According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association (2019-2020), dogs are the most popular pet in America, with 63.4 million US households. They are also the most abandoned pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that approximately 3.3 million dogs end up in shelters each year – a significant number of animals are abandoned by owners who find they cannot look after them properly.

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, it is important to do a lot of research beforehand. Part of being a responsible pet owner is being realistic about what you can handle. For example, do you live in a city apartment or on a large farm? Do you have room for a large dog to stretch its legs, or should you stick to something smaller? Does the pooch have to mix well with children or other dogs? Do you have plenty of time to devote to a needy breed, or should you be looking for something more independent?

Stacker is here to help keep research and decision making going smoothly. Using data from the American Kennel Club’s dog profiles, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 most popular small dog breeds. To be considered for the list, the maximum size of any dog ​​must be 20 inches or less, and their maximum weight must be less than 50 pounds. We ranked the dogs based on their 2019 AKC Popularity Rating, which was released in 2020.

From celebrity favorites like Italian Greyhounds to the Queen of England’s favorite Welsh Pembroke Corgi to old favorites like Yorkies and Shih Tzus, these smaller breeds may be stunted but have a lot going for them in other areas. Bubbly personalities, snuggly couch potatoes, and energetic athletes are among these beloved breeds – there’s sure to be a canine companion for everyone on the list.

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