More dogs and cats give birth in spring than other seasons, so if you're looking to adopt a pet when it's young, you'll have the biggest selection now. The best things about small puppies (aside from their irresistible cuteness) are that they are easily portable and as adults they tend to live longer than big dogs. Small puppies come in different colors, sizes, and temperaments. The five breeds here show the most popular small dogs as puppies and tell what's special about each type. Note: Since the world already has more dogs and cats than homes, consider adopting a rescue dog. Google [dog breed] + rescue to see who needs love; they'll more than return it.
Originally from China by way of Tibet, the Shih Tzu was bred for royal treatment and will expect no less from you. The house pet during much of the Ming Dynasty, Shih Zhus have a distinctive double coat that requires grooming. Even as puppies, they are affectionate, outgoing, playful, and trusting companions. When fully grown, they weigh between nine and sixteen pounds, and a proud, even arrogant posture is the breed standard.