Dogs of all sizes: these are the 10 smallest and biggest adorable dog breeds – from the tiny Chihuahua to the gentle giant English Mastiff

There are 221 different purebred dog breeds to choose from, as well as plenty of crossbreeds, so there’s a lot of thought to go into before selecting the latest addition to your family. Many of us have decided to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes over the past two years – according to Kennel Club figures, dog ownership has soared nearly 8% – and demand for puppies after lockdown remains high.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with psychologist Stanley Coren’s book “The Intelligence of Dogs” ranking breeds by instinct, obedience and adaptability. One thing to consider before making a decision is that certain dog breeds suit different lifestyles, especially when it comes to size.

If you lead an active lifestyle and have a house with a garden, a large dog may be your best option, while if you’re less athletic and live in an apartment, a small pooch may be a better choice. So here are the 10 largest and smallest dog breeds.

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