Traditionally, toy dogs refer to a breed or a group of breeds that are very small in size. They can be of any of the various dog types since some of them are bred down in size, such as Terriers and Pinschers.

Some small dogs may be referred to as teacup dogs, but the term “teacup” is not recognised by any major or reputable dog registry.

Considering their size and stature, a small corner of your apartment or home may be all you need to provide a place for your toy dog.

But when it comes to forming a bond, what they lack in size they make up for the amount of love and loyalty they give their pet owners, which is big and overflowing.

Bred as a small companion or lap dog, these toy dog representative species make the ideal pet for someone or a family looking for friendship, loyalty, and wonderful companionship.

How to Play with and Exercise Your Toy Dog

Small in size and weight, you may think that caring for a toy dog is easier compared to that of larger dogs. While this is true for some dog types, it is untrue for others.

You see, the lap-dog varieties are bred in size from larger dogs, as you would find out later. This means they will share the same temperament, personality, and care and grooming requirements as their larger equivalents.


So think of caring for toy dogs as unique, rather than quick and easy.

  • Siccaro icon Take them for regular exercise as they need it to stay fit and healthy.

  • Siccaro icon Know if your dog prefers slow walks and light exercise or long walks and rigorous play. Different breeds require different levels of physical activities.

  • Siccaro icon Keep exercise to a minimum for Pugs and other flat-faced toy dogs since increased panting can lead to difficulty in breathing. More so if the weather is hot.

  • Siccaro icon Adjust or shorten your pace when taking dogs for a walk in consideration with their shorter legs.

  • Siccaro icon Allow your toy dog to socialise, especially if they’re open to it. But handle them with care if they are possessive and snappy.

  • Siccaro icon Ensure your dog’s safety when in busy or crowded places by carrying them.

  • Siccaro icon Allow small dogs to interact with larger ones but be ready to intervene at the first sign of a real threat.

  • Siccaro icon With the exception of Terriers, most toy dog breeds prefer to play with you rather than independently. But you can encourage and train them to play on their own.

  • Siccaro icon For instance, place a safe toy they can play with at your feet. After a while, move away into another room while they continue to play by themselves. Gradually increase the length of time that you stay away from them until they become less reliant on you.

How to Keep Your Flat-Faced Toy Dog Cool, Warm, and Dry

As previously mentioned, flat-faced dogs need to exercise cautiously. Most of them can’t handle extreme weather, whether it’s freezing cold or incredibly hot. Under these conditions, 5 minutes are long enough for them to be exposed to the elements.

Any sign of discomfort or sweat coming from their paws is reason enough for you to bring them back in the shade or in your home so they can be comfortable again.

But you may be able to extend their outdoor excursion under colder temperature when you wrap them with a SICCARO WetDog Spirit drying coat. It is tailored to provide excellent coverage from ears to the outer hind legs, keeping them warm without restricting their movement. Its absorbent Wet2Dry fabric technology also keeps dogs dry while playing and dries them quickly after a bath or a swim.


Popular Toy Dog Breeds

The list of dog breeds included in the Toy Group varies from one dog club to another. In the UK, dogs that are categorised as toys are chosen based on size and tradition.

Also known as the Monkey Terrier, it is easy to imagine what an Affenpinscher looks like. Yes, they have the appearance of a terrier but only stands between 23 and 30 cm. The breed originated from Germany and dates back to the 17th century.

Bichon Frise
This is one of the toy dog breeds of the Bichon type. Although the breed type is originally Spanish, the gentle lap-dog variety was developed by the French, which is why a Bichon Frise is often considered a French dog. The dog stands 23 to 30 cm at the withers and weighs between 10 and 20 lbs.

Coton De Tulear
Often white and fluffy like a cotton, nothing is as toy-like as the Coton De Tulear. Still and unmoving, they can be mistaken for a stuffed animal. This small dog breed is named for their cotton-like coat and after a city in Madagascar called Tuléar.

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
If you love an Old English Black and Tan Terrier or a Manchester Terrier, you’ll love the English Toy Terrier just as much with their black colour and tan markings, candle-flame-like ears, and almond-shaped eyes.

Italian Greyhound
Among the sighthounds, the lap-dog variety is the smallest. They typically stand 33 to 38 cm and weigh between 8 and 15 lbs. With a slim build and short coat, the Italian Greyhound is somewhat fragile, which is kind of sad considering their love to play with people.

Also called Tumbleweed, the Pomeranian or Pom for short is a toy dog variety of the larger German Spitz. With their thick, double coat in a variety of colour, it is no wonder why this type of lap dog is quite popular with a number of royals, including Queen Victoria.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This is one of the more popular toy dog representative species in the UK, what with them originating in the country. They stand 30 to 33 cm and weigh anywhere from 13 to 18 lbs. The breed is often confused with the English Toy Spaniel, but this can be distinguished by the silky and smooth coat and undocked tail.

A name that translates to Little Lion Dog, the Löwchen has a long and wavy coat that is cut similar to that of a male lion. Their most important features are a broad skull, wide and short muzzle, pendant ears, and round eyes.

A descendant of the dogs that originated from the Central Mediterranean Area, the name Maltese is often understood as derived from Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean. The small dog stands about 17.78 to 25.4 cm and is often distinguished by the rounded skull, brown eyes, and black button nose.

Miniature Pinscher
This is one of the toy dog breeds with a fantastic mix of ancestors. Many believe the Miniature Pinscher’s ancestry included the Italian Greyhound, the Italian Daschund, and the German Pinscher.

Feeding Your Toy Dog

Some breeds of toy dogs can be finicky eaters, but don’t give in to their fussiness. Instead, be inventive when you feed them to change their ways and keep them from being fussy with their food constantly.

When your small dog eats dry food, scatter a handful of it in short grass outdoors. This will break the monotony of eating in a bowl twice a day. Another option is to hide food in toys that will safely dispense it.

When feeding wet food, place a bowlful in various locations around the house. Actively seeking out their next meal will make feeding time a fun time.

Some things you should remember:

  • Dog food for small dogs is highly recommended.
  • Follow the prescribed portions and don’t add extra when it looks like there’s little food in the bowl.
  • Familiarise the daily feeding guidelines and follow them accordingly.
  • Make sure the food your small dogs eat is packed with the nutrients and energy they need.

There’s nothing quite like the kind of companionship that toy dog representative species provide. Care for them the right way and they will be with you for as long as possible.

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