Once the favourites of royal courts and noble families, many toy dogs now enjoy universal appeal for their loving natures and cheeky personalities.
The toy dog breeds might be small in size, but they most certainly not small in spirit. Toy breeds are small because they have been bred as companions, but are often miniaturized versions of larger breeds. Toy dogs are usually agreeable, mild mannered and love company.
Most types of toy breeds in this group are by definition teeny. The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed at less than 6 lbs (2.75kg) whilst the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is at the larger end of the scale yet still weighs no more than 15 lbs.(6.8kg)
These miniature toy breeds may be small of stature but are often giants when it comes to spirit or chutzpah. As mentioned already, this is because many types of toy dogs have been bred down in scale from larger breeds and often retain certain characteristics of their ‘originator breeds’. The Toy Poodle’s origins are obvious but who would guess that the Pug has been developed from mastiff lines or that the Pomeranian is a tiny version of the Spitz?
As you can imagine from a group with so many originator breeds, there is a great variety in the character traits they display which can make classifying uniform types of toy dog behaviour tricky; Toy dogs display terrier, sporting, working and hound traits all in one group!
One thing that you can generally rely on though is that companion toy dogs are generally mild mannered and sweet tempered, they are usually very keen on close contact and enjoy plenty of fuss or attention. Toy dogs always seem to be full of fun and packed with character. Because of their affable and friendly nature, Toy dogs are often a good bet for novice dog owners.
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