Small Dog Breed Listings S - Z

Let's face it, every dog breed is different. They each have their own look, their own personality and their own special care needs. Our dog breed experts have compiled the latest and greatest information, photos and tips for almost every breed. Select your favorite breed or just explore in this ultimate breed resource.

Here are a handful of featured breeds to get to know. Or select one from the list on the right.

Schipperke

Named after the Flemish word for “little skipper,” Schipperkes were bred by Belgian boat captains to guard unattended boats, keep rats away and provide companionship. Not just popular on boats, Schipperkes also worked with shoemakers and other shopkeepers across Belgium as guard dogs and ratters...   [ ]

Schipperke

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog most likely derived from the small, working Collies in Scotland, used for many years as herders of cows and sheep. Long isolated on remote Scottish islands, the “Shetland Collie” did not become officially recognized by the English Kennel Club until 1909...   [ ]

Shetland Sheepdog

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is undoubtedly one of the world’s oldest dog breeds. Chinese paintings from the 6th century A...   [ ]

Shih Tzu

Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier originated when Australian breeders mixed Yorkshire Terriers with native Australian Terriers to improve the latter’s blue & tan coat color. In the early 1900s, two different standards for the Silky developed in different parts of Australia...   [ ]

Silky Terrier

Skye Terrier

Originating in the north of Scotland, the Skye Terrier (named after the Scottish isle of Skye) was used as a hunter and herder. Perfectly suited for traversing the area’s rocky and hilly landscapes, the Skye Terrier was sometimes overlooked and misjudged because of its elegantly long coat...   [ ]

Skye Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier

One of the oldest English terrier breeds, Smooth Fox Terriers were developed in the 1800s to drive foxes out of their dens once the Hounds had chased them in. For almost a century, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers were categorized as the same breed...   [ ]

Smooth Fox Terrier

Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel originated in Tibet, where it served as a faithful companion to Buddhist monks. Called “little lions” for their toughness and watchfulness, these canines were given as special gifts to Chinese dignitaries over the years, most likely mixing with other breeds such as the Pekingese and Japanese Chin...   [ ]

Tibetan Spaniel

Toy Fox Terrier

Fox Terriers were developed by 19th-century English breeders to hunt foxes. They come in two versions based on coat length: Smooth and Wire...   [ ]

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Poodle

Though Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a beloved national breed...   [ ]

Toy Poodle

Volpino Italiano

The Volpino Italiano, which originated in Italy several centuries ago, descended from ancient European Spitz dogs. Beloved by common people and royalty alike, the Volpino Italiano was often used as a watchdog on Tuscan farms...   [ ]

Volpino Italiano

Welsh Terrier

Once known as the Black-and-Tan Wire Haired Terrier, the Welsh Terrier originated in Wales several hundred years ago. Used to hunt otters, foxes and badgers across land and water, the Welsh Terrier was adored for his tenacity on the hunt and his gentleness at home...   [ ]

Welsh Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland Terriers—legend has it—were bred from the white offspring of Cairn and Scottish Terriers in order to create a hunting terrier that would not be mistaken for a fox. They debuted at a London dog show in 1907 and were registered by the AKC in 1908...   [ ]

West Highland White Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

One of the oldest English terrier breeds, Wire Fox Terriers were developed in the 1800s to drive foxes out of their dens once the Hounds had chased them in. For almost a century, Wire Fox Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers were categorized as the same breed...   [ ]

Wire Fox Terrier

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