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Category: Toys

Japanese Chin

Once a popular addition to Chinese and Japanese royal courts, the Japanese Chin is known for his enduring role as a lapdog, dating back as...

Affenpinscher

In the 1600s, dogs resembling the Affenpinscher were bred in Germany to rid homes and stables of vermin. Over the next hundred years,...

Pug

Originating in China alongside the Pekingese, the Pug was always a companion dog. Like the Pekingese, he was reserved for the...

Toy Fox Terrier

Developed in the 1930s, the Toy Fox Terrier, also known as the Amertoy, is a North American darling. The breed originated in the United...

Yorkshire Terrier

Some believe the Yorkshire Terrier is a cross of Maltese, Skye Terriers, Manchester Terriers and possibly Dandie Dinmont Terriers. Others...

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bred originally as hunters, the toy spaniel became companions to royalty in the 1500s. In the 1600s, Kings Charles I and II both...

Chihuahua (Long Coat)

The history of the Long Haired Chihuahua is the same as the Chihuahua's (see below) until after the breed reached the United States....

Chihuahua (Short Coat)

Origin theories about the Chihuahua abound. Some believe this tiny breed’s predecessors date back to ancient Egypt. The most likely...

Chinese Cresteds

The Chinese Cresteds likely descended from an African variety of hairless dog called the African Hairless Terrier. Chinese sailors took...

Coton de Tulear Breed Description

Coton de Tulear

The royal dog of Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear is likely a combination of small Bichon-type dogs brought there by Portuguese and...

Griffon (Brussels)

In the past, stable masters often had problems with rats that thrived off spilled grain left by horses as they ate. To counter this...

Havanese

A descendant of one of many “small white dogs” of Bichon type, the Havanese was developed on the island of Cuba. The hot...

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Origins of the Italian Greyhound do not begin in or even near Italy. The breed actually started out in Egypt, where a toy-sized hound...

Maltese

The Maltese is believed to be the oldest European Toy breed. Whether the name comes from the Island of Malta, or the Sicilian town of...

Papillon

The Papillon is a long-standing favourite of royalty, and is depicted in paintings dating back to the 13th century. Likely descended from...

Pekingese

As the “Lion Dog”, a fierce protector against evil spirits, the Pekingese belonged exclusively to the Chinese Imperial Court....

Pomeranian

The smallest Spitz-type breed and a descendant of sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland, the German Zwergspitz, or Pomeranian as we know...

Poodle (Toy)

The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the Poodles; and was created from the Standard Poodle by breeding for small size. Originally waterdogs,...

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