Brief History of Toy Breeds
Toy breeds come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of them, such as the Chinese Crested and developed solely as companions.
Others, Maltese, were such as the Toy Manchester Terrier, Pomeranian, and Italian Greyhound, are miniaturized versions of other breeds, and they retain many of the traits associated with their larger counterparts.
Regardless of their origins, all Toy breeds are naturally attuned to human interaction.
They are affectionate, sociable, and adaptable to a wide range of lifestyles.
Because they are so affectionate, toy breeds are temperamentally suited to children but might not be sturdy enough for rough play, and thus caution must be taken.
Today most Toy dogs live as companions.
They are also popular for therapy work, competitive obedience, and agility.
Despite their size, many Toy breeds are very energetic, requiring quite a bitof daily exercise.
Of course, everything is relative. A Japanese Chin can get a good workout just by running around the living room.
Is a Toy Dog for You?Smaller dogs are less expensive to keep. Easily portable, Toy dogs make great travel companions.
Smaller breeds are noted for their longevity-Some Toy breeds, such as the Papillon, Miniature Pinscher, and Pug, have very low-maintenance, easy-to-
groom coats Many Toy dogs are surprisingly tough, athletic, and energetic. They are, indeed, big dogs in small packages.
Small size decreases a dog’s resistance to weather conditions Small size increases a dog’s risk of accidental injuries and escapes.
Some Toy dogs have a higher than normal incidence of
vaccine, anesthesia, and drug reactions.
Some Toy breeds, such as the Maltese and Havanese, require complex regular grooming.
Some Toy breeds, such as the Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier, have strong protective instincts requiring consistent training and socialization to
prevent associated behavior problems.
Others, such as the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle, need substantial
grooming unless they are kept in pet clips.
Owners find it difficult to train Toy breeds. However, many of these problems are caused by indulgent owners rather than due to any particular traits of Toy-breed temperament.
When the American Kennel Club was founded more than a century ago, all breeds were classified as either Sporting or Non-Sporting.
Gradually, as new groupings were added, most breeds were moved out of the Non-Sporting Group. Eventually it became a sort of catch-all group for breeds that simply did not fit anywhere else.
The breeds comprising the AKC’s Non-Sporting Group vary
drastically in size, type, and heritage. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, making it difficult to generalize about them.
Some Non-Sporting breeds, such as the Chinese Shar-Pei, Tibetan Spaniel, and Lhasa Apso, are among the world’s oldest breeds, traditionally used as guardians.
Others, such as the Dalmatian, Bulldog, Keeshond, and Schipperke, were bred for working functions that are now obsolete.
A few, such as the water-retrieving Standard Poodles, are still used occasionally in their traditional jobs.
There are also several breeds in this group that were bred strictly
to serve as companions, such as the Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, and Bichon Frise.
Although their temperaments vary considerably due to their range of origins, all Non-Sporting
breeds were designed to interact with humans in some capacity.
Not all of them can be classified as extroverts, but they are known for outstanding loyalty
and devotion to their owners.
Some, such as the Standard and Miniature Poodles and the Bichon Frise, are quite outgoing.
Others, such as the Tibetan Terrier and Chow Chow, are naturally reserved. Some of them, such as the Dalmatian, possess fairly high energy levels, and others, such as the Lhasa Apso, require extensive grooming.
Is a Non-Sporting Dog for You?
All Non-Sporting breeds have fascinating histories, Some Non-Sporting breeds, such as the Dalmatian and Shiba Inu, combine exotic appearance and low coat maintenance Some, such as the Bulldog and Chow Chow, have moderate exercise requirements.
Most are good watchdogs and house dogs. Their eclectic backgrounds necessitate careful research of each breed to understand typical traits and temperament you cannot generalize about the breeds in this group Some such as the Chow Chow, Bichon Frise, and hasa Apso reauire extensive grooming Some, such as he Bulldog Boston Terrier and French Bulldog have a fow tolerance to heat.
Like the Toy breeds, the members of the Non-Sporting Group excel as companions.
Each of these breeds has a diverse background, such as the Bichon Frise, which derived from Spanish Poodle-like dogs transported to the Canary Isiand of Tenerife.