All About Dogs

Good afternoon from my place of residence, It is a chilly rainy day here in my part of the world today so thought a good day for letting people know all about dogs, they do have some traits in common shall we begin?

Did You Know?

Interesting facts about our dogs which most people are unaware of:

When a female dog is pregnant the usual gestation period is 63 days but depending on the breed it can be anywhere from 58 to 58 days.

The lifespan for all dogs is very different so when choosing a breed this should be taken into consideration an animal especially a dog is a commitment for their life, which is considerably less than ours.

Adult dogs will sleep 12 to 14 hours a day which is normal some more hyper breeds do not and like puppies, they spend so much of their time exploring and just like a child are afraid of missing (something).

The scientific name for dogs is Canis lupus familiaris and they are descendants of the wolf-like canids and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

Breeds of dogs come in miniature sizes starting at they can fit in your hand known as teacups and stand no taller than 4 inches, but normal breeds start at 6 inches tall at the shoulder up to an amazing 44 inches at the shoulder.

Fun fact did you know dogs can wiggle their nose nostrils independently?


What Are Some Characteristics Facts

The fastest dog breed on record is the Greyhound which was recorded at running speeds of up to 45 miles per hours no wonder they are used as racing dogs.


English Mastiff takes the largest dog breed on record normal size is 36 inches at the shoulders and weighing in at 200 to 230 pounds, but the largest English Mastiff on record weighed an unprecedented 343 pounds.


Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed recognized by the AKC they stand only 6-10 inches tall and weigh in at a feather-light 4-6 pounds. Mentioned prior they do have breeds called tea-cups but these are not recognized by the AKC.


Here for the smartest dog breed there are many highly intelligent ones but I would go with the Border Collie these dogs are trained to herd and watch over flocks and they must keep alert at all times. Training begins at a very early age for this breed but they are a working breed and love what they do.

For the dumbest dog breed, we have found the Afghan Hound at the top of the list because of it being overly independent and has an aloof nature. They really are not dumb but because they are stubborn, hard-headed, and does what it wants.

Most loyal breed found is the German Shepherd – but this I will have to debate I have had German Shepherds and yes they are very loyal then again I have had many other breeds that have shown the exact same loyalty.

So what gives for the most loyal breed? With a dog loyalty is earned as they grown are you the person paying the most attention to them, feeding them, grooming them, loyalty is returned from them to you know you care.

Everyone has opinions for the most active breed dog but for me, I would have to say the Jack Russell Terrier they have endless energy constantly on the move and curious beyond belief. A wonderful loving breed!


The Laziest dog breed would be the English Bulldog they love nothing more than napping just be careful they do not rub off on you and convince you nap time is here 🙂


Selecting the most difficult breed to train would say the Beagle this little guy/girl has a strong nose and when they pick up a scent oops too late you are not even visible or audible to them.


These are just a short list of facts about some dog breeds for today I could probably write 50 pages with the topics you can list and find on the dog breeds.


Recommendations for Seniors and Families

Seniors that can have a dog seriously should have one they are great companions keeping you company and relieving stress from being alone so much of the time.

Breeds for seniors should be low maintenance and low activity levels due to as we age we cannot get around as well as we once did.

The Pug, Miniature Schnauzer, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, Shih Tzu, and Pekingese are the breed that I personally would recommend for Seniors these breeds require little outside exercise and can entertain one for hours.


Families have a very large choice of breeds any of them really but you need to take into consideration about how your household operates on a daily schedule.

Will someone be at home with the new addition all day or only part of the day, who is going to be responsible for the animals care if no one is going to be there for 10 hours a day?

When getting a puppy they are not equipped to be housebroken in one or two days especially for long periods of time while people are away at work.

Yes, puppies are very cute and adorable but require someone responsible to be there and take care of them so they do not get into mischief or possibly something that can be even fatal while no one is supervising them.

Many dogs grow up with separation anxiety if they are left to often for long periods of time please take this into consideration when adding a new addition to your family.

All breeds have main characteristic traits that usually go with the breed but you as a responsible pet owner will need to teach them what is expected of their behavior and how they should act.

Hitting your dog should never ever occur no matter what even a stern scolding can make them feel inferior so please treat your animal with respect they do have feelings – just like humans – !!

