A few Toys were bred with a particular purpose in mind, such as the Brussels Griffon and Toy Manchester, which were initially designed to decimate the rodent population of stables and other afflicted abodes.
Most of the others were primarily pampered lap dogs, meant mainly to look as appealing as possible and to sop up all the excess adoration available.
Perky, playful and cuddlesome, most of the Toy breeds are lively, upbeat characters. This is the most uniform group when it comes to size.
Primarily house pets, Toys tend to live very closely with their owners and most are eager to please them.
The majority of Toy breeds readily take to training, if you don’t mind bending over a lot.
Charming characters concocted to capture hearts, Toys can worm their way into your affections as well as your bed.
For dog fanciers who prefer the terrier breeds, the Affenpinscher seems made-to-order.
A little breed of German origin whose likeness appears in works of art dating back to the 15th century, his name means "monkey terrier".
A small sporting spaniel once a great favourite of Charles II, and whose likeness appears in paintings dating to his time, the breed fell from grace after William of Orange came to the throne – snub-nosed, oriental-looking breeds were more in favour.
A Cuban member of the Bichon family, which originated in the Mediterranean and includes more popular breeds such as the Maltese and the Bichon Frise, it seems likely that the Havanese’s ancestors might have travelled to Cuba at the time that the Spanish were exploring the Caribbean.
Developed in the north of England about the mid-19th century, chiefly for the job of controlling the rat population in the coal pits and cotton mills, the Yorkshire Terrier was also a featured combatant in rat-killing contests.
Also referred to as the Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexican Hairless is one of the rarest and oldest breeds in the world.
Dating back over 3,000 years, the Mexcian Hairless were highly prizeed for their healing and magical powers.
Aztec Indians found this breed useful as bedwarmers, and considered them sacred.