Toy dog refers to a small dog or a grouping of small dogs and miniature dogs registered in the breed registries in the Toy Group category. The standard weight of a toy dog ranges from 4 to 7 pounds. Any toy dog that weighs less than 4 pounds is often referred to as “teacup dogs”, although the term is not recognised by any major dog registry.
The function of a toy dog is to provide companionship, which is why some kennel clubs often prefer to categorise toy dogs under the Companion Group. Most toy dog owners find delight in owning small dogs that they can carry around anywhere. Often, toy dogs are utilised as handbag accessories as a sign of affluence, especially with celebrities.
Despite its small size, toy dogs are tough as nails and can bark their hearts out. They are also upbeat, lively and playful characters. However, not all toy dogs exhibit the same temperament. Toy dogs make ideal apartment dogs especially in a small city apartment since they don’t require much living space due to their size.
It is important to note that each country categorises dogs differently based on size or tradition. Some toy dogs are not the ancient lapdogs but are small or miniature versions bred down in size for a particular function.
Each dog is unique, and though some dogs may have common characteristics based on their breed group, some factors such as environment and how it is raised will affect its temperament or personality. It is best to do your research on each breed that you are considering before making the final buying decision.