Hi my peeps,
Here are the 20 different dog breeds that belong to the Toy Group. In this blog you can learn all about their history, temperament, and looks.
History: The Affenpinscher comes from Germany and was first bred in the 17th century. They served as ratters and their name translated means Monkey Terrier.
Colors: They come in black, gray, silver, red, beige, and black with tan markings.
History: The Brussels’ Griffon is similar to the Affenpinscher and comes from Belgium. They were primarily used as ratters.
Appearance: They weigh between 8 and 10 pounds and have a sturdy, short, and well-boned body with a moderately deep chest. The head is large and round with a short muzzle. The lower jaw has a distinctive overbite. The large eyes are black and the small, high-set ears can be natural or cropped. They have medium length, straight legs and a tail that is docked at 1/3 of length. Their dense coat is rough and wiry with slightly longer hair around the eyes, nose, and cheeks.
Color: They come in red, beige, black, and black with tan markings.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
History: They were companions of British Royalty and appear in many paintings.
Colors: They come in white with chestnut markings, black with tan markings, solid ruby, and white with black and tan markings.
History: They come from the Mexican state Chihuahua and are rumored to be derived from the Fennec Fox. The Chihuahua was the pet of the upper class and was often used in religious ceremonies.
Colors: They come in any color, either solid or with markings.
History: The Chinese Crested evolved from the African Hairless Dog. Chinese mariners brought them from Africa to China. They were used to hunt vermin on the ships. In the 1800s, they came to Europe and America.
Appearance: They weigh 5 to 12 pounds and have an elegant body with a moderate chest. The head is wedge-shaped with a wedge-shaped muzzle. They have dark, almond-shaped eyes and large, naturally erect ears. Their long legs are slender and straight and the slender tail is tapered with a long curve over the back. Their skin is soft and hairless with puffs of hair on the head, tail, and feet.
Color: They come in any skin color or combination of colors.
English Toy Spaniel
History: There is not much known about the English Toy Spaniel except that they originated in the Far East and were brought to England as the King’s favorite breed.
Appearance: They weigh between 8 and 14 pounds and have a square and sturdy body with a deep chest. The head is domed with a short muzzle and large, dark eyes. The ears are very long and hanging with lots of feathering. The tail is usually docked at 2 to 4 inches. They have a straight, silky, and glossy coat with heavy feathering on the ears, body, and chest.
Colors: They come in colors by the names of Blenheim which is white with red markings, Prince Charles which is white with black and tan markings, King Charles which is black with tan markings, and Ruby which is solid red.
History: They are descendants of Bichons and were brought from Spain to Cuba as lap dogs of the aristocracy. Later they were used to herd poultry flocks and as family dogs by peasants.
Appearance: They weigh between 7 and 13 pounds and have a small but sturdy body with a deep chest. They are slightly longer than tall. The head is broad and round with a broad and rectangular muzzle. Their large eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown and their broad ears are hanging. They have straight and strong legs. The tail is set high and arches over the back with long, silky hair at the tip. Their long top coat is silky and soft with a silky and soft under coat.
Colors: They come in all colors and can have markings in any color.
History: They are an ancient breed that came around 2000 years ago from the Mediterranean. Italian noble men adopted the breed first and then they made their way to England during the 17th century.
Colors: They come in any color with markings in any color.
History: Despite the name, they originated in China and were the dogs of the aristocracy. Top diplomats were often given this dog for outstanding services.
Appearance: They weigh between 4 and 8 pounds and have a solid body that is compact but refined with a wide chest. The head is large and broad with a short but broad muzzle. Their large eyes are round and dark and their small, V-shaped ears are hanging. They have straight, fine-boned legs and a high-set tail that arches over the back to either side. The coat is long, straight, and silky with lots of feathering on the ears, legs, sides, and tail.
Colors: They come in red and white, as well as black and white.
Appearance: They weigh between 4 and 6 pounds and have a square, compact body with a deep chest. The head is medium round with a fine and tapered muzzle. The round eyes are dark and the ears are low-set and hanging. They have fine-boned and straight legs with lots of feathering. The tail is carried over the back and feathered well. They have a single coat which is long, flat, and silky with lots of feathering on the ears, sides, chest, and legs.
Colors: They come in pure white only.
History: They derived from the black and tan English Terrier and were used to hunt rats.
Colors: They are black with tan marks over each eye, each cheek, head, muzzle, nose, chest, and back legs.
History: They originated in Germany and were used as ratters.
Colors: They come in solid red, black with red markings, and chocolate with red markings.
History: Their name comes from the French word for butterfly because the feathering on their ears looks like a butterfly. They originated during the 16th and 17th century and were the pets of French and Spanish noble women.
Appearance: They weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and have a slightly longer than tall body with a medium size chest. The small head is medium size with a fine tapered muzzle. The round eyes are medium size and dark. The large ears are erect with a rounded tip and lots of long feathering. They have slender and fine-boned legs and a long, high-set tail that arches over their body. The coat is long, fine, silky, and straight with feathering on chest, legs, tail, and ears. There is no under coat.
Colors: They come in party color or in white with markings of any color.
History: They were first bred in 1870 in Pomerania, Germany and were used as sheep dogs.
Colors: They come in all colors and patterns.
History: The Pug is one of the oldest breeds and was first bred in Asia around 400 BC. Buddhist monasteries in Tibet had kept them as pets.
Colors: They come in black and fawn with dark markings on the muzzle, ears, cheeks, and forehead.
History: The Shih Tzu is a cross breed between a Lhasa Apso and a Pekinese. They were kept by Chinese royalty during the Ming Dynasty.
Temperament: They are a lively, alert, and friendly breed that requires little exercise but lots of grooming.
Colors: Shih Tzus come in all colors with markings in all colors.
History: They originated from Australia in the 1800s and were used as vermin hunters.
Temperament: They are friendly, joyful, and energetic. Silky Terriers like their families and don’t like to be ignored. They require little exercise but lots of grooming.
Colors: They come in blue and tan.
Toy Fox Terrier
History: The Toy Fox Terrier is an American breed. Used as a companion dog, they are a cross breed between a Smooth Fox Terrier and Miniature Pinscher, or Chihuahua, or Italian Greyhound.
Colors: They come in white and black, white and tan, and tri-color as in white with chocolate and tan markings.
History: They originated from Germany in 1887 and were used as water retrievers. The Poodle comes in three different sizes, the Standard Poodle which is the largest of them, the Miniature Poodle which is mid size, and the Toy Poodle which is the smallest of them all. Poodles often get special haircuts with hair puffs on certain parts of the body to protect vital organs from the cold.
Temperament: They are active, smart, and easy to train. Poodles require lots of exercise and a moderate amount of grooming.
Colors: They come in blue, gray, silver, brown, apricot, and crème.
History: The name comes from the English city of Yorkshire where they were first bred during the 19th century and were used to catch rats in clothing mills.
Colors: They come in blue and tan only.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about all the dogs of the Toy group. In my next blog I will tell you all about the different dogs of the Non-Sporting group. So, stay tuned!
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