Some of the world's smallest dog breeds play the largest role in our lives. With their expressive faces and adorable antics — not to mention the extensive wardrobe possibilities — it is hard for many people to imagine life without a tiny dog.
Small dogs live 12 to 14 years on average, which is longer than many larger dogs. In general, tiny dog breeds require less food, which can make them less expensive (although grooming fees may balance out potential meal savings). It's important to note, however, that bringing home a tiny dog breed isn't only a matter of dollars and cents. For many people, the love and joy given by small dogs, whether it is chasing a toy or snuggling on a warm lap, is the most important consideration.
So, what are the smallest dog breeds in the world? There are dozens of small dog breeds, but here, in no particular order, are seven of the most popular, including one small dog breed that earned official status in 2022.