Tag: Small Dog Breeds

Portuguese Podengo

Portuguese Podengo Overview The Portuguese Podengo is a unique breed that comes in three different sizes. Each was bred to hunt, and the size correlated with the terrain they hunted in. Grandes (the largest) hunted wild boar while the Medio (middle) was dexterous against rabbits. The Pequeno (smallest) …

Pomeranian

Pomeranian Overview They get their name from their location of origin, the province of Pomerania. They are a descendent of other herding-type spitz dogs, and early dogs of the breed weighed up to 30 pounds, much larger than the Poms of today. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria began to …

Pug

Pug Overview This dog breed is another ancient breed from China, a region that loves flat-faced dogs. The pug shares bloodlines with other flat-faced breeds such as the Shih Tzu and Pekingese and was another breed of dog only allowed to be owned by royalty. The dogs were brought …

Miniature and Toy Poodle

Miniature and Toy Poodle Overview They have been one of the most versatile dogs in history. They were easily able to work as retrievers while still being loyal, stylish and dignified companions. They both come from the Standard Poodle, bred down to their current smaller size. All three types are …

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid Overview The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the oldest dog breeds known to man and is considered the Sphinx of the dog world.  The dogs were usually dressed in ceremonial clothing and held in high regard by the Incan civilization.  They’re also loved for …

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview The Pembroke Welsh Corgi shares the same background as the cardigan except for one key difference.  Cardigans retained their long tail while Pembrokes have a shortened stub tail.  The breed is named after the area of Pembrokeshire where the breed has been in place …

Pekingese

Pekingese Overview The Pekingese has been part of China since the Tang dynasty.  The face and the parents of the Pekingese resemble that of a lion which was thought to ward away evil spirits.  They were a popular breed that numbered in the thousands throughout the palaces of China.  If …

Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier Overview Originally named the Jack Russell Terrier, the Parson Russell Terrier is named after Parson “Jack” Russell, a hunter who used the terriers to pursue and then flush foxes out of their holes. The breed became popular in the 1800s, and was designed to both …

Papillon

Papillon Overview The Papillon is a descendant from the Continental Toy Spaniel, a breed that was popular among European royalty. The breed is a lap-dog through and through, and loyal companion to its family. The breed is intelligent and does well in obedience and agility, or even as …

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund Overview In Norwegian, Lunde means puffin, and the Lundehund is a breed that was designed to hunt these birds. The Lundehund has a unique small body with the most notable trait of having six, rather than five toes on each foot. This gave the breed increased …

Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier Overview Early in the breed’s ancestry, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were one in the same. Both were farm and hunting terriers that were used along England. However, in the 1900s a Cairn-type female terrier from Norwich was bred to the ancestors of the Norfolk to create …

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier Overview Early in the breed’s ancestry, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were one in the same. Both were farm and hunting terriers that were used along England. However, in the1900s a Cairn-type female terrier from Norwich was bred to the ancestors of the Norfolk to create the …

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 …