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AKC – Toy Group

Out of all the AKC groups, the next group is the smallest in size but the biggest in personality. The Toy Group breeds average under 20 pounds and under 15 inches tall. The label “toy” shouldn’t be thought of as a play item for children as these breeds are full of energy and many have very protective instincts. These protective instincts can quickly create a bite incident if the dog is sitting on someone’s lap and another human or pet gets too close to “their” lap. Also, the smaller size can make them easier to get hurt if accidently dropped or tripped over.

 

Some of the Toy breeds require a good deal of grooming on a regular basis. Sixteen out of the 21 Toy breeds were developed as status companions for wealthy aristocrats, nobles and leaders of the land. The remaining breeds were created to be smaller so they could kill rats inside stables and homes. Nowadays, these Toy breeds still retain their affectionate personalities but have been adapted to lifestyles of living in city apartments instead of palaces.

 

Below is the list of breeds in the Toy Group:

 

Breed Weight (lbs) Height (inches) Life Expectancy (years) Bred for
Affenpinscher
Male:
7 – 10
9 -11.5
12 – 15
Exterminator of rats and other pest in stables
Female:
Brussels Griffon
Male:
8 – 10
7 – 10
12 – 15
Exterminator of Rats
Female:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Male:
13 – 18
12 – 13
12 – 15
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Chihuahua
Male:
Not exceeding 8
5 – 8
14 – 16
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Chinese Crested
Male:
8 – 12
11 – 13
13 – 18
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
English Toy Spaniel
Male:
8 – 14
9 – 10
10 – 12
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Havanese
Male:
7 – 13
8.5 – 11.5
14 – 16
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Italian Greyhound
Male:
7 -14
13 – 15
14 – 15
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Japanese Chin
Male:
7 – 11
8 – 11
10 – 12
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Maltese
Male:
Under 7
7 – 9
12 – 15
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Mancester Terrier (toy)
Male:
Under 12
10 – 12
15 – 17
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Minature Pinscher
Male:
8 – 10
10 – 12.5
12 – 16
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Papillon
Male:
5 – 10
8 -11
14 – 16
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Pekingese
Male:
Under 14
6 – 9
12 – 14
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Pomeranian
Male:
3 – 7
6 – 7
12 – 16
Aristocrat Companion
Female:
Poodle (toy)
Male:
4 – 6
No more than 10
10 – 18
City-dwelling Companion
Female:
Pug
Male:
14 – 18
10 – 13
13 – 15
Chinese Emperor’s lapdog
Female:
Shih Tzu
Male:
9 – 16
9 – 10.5
10 – 18
Chinese Emperor’s lapdog
Female:
Silky Terrier
Male:
Around 10
9 – 10
13 – 15
Ratter
Female:
Toy Fox Terrier
Male:
3.5 – 7
8.5 – 11.5
13 – 15
Ratter
Female:
Yorkshire Terrier
Male:
7
7 – 8
11 – 15
Ratter
Female:

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