The Pug

Pugs were developed to be spoiled and adored. They were bred to be the treasured pets of Chinese Royalty. Their exact origins are unknown, but there are references to a Pug-like dog as early as 551 BC. Pugs made their way from the Chinese courts to Tibet, where they lived with the Buddhist monks. From there they spread to Japan, then Europe and finally North America. The Pug is also known as th... Read more

The Toy Dog Group

The Toy dog group is made up of the smallest dogs from all the different dog groups. Many of the Toy dogs are descendants from Ancient lap dogs that were owned by Royalty and Nobles worldwide. While others come from the terrier, hunting or even working groups. Most Toy dog were originally larger than they are today. They were bred down through selective breeding to be an easy to care for conven... Read more

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican State Chihuahua. They are the oldest North America dog breed. It is believed that they are descendants of the Mexican Techichi dogs. Scientific evidence show these dogs have been around since at least the 2nd century BC and could easily be much older. The Chihuahua was considered a sacred dog to the ancient Mayans. They believed that if a Chihuahua was s... Read more

The Maltese

The Maltese is a very old breed of dog. They are seen on art and are referenced in literature that dates back to 5000-2000 BC. Their exact origins are unknown. Some believe that they originally came from Asia and made their way to Europe through trade. While others believe that, they came from the Malta Island, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is believed that the Maltese descended... Read more

The Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers were developed in Germany some time before the 1830s the first written reference was in 1836, but they appeared in art dating from the 1600s. They were bred in order to keep barns and fields clear of vermin. Early dogs of this breed had very little contact with people and so became independent little ratters. Although documentation does not exist detailing exactly which dogs... Read more

The Toy and Miniature Poodle

The Toy and Miniature varieties of the Poodle were developed shortly after the Standard version, and became popular as far back as the 1400s. There is some speculation that there are poodle-like dogs that appeared in art dating as far back as 30 A.D. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the nobility carried Toy Poodles around in their sleeves to keep their arms and hands warm – these tiny dogs wer... Read more

The Shih Tzu

It is believed that the Shih Tzu comes from the crossing of the Pekingese and a Tibetan dog. They were first seen in Europe in the early 1930s where they were known as "Apsos". In 1935, they were renamed "Shih Tzu" and the first official Shih Tzu club was formed. The breed quickly spread throughout Europe and made their way to the United States after World War II with soldiers returning home f... Read more

The Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a descendant of the German Spitz. They are named after the Pomerania region, which today is part of both northern Poland and eastern Germany. The breed became extremely popular during the 1700 and 1800s due to being beloved pets of Europe’s Royalty. Queen Victoria owned an extremely tiny Pomeranian, which made diminutive Pomeranians highly desired by all the Nobles of that t... Read more