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9 Small Dog Breeds You've Never Heard Of

We like to think of ourselves as dog experts here at Snoozer, but sometimes even we stumble across breeds we’ve never heard of! This month we’re showing lots of appreciation for small dogs and all the love that they give, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the lesser-known little breeds out there. How many will you recognise…?



Also known as the ‘Monkey Dog’, we can’t get over these cheeky little faces! Affenpinscher’s come from Germany (did the name give it away?) and are amazing dogs if you live in a small home, as they’re quite independent and don’t need an awful lot of exercise. Renowned for their stubborn but affectionate natures, Affenpinscher’s have plenty of personality to make up for their small size.

Prazsky Krysarik

rare small dog breed

Okay, no need to try and pronounce this one! Prazsky Krysarik’s originate from Prague, and sort of resemble a cross between a Jack Russell and a Chihuahua. They’re similar in temperament, too, with very sweet and intelligent natures. These little bundles of love get cold easily, so they’re a perfect lap dog.

Volpino Italiano

volpino italiano

Is it a dog? Is a Pokemon? Who knows! Volpino Italiano’s are something pretty special, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who won’t immediately “aww” at the sight of these fur balls. Super fluffy and extremely beautiful, these small dogs will soon be the Prince or Princess Pup in your home.

Australian Silky Terrier

australian silky terriers

Image: Larry Jacobsen on Flickr

Although they’re often mistaken for long-haired Yorkshire Terriers, Australian Silky Terriers have slightly longer bodies and were not bred to be working dogs. As such, they have slightly calmer temperaments and are extremely happy to be in the company of their owners. Though as their name suggests, they require a fair amount of grooming!

Coton de Tulear

coton de tulear

Image: Tomi Toivio on Flickr

Coton de Tulear’s sound fancy, don’t they? And with good reason – these dogs are also known as  the Royal Dogs of Madagascar, where they’ve been recognised as an official dog breed since 1990. Similar to the Bichon Friche or the Maltese, these little fluff balls are extremely sweet natured as well as downright adorable. The ideal companion.


schipperke dog

Image: Svenska Massan on Flickr

This Belgian dog breed is considered a small shepherding dog in its home country, though these days they tend to leave the sheep behind and make wonderful companions instead. Slightly mischievous and extremely intelligent, these dogs are an awful lot of fun. Most Schipperke’s have a glorious “ruff” of fur under their necks which makes them look super majestic!


bolognese dog

Image: Vilmos Vincze on Flickr

Nope, these dogs aren’t intended to be served with spaghetti. Bolognese dogs originate from the Italian city of Bologna, and are extremely cute! Belonging to the same family as the Bichon Frise they dogs are very much considered to be companion pets, displaying lots of loyalty and love to their owners.

Toy Fox Terrier

toy fox terrier

As the name suggests these dogs are a descendent of the larger Fox Terrier, but are very much considered a breed in their own right. These little dogs are as clever and intelligent as they are friendly, so make wonderfully stimulating companions. They also rarely grow over 6 pounds in weight, so they certainly live up to the 'toy' name!

Swedish Vallhund

swedish vallhund puppy

Image: Shaun Versey on Flickr

One of the rarest breeds in the world, Swedish Vallhunds are certainly something special. Bred as a working animal these dogs are as intelligent, energetic and loyal as you’d expect, but they do require lots of activity. Provide that, though, and you’ll have a happy and loving dog on your hands for many years.


No matter how rare the breed, every little dog needs the perfect bed to snuggle down in. Click here for our guide to buying the perfect bed for your pint-sized pup.

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