Unlike the other breed groups we've already seen, the Toy Group dog breeds were not bred for hunting or herding other animals. The Toy Group dog breeds were bred to look cute and to keep their owners company. Most of these dog breeds are very small to allow the dogs to be with their owners at all times, but to make up for their diminutive size, the Toy Group's small dogs are confident, loud and unafraid to challenge their masters! Despite their noisy nature, the Toy Group dogs are some of the best for first-time owners.
Toy dogs weigh between 1.8 kg and 4 kg. Dogs that weigh less are classified as teacup dogs. Toy dogs make the perfect apartment dogs because of their small size, but if your walls are a little thinner, a less temperamental breed of dog is recommended, as toy dogs are known to bark very loudly. But since they don't need much exercise, they're also good for people with a less active lifestyle and can even get the job done just by moving around the house on their own (of course, you should still walk them outside and walk them!). And another bonus: Dogs from the Toy Group can easily be carried in hand luggage on plane and train journeys! So if you live in the city, have a stressful job and travel often, a Toy Group dog is your perfect companion!
That said, there are a few things to keep in mind about toy group dogs: Toy dogs are very affectionate and can develop separation anxiety if they spend a lot of time away from their owners. So if you spend a lot of time away from home, you might even want to consider hiring a pet sitter to watch your dog on a regular basis. Additionally, Toy Group dogs are often very specific when it comes to their food preferences and like a bit of variety when it comes to their food.
And here are some quick facts about the Toy Group:
The most famous dog breed from the Toy Group: Chihuahua
Famous for being carried in the arms of stars like Paris Hilton, Chihuahuas are already very familiar with cameras and celebrity poise! Did you know there's even a movie called Beverly Hills Chihuahua? Despite being one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, Chihuahuas have arguably the biggest personalities.
The Toy Group dogs with the most beautiful fur - Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus may need a regular haircut and disciplined training, but they really do have great coats! Shih Tzus are the perfect apartment dogs and get along very well with children - but they are also sly old dogs! Her bright personality and sense of humor will surely keep you on your toes.
The toy group's fluffiest dog breed: Pomeranians
Small but mighty - Pomeranians have a strong personality and know how to stand up for their needs. Pomeranians need more exercise than other dog breeds in the Toy Group as they have a genetic tendency to be overweight and their fluffy coats need good grooming.
The coziest Toy Group dog breed - Pug
If it were up to the pug, he would prefer to spend his time just sleeping, cuddling and eating. However, since pugs also tend to be overweight, they need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.
Mini Canine - Toy Poodle, Miniature Pinscher, Italian Greyhound
Would you like to have a poodle, doberman or greyhound but live in a small apartment in the big city? Don't worry - the mini versions of these three dog breeds are the perfect compromise for you!
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