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Small Dog Breeds | Top 10 Small Dogs Available In India 2021

Dogs are known for their loyalty and love towards human beings, which we don't deserve.
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Do you know how many small dog breeds are available in India? If you are planning a dog, you should understand why you need to consider small dogs for your home.

Small dogs are known as toy-sized dogs as they are small in size. But it is safe to say small dogs are much better than bigger dogs unless you’re looking for a guard dog.

It doesn’t matter small or large breeds or even either foreign or Indian breeds. They show us the same amount of love.

Dogs are known for their loyalty and love towards human beings, which we don’t deserve. 

They also act as our stress-busters. While thinking about reducing our stress, we do many things like yoga, meditation, and other things to live a stress-free life. 

But dogs can give this weird sense of joy that none can.

Now coming to small dog breeds, they are pretty much available in India.

They are pretty much suitable for houses and apartments as well. No matter how climate changes, they adapt to it and the easy-going and lovable animals. 

They are pretty much active and playful to children, and in the same way, they protect your children as well. 

These small breeds don’t need much training when compared to more big breeds.

Just because they are small doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. They are more cautious and assertive than big breeds.

Here’s a list of 10 Popular small dog breeds available in India



Beagles are small hounds that are usually used for hunting under-sized creatures like rabbits. They are one of the most lovable ones and suitable to be a family dog.

It’s been described as “Merry” by its owners.

It originates from Great Britain. They are suitable to be known for ground scenting and intelligence. They have fewer health problems when compared to other breeds.

  • Height: height around 34cm to 40 cm
  • Weight: weighs around 9kg to 11kg
  • Lifespan: can live up to 12-15 years
  • Colour: they usually come in Lemon-White, Tri-colour, Chocolate tri
  • Nature of the breed: Friendly, Excited, Determined



Pugs are Originally bred to be Lap Dogs. Bred from China centuries ago, it comes with a distinctive wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail.

They make good companionship compared to other breeds because of the easy-going nature, known for the best apartment dogs.

It is easy to train and has Wanderlust Potential. They don’t like to be left alone for hours in the house. And the most important thing, they want to dip in the pool in summer times.

  • Height: around 25cm to 35cm
  • Weight: Weighs around 10kgs to 15kgs
  • Lifespan: can live up to 13-15 years
  • Colour: Usually comes in fawn and black
  • Nature of the breed: Friendly, outgoing



Dachshunds are scent hounds bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals such as rabbits and foxes and originate from the German.

They are also known as Sausage dogs because of the body shape. The legs are pretty small when compared to their body which makes them look one-of-a-kind.

Its hairline is either smooth-wired or long-haired. Affectionate with family and kid-friendly. In detail, it is a playful dog.

Height: 7 to 11 inches on average
Weight: weighs around 16 to 30 pounds
Lifespan: can live up to 12-15 years
Colour: it comes in many colors, such as beige, fawn, blue, chocolate.
Nature of breed: Stubborn, Clever



An Asian toy-dog breed Originating from Tibet. They are known for their short snout and round eyes covered with double coat hair and stout posture.

These are small in size and loved by everyone. Though it is solidly built and has a playful nature, I don’t think it is necessary to train them.

Most of these are pretty social with strangers, but it is essential to develop a trusting temperament.

They can live a long life but can face few health conditions such as knee problems, kidney and liver diseases.

  • Height:
  • Weight: Weighs around 4-7 kgs
  • Lifespan: can live up to 12-16 years.
  • Color: white, liver, brindle, and combination of these colors.
  • Nature of breed: Intelligent, outgoing



Pomeranian is one of these breeds that can have quite a temper. Otherwise, it is much friendly to its owners. 

It’s a spitz-type Indian dog breed. People indeed confuse it with the Indian spitz because of the looks and nature of the breed. 

It is popular in Germany and Poland. As said, it is pretty adorable, friendly, but bossy sometimes. They are easily recognized by the fluffy double coat and Fox face with alert ears. 

  • Height: 18 cm to 30 cm
  • Weight: 2kgs to 4kgs
  • Lifespan: can live up to 12 years to 16 years
  • Colour: Blue, Red, Cream, Grey shaded
  • Nature of the breed: Playful with kids, Intelligent, Bossy sometimes.



Chihuahua is the smallest and ideal dog breed in the world. 

A newborn puppy weighs around 28 grams and is named after the famous Mexican state. 

In India, these tiny dogs are rare, and only a few breeders have them. They make a good companion and are fondly called purse dogs or Pocket dogs. 

They like attention from their owners and are loyal to them, but they may be a little aggressive to strangers and kids who may threaten their abnormal size.

  • Height: 15-25 cm
  • Weight: 1.8 to 2.7 kgs
  • Lifespan: can live up to 12-20 years
  • Colour: Pure white is the rarest color, Golden
  • Nature of breed: devoted, lively

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

They are of two distinct spaniels globally- The English – cocker spaniel and the American – cocker spaniels. They were usually known as gun dogs as they are used as hunting companions. 

The demand for these dogs in India is relatively high, and they have become a rare breed of dog. 

They are gentle and tender and crave attention from their owners, fond of water, and love to swim. 

All spaniels have a medium coat or double coat fur, and daily grooming is a must to grow new hair. 

