A window seat and a pillow, the empress’s silken lap, a decorated wicker bed, center ring on a ribboned bench, mommy’s eye — favorite places of favorite toy dogs. The dogs that fill the Toy Group are those companion animals that have been developed over the centuries for the express purpose of becoming pets. Toy dogs, usually like to be pets, and are very fond of attention and affection. The diva show champions of the dog world, the toy dogs are the most populous at show, since exhibition (or showing off) is a natural, inbred ability.
Tiny dogs didn’t occur by accident, and most breeds have been intentionally conjured up by mankind. Bantamizing dogs has been a merry pastime of breeders for ages, and most every kind of dog has been miniaturized at some point in history. It is for this reason that many very different looking dogs populate the Toy Group. There are miniature spaniels, miniature retrievers, miniature scenthounds, miniature mastiffs, miniature terriers, and miniature herders. Walking through the Toy Group Best in Group competition is like an exhibition display at Disney World—”It’s a Small World.”
Because of their size, toy dogs make excellent companion dogs for apartment and condo dwellers. Exercise requirements and minimal, since a good run around the living room gives these little canines the opportunity to stretch their six-inch limbs. All dogs require a daily walk; since dogs are creatures of habit, your persistent toy dog will remind you like clockwork when the time has come. Positive-based discipline is necessary to keep the toy dog well behaved and slim. Toy dogs are prime targets for obesity, since snacking with mommy is the official toy dog pastime. In terms o annual registrations, toy dogs usually rank third after Sporting (Gun Dog) and Non-Sporting (Utility) breeds.