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Miniature Dog Breeds
Also Known As The Toy Breeds

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Spirited, spunky, and sweet, miniature dog breeds also known as toy breeds, have in the past been called "sleeve dogs". This name came about around the time of the Renaissance when balloon sleeves were fashionable with the nobility.

It was an affectionate habit to carry miniature pets within these roomy sleeves, where they also served another practical purpose as arm warmers! Remember this was before central heating!

But, although the toy and miniature breeds have a reputation as lap dogs and appear toy-like, this does not imply that their characters are timid or frail. Far from it.


Most of these small breeds are sturdy and confident and not afraid of anyone. At the same time, they are oh so appealing and delightful. With an eagerness to please and a loving nature, they make wonderful companions and are always ready to be pampered.

Miniature Dog Breeds - The Line-up

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King Charles
Cavalier Spaniel
chinese crested breed
Chinese Crested
english toy spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
havanese dogs
miniature italian greyhound
Italian Greyhound
japanese chin dog
Japanese Chin
maltese breed
toy manchester terrier
Manchester Terrier
miniature pinscher
Miniature Pinscher
papillon breed
miniature poodle
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shih tzu
silky terriers
Silky Terrier
toy fox terriers
Toy Fox Terrier

yorkshire terriers

You've probably noticed that miniature breeds always turn heads and get a smile. Their confident demeanor combined with cheeky sweet appearances makes them real attention getters - rightfully so, of course!

If you like to travel with your pet, the miniature breeds are easy to take along. And, after all, no pampered pooch expects to stay home alone!

Most toy breeds can fit into airline qualified carriers, so you can happily fly the friendly skies with them beside you in the cabin. Toy breeds are easy to take almost anywhere and fit in very well with city life style and apartment dwellers. You've no doubt spotted a few miniature pooches from time to time peeking out from fancy pet carriers!

Many of the miniature breeds are quite fearless and make good watchdogs - seemingly unaware or indifferent to their size! Another plus for the toy breeds, is that they are mostly light shedders, which is very much appreciated by fastidious housekeepers and those who may be prone to allergies.

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Miniature and Toy Dog Breed Profiles

The chart you see above has pictures and links to profiles of the individual miniature and toy breeds which are part of the toy dog breeds category. These are the breeds that are officially registereds with the American Kennel Club. Clicking the links will take you to more extensive information about each breed which we hope will be of help to you in choosing your small dog.

But remember, this is not the last word! The described traits are those that have been "generally" observed in the miniature breeds over time.

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Bear in mind , that each breed is unique and can express one trait more than another or even defy a typical characteristic. Fifi and Fido would expect you to dig a little deeper and read a few books about the miniature breeds that interest you the most. And, if you want a miniature breed of show quality, by all means check the AKC standards for the breed so you'll know what specific details to look for when meeting with a breeder.

In any event, it's always better to get "up close and personal" with a real live look at the chosen breed, before deciding. This may also help you see signs of the traits you were drawn to in the first place. Be sure to observe the activity level, their sociability and all the other things on the checklist you've prepared before starting out. You DO have a checklist, don't you!!

Doing your homework before you go looking for a pet, will give you and Fido the best chance of finding the "ideal" match with each other.

Dogs make wonderful lifetime companions. We have so much to learn from them. It is an experience not to be missed.

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