Guide to Pet Dog Breeds
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All Pedigree Dogs are grouped in breed types.

Hounds

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Group

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Toys


 

 


Popular Dog Groups - Toys




Toy Breeds
The Toy dogs were initially owned by the wealthy and were viewed by others as status symbols - a luxury item with little apparent purpose. The trend continue to this day. The references to Toy and miniature dogs are slowly being exchanged with references to Teacup dogs - a cute and descriptive name which is ideal for marketing this diminutive type of dog.

Toy dogs (Cavalier King Charles, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers) are bred as companions - they only want to be with you! But even lapdogs need exercise. Small and fragile, they can be excitable and yappy, and can easily get under foot. Children and the elderly must take extra care around them. Loyal and intelligent, they love to learn tricks.

Some examples of dog breeds that fall into the category Toys.

  • Bichon Frise
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • English Toy Terrier
  • Italian Greyhound
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Papillion
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Many of the above examples make excellent pets, but it should be remembered that whilst they are mild mannered and good companions they may be frightened by boisterous childre an their generally small size can make them at risk of injury in lively households.