Toy Dog Breeds

Breeds that fall into the Toy categorization are characterized by their small size. In some cases, they were bred as smaller varieties of larger breeds. Toy dog breeds tend to be bundles of energy, and surprisingly, many serve as excellent watch dogs because of their alertness.

Toy breeds are the ultimate companions in small packages. Though they may appear small, most of these breeds have large personalities to make up for what they lack in stature!

Donít be fooled! Toy breeds require training just like any other dog Ė however owning one of these tiny canines does have its built in perks! There is less to pick up after and less shedding! Toy breeds make great lap companions, travel buddies and are often ideal pets for the elderly who canít handle larger dogs.

Affenpinscher  

Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher is a small toy dog with the build, personality and sturdy constitution of a terrier. It has a short, thick and wiry coat, with longer wisps falling over its face and a slightly curly undercoat. The Affen has a squarish frame and face, round eyes, a short nose and an undershot jaw (giving its nickname, “the monkey terrier”). Traditionally its ears and tails are docked by a third of its length.

 

Bichon Frise  

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small toy dog breed known for its white puffball coat. These dogs are very affectionate and get along with people, kids and other pets. As "people" dogs, they should not be left alone for long periods of time. The Bichon Frise is a great indoor dog that requires minimal exericse such as a short daily walk. Although it does not shed much, it has above average grooming requirements in order to maintain its beautiful, unmatted, pure white coat. The Bichon Frise is not suitable as a guard dog, watchdog or primarily outdoor dog.

 

bolognese  

Bolognese

The Bolognese (also called the Bichon Bolognese) is a small, sturdy dog with a fluffy and dense white coat, consisting of long locks with no undercoat. It is a toy dog and shares many physical features with those of its cousins, the Bichon Frese, the Maltese, and the Bichon Havanese. The Bolognese is of a solid build, with its body length being equal to its height at withers. The head is of average length and ears are set wide apart, giving the Bolognese a square appearance.

 

Brussels Griffon  

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon, named for the city of his origin, Brussels, Belgium, is a lively, sturdy toy dog who is intelligent, alert and has a terrier like disposition. Also known as the Griffon Bruxellois, he attracts attention by his almost humanlike, quizzical expressions. Even though he requires the protections need by any toy breed, the Brussels Griffon is a bright and alert companion.

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an affectionate and expressive dog that is perfect for the family. They live to please people and are extremely outgoing. They are well-behaved and they get along with other dogs and pets. Like many toy breeds, these dogs needs to be around people the whole day.

 

Chihuahua  

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a toy breed known by its small size, big ears, large, dark eyes and its eccentric personality. Although small in body and size, it is a strong, robust breed. The body is longer in length than its height, and the coat can either be long or short depending on the variety.

 

Chinese Crested  

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested comes in the toy size and is a great family dog that is well-mannered, intelligent, and not prone to outbursts of energy. It has two varieties – the hairless breed that only has hair on its head, tail and feet, and the “powder-puff” breed that has a long coat.

 

English Toy Spaniel  

English Toy Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel is sweet and affectionate. They are gentle, cheerful and playful. However, sometimes they can get timid. The English Toy Spaniel will be sociable to those who approach them in a loving manner. The breed is very well-behaved and clever.

 

Havanese  

Havanese

Havanese are very trainable dogs and for this reason are a favorite circus dog. Despite their small size, they are great watchdogs. They are a very intelligent dog displaying some desirable features: gentle, responsive, affectionate, and very attached to their human families. This breed is excellent with children because they are cheerful and very sociable.

 

Italian Greyhound  

Italian Greyhound

Active and lively, the Italian Greyhound breed loves playful frolic and make ideal walking companions. This breed is very affectionate, gentle and submissive. As a breed, they do great in pairs.

 

Japanese Spaniel  

Japanese Spaniel

The Japanese Spaniel is a toy breed that makes an excellent watchdog. They tend to be more obedient than other toy breeds and are great for learning tricks. Japanese Spaniels are not barkers but they absolutely love being the center of attention.

 

maltese  

Maltese

The Maltese, also known as Bichon Maltaise, is a very handsome dog that is often depicted in paintings. Its playful, cheerful disposition goes well even into old age. It is smart and can be trained easily especially when rewarded. In general, this breed does not get along well with other pets.

 

manchester terrier  

Manchester Terrier

The Manchester terrier comes in several varieties, one of which is the toy classification. They are very intelligent, energetic, and highly trainable. They are also very attentive, watchful, and quite devoted to its owner. Because of its curious nature, this breed likes to go off on adventures

 

miniature pinscher  

Miniature Pinscher

Like many toy breeds, the Miniature Pinscher is one of the most energetic breeds. Adventurous and always probing, this dog needs to be kept within enclosed areas to keep it from running after other animals of its size. This breed needs more intense training and socialization than most.

 

Papillon  

Papillon

Papillons are small dogs that weigh under 10 pounds. They are often referred to as little spaniels, but they aren't afraid to do anything a big dog would do. Paps are known as great therapy dogs, have above average tracking abilities, and are quite good with agility.

 

Pekingese  

Pekingese

The Pekingese is a small dog noted for its brave and stubborn nature, though it is a devoted and affectionate family dog. It is well known for having a mane that resembles that of a lion.

 

Pomeranian  

Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is an intelligent breed that is very bouncy, eager to learn, and devoted to its owner. It has a tendency to bark execessively, and will need aggressive training to correct this problem. Despite being a tiny breed, the Pom is quite assertive and will need firm guidance.

 

Poodle  

Poodle (Toy & Miniature)

The toy Poodle is a highly intelligent and very trainable breed. They tend to be friendly towards children and strangers, though the toy variety tends to be livelier and more energetic than the standard.

 

Pug  

Pug

The Pug is very intelligent but gets easily uninterested with routine exercise and training. It is a good watchdog and loyal companion. Pugs tend to be quite clean and affectionate, though have the habits of wheezing and snoring. Nevertheless, they are quite lovable and well behaved around children and strangers, other dogs and pets.

 

Shih Tzu  

Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu, much like its endearing appearance, is easy to love because of its spunky character. This small breed easily makes friends with both people and animals because of its naturally playful and affectionate demeanor.

 

Silky Terrier  

Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier is very boisterous and playful and generally enjoys the company of children. They often express their curiosity by digging. This tiny breed can also be trained to become good watch dogs, because of their alert nature. However, they have the tendency to become barkers if not trained properly.

 

Toy Fox Terrier  

Toy Fox Terrier

Despite its size, the Toy Fox Terrier tends to act like a big dog. It is bright, energetic, tough and rather quick. Its exceptional intelligence readily manifests itself by being a highly trainable dog. This tiny bundle of energy is quite entertaining and playful but it is best suited for owners with a healthy sense of humor and a dose of patience.

 

Yorkshire Terrier  

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small and seemingly delicate breed. It has a playful disposition and is generally tolerant of children provided they maintain respect for its territory. It gets along well enough with cats and other household pets but exhibits occasional aggressiveness with larger dogs. It can become very attached to its human family but it should not be excessively pampered as doing so actually confuses it.

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