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The compact size of toy dogs makes them most unique since they start small and stay small. However, whether you have a small apartment, need a kid-friendly companion or want a watchdog, there is a breed out there for you.
The Chihuahua is a long- or short-coated tiny toy breed. Chihuahua puppies come into the world weighing mere ounces. They have a soft spot when born called a “molera” that closes up by the time they reach full maturity. The full-grown Chihuahua reaches between 6 and 9 inches in height and weighs up to 6 pounds, making it one of the smallest breeds. However, with his bigger-than-life attitude, the Chihuahua makes a great watchdog and companion.
The Yorkshire terrier, or Yorkie, was first introduced into the English community during the 19th century when clothing mill owners used them to catch mice, according to the American Kennel Club. Later, the Yorkie became known as companion dogs of high-society European families. Yorkie puppies have a birth weight between 2.5 and 7 ounces. The average adult Yorkie weighs between 4 and 7 pounds. Predict the adult weight of your Yorkie puppy by tripling the weight of the pup at 8 weeks old or doubling the weight at 12 weeks old.
The Greenland-bred Pomeranian is also a member of the toy breed, weighing in between 3 and 7 pounds as an adult and standing up to 11 inches tall. The Pom is easily recognizable by his long, fluffy coat. This makes grooming a necessity for the loyal Pomeranian owner. The Pom is sociable in most situations with adults and other animals, but does not tolerate young children well.
The mini version of the well-known dachshund, or wiener dog, is born small and stays small. As adults, mini dachshunds reach only 7 inches tall with their short legs and weigh up to 11 pounds. They love their human companions, including adults and children. However, they do not relate well to strangers and make good guard dogs with their endless barking. They were raised for hunting and enjoy outdoor activities.