Toy dog breeds are extremely popular pet choices for a wide variety of people. These small dogs have a reputation for being high maintenance, but that’s not always the case. Regardless, many people are drawn to toy breeds because of their size and how cute they are! These dogs are often perfect candidates for grooming and pet stores love to have these dogs because of their appeal. Before we dive into the most popular toy dog breeds, what exactly makes a dog a “toy” breed to begin with?
What are Toy Dog Breeds?
Toy dog breeds are typically classified by size. When you see one, you pretty much know it immediately—they’re very small dogs and are prized for that reason. Pet owners who especially love to dote on their animals find a lot of joy in owning a toy breed.
They’re also highly practical for many people who live in big cities or confined spaces. These dogs—while brimming with personality, tend to not be overbearing in some of the ways large dogs can accidentally be. If you live in a cramped apartment in a big city, having a Golden Retriever or a Great Dane is only going to make that experience more difficult. While they are fantastic dogs, also consider how it would make such a large dog feel to be cooped up in a small space as well. Hence, one of the reasons for the popularity of toy breeds!
1 – Chihuahua
The chihuahua is one of the most iconic toy breed togs, they almost stand in a category of their own as many people scarcely think of them as toy breeds. This larger than life dog is known for its loyalty and devotion to their owners and their watchfulness and skepticism of others who may take away time from their owner is what contributes to their sassy reputation. Such guardedness over their owners is also seen as a big part of their charm.
2 – Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
Yorkie’s are what many people imagine when the topic of “purse dogs” come up. Purse dogs are often toy breeds (unless you think you can fit a basset hound in your bag) and the Yorkshire Terrier is among the most popular of toy breeds in the United States. When the toy dog breeding boom began, Yorkies were one of the first choices to have as part of a mixed breed. The adorable dogs are typically 7lbs or less and have a magnificent mane of silky hair that is luxurious even before they get to the groomer.
3 – Maltese
The Maltese is similar to the Yorkie, they do not weight a whole lot and are known for their graceful movements under that soft and silky coat. Also similar to the Yorkie, these dogs are hypoallergenic and scarcely shed, making them perfect companions for those who have minor allergies to dog hair, live in apartments, or both! The Maltese is a dog that has historically been associated with royalty, and a good look at them will make it clear why. They are very sociable, playful, and charming dogs that have a highly elegant bearing suitable to royalty!
4 – Shih-Poo
What do you get when you mix a Shih Tzu—an already popular toy dog breed and a toy poodle? The Shih-Poo! Toy poodles and Shih Tzu’s are very popular choices for our customers at Silver Nickel Puppies, so when you mix the breeds you can only get something amazing! These dogs are known for possessing the high intelligence of poodles and their hypoallergenic qualities with the highly sociable and affectionate nature of the Shih Tzu and you have a dog that is sure to be popular with families and children.
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