What Puppies Stay Small Forever?

There are, to be sure, a wide variety of dog breeds. From gigantic mastiffs to tiny teacup Chihuahuas and all breeds in between, they make puppies of practically all sizes, depending on the breed. 

Of course, all dogs are born as tiny puppies, eyes closed, and have no defenses against the outside world. Many puppies are so small you can easily hold one in the palm of your hand. Even Great Dane puppies are small when they’re first born, with little clue to the massive beasts they will one day become. 

I was thinking about this the other day when I rescued a mother dog and her pups. Having no idea who the sire was, or his size, I was left wondering how large they would become as adults. Many of my readers have the same thoughts and ask a question I hear all the time; what puppies stay small forever?

The answer to this intriguing question is that several breeds of dogs start as small puppies and stay small (and even tiny) their entire lives. Most tiny dogs were bred to be that way, making them easier to care for, transport, and so forth. Yes, they grow like any other puppy, but their growth is much more imperceptible and, when they stop growing, they’re still small.

Some dog breeds that stay small forever include Bolognese, Maltese, Dachshund, Chihuahua, and Yorkshire Terrier. There are several more, though, tiny puppies that grow into little dogs that easily fit on your lap when it’s time for a good petting session. In short, they stay small dogs forever.

Now that you know which puppies stay small forever, I’m betting you have more questions about small puppy breeds. Which ones don’t shed, for example, and what breeds of tiny dogs are the most family-friendly. If so, please read on! I’ve got those answers and more below for your perusal. It’s real-world info that can help you be the best puppy parent ever (even if your pup fits in a teacup!). 

Small Breed Dogs that are Fluffy

There are around 30 dog breeds that could be considered “fluffy,” and only about ten that most people would consider small dogs. One thing to note about “fluffy” puppies is that, in many cases, the best way to get the most fluffiness is to groom and maintain their fur often. If you don’t, their coat will look flatter and thicker (which some puppy parents might prefer). The small fluffy dog breeds, in alphabetical order, include:

  • Bichon frize- Fun, caring but a little problematic, obedience-wise. It’s worth it, but be prepared to spend extra time training.
  • Coton de Tulear- Sweet, intelligent and will stick to you like glue. This small, fluffy dog breed is excellent for stay-at-home puppy parents.
  • Cockapoo- East to train and sweet as sugar. However, one thing to note is that you’ll spend a lot of time brushing their thick, furry coat.
  • Havanese- Loving and adorable, they don’t make good apartment dogs as they tend to howl non-stop when their puppy parents are away.
  • Pekingese- Stubborn, independent, but loyal, this small dog breed can be challenging to train.
  • Lhasa Apso- Fiercely loyal, this small breed doesn’t take kindly to strangers and demands early and wholehearted socialization.
  • Pomeranian- Confident, curious, and always ready for fun. They do overheat easily, though. 
  • Shi Tzu- The class clown of the dog world, they need constant attention and activity.
  • Toy Poodle- Highly intelligent, easy to train, and loyal; this breed is also stubborn and needs constant stimulation to cub their destructive tendencies.
  • Yorkshire Terrier- Loaded with personality, this small, fluffy breed is loving and silly. They’re also hyperactive and go nuts in the presence of people, critters, and even strange noises.

Small Breed Dogs that Don’t Shed

Many puppy parents like small dogs because they’re easier to care for, especially when grooming them. Small dogs have less fur to groom and will make less waste, it’s true, but some of them shed so much fur it’s not even funny. 

For some, especially puppy parents who live in apartments, all that fur and dander everywhere (all the time) can be problematic. That’s why some go even further and pick small dog breeds that don’t shed. Below I’ve compiled a list of them, some of which we’ve already seen above:

  • Affenpinscher-  Fearless and intelligent, this dog breed is tiny, low maintenance, and sheds very little. Their name means “monkey-like Terrier,” and, like monkeys, they can be a handful.
  • Basenji- This breed is an excellent choice for a brilliant dog with almost no odor and no shedding. 
  • Bichon Frise- This small, no-shed breed is perfect for folks with allergies.
  • Bolognese- This small breed has hair, not fur. They need to be combed and brushed daily to look their best, though.
  • Brussels Griffon- Loyal, low-maintenance, and no shedding make this ideal apartment dog. They do need constant attention, though, and are better for stay-at-home puppy parents.
  • Chinese Crested- Whether Hairless or Powderpuff, these small intelligent dogs need care for tier skin, not their fur.
  • Coton De Tulear- This breed’s coat is hypoallergenic and thus great for puppy parents with allergies.
  • Havanese- Natives of Cuba, this breed needs more care and handling to keep their coat looking good.
  • Maltese- Ideal lapdogs, this small, shed-free breed has been delighting humans unchanged for centuries.
  • Lhasa Apso- Despite not shedding, this breed demands daily grooming.
  • Miniature Schnauzer- Smart, cheerful, and easy to train, this small breed can get by on short, weekly grooming sessions.
  • Poodle- Hypoallergenic and non-shedding, poodles are also highly intelligent and very active.
  • Scottish Terrier- Bold, clever, and confident, this breed sheds very little. They have a very high prey drive, though, which demands attention when other, smaller animals are nearby.
  • West Highland White Terrier- Affectionately known as Westies, this curious and independent breed can be challenging to train. However, they shed very little and, once trained, are absolutely adorable.
  • Yorkshire Terrier- Spunky and full of personality, this small dog breed doesn’t shed but needs regular grooming to bring out its beautiful, silky coat.

Small Breed Dogs that are Family Friendly

For puppy parents with human children, choosing the right dog breed is essential. Unfortunately, some dog breeds just don’t do well with children and all of the touching, hugging, and handling they typically bring. 

That goes for small dog breeds, as well. They might be small, but they still have sharp little teeth that can be very painful if they use them. If you don’t want to worry about this unhealthy situation in your home, a small dog breed that’s family-friendly is critical. Below are several of the best, including:

  • Bichon Frisé- Good-natured and easy to care for.
  • Miniature Schnauzer- This breed has no problem handling wrestling and rough play with Children of different ages.
  • Havanese- Kid-friendly, although somewhat shy.
  • French Bulldog- Perfect for families with small children.
  • Shih Tzu- Great for families where one or more suffer from allergies as this breed is nearly hypoallergenic and very loving.
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel- Affectionate and always ready to cuddle. However, they’ve been badly inbred and have many health problems because of it.

Final Thoughts

As we’ve seen today, the answer to the question “what puppies stay small forever?” is that several breeds are born small and stay small throughout their lives. Many were bred to be tiny, but some have always been small dogs like the Maltese. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog about what puppies stay small forever. If you have more questions or would like to learn more about raising a puppy or being a puppy parent, please see my other blogs on the subject.  I’ve got quite a few of them, and all are stuffed with real-world information, tips, advice, and data that you can use. They’re perfect if being a good puppy parent and raising a healthy, happy and well-behaved dog is your goal.