The Yorkshire terrier is one of the most popular small dog breeds. The poodle is another popular dog with curly fur. The dachshund, another small breed, is also known as a wiener dog because of its long body.

The Yorkshire terrier has silky hair that is bluish tan. Yorkies do not shed excessively or lose much fur during baths or combing sessions. This terrier is an ideal dog for people who have allergies. These dogs are sometimes carried around in purses, and their long hair allows owners to adorn them with accessories, such as bows. Yorkies have large personalities and are effective watch dogs.

The dachshund is short with stubby legs. This dog may have one of three different coats: wire, long or smooth. They also come in miniature and standard sizes. The standard dogs were bred to hunt and chase small animals, including badgers, rabbits and prairie dogs. The dog is known for an affectionate personality but can be headstrong, which makes training difficult. Dachshunds are also suspicious of strangers.

The poodle has been a traditional favorite among upper classes, and they have been used as show dogs in entertainment circuits. Poodles are known for their obedience, and they are agile. This dog comes in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy. The standard is the largest among the three poodle types. Their coats come in different colors.

Animal Planet offers a helpful video collection titled "Top 10 Best Lap Dogs" at Each video in the collection showcases a different breed and details its grooming requirements, activity level, shedding potential, personality traits, average lifespan and health needs. The videos spotlight some of the most popular breeds including the dachshund, Yorkshire terrier, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, bichon frisé, pug, Maltese, Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Pomeranian and schnauzer. The videos allow viewers to get familiar with each breed. It includes footage that captures the unique personality of each breed of dog, accompanied by helpful narration about the pros and cons of the breed.

Ranging from hardy terriers to gentle lap warmers, small dogs are among the most popular purebred dogs. However, animal shelters and rescue organizations often have small mixed breed dogs awaiting homes. Potential pet owners should visit local animal shelters for information on adoptable small dogs that are available in the area.