The most popular dog breeds are often small and adorable. Pint-size pups make some of the best apartment dogs purely because they don’t take up too much room. And toy dog breeds are so portable, you can take them just about anywhere without too much fuss. They love being carried in totes while out on the town or in a backpack, sniffing the fresh air and taking in the scenery as you hike or bike the trails. These cute little pups are so small you might want to get more than one!
Are toy breeds healthier than other breeds?
All dog breeds are susceptible to different diseases. Brachycephalic dogs, such as the pug and bulldog, have short snouts, which makes them more prone to breathing issues, especially heat stroke. Cavalier King Charles spaniels are predisposed to mitral valve heart disease, according to Dr Abens. As for the healthiest, “Based on my experience, I would call out the Havanese and Miniature Pinscher as the least problematic,” says Dr McCarthy. The Coton de Tulear, also on our list, is relatively free of genetic health issues, per the AKC. Don’t forget – those tiny chompers are part of the health factor too. Dr McCarthy says periodontal issues are common in all toy breeds, so start dental care early.
Do toy breeds live longer than other breeds?
“In most of the animal kingdom, longevity increases with body size. For example, a mouse lives about 18 months while an elephant can live for 90 years. However, with dogs, longevity decreases with increased body size,” says Dr McCarthy. For instance, it’s common for a toy poodle to live well into the teens, but sadly, Great Danes rarely live past 10 years of age. It is unknown why smaller dogs live longer, but some research has found that statistically larger dogs do in fact live shorter lives than smaller breeds, says Dr Abens.
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Read on to learn more about the most popular toy dog breeds.