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In Closing

This is just some tidbits of information about all dogs that people should be aware of and I have plenty more that will be added in the future maybe making it a series of All About Dogs – What you always wanted to know!

That could turn my website into a novel in no time (laughing) considering I have had dogs with me my whole life, I even had for a pet until he passed away a Gray Timber Wolf he was so beautiful and loving.

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Toy Doggies Continued

Hello how’s it going, Today I am going to finish off the Toy Breed Doggies for you to check out some facts about them and if they could be a good choice and fit for you. So on to the show 🙂

Russian Toy

The Russian Toy (also known as the Russian Toy Terrier, and in Russia as the Russkiy Toy, these were originally bred in Russia from the English Toy Terrier. The two types of the breed are long coat and short coat.

The temperament of a Russian Toy is active and cheerful, the Russian Toy was originally bred both as an anti-rat dog and a watchdog. Another quality is still active in the breed, and they can be very vocal.

They can become quite attached to their family, regardless of the ages of the family members. Russian Toys are usually very reserved with strangers, but very loyal to their owners, always ready to protect them from any perceived danger.

Russian Toys life expectancy is 11 years. They are one of the smallest dog breeds and although great family doggies children should be supervised with them not to hurt them because of their size.

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka (Russian: Болонка), also known as the Bolonka Zwetna in Germany, is a rare toy breed of the Bichon type, developed in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Coming from the ancestors of smaller dogs such as the Bichon, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, and French Bolognese. They include the white version Franzuskaya Bolonka, which is a variation of the Italian Bolognese.

Tsvetnaya Bolonka is even-tempered, playful, very intelligent, friendly to all, easy-going, and affectionate breed specifically developed as a companion dog and is prized for its sociability.

However, it won’t be able to apply to necessary aggression when the situation calls for it and shouldn’t be tasked with the responsibilities of a guardian. This is not a doggie for small children and is recommended as a companion only.

They carry a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. Do not require much exercise a couple of walks a day and they can play inside and be content.

Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier or simply Silky Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. The breed was developed in Australia, although the ancestral types and breeds were from Great Britain.

The Australian Silky Terrier temperament is keenly alert, active, inquisitive, responsive, friendly, joyful, and quick. They love to be given chances to run and play but must have a tightly fenced yard. They also enjoy brisk walks and playing ball.

Silky terriers do well in an apartment, although they are also an active indoor breed. It is important they are kept busy and social to discourage boredom. Can be a great family dog with children over the age of 10 years.

They love to sit on laps and do “toy dog” things but have an easy going more laid back Terrier personality ready for just about any activity. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years and comes in the following colors Black & Tan, Grey & Tan, Blue & Tan, Silver & Tan, and Silver Black & Tan.

Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier is a small terrier breed of dog, directly descended from the larger Fox Terrier but considered a separate breed. Breeders have traced their dogs’ lineage back to a Smooth Fox Terrier called “Foiler”, in Britain circa 1875-1876.

Toy Fox Terriers, like many active and intelligent breeds, and they are said to make great companions for owners with a good sense of humor, quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, stubborn, persistent, and impulsive.

They are quite trainable and make wonderful companions for older people and people with disabilities. They are also very lovable and loyal to their owners. In addition, dogs of this breed tend not to bark very much if they are trained well.

I don’t recommend Toy Fox Terriers for homes with young children. Life expectancy of the Toy Fox Terrier ranges from 13 to 14 years. Toy Fox Terrier colors are Black & White, Tricolor, White & Tan, and White & Chocolate.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills.

The typical fine, straight and silky Yorkshire Terrier coat has been listed by many popular dog information websites as being hypoallergenic and in comparison with many other breeds, they do not shed to the same degree, only losing small amounts of hair when bathed or brushed.

The Yorkie temperament is bold, independent, intelligent, confident, courageous, active, very overprotective, curious and fond of attention. With the nature of these little doggies is not recommended for homes with small children.

Yorkie are easily adaptable to all surroundings and travel well. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise but need daily interaction with people. They thrive on attention and love, but they are timid around other dogs and prefer to stay close to their humans for comfort.

Yorkshire Terriers do tend to bark a lot. The life expectancy of this tiny little one is 13 to 16 years. Great companion dogs for the elderly with liking to travel and be with their human.


