Maltese

Maltese with traditional cut
Maltese with traditional cut

A classic lap dog

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    4-7 pounds
  • Adult height:
    5-8 inches

What’s good and bad about the Maltese?

Pros:

  • Good watchdog
  • Intelligent and lively
  • Loves attention, pampering and your lap
  • Doesn’t shed much, may be fine for owners with allergies

Cons:

  • Grooming demands are high – daily brushing is required to maintain a lustrous coat, not to
    mention keeping his
    coat white and avoiding tear stains
  • Usually difficult to housebreak
  • Will be neurotic and timid if over protected and over indulged

Here’s a fully grown Maltese.

English Toy Spaniel (ET)

ET
ET

Sometimes confused with Cavalier spaniel, he’s also known as the Charlie and has a scrunched up nose compared to the Cavalier

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-14 years
  • Adult weight:
    8-14 pounds
  • Adult height:
    9-11 inches

What’s good and bad about the ET?

Pros:

  • Grooming requirements are low, just brush regularly
  • He’s perfect for an apartment and a couch potato owner
  • Calm and quiet

Cons:

  • He’ll wheeze
  • He’ll shed, a lot
  • His gentle nature is best for adult households although
    he gets along well with well-behaved children and other animals

Here’s a full grown ET.

Chihuahua

Long and smooth coat Chihuahuas
Long and smooth coat Chihuahuas

A Doberman brain in a midget body

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-15 years
  • Adult weight: maximum 6 pounds
  • Adult height:
    6-9 inches

What’s good and bad about the Chihuahua?

Pros:

  • Has special affinity for the elderly
  • Needs love and much lap-sitting
  • Makes a good watchdog
  • Requires little maintenance, just occasional brushing, and minimal exercise

Cons:

  • Beware of pranksters who yell “a rat”
  • May be snappy and obstinate and difficult to housebreak
  • Has been overbred which creates health and behavior problems – buy only from a reputable breeder
  • Small size means you must protect him but not to the point you create a frightened, nervous dog (and the need for visits to the doggy therapist)

Here’s a sweet Chihuahua puppy.

Affenpinscher

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Affenpinscher
Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-16 years
  • Adult weight:
    7-10 pounds
  • Adult height:
    9.5-11.5 inches

A spunky pal, these dogs are best for active, alpha owners

What’s good and bad about the Affenpinscher?

Pros:

  • Fearless watchdog
  • Hardier and more energetic than most dogs his size
  • Minimal shedding
  • His nickname – ‘monkey dog’ – aptly describes his playful personality
  • Rare enough breed that he hasn’t been overbred, but may be difficult (and expensive) to find

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to housebreak, intact males like to mark their territory
  • Regular grooming, including stripping his coat of dead hairs, is necessary
  • Smart but may be headstrong, best for alpha dog owners

 Two minute video that shows Affenpinschers at various ages.

Italian Greyhound (IG)

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Quiet, refined dog who take off like a rocket if you aren’t careful

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    13-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    7-12 pounds
  • Adult height:
    13-15 inches

What’s good and bad about the IG?

Pros:

  • Clean and nearly odorless. May be a good choice for owners with allergies
  • Moves with beauty and grace. He’s a delight to watch
  • Quiet and refined, your neighbors will appreciate him as well
  • A peaceful, undemanding nature that needs little obedience training but does require daily exercise

Cons:

  • May be prone to broken legs and slipped kneecaps
  • Will take off like a shot if not on a leash
  • Best for childless households; he dislikes commotions
  • Not a watchdog
  • Difficult (putting it mildly) to housebreak
  • Thin skin (literally) makes him a poor choice for cold climates

See these cuties in action.


 

Havanese

full body havanese

Havanese
The only dog originated in Cuba; he continues to gain popularity in the USA

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    14-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    7-14 pounds
  • Adult height:
    8.5-11.5 inches

What’s good and bad about the Havanese?

Pros:

  • He’ll probably be at the top of his obedience class
  • He has a sweet disposition and gets along well with other pets
  • He’s one of the few Toy breeds that make good family dogs assuming the children do not play roughly with him

Cons:

  • He’s may be too high energy, even indoors, for couch potatoes or the elderly
  • He’s susceptible to genetic eye disease. Only buy from a breeder who can provide Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) certificates (and check the website)
  • He requires daily grooming

The normal, happy state of a Havanese.

 

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin
Japanese Chin

He once lived in Chinese imperial courts but will be completely satisfied perched on a window sill in your apartment

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    8-12 pounds
  • Adult height:
    8-10 inches

What’s good and bad about the Chin?

Pros:

  • Gentle and playful personality
  • Loves to curl up on your lap
  • Must have affection – this is a dog that enjoys following his owner from room to room
  • Ideal for apartment living and senior owners

Cons:

  • Too fragile for roughhousing
  • Must own a vacuum cleaner; he’s a spaniel and he sheds
  • Regular brushing and combing is necessary
  • Poor watchdog; this is a lapdog

Good example of a Chin.

Chinese Crested

Powderpuff and Hairless
Powderpuff and Hairless

If you want attention, this is the dog. People will ask you why you shave your dog or where you got the miniature horse.

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    5-10 pounds
  • Adult height:
    11-13 inches

What’s good and bad about the Crested?

Pros:

  • Devoted to his owner, this dog will reward you with affection and constant attention (like it or not)
  • Only Poodles come in as many colors including blue, pink and lilac
  • Hairless variety are non-shedding and odorless

Cons:

  • The most emotionally needy dog among the Toy breeds. He cannot be left alone all day while you go to work.
  • Don’t equate hairless with maintenance free. Bare skin is prone to problems and requires safeguarding.
  • Although less fashionable, the powder puff, even with a long white coat, is easier to maintain.

Here’s a short video with a Crested. Yes, they really sound like this.

Pug

Pug
Pug

Although fawn colored Pugs are more popular,
they also come in black

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-14years
  • Adult weight:
    14-18 pounds
  • Adult height:
    10-11 inches

What’s good and bad about the Pug?

Pros:

  • At peace with the world and good with children and other pets
  • Requires minimal grooming
  • A walk or two around the block is all the exercise he needs

Cons:

  • He’s an indoor dog who needs air conditioning and must avoid hot, stuffy environments
  • He sheds a surprising amount
  • He may wheeze, snort, snore, grunt and experience breathing problems
  • You must protect his eyes from injury

 The famous Pug head tilt.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu

Don’t let the fierce look fool you. This is a dog bred to be a playful companion.

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-14 years
  • Adult weight:
    9-16 pounds
  • Adult height:
    8-11 inches

What’s good and bad about the Shih Tzu?

Pros:

  • Good watchdog
  • Low maintenance – little shedding, minimal exercise
  • Bright dogs with almost-human expressions
  • Usually gets along with other dogs and cats

Cons:

  • Sensitive dogs that expect a lot of love
  • May be obstinate – he will require socialization and training
  • Rare enough breed that he hasn’t been overbred, but may be difficult (and expensive) to find.

Here’s a quick video showing a well-trained Shih Tzu.