One of the heaviest in small breeds, and they would make the perfect pet.

  • Height: 46 cm to 56 cm
  • Weight: can weigh up to 18 to 25 kgs
  • Lifespan: 12 years to 16 years
  • Colour: Liver and white, Orange and white
  • Nature of the breed: Cheerful, Active, Courageous



One of the most intelligent dogs in the world. It comes in three size variants.

  • Standard
  • Miniature
  • Toy 

They are pretty much common in India except for the toy poodle. Would make good friends with its owners and excellent indoor pets. 

They are agile and intelligent, and their behavior to the owners is good.

They are balanced and even Temperamental. Requires a little brushing on the dog.

  • Height: 24cm to 60 cm on average
  • Weight: 
  • Lifespan: 12 years to 15 years 
  • Colour: Apricot, Sable, Brown, Blue Red
  • Nature of breed: Faithful, Active 

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

These dogs developed in England years ago to hunt foxes, known for being independent and lively. 

They are charming, but it is necessary to train them and require daily exercise or they might turn into Dangerous dogs.

When they are a puppy, you might find them cute and sweet and love the naughty things they do, but once they are grown, you might find their energy level a little surprising. 

The good thing about these dogs is they can adapt to any climate conditions and are easy-going with children. 

They often bark when they are frustrated. 

  • Height: 30cms to 35cms
  • Weight: 6kgs to 8kgs
  • Lifespan: 13years – 16 years
  • Colour: Black and tan markings, Tricolor

Lhasa Apso 

Lhasa apso

These dogs originate from Tibet and are non-sporting dogs as they are obedient and easier to maintain and used as indoor guard dogs. 

Lhasa apso might be relatively small but stubborn and fearless and should be trained. Otherwise, they could become a little demanding. 

The diet might differ when compared to other dogs. 

  • Height: 25cm to 28cm
  • Weight: 5kgs to 8 kgs
  • Lifespan: 12years – 14 years
  • Colour: Honey, Golden, Dark Grizzle
  • Nature of the breed: Strong-willed, Devoted


Small breed dogs are excellent companions and will bring joy to your families. The most important thing is that these dogs must be trained regularly to stay healthy.  

Hope you like our list of small breed dogs in India. If there are any of them left out, please let us know in the comment section.

For an adult and oldie one who wants to raise a dog, it’s not a matter of dog ownership. Some factors related to the lifestyle will affect their ability to care for a dog properly.

With so many dogs out there, either you look for the most dangerous dog breeds or small dog breeds, find your type of dog on considering your abilities, lifestyle, regardless of your age.

Born and Brought up in Bangalore. Done with my in Computer Applications. Currently into Digital Marketing and Blogging. Animal Lover and A Traveller. Currently, Single If you Must know. Big Fan OF Real Madrid.


  1. Very well written
    I have a Labrador and a husky with me and I was planning to buy a small dog breed this time. I came Across this blog and it was very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing

  2. Wow! This blog is ultimately brings happiness on my face these cute little dogs definitely looks like toys, I could say that these Small dogs can considered as live toys.

  3. Great share
    The blog is lot more attractive and informative with the videos and photos. I Adopted a shih-Tzu Recently and can I know how often do they need Grooming?

    • Hey, this article reminded me of my pug i had several years ago. I named it “hutch”, yep the sim. what i love about the pugs are they are non-violent and extremely cute. I guess they are one of te smallest breeds in India. Pugs are gentle and really playful, my son who was 7y/o then loved playing with it. A perfect family dog for me.

  4. It’ll be a real fun dealing with small breeds, mostly they are hyper active and friendly. I love spending time with them, my all time favourites would be beagle and shih-tzu. Thanks for the blog, images are cute. Good luck!

  5. Santhip Ambigapathy Reply

    In plan of getting a Shih-Tzu, so I was looking for information. My friend shared this article, it’s really helpful. Along with Shih-Tzu, get to know more about other small dogs as well.

  6. Many of them says that small dogs are more dangerous than labrador, german shepherd, and compared to other big dogs, that we may not even predict these small dogs that when they bit and attack on us, Is this really true? Will they look cute and behave dangerous?

  7. B. leela vardhan reddy Reply

    Before you decide to buy or adopt any of the dogs, please do a proper research about them so that your little puppy and you don’t have to suffer. This article is very helpful to understand about the small dogs available in India. thanks fo sharing.

  8. Very informative blog .! Keep up the good pace Brijesh . Really helpful for those who have confusion of choosing a pet for their home. Presented in a very well versed manner . Keep posting more information in future.
    Thank you

  9. B Sudhakar Reddy Reply

    wanted to gift a small dog to my cute family. But I didn’t have a proper idea about the other small dogs available in India. After reading this article got a better idea. But can anyone suggest to me which one is best. Shih-Tzu or Beagle ?

  10. I’ve an advice for anybody whos is going to buy or pet a dog. petting a dog is a lifetime commitment in terms of attention, care and money. It needs to be treated like ones own child. It gets ill and you need to spend on the treatment, food, accessories and everything you can think of. So if you are in for this lifetime commitment only then get a dog. I am another soon-to-be a Dog parent and i am confused about Beagles and Pomeranian. Please help me out..

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