Unlike the other dog breed groups we have discussed, the Toy breeds were not bred for their hunting instincts, obedience or ability to do work around the home. They were bred for their ability to sit pretty, and keep their owners company. A lot of these breeds were small in size so they would always be by their owners’ side. Small stature does not mean small personality though! A lot of the dogs in this group are feisty, sassy and are not afraid to stand their ground! While they may be a bit loud, toy dogs are considered to be one of the best breeds for new dog owners!
Toy dogs weigh between 1.8kg and 4kg, and any breed smaller than this would be considered a Teacup dog. Toy dogs make great apartment dogs because of their size, but if your walls are thin, it is advised to pick a breed with a cooler temperament, as Toy dogs are known to bark a lot. They are also great for people who do not have a very active lifestyle as they do not have high exercise requirements. In fact, because they are so small, they can get a great amount of exercise indoors. Toy dogs fit the size requirements for dogs that you can bring onto the plane with you, so they are a good option for regular travelers. An added bonus is that you save money on food since they eat very little.
On the other hand, toy dogs are very attached to their owners, and this can lead to separation anxiety. They are ideals for owners who either spend most of their time at home, are prepared to take their dog everywhere, or prepared to get a dog sitter regularly. It helps to socialize them early, and to not over indulge their attention needs when you are around. While they eat very little, toy dogs can also be fussy eaters, requiring you to change their feed regularly.
Celebrity Toy Dog Breed - Chihuahua
Famous for being on the arms of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Chihuahuas are no stranger to the camera either. In fact, there is a whole movie, Beverlly Hills Chihuahua, made about the Chihuahua. This dog is one of the smallest breeds in the world but has one of the biggest personality!
Most Beautiful Dog Hair Coat - Shih Tzu
Yes, this means they require regular grooming and training but boy do they have amazing hair! They are the perfect dog for apartments, great with children, and full of mischief that will keep you entertained!
Fluffiest Toy Dog Breed - Pomeranian
Another small dog with a big dog personality - the Pomeranian is feisty and knows how to stand its ground. They require more exercise than other toy dog breeds as they are prone to obesity. Their beautiful coats also need regular brushing to ensure they stay free from tangles.
Laziest Toy Dog Breed - Pug
If it was up to them, they would sleep and cuddle their owner all day long, but because they also love to eat, they are prone to obesity. It is important to take your pug out regularly for some exercise!
Mini Dogs - Toy Poodle, Miniature Pinscher, Italian Greyhound
Ok, say you really want a poodle, a Doberman Pinscher or a Greyhound, but you live in a small apartment in the middle of the city and you do not have much space? Well, there are miniature versions of them.