Tag: Toy Dog Breeds

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. …