Tag: Toy Dog Breeds

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

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 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. …

Chinese Crested

AKC Breed Group: Toy Other Registries: ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)     Chinese Crested Overview This is a very popular dog breed. The Chinese Crested is sweet, spirited and affectionate. There are two varieties: hairless and puff. They vary in …

Chihuahua

  AKC Breed Group: Toys Other Registries: ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)       Chihuahua Overview This dog breed is the smallest of all breeds. The Chihuahua has the honor of being the oldest breed in America. They were named …

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

AKC Breed Group: Toy Other Registries: ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)       Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Overview This is a graceful and elegant dog breed. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been associated with nobility and aristocracy throughout history. …

Brussels Griffon

AKC Breed Group: Toys Other Registries: ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)   Brussels Griffon Overview Named for their city of origin, Brussels in Belguim, the Brussels Griffon  may refer to three different breeds, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. …