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Types of Miniature Dogs

Affenpinscher​
Affenpinscher​

The Affenpinscher is a balanced, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make him a good house pet. Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier.” The breed was developed to rid the kitchens, granaries, and stables of rodents.

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Australian ​Silky Terrier​
Australian ​Silky Terrier​

A charming member of the AKC Toy Group, the compact, glossy-coated Silky Terrier is nonetheless a true terrier of energetic high spirits. The Silky, a native of Sydney, Australia, is larger than his close cousin, the Yorkshire Terrier.

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Bichon Frise​
Bichon Frise​

Bichon Frise: the most honest dog breed review you'll ever find about Bichon Frise temperament, personality, behavior, traits, and characteristics.

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Bolognese ​dog​
Bolognese ​dog​

The Bolognese belongs to a related family of dogs that include the Bichon Frise, Maltese, Havanese, and Coton de Tulear. These breeds have a similar appearance and very similar temperaments. Of the group, some breeders believe that the Bolognese is the brightest thinker and problem solver.

Boston Terrier​
Boston Terrier​

The American miniature Boston terrier is a mixed breed. The Bulldog, Bull terrier and Boxer breeds are combined to produce one of these dogs. They were formerly known as the American bull terriers, but bulldog breeders complained that they were not fully bulldogs and bull terrier breeders also objected.

Cavalier King ​Charles Spaniel​
Cavalier King ​Charles Spaniel​

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the English Toy Spaniel can be often confused with each other. In the United Kingdom, the English Toy Spaniel is called the King Charles Spaniel while in the United States, one of the colors of the Toy Spaniel is known as King Charles.

Chihuahua​
Chihuahua​

The Chihuahua /tʃɪˈwɑːwɑː/ is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of colors, and two coat lengths.

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Chinese ​Crested Dog​
Chinese ​Crested Dog​

A high-quality dog food appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) and ideally formulated for small or toy breeds will have all the nutrients the Chinese Crested needs. Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level.

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Coton de ​Tulear​
Coton de ​Tulear​

Coton de Tulear information including pictures, training, behavior, and care of Coton de Tulears and dog breed mixes. Coton de Tulear information including pictures, training, behavior, and care of Coton de Tulears and dog breed mixes.

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English Toy ​Terrier​
English Toy ​Terrier​

English Toy Terrier Basics. When you see the English Toy Terrier, your first instinct might be to think that it is a Miniature Pinscher. After all, the breed does look similar in terms of its size and appearance. Additionally, the English Toy Terrier is a rare and vulnerable breed, so it is unlikely that you have ever seen one.

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French ​Bulldog​
French ​Bulldog​

Maxing out at no heftier than 28 pounds -- around half the size of their English counterparts -- the diminutive French bulldog or "Frenchie" is the original "mini bulldog." However, many are still larger than the "ideal" mini. Some puppies marketed as mini bulldogs are French-English bulldog crosses or French bulldogs crossed with pugs.

Griffon ​Bruxellois​
Griffon ​Bruxellois​

No written records of these breedings survive, but dog people have surmised that the Pug, English Toy Spaniels, an old Belgian breed called the Brabancon, and perhaps even Yorkshire Terrier, were all part of the genetic mix that produced the Brussels Griffon.

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Havanese ​dog​
Havanese ​dog​

However, the Havana Silk Dog is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as separate from the Havanese, and many Havana Silk Dogs are also registered under the name "Havanese" with the AKC. The Havana Silk Dog Association of America is not currently seeking to register their breed with the AKC.

Italian ​Greyhound​
Italian ​Greyhound​

A true Greyhound in miniature, the elegant Italian Greyhound is an alert, playful, and highly affectionate toy companion. IGs make decorative couch dogs, but at heart they are flash-and-dash coursing hounds with an instinct for pursuit.

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Japanese ​Chin​
Japanese ​Chin​

The Chin-Pin is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Japanese Chin and the Miniature Pinscher. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed.

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King Charles ​Spaniel​
King Charles ​Spaniel​

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an active, graceful, well-balanced toy spaniel, very gay and free in action; fearless and sporting in character, yet at the same time gentle and affectionate. It is this typical gay temperament, combined with true elegance and royal appearance which are of paramount importance in the breed.

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KromfohrläNder​
KromfohrläNder​

The Kromfohrlander is an extremely rare breed with a very small gene pool. DNA tests are available for hyperkeratosis and Von Willebrand’s disease, which means breeders can identify carriers and avoid producing affected dogs; autoimmune problems have been noted in the breed. Keeping an eye on your Kromi’s health throughout its life and sharing information will help everyone in the breed better understand the potential health of the breed.

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Lhasa Apso​
Lhasa Apso​

Bearded Lion Dog. Lhasa. Pronunciation. LAH-sa AHP-so. Your browser does not support the audio tag. Description. The Lhasa Apso is a small, hardy dog. The body length is longer than the height of the dog. The small, deep-set eyes are dark brown and the pendant ears are heavily feathered. The front legs are straight. The back legs are heavily covered in hair.

Little Lion dog​
Little Lion dog​

The Löwchen, also called the Little Lion, is a small dog whose coat is often cut to resemble the look of a lion. The head is short with a broad skull. The muzzle is the same length or slightly shorter than the back skull and is relatively broad.

Maltese dog​
Maltese dog​

Therefore, the smallest that a Maltese could be, realistically, is 3 pounds. And a 3-pound Maltese is not a teacup Maltese. Nor is this a miniature Maltese. Why? Because the breed standard is any weight under 7 pounds. A 3-pound Maltese is simply a Maltese.

