10 Small Dog Breeds That Pack a Punch With Big Personalities

Think about Napoleon Bonaparte. At just 5 feet 6 inches, this French military leader, and emperor took only ten years to win hundreds of battles and have most of Europe in the palm of his hand. Similarly, we have such personalities in dogdom too. Tiny in size but mighty in personality!

Here goes the list of the top 10 small dog breeds with big personalities.

#1 Dachshund


Petite in size but not quite in personality, Dachshunds can put human politicians to shame. They are charming, sociable, love to network, and stick with both their own kind and humans they know. They may have short legs with their belly almost touching the ground, but they have the personality of a born leader so beware!

#2 Parson Russell Terrier


Active, intelligent, and stubborn, the Parson Russell Terrier, formerly known as the Jack Russell Terrier, was used for hunting. Their small body packs a big personality punch. This breed is energetic and sporty and so requires plenty of exercise and fun activities. Mostly, they love to be the center of attention and don’t like sharing the spotlight.


#3 Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Extremely intelligent, active and affectionate, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi needs to be kept on their toes. Literally! They need plenty of toys around them as boredom can lead them to make their own little toy from whatever’s available. Cell phones. X-box controllers. Candles. You name it! This breed resembles the fox and is furry and cute. So, make sure they don’t have you under their paw!

#4 Boston Terrier


This breed has the look of wearing a tuxedo, but what lies beneath is one entirely surprising personality! Boston Terriers, also known as “America’s Gentleman”, love all the attention they can get. They are never short of antics. Their intelligence and over-brimming energy make them good performance dogs. At home, they are at complete ease with their human family.

#5 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Furry, drooping ears, round eyes , nd a cute size make the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed an altogether great companion. They are extremely loyal and will follow their owner to the ends of the earth and back. This breed can be very easily trained to be obedient. Like a teacher’s pet, it loves being praised for being good and seeks human attention.

#6 Affenpinscher


This is a rare breed and has a unique personality. It’s commonly referred to as a loner. It remains quiet but observes all that goes around it. Although it looks a little disheveled and can be suspicious of others, it makes a good indoor companion. It takes a bit of getting to know Affenpinschers. They are active and playful, preferring indoors rather than going outside.

#7 Miniature Schnauzer


The Miniature Schnauzer has sunken eyes and overgrown, fly-away whiskers, and fur all around its mouth. With eyebrows that can be clearly distinguished, this breed looks and acts like an intellectual. They are alert and active, making good guard dogs (even if they aren’t the most intimidating of dogs). Fast learners and social, they love being a part of a small circle. With early training and socialization, the Miniature Schnauzer can make a fun and furry friend.

#8 Beagle


The adventurous side of the Beagle is confined in its small body. It is very assertive and when bored, can cause havoc in your garden. It’s known for getting bored easily and then it starts to howl until it’s attended to with some toys or activity. The Beagle makes a good companion for the family although not always friendly with strangers.

#9 Brussels Griffon


With its hair growing in all directions, the Brussels Griffon gives the impression of someone just getting over a hangover. However, its round beady eyes reveal its playful side. It needs toys around it so that its energy can be properly channeled. Known to wander, it’s best to keep it leashed.

#10 Shetland Sheepdog


The Shetland Sheepdog is a herding dog and takes its responsibilities seriously. They are energetic and responsive to commands. This breed of dog is also agile and also enjoys indulging in various types of dog sports. So, you’ll never be bored with a Shetland Sheepdog beside you!

Do you want to add to this list? Let us know if you think other dogs with small bodies but mighty personalities should be added to this list. Please leave your comment in the box below.

You may also be interested in Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds in The World According to Psychologist Stanley Coren.

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