In Closing

Well, that wraps up the Toy Breeds that are recognized by the American Kennel Club, there are other breeds out there people consider toy breeds and we do know that. This was just to give you an idea of what type of little doggies are available.

If you were interested in a smaller breed please see our post on the Tea Cup Doggies and it just might change your mind!

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Small Dog Breeds Known as Toys

Hey Everyone,  To continue along with our Toy Small Dog Breeds today let us take a look at some more of these cute little lovable doggies.


Manchester Terrier

The Manchester Terrier breed of dog is the smooth-haired terrier type. These terriers were first bred in the 19th century to control vermin, mostly rats, at which it excelled.

Breeder John Hulme decided to cross a Black and Tan Terrier with a Whippet. Similar dogs were bred in various other parts of England, but by 1860 Manchester had become the breed center for these new terriers, and so they became known as Manchester Terriers.

Manchester Terriers temperaments are feisty, affectionate. courageous, tough, making a “loyal, eager-to-please” companion that is very intelligent and inquisitive.

Manchester Terrier has a lifespan of around 12 years 10 months. They are good with children as long as supervision is given to the children not to tease or provoke. Great apartment dwellers and smaller homes because of their small size.

Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher (Zwergpinscher or Min Pin) is a small breed of dog originating from Germany. The breed’s earliest ancestors may have included the German Pinscher mixed with Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds.

Available colors include solid red, stag red, blue stag red, chocolate stag red, fawn stag red, as well as black, chocolate, blue, and fawn with tan points or rust points.

Grooming is easy, as the smooth, short-haired coat requires little attention, needing only occasional brushing and shampooing. Care must be taken in cold weather, sweaters or baby blankets can help keep a Miniature Pinscher from getting too cold.

Miniature Pinschers are an active breed and need access to a fenced yard, or be given a daily walk. The Miniature Pinscher is an assertive, outgoing, active, energetic, alert, and independent breed.

They are great escape artists and it is recommended having a kennel with a lid on it for them to run around in. This breed is not recommended for young children, as younger children play rough.

Miniature Pinschers are a stubborn breed when it comes to training, but once trained they obey commands well.


The Papillon (French pronunciation: [papijɔ̃], French for butterfly-eared), also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog that originated from Italy.

Papillons are very intelligent and self-assured dogs that have a temperament as a good family dog with children with an easy time learning new tricks.

If not properly socialized, Papillons can be distrustful and exhibit aggressive tendencies toward other dogs and people. Papillons may also be very playful and affectionate being a great companion dog, they do have a high energy and need exercise on a daily basis.

Papillons are known as excellent watchdogs, as they will alert their owner to changes in their environment. They may be considered garrulous like many other toy dogs.

Papillons can live up to 17 years. They can withstand heat, but are more sensitive to cold temperatures because of their single-coated fur, and should not be left outside unattended in cold weather.


The Pomeranian (often known as a Pom) is a breed of dog of the Spitz type that is named for the Pomerania region in north-west Poland and north-east Germany in Central Europe.

The life expectancy of the Pomeranian is 12 to 16 years. Great companion dogs with training they make wonderful therapy dogs for the elderly, but are not considered a family dog by any means.

Pomeranians are typically friendly, playful and lively; but can be aggressive with other dogs to try to prove themselves.

Pomeranians are alert and aware of changes in their environment, and barking can develop into a habit of barking excessively, defensive of their territory and will bark when they hear outside noises

Pomeranians are intelligent, respond well to training, and can be very successful in getting what they want from their owners. They are extroverted and enjoy being the center of attention, but become dominant if not well-trained and socialized.

Toy Poodle

The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle descends from Germany as a type of water dog, or from the French Barbet.

The poodle is an active, intelligent and elegant dog, Poodles are known as a highly intelligent, energetic, and sociable breed. They require both physical and intellectual activities. Snappy, vicious behavior is considered a serious fault in the breed.

They are likely to bite out of fear and thus are better suited to homes with teenagers or older children. Poodles dislike being left alone, but a sign of nervousness or neurosis is atypical and not how a poodle of any size is meant to behave.

Miniature and Toy Poodles have a median lifespan of 14 to 14.5 years. Grooming with having them clipped unless you know how to do this at home can be an expense you need to remember when having this cute little doggie.

