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The Best Things Come In Small Packages

Toy Breeds

Monkey like in looks and behaviour, the Affenpinscher gets top marks for being lively, bouncy and inquisitive.

Brussels Griffon

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an endearing, loving dog. The soulful expression in their eyes make them appear almost human in expression

They make an ideal first time dog for the novice owner.


Chinese Crested

English Toy Spaniel


 Italian Greyhound

Japanese Chin


Miniature Pinscher

The light hearted Papillon is a big dog in a small body, very bright, sociable and  active the Papillon just loves to hang out and play. More than just a Lapdog these guys are very easy to train and excel in obedience competitions  


The Pomeranian is a lively, busy and extrovert little dog, affectionate,devoted to their owners and as this Pom picture shows are extremely cute to boot

The Pug Dog is a lot of dog in a small space! Playful comedians with a determination that belies their tiny size.

Find out more about this charismatic little charmer

The Shih Tzu dog breed is a sturdy bouncy extrovert that makes a delightful family pet. Read on for some great info about this beautiful breed.

Affenpinscher Brussels Griffon cavalier King Charles Spaniel Chihuahua Chinese Crested Havanese italian Greyhound Japanese Chin maltese

Silky Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Poodle

The Yorkshire Terrier is a feisty courageous little hunter, don’t let his size or toy status fool you, this wee beastie is no lap dog.

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Miniature Pinscher Papillon Pekingese Pomeranian pug Shih Tzu Silky Terrier toy poodle Yorkshire Terrier

toy-breedsToy breeds are usually small and have been bred as companions, they are often miniaturised versions of larger breeds,  they are usually agreeable, mild mannered and love company. Most types of toy dogs in this group are by definition teeny. The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed at less than 6 lbs whilst the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is at the larger end of the scale yet still weighs no more than 15 lbs.

These miniature toy breeds may be small of stature but are often giants when it comes to spirit or chutzpah.As already mentioned, 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 are many varied range of character traits on display  which can make classifying uniform types of toy dog behaviour tricky, as breeds may display terrier, sporting, working or hound traits all in one group

One thing that can be generally relied on however, is that toy dogs being bred as companions are generally mild mannered and sweet tempered, they are usually very keen on close contact and enjoy plenty of fuss and attention. Small breeds always seem to be full of fun and packed with character this makes them a good bet for novice dog owners.

Toy Breeds

Official American Kennel Club Toy Group List- follow links for detailed breed info- dogs not to scale.

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English Toy Spaniel