Tag: Small Dog Breeds

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer Overview Schnauzers have always been popular in Germany and have included various sizes. There was no size breed standard, as the smaller dogs were used for vermin while the larger dogs hunted bigger game. The Miniature was created when breed standards became popular, and the smallest …

Miniature Pinscher

  Miniature Pinscher Overview Lovingly nicknamed the “Min Pin”, this dog was bred for his ratting skills. He is part of the Pinscher family which features both Dobermans, Affenpinschers and even Schnauzers. He is a smaller, direct descendent of the German Pinscher with possible Dachshund and Italian Greyhound blood …

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso Overview The ancestors of the Lhasa Apso have been noted as far back as 8000 BC in Tibet. The Buddhist monks of Tibet wanted a dog that resembled the lion, and created the Lhasa or “lion dog”. They quickly became popular in monasteries and as treasured …

Maltese

Maltese Overview The Maltese is a breed of Bichon type dog found throughout the Mediterranean. The breeds have been around for thousands of years, however the Maltese’s exact origin is unknown. The breed was refined on the island of Malta and created to be a companion and comforter …

Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler Overview The Lancashire Heeler has its origins similar to that of other Corgi-type dogs. He was used to drive cattle in England and quickly became popular in the Lancashire region. In addition to nipping at the heels of cattle, they were proficient in hunting rabbit, rats …

Lowchen

Lowchen Overview There is debate over whether the Lowchen actually originated in France, or Spain or Germany. Popular since the 1500s, the breed is part of the Bichon family and has travelled all over Europe. His famed “lion cut” grooming style has earned him the nickname of “The …

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier Overview The Miniature Bull Terrier is an interesting combination of bullbaiter, Dalmatian and English White Terrier. His appearance is closest to that of the original Bull Terrier breeds. They were selected for their white coloration and egg-shaped head. Color variety came after their breed standards …

Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier Overview The Manchester Terrier is a direct descendant of the Black and Tan Terrier, England’s original ratter. A breeder from Manchester refined the breed, wanting a dog with both agility and grit. He crossed the Black and Tans with a Whippet to create the slender, agile dog …

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Overview It is unknown if the precursor to the Japanese Chin originated in China or Korea, however the breed itself became defined and popularized in Japan. Ancient palaces depicted the Chin as a dog for aristocrats, much like the Cavalier Spaniels in Europe. It was considered …

Havanese

Havanese Overview The Havanese is an adorable Cuban breed created from the Bichon style dogs of Europe. As the breed adapted to the changed climate, they became slightly smaller in size, and got a silkier coat, similar to that of a Shih Tzu. The breed was also crossed with …

Italian Greyhound

  Italian Greyhound Overview Miniature greyhound like dogs have been depicted since Egyptian times. The Romans were the ones to breed the Italian Greyhound to “perfection”, working on a dog that would retain the looks of its larger companions, but have a compact size as a companion animal. …

Glen of Imaal Terrier

AKC Breed Group: Terrier Other Registries: AKC (Terrier); ANKC (Terriers); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Terrier)     Glen of Imaal Terrier Overview Like the name suggests, the Glen of Imaal Terrier hails from the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. There was need for a dog …

French Bulldog

AKC Breed Group: Non-Sporting Other Registries: AKC (Non-Sporting); ANKC (Non Sporting); CKC (Non-Sporting); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Utility); UKC (Companion) French Bulldog Overview While the French Bulldog sports the French name, their origin is actually British. When British tradesmen moved from Britain to France during the Industrial Revolution, …

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

AKC Breed Group: Terrier Other Registries: ANKC (Terriers); CKC (Terriers); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Terrier)     Dandie Dinmont Terrier Overview This dog breed is playful and affectionate. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier makes a superb companion dog. This dog breed is highly intelligent and known for  their …

Dachshund

AKC Breed Group: Hound Other Registries: ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Dachshunds); KC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)     Dachshund Overview This is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed that belongs to the hound family. The standard size Dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other …

Cockapoo

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized     Cockapoo Overview This dog breed is a cross between either the American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cockapoo has been known in the United States since about 1950. This dog breed continues to grow in popularity as they …