hilarious. Gizmo tilts his head when I talk to him but not quite that dramatic.

The video of the Corgi seeing himself in the mirror is priceless. Do all dogs notice mirrors? I've never noticed that mine does. So cool. Excellent hub. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 31, 2013:

I think you and I are both going against the Pug tide. Being right is so hard some of the time!!!!

SmartAndFun from Texas on May 31, 2013:

I voted for the Corgi -- it's definitely the cutest of the five you have here (IMHO). I just love dogs and could gush over any and all of them. I don't think I could ever choose one as the cutest! I think it is impossible, but you've made a great go at it!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on May 31, 2013:

All five of them are really cute. My daughter has always wanted a pug. I personally would like a dog that's not on your list -- a Llahsa apso. I think it's because in one of your previous lists you said the Llahsa is very affectionate:)

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on May 30, 2013:

Awww, their all cute Dr.Mark. I had so much fun looking at the videos. It's hard to resist a dog video and then you sprinkle it with a baby. I'm at my cute limit for the day. LOL

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 30, 2013:

Hi Patti thanks for looking at this weird hub! The Head Tilt Pugs were perfect, just like I was feeling last night.

Melissa A Smith from New York on May 30, 2013:

Your corgi pictures all depict babies, cheating. But that's gotta be the best thing on this list because I can't stand shoved in faces and I'm all too familiar with westies, yeesh.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 30, 2013:

The cute pugs in the video are going to twist their heads off! They would make me laugh all day. We should all have one.

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