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Shih Tzu
2008-09-11 22:04:11

The Shih Tzu originated in China and is reported to be the oldest and smallest of the Tibetan holy dogs. The breed has several nicknames: Tibetan Temple Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog (due to its face looking like the flower), and the Tibetan Lion Dog. The breed stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 9 to 16 pounds. It is a solid, compact dog with good substance for its size. The Shih Tzu is...

Pug
2008-06-03 17:20:53

The Pug is a toy breed which was bred during the 15th century BC as lap dogs for Chinese Rulers during the Shang dynasty. The popularity of the breed later spread to Tibet, then Japan and Europe. The Pug was eventually dubbed the official dog of the House of Orange due to one saving the Prince of Orange's life. Several other famed historical rulers kept Pugs as pets. The breed was also kept as...

Lwchen
2008-05-27 17:01:25

The Löwchen is a very rare breed, also called the Little Lion Dog. Little is known about the history of the breed. It can be seen in paintings as far back as the 1500s. The modern Löwchen was bred by enthusiasts in Belgium, France and Germany in the late 1800s. The breed may be somehow related to the Bichon Frise. The Löwchen is a small breed, sometimes considered a toy breed, and...

Havanese
2008-05-26 12:54:24

The Havanese is a Bichon type dog developed in Cuba from an older breed, the Bichon Tenerife, which was introduced by Spanish sailors. It was briefly used as a circus dog, trick dog, and court companion in Europe during the 19th century. It is a very natural breed. The Havanese is a sturdy dog for its small size and should never look fragile. It stands from 8.5 to 11.5 inches tall. Its rump...

Coton de Tular
2008-05-21 11:48:54

The Coton de Tuléar is a small companion breed and the official dog of Madagascar. It is believed that the Coton was brought to the port of Tuléar by Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the 16th century. The breed was frequently used as a companion for sailors, merchants, pirates, and noblemen in travel. The breed may be linked to the Bichon family of dogs. The Coton is not widely...

Chinese Crested Dog
2008-05-21 10:54:32

The Chinese Crested Dog is an unusual looking toy breed of dog. A Chinese Crested dog was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Dog". It is speculated that the breed was originally used as a rat-catcher on ships and farmland. There are two types of Chinese Crested Dog: the Hairless, created by a dominant gene, and the Powderpuff. The Hairless variety can have various amounts of body hair. A true...

Chihuahua
2008-05-21 10:49:10

The Chihuahua was discovered in Mexico in 1850 and is the smallest breed of dog in existence. The modern-day Chihuahua might have been a cross between the Chinese hairless and the Aztec Techichi dog. The breed was first registered in 1905. Chihuahuas are tiny, they generally stand between 6 and 10 inches tall and weigh 3.3 to 6.6 pounds on average, although some can weigh up to 10 pounds....

Bolognese
2008-05-18 18:05:32

The Bolognese is a companion dog and a descendent of the Bichon group. The Bolognese stands from 9 to 12 inches tall and generally weighs 8 to 11 pounds. It is a small, white dog with a curly, wooly coat. It has large, dark eyes and an extremely compact body. The Bolognese is friendly and playful. It is an intelligent dog, eager to please and easy to train. The breed has very acute hearing...

Bichon Fris
2008-05-06 22:55:35

The Bichon Frisé is a small, white, lapdog; it is a very popular and intelligent pet. The Bichon Frisé descended from the Poodle, Water Spaniel, and a small white dog which existed in the Mediterranean as far back as 600 B.C. At one point in the breed's history it was a working Spanish boat dog. It was used to greet weary travelers on boats to make them feel more comfortable. The fur...

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