Dogs can come in all shapes and sizes, but the fashion for small dog breeds has reportedly exploded in recent years.
The explanations for this fad include the lower cost of living of small pets and these breeds being better suited to urban environments.
Whatever the explanation, here is the hottest four-legged boyfriend of 2020, according to American Kennel Club registration statistics.
The origins of this ever popular oriental aristocrat can be traced back to ancient China.
While the Pekingese’s popularity has slowly waned in recent years, perhaps due to their high grooming requirements, these plush dogs still make excellent pets.
The Papillon is descended from Toy Spaniels and their unusual name, meaning “butterfly,” refers to the conspicuous ears of the breed.
Although these dogs have unparalleled personalities, the Butterflies’ need for constant companionship means they are a poor choice if they have to be left alone for long periods of time.
13. West Highland White Terriers
A white strain of cute Cairns was developed in the 19th century to work in the Scottish countryside.
The West Highland White Terrier small dog breed has since gotten slightly shorter and makes them intelligent and confident companions.
Originally bred to hunt rats, the Maltese toy dog ââhas been a popular pet in Mediterranean countries for centuries.
With their gorgeous long coats, they make active and energetic pets, although this cuddly dog ââbreed can be problematic with young children at times.
The name of the smallest breed in the world comes from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the dog first became fashionable.
This toy dog ââbreed makes excellent pets, although they can be difficult to train and a bit jealous of small children.
The ancient Chinese passion for toy dog ââbreeds with flat faces was the origin of the development of the pet pug.
This playful breed is prized for its ability to form adorable human facial expressions, but pugs have a less attractive tendency to breathe and sniff during any exercise other than moderate exercise.
Pomeranians are the smallest of the Spitz breed and these cute dogs are popular pets for their Instagramable appearance.
Despite their delicate proportions, Pomeranians have great personalities, making them great choices for those who live in smaller apartments.
The Shih Tzu is said to have been bred from Tibetan breeds to become the pet of the Chinese emperors.
While their tiny face and bright eyes have charmed generations of pet owners, Shih Tzu’s placid temperament makes them a great choice for families with young children.
7. Miniature Schnauzer
This pocket dog breed originated from the mixing of Affenpinschers with the original German Schnauzer.
Miniature schnauzers are a great option for a pet because they are healthy, have a long lifespan, and endearing personalities.
6. Yorkshire Terrier
This relatively modern mix has a characteristic silky gray and beige coat.
Yorkies are known for their good humor, sociable nature, and terrier origins make them excellent guard dogs and rat catchers.
5. Pembroke Welsh Corgis
The iconic Pembroke dog breed is perhaps best known for its royal patronage, with the Welsh Corgis often seen in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, who is said to have owned at least thirty corgis during her reign.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are strong and lively little shepherds who are affectionate and sociable without being too clingy.
The Dachshund makes its way into the top four small dog breeds of 2020, toppling the Pembroke Welsh Corgi by one spot.
Originally from Germany, the Dachshund is still used to hunt game and hunt rabbits.
This most photogenic breed of small dog possesses unmatched self-confidence and courage, but Dachshunds require a lot of attention.
Beagles are the smallest of the British hounds bred for hunting.
This beautiful breed makes a great addition to any family due to the small size and intelligent personalities of the animals.
While most often associated with dog shows, Curly Coated Poodles are also wonderful companions to welcome into any home, although these pets have lost a spot from last year’s rankings.
Miniature Poodles and Miniature Poodles are intelligent dogs, and their calm temperaments mean they are ideal for young families.
1. French Bulldogs
The Frenchies retained the top spot and are now the second most popular dog breed of all, behind the Labrador in 2020.
The number of French Bulldog records has increased by an incredible 830% since 2010 and only 62% since 2019.
The French Bulldog is distinguished from similar breeds by its distinctive “bat ears”, giving these adorable dogs a clownish look.
Appearances aside, Frenchies are such a popular choice for families due to the docility of dogs and their kindness to strangers and animals.