21 Costumes That Are Perfect For Small Dogs

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to put some cute gear on your dog. If you're best bud is a small breed, here are some costumes for you should consider.

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1. BB-8

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One of the highlights of last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was BB-8, the roly-poly robot sidekick whose chirps and beeps melted the hearts of nerds everywhere. There are probably going to be a lot of doggy BB-8s this year, but don’t worry; yours will be the cutest.

2. Pineapple (DIY)

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This costume probably works best if your dog is already shaped kind of like a pineapple, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this adorable pineapple tutorial.

3. Chia Pet (DIY)

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Chia Pets were a really big deal for about two minutes during the 80s, so this costume is sure to be a hit with the 40+ demographic. Grow your own with this tutorial.

4. Football

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One of the best things about little dogs is being able to tuck them under your arm like you’re a quarterback. Why not extend the metaphor by dressing up your dog like an actual football?

5. Dice

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Obviously this costume works best if you’ve got two dogs. It’s also pretty easy to put together: you just need a couple boxes, construction paper, scissors, and tape. The hard part is making sure your dice don’t end up rolling around in the grass.

6. Baby

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Dressing your dog as a baby is super easy costume if you’re putting something together at the last minute. Pacifier, onesie, done. Cuteness achieved!

7. Yoda

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Yoda wasn’t in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he still makes an adorable costume for a small dog, especially if you can carry the dog around on your shoulders like Luke did in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

8. Turtle

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If you’re looking for a low maintenance Halloween costume, this turtle shell is a solid choice. Just strap it on like a little backpack and you’re good to go!

9. Cupcake (DIY)

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You don’t need any skills in the kitchen to make an adorable little pupcake this Halloween. Just some craft supplies and dog to wear it.

10. Pumpkin

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The pumpkin costume is like the little black dress of Halloween fashionistas. Classics are classic for a reason: they’re adorable.

11. Hot Dogs

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If you have a dachshund and you’re not dressing it up as a hotdog, what are you even doing with your life? Why would you throw away that opportunity for puns? (An oppor_pun_ity, haha.)

12. Batman

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Batman: the hero Gotham needs, and the costume your dog deserves. If your pooch has big bat ears already, then you can skip the mask. Think of the savings!

13. Bat

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You may be concerned that a Batman costume would inspire your dog to create a secret identity, so he can roam the streets under the cover of night and deliver vigilante justice. If so, you should probably go with a regular bat costume. It’s still super cute.

14. Ewok

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Okay, just one more Star Wars costume. In case you’re curious, the breed pictured above is the Brussels Griffon, and they were actually the inspiration for Ewoks.

15. E.T. (DIY)

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Recreate the iconic scene from Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with this easy DIY tutorial! Also great for lazy dogs that would rather ride around in a bicycle than go trick-or-treating on foot.

16. Chewbacca

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Just kidding, this is the last Star Wars costume. The actor who played Chewbacca was 7’4”, so your dog has some pretty big shoes to fill.

17. Fairy (DIY)

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There’s no sewing required to turn your dog into a beautiful fairy princess. Just check out this tutorial.

18. Jack-in-the-Box

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Jack-in-the-boxes would be so much better if a little dog popped out of them instead of a creepy clown.

19. Minion

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Are you sick of minions yet? Too bad. They’re cute, and they make for a great dog costume.

20. Dinosaur

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Sometimes a little dog needs a little ego boost, perhaps in the form of a ferocious dinosaur hoodie. Who’s a scary dinosaur? Is it you? Yes it is!

21. Pinocchio

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This elaborate Pinocchio costume might take some crafting expertise, but if you get it just right, you’ll have a real dog some day!