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These Tiny Dogs Stay Small Forever, Because Not Everyone Wants A Giant Pup

Woman's Day Logo By Martha Sorren of Woman's Day | Slide 1 of 17: All dogs are great. Big dogs, small dogs, even dogs that shed and drool. But sometimes your life just calls for one of the dog breeds that stays small. Maybe you live in a tiny apartment, maybe you work a lot and can't exercise a big dog, or maybe you just want a forever puppy. There are a ton of small dogs you can own that only weigh a handful of pounds — aka they'll always be able to snuggle in your lap or fly with you under your plane seat. But small dogs aren't just fun to cuddle with. Many were specifically bred to fulfill a working dog need. Small terriers were originally used to root out animals from burrows on hunts. Others were used by ancient royals as "sleeve" dogs to keep themselves warm. These days, you can choose a small dog for a variety of reasons — one of the best being that they really do always look like puppies. Here are 16 small dog breeds that would make for a perfect addition to your life.

All dogs are great. Big dogs, small dogs, even dogs that shed and drool. But sometimes your life just calls for one of the dog breeds that stays small. Maybe you live in a tiny apartment, maybe you work a lot and can't exercise a big dog, or maybe you just want a forever puppy. There are a ton of small dogs you can own that only weigh a handful of pounds — aka they'll always be able to snuggle in your lap or fly with you under your plane seat.

But small dogs aren't just fun to cuddle with. Many were specifically bred to fulfill a working dog need. Small terriers were originally used to root out animals from burrows on hunts. Others were used by ancient royals as "sleeve" dogs to keep themselves warm.

These days, you can choose a small dog for a variety of reasons — one of the best being that they really do always look like puppies. Here are 16 small dog breeds that would make for a perfect addition to your life.

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