The 7 Smallest Pups with the Biggest Personalities

Have you ever noticed how it always seems that the smaller dog breeds are some of the ones with the biggest personalities? This post will leave you informed and not so quick to judge the smaller (in size only) pups! Here are some barks that are way bigger than their bites. We took a quick poll of the office to determine the breeds with the biggest personalities and the smallest statures.

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Lhasa Apso Don’t let their cute and fluffy appearance fool you! Lhasa Apsos are bred to be companion dogs. So, if you are looking for a small best friend this might be your match! These pups tend to be very friendly with known people, but can also be a little hesitant and standoffish with unfamiliar people. These cute companions can act aggressive and nip if approached the wrong way, but with a little training and a lot of love, there's not a better breed in the world.

Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terriers are full of energy and excitement. These little guys love to play! Since these dogs have a high prey drive, they often see themselves as the alpha in any situation. No matter how much larger the other dog or human may be. They may be David in just about every encounter with other dogs, but don't try convincing Jack Russell's they're not Goliath!

Dachshunds Dachshunds tend to be very "one-person" dogs. They cling to one person and are very protective over him or her. I know, you’re probably thinking that a dachshund isn’t much of a guard dog, but that's not entirely true. Due to their big one-person personality, they can get loud and even aggressive when it comes to other people. Since dachshunds are prone to putting on extra weight, it is very important they get their exercise. Lack of exercise can also lead to aggression in dachshunds.

Chihuahuas Did you ever think you would be bossed around by one of the smallest pooches? Probably not, but if you own a Chihuahua, you know the struggle is real. Contrary to popular belief, Chihuahua’s are actually very aware of how small they are in size. Because of this, they always feel the need to compensate withe a BIG personality. They protect themselves by barking at anyone or anything bigger than them. If this behavior is not controlled and corrected it can lead to Chihuahua empowerment (not as cool as it sounds)! Every owner must remember THEY are the ones in charge, not their furry friends.

Manchester Terrier Manchester Terriers were originally bred as hunting dogs. Due to their high prey drive they can be tough to control. They have big personalities, need lots of attention, but are well worth it.


They might not be too small, but Beagles make our list because they NEVER back down. They always think they're bigger than the next guy, whether it's a Great Dane or a Toy Poodle. Beagles are hunting dogs with a very high prey drive. Their need to chase and capture is unlike any game of fetch you’ve ever seen! These dogs need to be properly socialized very early on, or else their stubborn ways can lead to aggression towards strange people and animals.

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