Tag: Toy Dog Breeds

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Overview The first Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie” was known as Huddersfield Ben, and is thought to be the foundation sire of the breed. He was born in the late 1800s, and came from Yorkshire, hence the breed’s name. Originally much larger to be used as a …

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier Overview The Toy Fox Terrier is one of the few All-American bred breeds of today. The crossing of Smooth Fox Terriers was combined with other toy breeds including the Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua and Miniature Pinschers to create a smaller, companion sized breed. Owners looked for …

Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier Overview The Silky has its origins in 1800s Australia, however, it may have been mixed with several other breeds of terrier prior to that. Some ancestors include the Yorkshire Terrier, Australian Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, and Cairn. While hunting vermin was a possible job of the …

Shih Tzu

  Shih Tzu Overview It is believed that they have a similar history and breed lines to the Lhasa Apso, however it was brought to China where it was perfected. This breed was prized by Chinese nobility and was given a life of luxury in the palace. During …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 descendant of the German Pinscher with possible Dachshund and Italian Greyhound blood mixed …

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 …

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 changing 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. The …

English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel Overview English Toy Spaniels are known for their loving demeanor combined with a miniaturized Gun dog attitude. Their more recent looks, including prominent eyes and domed head only became popular toward the late 1800’s, when breed standards were becoming more popular. The English Toy Spaniel …

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