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What Are Toy Dogs?

Written by Ella White


Tiny terrier pup

Tiny and versatile, toy dogs are best recognized by their compact size and sociable personalities. They’re smart, energetic, and make brilliant companions for a whole range of lifestyles and family types. Toy dogs include chihuahuas, pugs, miniature pinschers, and Cavalier King Charles spaniels all of which make for great pets in the city as well as the countryside.

What Is A Toy Dog?

Toy dogs were originally bred to be small companions that are easy to take anywhere with you. Treasured and often spoiled, their miniature size made them easy to travel with or keep at home in tighter quarters. And though they still need plenty of exercise, they can often let off steam at home without requiring hours in the park which makes them a great choice for busy people and city dwellers.

What Characteristics Do Toy Dogs Have?

As well as their small stature, toy dogs share a range of similar personality traits.

  • Affectionate
  • Adaptable
  • Sociable
  • Smart
  • Energetic
  • Loyal
  • Protective
  • Attention-loving
  • Friendly
  • Can be territorial

Are Toy Dogs Good Family Pets?

Toy dogs love attention and affection, which can make them brilliant family pets. They like to snuggle up beside you on the sofa – or better still, on your lap. However they can be protective and have strong personalities, so can become defensive and territorial if their space, or their owner’s is invaded.

What Is The Best Environment For A Toy Dog?

Toy dogs were designed to be adaptable so they can thrive in almost any environment, as long as it’s loving and secure. From small city apartments to big country homes, a toy dog will find its place with ease. And though a garden to let them out in is ideal for any dog, toy breeds can often go without. Just make sure they still get their daily walk and some green space as often as possible.

What Dog Breeds Are Counted As Toy Dogs?

Breeds of toy dogs recognised by the American Kennel Club include:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Biewer Terrier
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Japanese Chin
  • Maltese
  • Manchester Terrier (Toy)
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle (Toy)
  • Pug
  • Russian Toy
  • Shih Tzu
  • Silky Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

What To Feed A Toy Dog

Got a toy dog and want to see them live the healthiest life possible? Air-dried dog food is one of the best ways to feed your dog an entirely natural diet without having to cook them up a fresh portion twice a day. 

With air-dried food you can simply pour all the nutrients your dog needs into their bowl every morning – no mess, no fuss, and no added nasties. Just 100% natural protein that will keep your toy dog as happy and healthy as they should be.