As with all Toy and Miniatures, a Poodle makes a great companion for older people and those who do not have large spaces for them to run in they can get most of their energy out with play inside and a couple of walks a day.



This is my list for today hoping you all enjoy reading about these wonderful tiny doggies because not only are they tiny but so cute and adorable.

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See you again next time with the final listing of toy dog breeds,


Looking at Small Toy Dog Breeds

Hey, Thought today we would look at some more of the Small (Toy) Dog  Breeds and see what they are like shall we start where we left off alphabetically?

Brussels Griffon

These little cuties are from Brussels, Belgium and can be known as any of the following when speaking of the breed the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon.

They are to be considered hypoallergenic and have a life-span of 10 to 15 years. They come in different colors including black, black and tan, blue, brown, beige, and red.

Their temperament can be described as self-important, inquisitive, alert, companionable, sensitive, and watchful. Griffons tend to bond with one human more than others.

In fact, Griffons are very good with children provided they are not teased. They are not very patient but do love to play. Griffons tend to get along well with other animals in the house, including cats, ferrets, and other dogs.

However, they can get into trouble because they have no concept of their own relative size and may attempt to dominate dogs much larger than themselves.


The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of color’s, and two coat lengths short and long.

These tiny ones have a life expectancy of 12 to 20 years. The weight on this tiny breed is anywhere from 3 pounds up to 6.6 pounds.

Temperament can be lively, devoted, alert, quick, and courageous for such a tiny dog. Poorly socialized or frightened Chihuahuas can be easily provoked to attack, so are generally unsuitable for homes with small and undisciplined children.[

The breed tends to be fiercely loyal to one particular person and in some cases may become overprotective of the person, especially around other people or animals. The temperament of a chihuahua’s owner can make a difference in the temperament of the pup.

Chihuahuas love their dens and often burrow themselves in pillows, clothes hampers, and blankets. They are often found under the covers or at the bottom of the bed, deep in the dark and safety of what they perceive as their den.

Chihuahuas also enjoy time in sunlight soaking up the rays.

Chinese Crested

Chinese crested dog is a hairless breed of dog. Like most hairless dog breeds, the Chinese crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which are born in the same litter: the Powderpuff and the Hairless.

Most people when referring to the Chinese Crested are speaking of the Hairless variety. The Hairless has soft, human-like skin, as well as tufts of fur on its paws (“socks”) and tail (“plume”) and long, flowing hair on its head (“crest”).

This breed is a hypoallergenic breed having a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. Temperament for them is described as affectionate, lively, sweet-Tempered, alert, playful, and happy.

Great companion dog will stay put on your lap for hours and becomes a little stocker when you leave the room. Good with children as long as they are gentle loves to play and so sweet and affectionate toward them.

You will find this breed in multiple colors including black, apricot, chocolate, cream, tricolor, and blue.


Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, is a dog acknowledged for its importance to Japanese nobility.

It is also known for its strabismus (being cross-eyed) of the eyes. They love high places and are very graceful and balanced climbers.

Being both a lap dog and a companion dog, this toy breed has a distinctive heritage. This breed is considered one of the most cat-like of the dog breeds in attitude alert, intelligent, and independent, and it uses its paws to wash and wipe its face.

Japanese Chin are loyal to their owners and are typically a friendly breed. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. And come in the following color’s lemon & white, sable & white, black & white, tricolor, and, red & white.

Japanese Chin was also bred for the purpose of entertaining their owners. While typically calm, they are well-known for performing many tricks such as the “Chin Spin”, in which they turn around in rapid circles; dancing on their hind legs while pawing their front feet, clasped together, in the air; and some even “sing”, a noise that can range from a low trill to a higher, almost operatic noise.


The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally understood deriving from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta.

The Maltese does not shed and is, therefore, a good choice for people with dog allergies. Some people prefer their dogs to have the coat short.

Maltese are bred to be companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as Maltese ages, its energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant.

Some Maltese may occasionally be snappish with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, Some Maltese may suffer from separation anxiety.

Maltese have no undercoat and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. The life expectancy for them is 12 to 15 years and their temperament is considered playful, docile, fearless, affectionate, easygoing, lively, responsive, sweet-tempered, intelligent, active, and gentle.


In Closing

Well, folks, there are some more of the wonderful small doggies breeds you can check into looking for a new doggie for you hope you are enjoying the pictures and a little about each breed.

