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Introducing the Toy Group


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
Bichon Frise
King Charles Spaniel
Bolognese Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chihuahua (Long Coat)
Miniature Pinscher
Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
Chinese Crested
Coton De Tulear
English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
Griffon Bruxellois

Yorkshire Terrier

PugBilled 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.Chinese Crested Dog

Rebecca Fletcher

Rebecca is a freelance writer who finally upped sticks to rural Hampshire after over a decade in London.  She lives with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 cats, a motley crew of hens and her beloved working cocker spaniel Monty, general gundog dunce and probably the most spoilt dog in Hampshire.  With the phrase 'the more the merrier' being embraced as part of their new rural life, a bundle of joyful furriness named Isadora joined the family just before Christmas 2015 and life has not been the same since. 

They say that you can never have too much of a good thing!  Good job too as now there are two cocker spaniels at home to train, walk and play with, when they are not curled up at Rebecca's feet waiting for her to finish writing for the day!

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