Weakest Dogs – TOP 10 Weakest Dog Breeds In The World!

Which dogs are the weakest? Take a look at this list of the top 10 weakest dog breeds in the world and discover these beautiful and peace-loving dogs whose toughness and aggression leave something to be desired.

Will you?

Of all the dog breeds in the world (take a look at my video that lists all dog breeds), this list of the weakest dogs is here to reveal the ones that will always be a bit lacking in the strength department.

Now let’s take a look at the top 10 weakest dogs in the world.

TOP 10 Weakest Dog Breeds In The World

Top 10 weakest dog breeds

If you love sweet and playful dogs that don’t look overly muscular or intimidating and aren’t aggressive, this list is just right for you! So, which breeds are we talking about?

TOP 10 weakest dog breeds in the world:

10. Boston Terrier

If you’ve been watching some of my other videos, you likely know the Boston Terriers as very kind and elegant little dogs. They lack pronounced predatory instincts and, by nature, are friendly to just about everyone they meet.

They adapt well to others and are well suited for…

  • living indoors,
  • families with children,
  • retirees,
  • first-time owners (take a look at Best Dogs For Beginners),
  • cats and other animals…

…sounds pretty good, right?

9. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are well-known as undemanding little dogs. They are polite, cheerful, playful, and friendly dogs; acting tough isn’t one of their strong suits.

French Bulldogs highly prefer getting your attention and love.

8. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are popular little dogs whose owners simply adore them.


They love being the center of attention, and their playful hijinks will provide enough entertainment for the whole family! Schnauzers are incredibly independent dogs who like to show off and act tough.

This can often…

get them into danger since they are very small and not all that powerful, and it would be wise for them to retreat from the bigger, stronger dogs.

Logical, right?

7. Basset Hound

Taking a look at a Basset Hound, it becomes immediately apparent that this is not a powerful dog itching for a fight. They seem to have realized that being strong just doesn’t really pay off.

Bassets are:

  • stubborn
  • lazy.

They’d rather laze around on the couch all day than work out to develop their muscles.

6. Poodle

The Poodle is another breed that is neither strong nor does it have any sort of tendency to try and demonstrate its strength. However, they possess a beautiful coat, a friendly disposition, and…

…they’re just too smart to waste their time on displaying aggression.

Poodles can become fast friends with anyone, and they especially enjoy taking part in various fun sports and activities.

5. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a seemingly always happy, popular, as well as a small and weak dog. They have a very friendly disposition; they love being loved!

Being physically imposing is not their forte.

4. Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear is another weak but affectionate and beautiful pet that traces its origins to the island of Madagascar.

What makes them weak?

Other than the absence of a strong appearance in general, they are friendly by nature and have essentially no hunting instincts.

They can adapt to anyone, and the only thing they want in return is attention and friendship.

3. The Havanese

The Havanese is a playful and friendly little dog that will politely welcome everyone they see. So, their attitude makes for a terrible guard dog…

…and they lack the strength for it as well.

Their body is neither muscular nor massive, and when you put that together with their affectionate attitude, you get…

…the third spot on our list of the weakest dogs in the world.

2. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu takes its name from the Chinese language; Shih Tzu means ‘lion’. However, it’s something of a misnomer; they are actually very polite, friendly, and well-behaved little pets.

Unlike a lion, they wouldn’t be able to cope with living outside; they’re weak, tiny, and make for very poor guard dogs.

1. Pug

Pugs are known as some of the sweetest little pets out there, but as you might imagine, they’re not well-suited for the life of a guard dog.

They are extremely:

  • affectionate,
  • friendly,
  • playful.

When you combine this with their litany of potential health problems, it becomes obvious why these dogs are some of the weakest ones around.

The Weakest Dogs

The aim of this list of the top 10 weakest dog breeds in the world is to shine a spotlight on some of the sweet and gentle dogs that haven’t been blessed with strong muscles or an imposing physical presence.

Which dog breeds are they?

After taking a more detailed look at them in the previous section, let’s have a quick overview.

The weakest dogs in the world are:

  1. Pug,
  2. Shih Tzu,
  3. Havanese,
  4. Coton de Tulear,
  5. Bichon Frise,
  6. Poodle,
  7. Basset Hound,
  8. Miniature Schnauzer,
  9. French Bulldog,
  10. Boston Terrier.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to see some of the biggest and strongest guard dogs instead, take a look at my article on the TOP 10 best guard dogs in the world.


In this video, I tried to include some of the weakest dogs, ones who don’t possess a strong and muscular look and are weaker than other dogs by nature.

Why did I select precisely these 10 breeds?

There are definitely some more breeds we could mention when talking about the weakest dog breeds in the world, but every breed that’s made it onto this list has earned its place.

However, that doesn’t mean they are any less worthy of our love and affection!

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I'm a dog food judge. I specialize in examining dog food nutrition so that I can recommend you food that will preserve your dog's health and extend his life. Good food will help you prevent dog health problems like obesity, diabetes, pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, nutritional imbalance, and many others. Also, by preventing serious illnesses you won't have to pay huge veterinarian bill later.

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