Will be back soon to post more of the small doggie breeds until I am ready to move on from these when complete so do not forget to bookmark the website so you do not miss what is coming up.

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Affenpinscher – Biewer Terrier – Bolognese


Everyone is always looking for information about the breeds of dogs and how they are to have as pets – I prefer to call them family members or best friends. Furbabies come in so many sizes, colors, dispositions, breeds, and qualities today I was thinking to look at a few of the Toy Small Breeds with what they are like. Shall we start alphabetically?


Affenpinscher is considered a Miniature Toy Breed they are usually only 9 to 11.5 inches tall and weigh in at only 7 to 10 pounds so you can see why they are considered a Toy Breed very tiny doggies they are – full-grown.

Affenpinschers have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years which for dogs is a nice long time. This is also a very good reason for you to know to have a best friend is a commitment not to enter into lightly.

They originated in German in the seventeenth century the breed was created to be a ratter, working to remove rodents from kitchens, granaries, and stables. The name is German Affe (ape, monkey) it has a notable monkey-like expression, hence the name.

Its coat is shaggier over the head and shoulders forming a mane, with a shorter coat over the back and hindquarters. It is harsh and wiry in texture when properly maintained, if clipped it can be softer and fluffier.

These little ones are active, adventurous, curious, and stubborn, but they are also fun-loving and playful. The breed is confident, lively, affectionate towards its master and is also very protective of them. They can be the clown and entertain you for hours.

This loyal little dog enjoys being with its master. It needs consistent, firm training since some can be quite difficult to housebreak. This type of dog easily becomes bored, so training should be varied using praise and treats for rewards.

Affenpinschers are somewhat territorial when it comes to their toys and food, so they are not recommended for homes with children. This dog is mostly quiet, but can become very excited if attacked or threatened, and shows no fear toward any aggressor. They do well with other dogs and if raised with a cat can live with cats but any other animals are not good.

These little ones are listed as non-shedding but all dogs shed somewhat even if only a little this is normal just like humans.

Recommendations for this doggies is for older people looking for a traveling companion, they love to travel and are highly adaptable to situations moving around. So if you are looking for a traveling doggie this could be the one for you.

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Biewer Terrier

Biewer Terrier also originated from Germany but in much more current times in 1994, a Mr. and Mrs. Biewer crossbred two of their Yorkies to end up with the Biewer Terrier Bred.

These tiny doggies full-grown weigh in at 4 to 8 pounds and stand only 7 to 11 inches tall their life expectancy is up to 16 years giving you a wonderfully long time to enjoy life with them.

Biewer Terriers personality and temperament is childlike and happy; they do well in small households and get along well with children probably because of their own personality of loving to play. These little ones are very friendly and love spending time with their families.

This breed does require grooming on a regular basis with their long silky fur which looks like someone parted it down the middle of the back from the head to their tails. Brushing daily and a bath once weekly is required but their size makes this a very easy and quick job.

These are playful, mischievous little dogs that can be pushy. Despite their small stature, they are sturdy, active and alert. These little ones are not known to be yappy barkers.

If you have a small living space this little doggie could be right for you.



Bolognese is a small breed originating from the Bichon type and comes from Italy named after a city in Northern Italy of Bologna.

These little ones are all white weighing 5.5 to 9 pounds growing 10 to 12 inches and have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. This would be considered about normal for most dog breeds for life expectancy.

They love attention and make good house pets. These little ones are good at socializing with other dogs, big and small. These little ones have a strong bond with the person/s with whom they spend the most time.

Grooming requires brushing daily for their loose ringlets that cover their whole body, the hair on the face is shorter, but this keeps them from getting matted. Bathing is required at least once a month.

These little ones do not shed as much either making them wonderful little companions and house pets. These little ones are playful, easy going, and very devoted.

If you are looking for a sweetheart that is all white and very loyal check into getting a Bolognese.


In Closing

Here are three of the numerous toy miniature breeds and they all sound like wonderful little doggies to take home, well for me anyways.

I am hoping that by providing you with a little about each breed this will help you to pick you are next doggies much more easily or possibly even the very first one.

So until I can get a little more research done for the next few breeds for you I am hoping you stay well and please come back to delightfuldoggies4u soon to see what else is new.

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