Checking out cute small dogs is one of the world’s best natural medicines.
Looking at pictures and videos of pocket-sized cute canines can cure everything including a bad day at the office, a bad hair day, not enough coffee and even a broken heart.
If you are feeling sad, bad, or mad, take a minute to look through our list of the cutest small dog breeds in the world. We guarantee you will start to feel your spirits lift straight away.
Of course, you don’t need to limit yourself to looking at pictures of these pups. You can have one of these cuties in your life every day because all the breeds on our list also make fantastic long-term companions.
Imagine how good you will feel with one of these cute puppy pranksters greeting you at the door every day!
Because we believe in their curative powers so much, here are some small tastes of the wonderful world of cute compact canines.
Scottish Terriers – these small, compact, sturdy terriers are playful, feisty, stubborn, intelligent, and determined. With their keen looks, thick eyebrows and long, scruffy beards you can overload on our cuteness cure with this one breed alone.
In other fun facts, the Scottie is one of the most popular tokens in Monopoly; Scottish Terriers have won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show nine times (the second most titles won by any breed); and three American Presidents – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George W. Bush – all brought lovable Scotties to live with them in the White House.
Havanese – the only native dog of Cuba, these cute and extremely affectionate pups love a cuddle so much they are known as ‘Velcro dogs.’ Bred as companion pets for Cuban nobility, Havanese pups have a naturally bouncy gait and they can even hop, almost like bunnies. That must be the definition of cute right there!
The Papillon makes it onto our list because of its large, butterfly ears that remind you of Mogwai, the cute adorable creature in Gremlins (not the nasty version!). These pint-size pups are packed full of energy. They make loving and loyal friends and are great with kids and families.
The Papillon’s personality and natural good looks have captured the attention of master painters like Rembrandt, Goya, Titian, and Rubens, who have all included them in some of their paintings.
A small word of warning before you launch yourself into our full list.
With these small cute breeds, it is important not to let their cuteness blind you to your pup’s need for structure, attention, mental stimulation and exercise, positive training, and socialization.
Even the cutest small dogs can lose some of their cuteness quota if they start to develop ‘small dog syndrome’ and overcompensate for their small size by bullying you and every other dog they meet.