25 Toy Dog Breeds That Remain Puppy-Size Forever

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Toy dog breeds are the best choice for anyone who loves the concept of a “forever puppy.” Extremely small-sized, these dog breeds are known for their cute looks and lively personalities and are suitable for any living situation, including apartments and areas with limited space. Here are 25 toy dog breeds if you want a dog that stays puppy-size forever. 


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Chihuahuas are adorable with their fun personality and small size. They are ideal for people who live in small apartments and are excellent company. However, beware of the big personalities; they are courageous and enjoy the spotlight. Moreover, Chihuahuas come in various colors and fur patterns, so there is one to choose for everybody.


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Pomeranians are fluffy little creatures with a face resembling a fox. They are very active, playful little furry balls and excellent family dogs. Their coat is quite thick and requires a lot of attention, though their cute appearance is totally worth it. Poms are also smart and easy to train to perform tricks.

Toy Poodle

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Do not let the fancy haircuts fool you; Toy Poodles are more than just pretty faces. They are extremely smart, easy to train, and have a fun-loving nature. Their curly coats and tiny bodies make them look like they are forever young. They can grow to a maximum height of 10-12 inches tall and weigh around 4-6 pounds.


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Papillons are named after their butterfly-like ears and are just as graceful. Papillons are active and playful, making them excellent partners for outdoor activities. Their luxurious, flowing coat requires regular maintenance to maintain its polish. These dainty little dogs are around 8-11 inches high and weigh between 5 and 10 pounds.


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Maltese have a long, flowing coat that gives them a regal look; however, they are a bubbly, caring breed. They are excellent lap dogs and will never grow out of their puppy-like cuteness. These cute little pups grow up to a height of 9 inches and can weigh around 7 pounds.

Toy American Eskimo

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The American Eskimo dog, or Eskie, is native to Germany rather than Alaska. They are cute, playful, and intelligent. Eskies are protective but not aggressive and are available in miniature and standard sizes. If you are curious about their size, they are usually about 9 to 12 inches tall and weigh between 6 to 10 pounds.

Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzus are friendly and outgoing, making them the perfect lap dog. They have unique, long, flowing coats that need regular grooming. The breed is perfect for families as they are nice with children and other pets. Shih Tzus are slightly bigger, standing at 9-10.5 inches in height and weighing up to 9-16 pounds.

Brussels Griffon

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If you want a dog with a forever puppy look, the Brussels Griffon is the perfect fit. Their bearded faces and big, profound eyes give them a cute appearance. They are lively little creatures and make great companions. Brussels Griffons are small dogs that measure 7-8 inches in height and weigh 8-10 pounds.

Italian Greyhound

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Italian greyhounds are like miniature versions of normal greyhounds and appear sleek and graceful. They are perfect as a lap dog, with an affectionate and gentle personality.  They have short coats, which makes it easy to maintain these pets. They range between 13 to 15 inches in height and weigh 7 to 14 pounds.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavaliers are well known for their sweet and gentle nature and have gorgeous, expressive eyes and a silky coat that comes in four distinct shades. They do well with children and other pets and are the ideal family dog. They cuddle quickly and never refuse a lap nap. Cavaliers are 12-13 inches tall and weigh 13-18 pounds.


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Havanese are Cuba’s national dogs. They are playful and friendly, and their long, silky coats need daily grooming. They get along well with children and other pets and are excellent family dogs. On average, a Havanese grows to a height of 5.5-9.5 inches and weighs 3.5-6.5 pounds.


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The Pekingese are small in size but big in character. Their lion-like mane and regal look are certain to make an impact any place they go. Pekingese are independent and sometimes stubborn, but their loyalty and affection for their owners are unmatched. A Pekingese’s height is usually 6-9 inches and weighs 7-14 pounds.

Japanese Chin

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Delicate and dainty, Japanese Chins are practically the aristocrat of the dog world. This small but elegant breed is a pride to watch, with extremely graceful movements that make your eyes chase after it. They are excellent companions and love to snuggle on their owner’s lap. Japanese Chins are usually 8-11 inches tall and weigh around 4-9 pounds.

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Biewer is a small, cute dog with a calm character, an endearing face, and a sweet smile. They are very friendly and love to play, making friends with everyone they meet. Despite their delicate look, Biewers are quite active and enjoy long walks. An adult grows up to 11 inches and weighs about 8 pounds.

Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frises are small, fluffy dogs with a happy-go-lucky personality. They are good with kids and other animals, which makes them ideal for families. Their curly coat is hypoallergenic and needs regular grooming. They are quite playful and enjoy being the center of attention. They typically grow to 9.5-11.5 inches and weigh 12-18 pounds.

Russian Toy

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The Russian Toy is another popular toy dog breed. These little dogs are intelligent and playful. These playful pups have a lot of energy and are available in various colors and coats, both long-haired and short-haired. The Russian Toy measures, on an average, 8-11 inches high and 3-6 pounds in weight.

Toy Fox Terrier

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This small but spirited little companion measures 8.5 to 11.5 inches tall and weighs between 3.5 and 9 pounds. The Toy Fox Terrier is considered intelligent and loyal and is well-suited for a family or single person looking to have a loving and well-trainable pet. They are playful and are a good choice for apartment living.


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The crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise is a Cavachon. They are typically 12 to 13 inches tall and weigh 15 to 20 pounds. Cavachons are charming and caring and make excellent pets. Due to their size and lifestyle, they are easy to keep in various living circumstances.

Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin)

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Miniature Pinscher, sometimes known as the “Min Pin,” is a small but sturdy breed. These dogs are approximately 10 to 12.5 inches tall and weigh around 8 to 10 pounds. They are high-energy dogs and fearless in nature. They look like miniature versions of a Doberman and are often described as “king of the toys.”

Norfolk Terrier

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Norfolk Terrier is a small, well-built dog with a charming nature. They are around 9 to 10 inches in height at the shoulder and weigh between 11 and 15 pounds. Norfolk Terriers have a rough coat in many colors, including red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle.


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The Yorkipoo is a small crossbreed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. They typically weigh 7 to 15 pounds and are 7 to 10 inches tall. Yorkipoo are generally friendly, outgoing, and playful dogs. A fast 15-minute walk or a few indoor exercises, such as puzzles and fetch, keeps them healthy and happy.

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Griffon Bruxellois are small, charming dogs with a charismatic face and a lot of personality. These breeds are affectionate and enjoy the company of their owners, making them extremely good companions. Griffons are also highly intelligent and alert and have and are best for city living, given their small size. They typically stand around 7-10 inches tall and weigh 6-12 pounds.

Yorkshire Terrier

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Highly social and affectionate, Yorkies are great house pets and work well in different families with or without children, preferably older kids. This breed needs to be groomed regularly to prevent its coat from losing its shine. Standing 7-8 inches tall and weighing 4-7 pounds, Yorkies have a big personality for their tiny body and tend to be a little noisy. 


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Bolognese are part of the Bichon family and are characterized by their fluffy white coat, which is curly and soft. This breed is well-known for its aura of affectionate, loyal, and gentle nature. Bolognese are relatively low-energy dogs, but they enjoy playing and going for short walks. With a height of 10-12 inches and a weight of 5-9 pounds, they are a manageable size for most homes.


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Löwchen are lively dogs that are affectionate companions, highly trainable, and intelligent. Standing 12-14 inches tall and weighing 12-18 pounds, they are an excellent fit for family and do well in multiple living situations, including apartment living. The breed is small but quite active, and it enjoys regular walks and playtime. They have a single coat that requires frequent grooming to maintain its unique appearance and a healthy coat.


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