Toy small dogs: what are they?

Toy, small dogs - what are they?

The curious case of the toy, small dogs which, in reality, do not exist. Or better: for the ENCI there are only three breeds that can use the wording with full knowledge of the facts “Toy”either because it is an integral part of the name of the breed, or because, for that breed, the variant really exists “Toy”.

For all other defined breeds “toy”well, this is just a commercial slogan born with the aim of raising prices for a dog that, at the end of the fair, does not fall within the breed standard and therefore, logically, should be charged less and not moreover.

How much does a toy dog ​​cost?

Typically a “toy” dog is charged more because that “toy” should represent an added value. But that’s not really the case. Let’s take an example: the Maltese. It is a small breed of its own, it should weigh a maximum of 3-4 kg, with a minimum height at the withers of 21 cm and 20 cm for females.

Well, a purebred Maltese puppy with Pedigree should cost between 800 and 1,500 euros, but they can also be found for less. If I go and look for the price of a Maltese toyhere I start from € 1,000 upwards, so potentially more than a normal Maltese.

Except that Maltese toy only exists as a commercial move. First of all, the Enci breed standard does not speak of a toy version: the Maltese is only one, period, that of 3-4 kg. So defining a 3-4 kg Maltese toy is wrong, because it is a very normal Maltese in standard, so why pay more?

If, on the other hand, you mean that 2.5 kg Maltese as a toy, well, you are looking at a dog that is out of the breed standard. On the contrary, the standard is clear: if the males are less than 19 cm tall and the females less than 18, this is a serious defect, which would penalize you a lot in the exhibition. So, in theory, you are paying more for a non-standard Maltese.

What are toy dog ​​breeds?

Basically the ENCI shows us only 3 dog breeds in which the word toy makes sense:

  • Poodle: there is the Toy Poodle, the one with a height of 24-28 cm at the withers, therefore the smaller size. The variant of the Poodle or Toy Poodle is therefore certified by the same Enci and not considered a defect
  • Russian Toy: in this case the adjective “toy” is part of the name of the breed, but it does not indicate the size, also because there is only one variant that must weigh a maximum of 3 kg and must have a height of 20-28 cm at the withers
  • English Toy Terrier Black & Tan: also in this case the adjective “toy” is simply part of the name, but does not indicate a small variant of the breed which is unique

And enough: for Enci all the various Chihuahua toys, Pinscher toys, Maltese toys do not exist. They are simple Chihuahuas, Pinscher and Maltese.

Which dog breed stays small?

There are zillions of small dog breeds that don’t need the adjective toy to stay small. Of course, that is unless you make poor selections by mating Chihuahua with Pinscher and then try to pass off those too small mestizos that come with them as Pinscher toys.

Do you want a dog that stays small? Take a Chihuahua, a real Pinscher, a Maltese, a Yorkshire Terrier, a Papillon, in short, all small breeds under 10 kg.

How do you tell if a dog is a toy?

You can not understand if a dog is toy because, technically, except for those three breeds above, toys shouldn’t exist. Toy simply means smaller than the average of the standard. Let’s go back to the Maltese: if you have a Maltese that at two months already weighs 3 kg, then probably, counting that it will double the weight at six months, then it is likely that it is neither a pure Maltese nor an alleged toy.

How to tell if a dog is small in size?

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I small dogs usually when they are puppies they have slender and thin legs. Furthermore, it is unlikely that a small dog of two months will weigh 5-6 kg.

What does toy mean for dogs?

As we have seen before, for the Enci “toy” is the smaller variant of the Poodle, while in the Russian Toy and English Toy Terrier Black & Tan it is a simple adjective in the name.

But why are dog owners so fascinated by the “toy” concept? Probably for the same reason why, for large breeds, they always ask for the “Giant German Shepherd”, the “Giant Newfoundland”: even here they do not exist, this time they are oversized and non-breed standard dogs, but in the sense opposite to.

Standard dogs, perhaps, don’t look quite as special as a smaller Chihuahua, a larger Rottweiler, a French Bulldog of the wrong color.

What does mini toy mean?

At the dog level? Nothing. On a commercial level: I’m selling you the even smaller, increasingly tiny toy dog, practically a Smurf. Mini toy it’s just another commercial term aimed at attracting customers, nothing more.

We look forward to the next dog Mini ultra toy. Other similar terms, then, are Teacup e Pocket.

What is the difference between toy and toy poodles?

From the Enci breed standard, the Toy poodle is the smaller version, followed by the Dwarf bum. These are the heights at the withers:

  • Large: from 40 to 60 cm at the withers
  • Medium: from 35 to 40 cm at the withers
  • Dwarf: from 28 to 35 cm at the withers
  • Toy: 25 to 28 cm at the withers.

How long does a mini toy live?

How many a breeding toy dog ​​lives? They are usually not very long-lived as they are the result of selections that do not always take into account the health of the dog. If, for example, the subject is toy because he suffers from true pituitary dwarfism, he will hardly have a long life. But in this case, being a toy is due to a disease.

In general, anything that deviates excessively from the standard is a sign of poor longevity: dogs markedly too small compared to the standard or giants often present greater health problems than the standard subjects.

How much does a mini toy grow?

Hard to tell you what the weight of a small toy dog e how much it can grow. In general it should be smaller than the minimum of the standard, otherwise it would make little sense to call it a toy. In any case, it should be a few kg, also because the wording usually applies to small breeds or relative crosses. No one would ever dream of selling a German Shepherd toy. At least, I hope.

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