Introducing the Toy Group
Posted on: April 06 2016
The Toy breeds are a fantastic group of little dogs that make lovely, affectionate companions. Don’t be fooled though as what these dogs lack in stature, they make up for with big personalities and plenty of spirit. From the more stocky Pugs to the lovable King Charles Spaniels, cheeky Chihuahuas and even Toy Poodles, it is easy to see why these pooches have become so popular with their pint-sized frames and unique characters ranging from the energetic Yorkshire Terrier, playful puffball Pekingese or the fluffy Bichon Frise.
|Affenpinscher||Havanese Italian Greyhound
|Australian Silky Terrier||Japanese Chin
||King Charles Spaniel
|Bolognese||Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
|Chihuahua (Long Coat)
|Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
|Coton De Tulear
|English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
Billed as the perfect dog if space at home is an issue, the Toy group has long had a reputation as being ideal for those who live in flats and apartments or don’t have long walks in mind. Fun, friendly and full of charm, the Toy group has a lot going for it.
Whilst some of the Toy group could be considered more high maintenance when it comes to grooming such as the Pekingese and Yorkshire Terrier, others such as Pugs require very little in the way of doggy hairdressing so if moulting is an issue for you, then do a bit of research on which toy breeds might be more manageable for your lifestyle. As with most breeds of dog, regular grooming is advised in order to keep their coats in good condition.
Weighing on average up to 9kg, the Toy group breeds tend to be no bigger than the size of a cat so you certainly won’t have enormous food bills. However, it can be rather too easily to overfeed these breeds so too many treats on the lips could mean a lifetime on the hips especially for the King Charles or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who tend to be a bit more on the greedy side! You should expect to have feed costs of up to £6 per week depending on the type of food and brand you buy.
Lifespans do vary within the Toy breeds but on average, you can expect one of these fabulous little playmates to live between 10-15 years of age.
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