Top 10 smallest dog breeds

Whether it’s the Paris Hilton effect, the country’s general trend toward downsizing, or simply a newfound appreciation for lapdogs, Americans are embracing their petite pups. In fact, for years, two small dog breeds — the Yorkshire Terrier and the Shih Tzu — have landed a place on the American Kennel Club’s registry of Most Popular dogs in the U.S.

The top 10 smallest dog breeds (in alphabetical order) are:

1. Bichon Frise

2. Boston Terrier

3. Chihuahua

4. French Bulldog

5. Papillon

6. Pomeranian

7. Pug

8. Shih Tzu

9. Toy Poodle

10. Yorkshire Terrier