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Top 10 small breed dogs

Vladimir is a regular contributor to PetMD, the largest global source of pet health information. PetMD's content is created by veterinary professionals and covers 9 different species.

Great dogs Come Small

If you're thinking of getting a small dog because they're cute, cuddly and quiet, you probably should think again; what they lack in stature, they often make up for in arrogance. Sure, small dogs are cute, and some of them look cuddly, but not all small dog breeds have meek personalities. Like people, small dog breeds come with different personalities, so before you pick up your small, cute friend, it's a good idea to know exactly what you're getting.

4. Shih Tzu

Great dogs Come Small
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Primarily bred as a domestic and family companion, the Shih Tzu is extremely friendly, and, most importantly, gentle around children. While they don't shed, the Shih Tzu's double-layered, full, and dense coat, does require daily grooming. Consider the "mini lion" if you want a lovable and trustworthy friend.

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