Decorative Dog Breeds

Decorative dogs are a collective concept, implying breeds of dogs used primarily for games and walks. They are not designed to perform special work and do not possess classical instincts (to track down game, to drive the flocks of sheep, to catch small rodents).

Decorative breeds of dogs have long served to entertain their masters, symbolized high status and prosperity. High-ranking people even often ordered portraits in a company with a miniature dog that people called "knee" in the people. There were rumors that small animals were kept in order to distract fleas, in the abundance of occupying hosts.

Today, indoor decorative dogs contain many people, despite the fact that the price of them remains quite high (about 120-300 dollars).

Decorative small breed dogs

The International Cynological Federation subdivides decorative dogs into many sections and assigns them to the 4th group called "Toi and Companions".

  1. Bichon Frize . A miniature breed bred in France. It is distinguished by a thick curly and silky wool of snow-white color. The dog is by nature very active, bold, playful, but not aggressive. Easily lends itself to upbringing and finds a common language with the masters.
  2. That poodle . The country of its origin is Central Europe. In the ranking of the most intelligent breeds takes second place after the Border Collie. The growth of that poodle is 24-28 cm, weight 6-9 kg. A characteristic feature of the breed is thick curly hair, requiring careful care and regular haircuts. The recognized colors are black, brown, silver, white, apricot and red.
  3. Chinese Crested Dog . Representatives of this breed can have soft veiled hair (such animals are called "pauderpuff"), or be completely naked (only head, limbs and tail are covered with wool). The height of the dog is 22-32 cm, and the weight is 4-6 kg. One of the distinctive features of this breed is the ability to manipulate the front paws. They can hug the master with their front paws, or by tapping them on their knees to wake them to work. Another interesting feature is the complete absence of aggression towards animals and strangers.
  4. Affenpinscher . It is of German origin. For the characteristic expression of the muzzle with bulging eyes and furry eyebrows in the people, this breed was called monkey. Affenpincher has a strong physique and a fearless energetic character. He needs constant attention and care. Otherwise, the dog begins to create a lot of noise and cause disturbances.
  5. Volpino-italiano . This breed comes from the European Spitz . The muzzle of a volpino is like a fox, and a fluffy tail is thrown on its back. This breed is valued for its well-developed watchdog, strong build and ability to learn fast.
  6. Parson Russell Terrier . The country of origin is the United Kingdom. The working terrier is active, hardy and agile. But it is also necessary to train him from the puppy's age, otherwise he will simply be uncontrollable.
  7. Chihuahua . Recognized as the smallest breed of dog. Has a surprisingly bold character, but with a strong fright in the chihuahua, involuntary urination may occur. Observant, curious and very active.
  8. Pug . It is an ancient breed that has a rich and interesting history. However, Pugs have many health problems associated primarily with corneal disease and obesity.
  9. The pygmy pomeranian . Due to its bright appearance, this dog often takes prizes at animal shows. Distinguished by a friendly, good-natured temper, is a wonderful companion for adults and children.
  10. Pekingese . Dogs with a bright appearance and active cheerful disposition. They are undesirable to keep together with young children, as they can be easily traumatized by rough handling.