There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who love dogs and the rest, don’t matter. Needless to say, we fall in the first category. Consider this, you come home after having had a long, tiring day and no matter whether your partner is waiting for you or not, there will always be a pair of googly eyes looking towards the door, in anticipation. Now, if that doesn’t melt your heart, you might as well place your heart inside a furnace, it still won’t melt. Dogs love you unconditionally and while for you, they might be the ‘highlight’ of your day, but for them, their entire day revolves around you. So, basically, we have successfully established the fact that dogs are the most adorable creatures to have existed on the planet earth. Dogs are cute, sure. But, what about those tiny little dogs that are euphemistically called “toy dogs”? They surpass all the levels of adoration, sweetness and love combined. This niche category of toy dogs is becoming more and more popular these days. There is no dearth of popular culture references to make, regarding the presence of the tiny, and oh-so-pretty toy dogs. Who can forget Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua Tinkerbell? Dog lovers all over the globe shed tears when the poor soul departed. But we still have Rajesh Koothrapalli’s Cinnamon to gawk at with beady eyes.
That’s just two kinds of toy dogs. There are numerous! Here we have tried to bring to you top 10 toy dog breeds that will simply leave you drooling.
If there is one word that you have to use to describe this breed, it’s got to be- sassy. Chihuahuas are super loyal but at the same time, can throw tantrums that will make you clench your fists real hard. They are amicable but only once they get familiar with you. They seem meek and gentle, owing to their puny structure, but do not let that deceive you. However, that does not mean they are completely brats. You may say that they just like to receive all the attention. And if you don’t give them that, better watch out.
Each and every bone and those well-toned muscles of pugs scream ‘majestic’. Pugs have a short, wrinkled face with a curly tail. It is believed to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs to have been recognised till date. They are easy-going and do not tend to be bratty like most of the toy dogs. The small, muzzled and wrinkled face seems to be asking for more and more love. Pugs are generally considered to be a relatively healthy breed that might shed a bit. However, with that tiny a frame, one won’t mind grooming that luscious coat.
- Shih Tzu
This breed of dogs is as gentle as a dog could ever get. They are affectionate and playful. Do not mistake their gentle nature to be of introvert character. They are extremely playful and form great companions for children. The long and flowing double coat of Shih Tzu gives them a royal and alert look. They are a perfect combination of soft lively nature and intense alert attributes. They are very cordial and we even have numerous legends dating as back as AD 620 to prove so. So, in case you want a dog that can be your companion and also add an element of royalty to your life, a Shih Tzu is all you are looking for.
- Yorkshire Terrier
You want to check how lovable can Yorkshire Terrier be? Just cull out one episode of The Big Bang Theory in which we see an interaction between Raj and his pet Cinnamon. The love they share might seem a tad bit corny but then, you need to have a Yorkshire Terrier in your hands to realise how simple sweet you can get! Yorkshire Terriers are generally thought of as tomboyish and agile. They are amicable and love getting all the attention. One might say that these 7 pounds of awesomeness have airs about them. Well, we can’t even deny that.
Pomeranian dogs are relatively bigger in size when compared to their other toy dog companions. They have a fluffy coat which demarcates them distinctly from the others. They are very homely and docile. You would rarely come across a pom pom, something which they are fondly called, who is violent or aggressive. However, due to their hyper-sensitivity towards external stimuli, you may find poms barking a lot. But, this is only due to their protective nature towards their owners, upping them on the loyalty meter. Fun fact: Queen Victoria owned one Pomeranian. Fancy a fancy dog, folks?
Poodle is a dog which seems to have just stepped out of a fantasy land. They have an air about themselves which is quite evident from their walk and posture. However, there is always a debate regarding them as to whether they are proud or plain shy. Whatever be the case, they are extremely sensitive and do not mix up easily with people around them. They are super intelligent and active, which means that they will always keep their human companions on their toes. They have been used in armies across the globe since World War II! Need we say more about their superiority?
The word ‘papillon’ is a French word that means butterfly. Now that says a lot about the breed, doesn’t it? A Papillon is highly friendly, happy, and extremely sensitive. Their alert characteristic distinguishes them from most of the other toy dogs and is responsible for their usage as seizure alert dogs and therapy dogs. They have very sharp senses and can easily be trained, making them hassle-free for the humans.
This dog is the national dog of Cuba! We rely on the land of Che for so many ideologies, and they don’t disappoint us; this is still a matter of toy dog breed. Havanese dog is intelligent and active. Unlike most of the toy dogs, it is sturdy and not very delicate. It has a long and flowy coat which requires regular grooming. The coat is very light and once you touch the silky mane of a Havanese, you would not want to remove your hand. In addition to that, they do not generally bark at strangers, making the walk in the park quite peaceful and hassle-free!
The Maltese have a straight, white flowy coat. This can be easily identified from others’. They are charming and playful. Like most of the toy dogs, they love receiving attention and can get quite troublesome if left unattended. You may ignore your partner on a date but ignoring a Maltese, nada! You cannot afford that. The long coat requires regular grooming so as to prevent the formation of mats in their coat. As much as you need to spend time with Maltese, make sure that you do not over-do it as it may lead to a very erratic spoilt-brat behaviour.
One reason why people shy away from having a Pekingese is their rigidity in training. These dogs take longer than their other toy dog counterparts to get trained. However, once trained, they make for most amazing companions, owing to their extremely affectionate and loyal nature. It has a rather fierce individuality as compared to other toy dogs, which means they can be quite unpredictable. But then, that is what makes this breed special in its own way!
Now that you have read about ten types of cuteness overloads in the form of animals, we don’t think you need to wait for anything. Go, and get one! You deserve one such delicate darling in your life.