Toy Poodles

 
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At a glance
toy poodleThe Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three sizes of the Poodle breed. The Poodle is the national dog of France. Despite being always grouped together with everything French, the breed is thought to have originated in Germany or Russia, although their current appearance was developed in France. They are elegant, highly intelligent and obedient dogs, adept at retrieving and agility training.

Summary

  • Names – Caniche, Chien Canne, Tea Cup Poodle, Pudle (Old English)
  • Group – AKC: Toy Group; KC: Utility
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average of 14; range of 12 to 18
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – low
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – high
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – medium
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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Standard Poodles

At a glance
standard poodleStandard Poodles are part of the utility group and can be trained to become champions at agility training and for show. Their coats can be groomed into unique and beautiful clips.

Summary

  • Names – Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
  • Group – AKC: Non-Sporting Group; KC: Utility
  • Size – large
  • Life expectancy – average of 13; range of 10-14 years
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – medium
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – high
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – medium
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – medium

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Pugs

At a glance
pugA Pug is a small dog recognized for his trademark round wrinkly face and dark bulging eyes. The breed came from China and may be as old as 1100 BC.

Summary

  • Names – Mops, Puggles, Puggu, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Mini Mastiff
  • Group – AKC: Toy Group; KC: Toy
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average of 13; range of 12 to 15 years
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – low
  • Ease of Training – medium
  • Obedience level – medium
  • Suitable for Children – medium
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – medium

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Pomeranians

 
Filed under Dog Breed Index

At a glance
pomeranianOne of the most diminutive of the toy breeds, the Pomeranian is a fox-like dog, characterized by has triangular face and double-layered coat. Pomeranians are loyal and energetic house pets, known for being “big dogs in small packages”, most especially because they are not intimidated by larger dogs that threaten their loved ones.

Summary

  • Names – Pom, Zwergspitz; Spitz nain; Spitz enano; Zwers
  • Group – AKC: Toy Group; KC: Toy
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average of 14; range of 12 to 19 years
  • Cost of ownership – low
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – high
  • Amount of Exercise – low
  • Amount of Grooming – medium
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – medium
  • Amount of Care Required – low
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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Miniature Schnauzers

At a glance
miniature schnauzerThe Miniature Schnauzer is a small dog with distinctive bushy eyebrows and moustache. Like a terrier, the salt-and-pepper-coated schnauzer is always on the go, yet friendly and obedient. The dog resembles the larger Standard Schnauzer.

Summary

  • Names – Zwergschnauzer (Dwarf Schnauzer), Mini Schnauzer
  • Group – AKC: Terrier Group; KC: Utility
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average of 13; range of 12 to 15 years
  • Cost of ownership – low
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – low
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – medium
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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Maltese

At a glance
malteseMaltese are small toy dogs with snow-white hair and are also known as bichon maltaise. The breed is a very popular companion dog and show dog.

Summary

  • Names – bichon maltaise, Couton, Maltie
  • Group – AKC: Toy Group; KC: Toy
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average of 15; range of 14 to 18 years
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – low
  • Amount of Grooming – high
  • Ease of Training – medium
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – medium

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Lhasa Apsos

 
Filed under Dog Breed Index

At a glance
lhasa apsoLhasa Apsos are a small non-sporting breed of dog that originated in Tibet. His job assignment hundreds of years ago was to protect monasteries from intruders.

Summary

  • Names – “Bark Lion Sentinel Dog”, Bobbydog, Bob, Apso Seng Kyi, Tibetan Apso
  • Group – AKC: Non-Sporting Group; KC: Utility
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average lifespan is 15 years; age range of 14 to 18
  • Cost of ownership – low
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – medium
  • Amount of Exercise – low
  • Amount of Grooming – medium
  • Ease of Training – medium
  • Obedience level – medium
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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Labrador Retrievers

At a glance
labradorCertainly one of the most famous retrievers, the Labrador Retriever owes its name to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Well known since the 1800s as a gun dog, the Lab is now one of the most sought-after pet dogs in the world.

This dog is about 23 inches tall and has a weight range of 60 to 80 pounds. A true Lab’s color is a solid black, yellow, or dark brown (“Chocolate Labs”).

Summary

  • Names – Labrador or Lab
  • Group – AKC: Sporting Group; KC: Gundogs
  • Size – medium
  • Life expectancy – 12 to 14 years
  • Cost of ownership – low
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – low
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – low
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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Labradoodles

 
Filed under Dog Breed Index

At a glance
A labradoodle is the hybrid result of crossbreeding a poodle with a Labrador retriever.  However, this definition is currently being defined by the fact that there are three different types of Labradoodles currently being bred: the Australian Labradoodle based and bred in Australia, the Australian Labradoodle bred in the USA and the American Labradoodle.

Summary

  • Names – Groodle, Curly Golden, Goldenpoo, Doodle, Poodle-Cross
  • Group – not recognized
  • Size – medium
  • Life expectancy – average of 12 years; range of 9 – 15 years
  • Cost of ownership – low
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – medium
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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Jack Russell Terriers

At a glance
jack russell terrierJack Russell Terriers belong to the working terrier group. They are popular household companions that are energetic, dedicated, determined and playful.

Similar to the Parson Russell Terrier, this breed also originated in England and stands 13 to 14 inches at the withers, weighs 13 to 17 lbs, and lives up to18 years.

Summary

  • Names – Jack Russell, Jack
  • Group – AKC: Terrier Group; KC: Terriers
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – 11 to 18 years; average of 15 years
  • Cost of ownership – low
  • Ease of ownership – medium
  • Aggressive tendency – high
  • Amount of Exercise – high
  • Amount of Grooming – low
  • Ease of Training – low
  • Obedience level – medium
  • Suitable for Children – medium
  • Amount of Care Required – high
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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