Toy Dog Breeds
Looking for information about Toy Dog Breeds? From Chihuahuas to Yorkies, Toy Poodles to Affenpinschers, Dog Adoptions Central offers accurate and informative information on all of the most popular toy dog breeds in the USA and Canada.
Learn all about each toy dog breed, including a general profile, history, appearance, personality traits, health issues, care concerns such as nutrition, exercise, grooming and training. Each profile from our list of toy dog breeds will help you decide on the right tiny breed of dog to choose for your family.
Toy Dog Breeds Listed From A to Z
All About Shih-Tzu Dogs and Puppies
One of the loveable dust mops of the canine world, the Shih Tzu’s sweet face and gentle, loving disposition has made him, not only a favorite pampered pet, but a helpful therapy dog. Additionally, this surprising little dog does extremely well in both obedience and agility courses, and loves an active lifestyle. A top choice with the elderly, the Shih Tzu is more than happy to travel with the retiree throughout their golden years, soaking up the sun and seeing the world with a happily wagging tail.
All About Dachshund Dogs and Puppies
This is a general dog breed description of the Dachshund. Individual dogs within a breed may vary in appearance, temperament, and behavior.
Often called “weiner dogs,” Dachshunds are spirited little dogs with long bodies and short legs. Dachshunds are an ancient breed, although the modern versions are of German origin. They were prized by royal courts throughout Europe for their ability to hunt, chase and flush badger and other burrowing animals. These small, fearless dogs have been known to take on larger animals, like foxes, as well.
All About Poodle Dogs and Puppies
The Poodle is perhaps one of the most easily recognized breeds of dog in the world. Known for his unique coat (and the styles in which he is clipped), superior intelligence and for the ease in which he learns new tricks, it’s no wonder why this dog has captivated people for centuries. While commonly mistaken to be a silly dog, due to the frou-frou styles in which his coat is often trimmed, few who have had the luxury of meeting a Poodle mistake him for a frivolous pet for long.
All About Yorkshire Terrier Dogs and Puppies
Often called the Yorkie or Yorkie dog, the Yorkshire Terrier has enjoyed the status of a favored companion for roughly 200 years. Considered to be the second most popular breed of dog in the world (the Labrador Retriever being the first), his is a story of rags-to-riches. To tell the story of the Yorkshire Terrier is to reveal how one little hero scaled the social barriers to become a pampered pet and a star of the silver screen. There is little hope of ignoring this adorable little canine when he turns on the cuteness and demands your attention.
Pekingese Dogs and Puppies
The Pekingese Dog, one of the world’s most recognizable breeds of small dog, was once the sacred dog of China. The Pekingese Dog derives its name from the Tang Dynasty (619 – 907 AD) and their regal lineage is reflected in the Peke’s modern day character. For the Pekingese, exercise is a leisurely affair; short strolls will suffice.
Conversely, grooming the Pekingese Dog is anything but leisurely. Dedicated and regular attention is essential to avoid a knotted ball of fluff with a humorless constitution.
The Pekingese Dog is a breed for dog devotees. The grooming can be laborious, but the benefits can be great. The Peke’s occasional flirtations with humor and its attentiveness to his master can conquer the hearts of even the most reluctant groomer.
All About Pekingese Dogs and Puppies
All About Bichon Frise Dogs and Puppies
Originally developed in the Mediterranean, the Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Barbet, a variety of Water Spaniel that was common to that area. While he was first called the Barbichon, his name would eventually be shortened to Bichon and, originally, this unique little dog was divided up into four different categories: the Bichon Teneriffe, the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolognais, and the Bichon Havanais. Regardless of what number of names he was known by, he would eventually come to be one of the most popular breeds of small dog in the world. How was it that this little powder puff of a dog came to be so widely-known? Most Bichon fans will tell you that its all about the personality.
All About Pomeranian Dogs and Puppies
Belonging to a group of dogs, known as the Spitz family, the Pomeranian is a descendant of working sled dogs from Lapland and Iceland. Surprisingly, however, he did not earn his name for the places that he originated but, rather, for the place that he was bred down into a toy size. Pomerania, now known as the present day Germany and Poland, made up the Baltic seas southern coast. It is here that the Pomeranian was bred down from his larger 20-30 pound size, and became the toy variety that we know and love today.
All About Chihuahua Dogs and Puppies
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog, although their personality is anything but pint-sized. As many Chihuahua owners will attest, every Chihuahua is an alpha-dog.
The Chihuahua has a clouded history and although an old breed, they are relatively new to the United States and Canada. The Chihuahua is a saucy, devoted pet that needs lots of love but only a few other requirements. Exercise and grooming are minimal, but feeding his temperamental palate can be a headache. This tiny dog is well suited for apartment dwellers and ideal for the elderly. The Chihuahua’s distinctive features and bubbly personality make this small-scale pet a prodigious companion.