Small Dog Breed Listings F - M

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.

Feist

Feists (also called Mountain Fesists) originated in North America several hundred years ago, probably from crosses between English terriers and American Indian dogs. Today, Feists are still valued by hunters, farmers and families for their great tracking and pest-control abilities, not to mention their steady temperaments...   [ ]

Feist

Havanese

The Havanese is the only dog native to Cuba. The breed probably made its way to Cuba hundreds of years ago via trade ships from the Canary Islands...   [ ]

Havanese

Italian Greyhound

Brought to Europe by the Phoenicians thousands of years ago, the Italian Greyhound is a smaller version of the Greyhound, bred small in order to create a more compact hunter and companion. As the years went on, these smaller Greyhounds won the hearts of many European nobles—especially the Italians...   [ ]

Italian Greyhound

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell, an English clergyman, developed the Jack Russell Terrier in the mid-1800s to hunt foxes and other small game. At this time, the dogs were called “fox terriers,” prized for their endurance on long hunts and ability to dig animals out of their dens...   [ ]

Jack Russell Terrier

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin actually originated in China. Cherished by Chinese nobility for centuries, these cute little dogs could not be purchased—one had to be a member of the aristocracy to own one...   [ ]

Japanese Chin

Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz, it is believed, originated in 19th-century Japan from an attempt to make a smaller, more domesticated Samoyed-style canine. Using a number of breeds including the Samoyed, the white German Spitz and the American Eskimo, the result was a friendly, loyal and cuddly pup that became a huge hit in 1950s Japan...   [ ]

Japanese Spitz

Lakeland Terrier

Developed in England’s Lake District, the Lakeland Terrier was used to keep foxes away from sheep and hunt rats in the surrounding mountains. Once known as the Patterdale Terrier, this tireless worker was known for its incredible bravery and loyalty...   [ ]

Lakeland Terrier

Lhasa Apso

Known in its home country as the “bark lion sentinel dog,” the Lhasa Apso was used to guard Tibetan palaces and temples. This bold and alert canine’s duty was to guard the interior of the building, while its massive and imposing partner (the Tibetan Mastiff) was charged with guarding the outside...   [ ]

Lhasa Apso

Lowchen

We know that the Lowchen, which means “little lion” in German, dates back to the 15th century, but we don’t know where it came from. While many dog enthusiasts say they originated in Germany, others say they have a Mediterranean background...   [ ]

Lowchen

Maltese

One of the world’s oldest breeds, Maltese have been beloved companions for nearly 3,000 years. Roman poets wrote about them and Greeks had special tombs built for them...   [ ]

Maltese

Manchester Terrier - Toy

The Manchester Terrier originated in 19th century Manchester, England. Bred from a Whippet and a dark, rat-catching terrier, the Manchester Terrier was used to keep rats away from stables, barns and warehouses...   [ ]

Manchester Terrier - Toy

Mi ki

No one knows for sure when or how the Mi-Ki came to be, but we do know that they first appeared in the U.S...   [ ]

Mi ki

Miniature Australian Shepherd

The modern Australian Shepherd has no real connection to Australia. Originating in the Basque region (between Spain and France) as a working dog and sheepherder, the breed drew the name “Australian Shepherd” because many of the Basque shepherds came from Australia...   [ ]

Miniature Australian Shepherd

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