Manchester ​Terrier​
Manchester ​Terrier​

The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog who is eager to learn. He displays the true terrier nature — independent, faithful, lively, sporty, and alert. Discerning and devoted as well, a Manchester Terrier makes a loyal friend and a terrific watchdog.

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Mexican ​Hairless Dog​
Mexican ​Hairless Dog​

Relic the Xoloitzcuintli at 11 months old ... Pedro the Mexican Hairless dog at 4 years old— "Pedro was an unwanted dog. He was born on 11 April 2008. He is fantastic with children and adores making new friends on the beach with all the other pooches. He is very active and loves to go running. He is a very good watchdog but goes to bed every evening just after 8:00 P.M. If you try to play ...

Miniature ​Pinscher​
Miniature ​Pinscher​

The Miniature Pinscher is structurally a well balanced, sturdy, compact, short-coupled, smooth-coated dog. He naturally is well groomed, proud, vigorous and alert. Characteristic traits are his hackney-like action, fearless animation, complete self-possession, and his spirited presence.

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Papillon dog​
Papillon dog​

The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action; distinguished from other breeds by its beautiful butterfly-like ears. head Eyes dark, round, not bulging, of medium size and alert in expression.

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Pekingese​
Pekingese​

Temperament. Pekingese is a very brave little dog, sensitive, independent and extremely affectionate with its master. These adorable dogs can make wonderful companions.

Petit ​Brabancon​
Petit ​Brabancon​

The Petit Brabancon is a toy sized breed, but built sturdily. Physical attributes include: domed head with short nose, bright prominent eyes, undershot jaw, human-like expressions, thick body, usually the breed has cropped ears and a docked tail.

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Phalène​
Phalène​

The Phalène does not understand his size and will try to jump from high places or take on a larger dog. These small dogs need to be supervised carefully around even friendly big dogs as they can get hurt quickly. They prefer being indoors with their owners and would not do well left outside, especially in cold weather.

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Pomeranian​
Pomeranian​

There is no such recognized breed as the Teacup, miniature, toy Pomeranian or any other name that implies that there is a separate and distinct dog breed, smaller than the standard Pom, which is "special".

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Poodle​
Poodle​

Poodle (Miniature / Standard) information including personality, history, grooming, pictures, videos, and the AKC breed standard. Right breed for you? Poodle (Miniature / Standard) information including personality, history, grooming, pictures, videos, and the AKC breed standard.

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Pug​
Pug​

Miniature Pug. The Miniature Pug is essentially a mix of Chihuahua and Pug, with a canine that looks very much like a Pug except for a slightly longer snout. It is derived from the original Pug breed, which came on the scene back in 400 BC. It was a popular dog in 19th century Victorian times, when they were kept as pets in Tibetan monasteries.

Russkiy Toy​
Russkiy Toy​

The Russkiy Toy has a rather interesting - if shaky - past. In Russia, most breeds of dogs were large dogs which worked out in the fields. The Aristocratic members, however, preferred smaller companion dogs and during the 20th century the dog of choice was the English Toy Terrier.

Shiba Inu​
Shiba Inu​

The word "Inu" means "dog." As with many breeds, the second world war nearly did the breed in. After the war was over, several breeding programs worked to bring the breed back to safe numbers. The Shiba is one of the most popular breeds in Japan today and is gaining numbers in the USA. The Shiba Inu was recognized by the AKC in 1992. Some of the Shiba's talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdog, guarding, agility and performing tricks.

Shih Tzu​
Shih Tzu​

The Truth About Miniature, Tea Cup & Imperial Shih Tzu Dogs The AKC recognizes only one Shih Tzu breed dog. The dog weighs between 9 and 16 pounds (4.08 to 7.25 kilograms). The dog weighs between 9 and 16 pounds (4.08 to 7.25 kilograms).

Tibetan ​Spaniel​
Tibetan ​Spaniel​

The Tibetan Spaniel is cheerful, happy, charming, very clever and trusting. This breed is a fine family companion, very independent and a good watchdog. It is not yappy, yet will bark at intruders and odd noises. It can move fairly quickly. This breed gets along with dogs and other animals. Tibetan Spaniels can be slightly difficult to train.

Tibetan ​Terrier​
Tibetan ​Terrier​

Dr. Greig bred the two dogs and brought three of them back home with her where she continued to breed them, establishing a Tibetan Terrier kennel in England. The dogs were originally registered as Lhasa Terriers. In 1930 the Indian Kennel Club changed the name of the breed to Tibetan Terrier.

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Toy Fox ​Terrier​
Toy Fox ​Terrier​

The Toy Fox Terrier is an American breed, resulting from a cross of Fox Terriers with toy breeds such as the Miniature Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, and Chihuahua. Share The Toy Fox Terrier was developed in the 1930s.

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Toy ​Manchester Terrier​
Toy ​Manchester Terrier​

The Toy Manchester Terrier is a breed of dog, ... The German Miniature Pinscher is another toy dog that some think resembles the Toy Manchester Terrier, ...

West ​Highland White Terrier​
West ​Highland White Terrier​

The West Highland White Terrier is a small, game, well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship, possessed with no small amount of self-esteem, strongly built, deep in chest and back ribs, with a straight back and powerful hindquarters on muscular legs, and exhibiting in marked degree a great combination of strength and activity.

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Yorkshire ​Terrier​
Yorkshire ​Terrier​

Most dog breeds which are classified in the Toy group such as the Pomeranian, Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier are dogs in which the general public, the media, breeders and others will refer to Teacup varieties of the breed. Meaning, a smaller size than the expected standard.