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Top 14 Small Dog Breeds for People Who Prefer the Tinier Things in Life

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Lap dog lovers, unite! The best small dogs have been revealed

Nothing against big dogs or anything, but there's nothing better than a good cuddle session with a teensy, tiny little pup. Yeah, little dogs kinda have a bum rap for being yappy, but we almost think that was just a smear campaign started by the big dog camp.

And now that our lives are more fast-paced than ever, small dogs really are the way to go when you're looking to adopt. They're lower-maintenance, easier to care for and don't require a big yard to run around in.

For apartment-dwellers, families, busy professionals and those who just don't like big dogs, here are our top 14 small-breed dogs.

14. Maltese

Lap dog lovers, unite! The best small dogs have been revealed
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A good dog for those with allergies (it's not a big shedder), the Maltese is friendly and often gets along well with other dogs and even cats. Just don't leave them alone too much, these companion dogs need human contact. Easily distinguished by their straight and long white coat; it may seem as though the Maltese has just stepped out of a doggie hair salon. However, over-coddling these adorable creatures can actually do them more harm them good, often leading to behavior disorders.

More: 15 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

13. Boston Terrier

Lap dog lovers, unite! The best small dogs have been revealed
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A great family dog, the Boston Terrier is friendly and bonds well with kids. Another plus is they don't require a ton of grooming. Instead, it just needs the occasional brushing to get rid of excess hair. But be warned, they love to munch on household items, so lots of chew toys are definitely recommended. You should probably keep anything you don't want destroyed out of this dog's way, too.

12. Pugs

Lap dog lovers, unite! The best small dogs have been revealed
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What's not to love? Their small, wrinkled face, short legs, and charismatic personality makes the Pug a comedic and friendly companion. And though they can be headstrong at times, the Pug is generally pleasant and willing to please. The dog's unique muzzle does make them prone to snoring and wheezing, so you may want to consider buying some ear plugs if you decide to bring this dog into your bedroom.

Next Up: More top 14 small breed dogs - Pomeranian

Originally published March 2009. Updated April 2017.

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