Toy Breeds

Toy Breeds

toy breed

Toy breeds, also referred as miniature breeds, gathered the smallest dog breeds. The dogs listed in this category are of various type as it includes some type of Spaniels, Terriers and Pinchers. Toy breeds are generally the result of the breeding of small subjects belonging to a particular dog breed or the breeding of standard breed with a smaller dog breed. Some of these miniature dog breeds were not primary created for their appearances but to perform a task. Yorkshire Terriers, for example, were bred to hunt small preys driving them out of their burrows.

It is, subsequently, not necessarily true that a teacup dog does not require much exercise. Also, before rushing into the adoption of a miniature dog, owners should gather information about the breed they are interested in so that they are aware of the level of daily exercise needed by the dog.

In the past, toy dogs were the favoured companions of aristocrats and were, therefore, considered a symbol of wealth. Teacup dogs would be used as a distraction at the royal court, to entertain important guests, and could be offered to famous monarchs. As a result, some miniature dogs remained in their country of origins for a very long time. The Lhasa Apso, for instance, is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds with its origins dating as far back as 800 BC. The first record of the importation of Lhasa Apsos in Europe is fairly recent, dating from the beginning 20th century, as historically they were considered as a Tibetan heritage.


Dogs of the Toy group