If you adhere to the saying, “Good things Come in Small Packages,” a member of the Toy Group may be the pooch for you.
Small in size—generally built to fit in your lap—these diminutive dogs are big in personality. They are perfect for apartment dwellers, older dog lovers and anyone who enjoys a cuddly critter on their lap. They tend to be very smart and aware, which brings their protective spirit—and bark—to the front. This tendency to bark may be annoying for some, in which case a member of the toy group is not the dog for you.
Their voices notwithstanding, the toys are often low maintenance, many with generally short, low-shedding coats. Some of the more famous members of the toy group include the Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Papillion, Italian Greyhound and Chihuahua. If you prefer a lovable little dog who enjoys indoor ball toss and exercise, a member of the Toy Group may be a wonderful candidate.
This concludes our look at the seven different categories of dogs as defined by the American Kennel Club. Some are big, some are small. Some need lots of room to roam, while others are content to sit by your feet as you watch TV or read a book. But all of them need consistent training and care, and most of all, no matter what the breed, love. Enjoy your dog!
P.S. Don’t forget the multitude of animals looking for a home that have one or more of the AKC’s 190 recognized dog breeds’ blood flowing in their background. They need love and homes, too, and can be a wonderful addition to your home. By knowing a little bit about their breeds’ characteristics you can make a more educated choice about what would be a good fit for you and your family. Happy Dog Days!!!