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20 small dog breeds that are the cutest creatures on the planet

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These tiny, furry dogs that can't wait to cuddle with you are undeniably adorable

Pocket-size pooches may not get as much attention as some of the bigger breeds do, but ask any small dog owner, and they'll tell you — the smaller the dog, the bigger the personality. Big things come in small packages, and the American Kennel Club tends to agree.

The Labrador retriever was (unsurprisingly) named the most popular dog in 2015, with plenty of smaller breeds nipping at its heels. Some of the AKC's most popular little breeds included Pomeranians, Yorkies and Boston terriers, and we've got a soft spot for quirky pups like the cockapoo — all of which you'll see on our list. Because size doesn't matter, here are some of the world's most adorable small dog breeds.

1. Yorkshire terrier

These tiny, furry dogs that can't wait to cuddle with you are undeniably adorable
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Lovingly referred to as the "Yorkie," the Yorkshire terrier is the ultimate cutie in small breeds. Not only are they tiny, some are even "teacup"! Adorable for dress-up or play, the Yorkshire terrier is a small breed with a big personality and perfect as a companion on the go. Yorkies have been a "fashionable" pet since the late Victorian era.

2. Papillon

These tiny, furry dogs that can't wait to cuddle with you are undeniably adorable
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Another breed that makes an excellent companion, the papillon is a loyal and loving friend. Great with kids and families, this pint-size pup makes an excellent watchdog. Calm but alert, it is extremely protective of its master. A papillon's most distinctive feature is its large butterfly ears.

3. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

These tiny, furry dogs that can't wait to cuddle with you are undeniably adorable
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Not only is the Cavalier King Charles spaniel adorable, but it loves to cuddle, too! A member of the toy group, this pup is gentle and extremely caring of its family. These dogs are considered to be very elegant, possibly the reason Charlotte York from Sex and the City had one. One of the most popular in small breeds, it's a dog worthy of all of your love.

4. Brussels griffon

These tiny, furry dogs that can't wait to cuddle with you are undeniably adorable
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Some may think that the Brussels griffon isn't the most attractive dog on the planet, but it sure is cute. A bit awkward looking, Brussels griffons are smart, adaptable and cat-friendly. What they lack in appearance they make up for with their ability to perform a variety of tricks. Not great with kids, it'll make a single owner a very happy one.

More: 10 small dog breeds that are great with children

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