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12 Small Dog Breeds With BIG Personalities

These dogs might be small in stature, but they’ve got a whole lot of life packed inside them. They are the perfect choice for someone looking for a small-sized canine companion that can keep up with the big dogs, even outrun some of them – physically and mentally! These breeds are small dogs with big personalities and they’re going to make absolutely certain they are the center of attention. But that’s why we love them!

#1 – Dachshund

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These tiny hounds were bred to hunt, chase, and catch fierce burrowing prey like badgers and rabbits. They are clever and courageous little dogs that are surprisingly active for their size. Dachshunds are not recommended for everyone because of their energetic nature, but they are the perfect choice for someone looking for a small, active companion.

#2 – Jack Russell Terrier

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This tiny terrier was originally bred for fox hunting, making them tenacious fighters with a lot of attitude. They are active and intelligent dogs, but can be very stubborn, so consistent training is a must. Most Jack Russell Terriers are recommended for experienced owners, as they are still first and foremost a working breed that does not do well without a job.

#3 – Brussels Griffon

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The Brussels Griffon might be considered a toy breed, but they certainly have a lot of heart and character. They are sensitive dogs that bond strongly with their owners, but they carry a certain confidence that must be admired.

#4 – Miniature Schnauzer

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The Miniature Schnauzer, although a Schnauzer, is in the terrier group and its personality makes this very clear. They are energetic, intelligent and fiery little dogs with a need for adventure. They were originally used as ratting dogs but make excellent watchdogs as well.

#5 – Affenpinscher

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The Affenpinscher is another toy breed that should not be underestimated. They are active, adventurous and stubborn dogs that can be difficult to train. They bond closely with their families and make great watchdogs. Energetic and intelligent, the Affenpinscher does need an active family or it will become bored.

#6 – Schipperke

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The Schipperke is a spitz-type breed originally used as a sheepdog. They are intelligent and mischievous little dogs, needing a job to do and taking themselves seriously. They are very prey-driven and can be difficult to keep around other small animals, but trained well, they make great active companions.

#7 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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These little fox-like dogs might look cute and soft, but they are intelligent, active dogs with a sense of adventure. They are very easy to train but typical of herding dogs, need a job to do or else they start displaying unwanted behavior around the home. They are very affectionate dogs that make an excellent choice for someone looking for an active companion.

#8 – Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Like its Pembroke cousin, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a big herding dog in a small package. Active, intelligent and always ready for adventure, these dogs make excellent companions for those looking for a big personality in a smaller body. They are easily trainable and make great watchdogs and pets.

#9 – French Bulldog

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Although the French Bulldog has minimal exercise needs, they have big personalities in their small bodies. These little dogs are adventurous and goofy, always turning the most mundane chores into something fun and exciting.

#10 – Miniature Pinscher

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The Miniature Pinscher is tiny but assertive and outgoing. Very active and energetic dogs, they need decent amounts of exercise relative to their size. They make excellent watchdogs and fun companions in the right home.

#11 – Boston Terrier

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The Boston Terrier is considered “America’s gentleman,” and they certainly play the part. They are gentle dogs with an optimistic personality, always finding the fun in every occasion. The breed makes a great companion for someone looking for a moderately active dog of small stature that is happy to go anywhere.

#12 – Shetland Sheepdog

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Shelties are small herding dogs with a whole lot of personality. They excel at various dog sports such as agility and obedience and are open to doing anything, anywhere. They are very intelligent dogs that enjoy various jobs and activities, and they must be provided with a proper outlet for their energy or they will become destructive.

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Written by Katie Finlay

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