Hey all! We're a community for all owners and lovers of toy dogs.
Whether you just can't have enough communities for your pug pictures or your own toy dog is too rare of a breed to have it's own community, we're here for you. This is also a great place for people with mixed breed toys.
If you don't have a toy breed, that's fine too! Toy dog lovers or prospective owners are welcome as well. While the aim will be to make it mostly about our little ones, it's fine if you absolutely must share an awesome picture or story about your Lab, Greyhound, or whatever. =) Pictures of your other dogs or pets WITHIN a post about your toy is 100% fine and welcomed.
There aren't many rules here, but there are things to remember.
1. NO BREED BASHING. We don't care if you aren't partial to Boxers or whatever, but outright 'breedism' will not be tolerated. Don't respond to a harmless post with pictures of a person's Yorkie saying "zOmG, muh UNCLE gOt BiTT bY 1na THOSE deY eVillL!!!11
2. NO PEOPLE-BASHING. We don't care if your picture was blurry or if you hadn't brushed your hair yet in said picture. Anybody that is rude regarding something petty will be warned.
3. We aren't vets. If your dog has some oozing thing on it's face, don't bother asking us how to treat it. We'll hit you upside the head with a rock and tell you to go to the vet. Alternatively, if you notice something very minor it's fine to simply ask if that's normal before calling the vet. Common sense will apply on that sort of topic.
4. Please don't leave more than one good sized picture outside of a cut. Also, if your picture is really huge, also put it behind a cut. We won't have a set limit on what 'huge' is, but if you need to adjust your window somehow to see it, you can assume it's 'huge'. If somebody responds to your picture politely asking you to put it behind a cut because of it's size, we ask you to respectfully do so.
5. Don't worry about what's considered a 'toy dog'. The AKC doesn't recognize Boston Terriers as toys, but they're roughly the same size as my English Toy Spaniel. Dachshunds aren't considered toys by the AKC, but they're little, so we'll consider them toys also. So generally, if they don't pass your knee, we can consider them toys, here. =)
6. We don't support the "little dogs, big problems" mindset. Don't post about how cute it was when your Peke or Pom attacked your cousin. If you wouldn't let a German Shepherd do it, don't allow it from a little dog either!
7. We don't support casual or backyard breeding. If you talk about how your unregistered, untitled, un-health tested bitch which you failed to spay was impregnated at the dog park, you'll get bashed. Alternatively, if your champion health tested bitch was mated with another champion, health tested dog and you had beautiful, healthy, papered puppies with homes already lined up, feel free to tell us about it.
8. Introduce yourself! We won't kick out lurkers, but we want to know who you are! Tell us all about you and your pets.
If you're thinking of bringing home a Toy Breed Dog, Remember that: 1. Toy breeds are seen as "trendy" right now. They're a very hot commodity, and tons of breeders are milking this. The numbers of dangerous backyard breeders, puppy mills, and petstores selling sick, poorly bred puppies is astounding. Buying from a reputable source is very important!
You might see a sweet older puppy in a petstore that nobody wants, but remember that if you buy him, you're making it so that his greedy breeder can continue to breed more abused dogs. Buying from a "licensed" breeder means nothing. There are no criteria for licensing a kennel. Also, it's very well known that puppy mills can fake registration papers. In one experiment, people were able to register an imaginary litter of dogs from a dead, unregistered mother and a nonexistent father.
If you want to buy a puppy, decide on a breed and go straight to it's AKC official breed club's website. There, you can find information about responsible breeders. Find out what health problems are common in your desired breed, and make sure that a breeder only produces puppies from parents who were screened for those health problems (and found to be negative for them).
2. Buying a "teacup" puppy is a bad idea. Toy dogs are supposed to be small, of course, but remember that four, five, and six pound dogs are very small already! There is no need to produce dogs which are one, two, and three pounds.
Doing so produces unhealthy puppies which frequently have bugged-out eyes, horrible knees, and plenty more health issues. "Bantamization" of dogs (taking them from huge wolves to little Chi's) took thousands of years, but nowadays people are trying to slice off those last few pounds and inches in a matter of two or three generations. It's dangerous.
If you want a small dog but don't believe that "regular" toys are small enough, consider that show-quality Chihuahuas, Maltese, Yorkies, Toy Poodles and other toys barely pass their show-handlers ankles. When you really think about it, you'll find for yourself that they really are as small as you'd ever need. If you need a dog you can fly with, most airline limits on dog + carrier weights are fifteen pounds. A ten-pound dog and 5-pound carrier would make the cut, for sure.
3. Buying a "designer" breed is very silly. These dogs are, in a single word, mongrels. Mutts make wonderful pets - few would dispute that - but the $1500 malti-poo you're eyeing could be adopted for $100 at your nearest shelter. Some will argue that these designer dogs started with a purpose - supposedly "Labradoodles" were first bred from labs and poodles in hopes of finding seeing-eye dogs which would have the hypoallergenic qualities of the poodle. That's fine, but now breeders claim that if you breed a poodle with a maltese you'll end up with puppies who have the intelligence of the poodle and outgoing personality of the maltese. How do they know this? How do they know that they won't get the worst qualities from either breed? They don't. They absolutely don't. There are hundreds apon hundreds of breeds in existence - there's a dog for everyone. There's no need to make more "just because".
4. Toy dogs need homes, too!!! Some people fall under the impression that the only dogs in rescues are big scary attack dogs. That's completely false. Dogs end up in rescues for all sorts of reasons - it isn't just because they're mean or somehow otherwise undesireable. Many people can't keep their dogs because of health problems, because of a divorce or another kind of split, because they've encountered financial issues, and many other reasons. Because so many toy dogs exist, that gives them plenty of chances to be "dumped". If you don't need a purebred, registered, champion-lined dog for showing, save a life. Adopt.
5. Toy dogs are not accessories. They are 13+ year commitments. They will still be alive when the "pocket-puppy" fad dies off. Get them because they're fun, loyal, smart, exciting, spirited, playful, comforting, and loving. Not because they're just "cute".
If you've just brought home a Toy Breed Puppy, remember that: 1. Toy Puppies are FRAGILE! They should be held securely against the chest by adults and responsible children only!
2. Toy puppies, especially those under five months, frequently fall into Hypoglycemic Shock! They need lots of rest and several small meals per-day to keep their blood sugars balanced. If you notice your dog is drowsy, uncoordinated, and cold to the touch, rub corn syrup onto his/her gums immediately for absorbtion into the bloodstream - THEN CALL THE VET!!! - The sugar in the corn syrup will hopefully keep your puppy from loosing consiousness or siezing, but a vets attention and guidance is still needed!
3. Your puppy will grow into an adult dog. Regardless of a dogs size, whining, jumping, biting, marking, digging, chewing, and eliminating in the house will seem a lot less "okay" when that pup grows up. Remember this and act accordingly by offering your dog calm, consistent training and guidance.