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- #10: Yorkshire Terrier Facts, Information & Name
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- #7: Havanese Facts, Information & Names
- #6: Pekingese Facts, Information & Names
- #5: Bichon Frisé Facts, Information & Names
- #4: Maltese Facts, Information & Names
- #3: Shih Tzu Facts, Information & Names
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#10: Yorkshire Terrier Facts, Information & Name
- The Yorkshire Terrier is highly active, intelligent and playful and does well in agility sports.
- The Father of all Yorkies is believed to be “Huddersfield Ben” a champion show dog born in 1865.
- Yorkies are a bit fragile and are not a great choice for families with small kids.
- Yorkies bark a lot and are excellent watchdogs but they do require constant training and exercise to control the habit.
- By American Kennel Club (AKC) standards a Yorkshire Terrier should weigh 4 – 7 pounds and have a shoulder height of 6 – 9 inches.
- Yorkies are sometimes referred to as a “purse dog” because they love to go everywhere with their owners.
- Yorkies make excellent lap dogs and therapy dogs.
- Yorkies are known to be very brave.
- Known for being very social, Yorkies also tend to suffer from separation anxiety when left for long periods alone.
#9: Dachshund Facts, Information & Names
- The name Dachshund, is derived from the German words “Dachs” and “hund” which literally mean “badgerdog” in German.
- Believe it or not, the Dachshund was originally bred to exterminate vermin!
- Dachshunds come in 15 colors and exhibit 6 marking combinations.
- They come in 3 sizes – miniature, intermediate and standard – ranging between 11 and 32 pounds.
- Queen Victoria is credited for making the breed popular in England.
- The Dachshund was the very first Olympic mascot in the games’ history, in Munich – 1972.
- The hot dog was named after the Dachshund since they were big favorites with German butchers.
- Dachshunds may be little, but they LOVE to eat and are prone to obesity which shortens their lives.
- They are fond of jumping out of people’s arms and usually hurt their backs while doing so.
- The Dachschund is Britain’s first cloned dog.
#8: Pug Facts, Information & Names
- Pugs originated in the Far East and were regarded as priceless by Chinese emperors.
- They are often mistaken for being dumb, but are actually smart enough to get their own way with people.
- The breed got its name from Pug monkeys because of the close facial resemblance.
- Pugs are famous for snorting and are tagged “a grumble of pugs” when in a group.
- Pugs are generally very quiet dogs, leading many to believe that they don’t bark.
- This breed is known to shed hair 357 days a year which isn’t ideal for people with allergies.
- The Pug’s short nose makes it highly prone to suffer from heatstroke.
- A Pug’s tail is considered perfect if it has two curls.
- There’s a pug named Chester with an MBA from Rochville University.
- The secret fraternal group – Order of the Pug – is named after the breed.
#7: Havanese Facts, Information & Names
- The fact that Havanese have hair rather than fur makes them unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
- Havanese have a very bouncy gait, a trait which is unique to their breed.
- Havanese are nicknamed “Velcro dog” because of their tendency to stick very close to their owners.
- By 1970 there were only 11 Havanese dogs in the US, but this number was increased thanks to careful breeding by Cuban exiles.
- Havanese have earned fame as circus dogs doing shows all over Europe.
- Havanese dogs are intelligent and always eager to please, which makes them easy to train.
- The Havanese is Cuba’s National Dog and the only breed that’s indigenous to the country.
- Havanese’s almond-shaped eyes are considered to be the most human-like eyes among all dog breeds.
- The most famous owners of Havanese in this Century are Venus Williams, Barbara Walters, and Daniel Tosh.
- Contrary to its heavy outward look, this dog’s coat is actually very soft and light.
#6: Pekingese Facts, Information & Names
- The Pekingese has been confirmed by DNA evidence as one of the oldest dog breeds.
- The breed is named after China’s capital city of Peking.
- The Pekingese is nicknamed the Lion Dog for its uncanny resemblance to Chinese guardian lions.
- Pekingese dogs were exclusively owned by Chinese aristocrats; commoners risked punishment by death for possessing one.
- The Pekingese breed has 10 color combinations with three different types of markings.
- This dog breed has an unmistakable “v” shaped nose wrinkle between the eyes and the muzzle.
- Pekingese dogs carry themselves with an air of aristocracy and need early socializing to accept many people.
- Pekingese dogs require little food for their upkeep and don’t need long walks for their exercise.
- They have short muzzles which make them snore.
- A male Pekingese by the name of Pugg has a 4.5 inch tongue making him the dog with the current world’s longest tongue
#5: Bichon Frisé Facts, Information & Names
- The curious name “Bichon Frisé” is derived from “Frisé” – French for “curly, and “bichon” – a type of lap dog.
- Centuries ago Bichon Frisé dogs were used by sailors in barter trade since they were so popular.
- Their eyes do not open up fully until they’re 12 days old after birth.
- Bichon frisé dogs are a favorite with artists especially Francisco de Goya’s who featured them in several of his paintings.
- Long ago pampering bichon frisés was so fashionable in France that they coined a word for it – “bichonner” – meaning to make beautiful.
- Bichon frisés’ clownish and friendly personality makes them suitable for showbiz and circus acts.
- A Bichon Frisé ages fifteen ‘human’ years in the first year, nine ‘human’ years in the second year, and four ‘human’ years for every year thereafter.
- Just like a human’s hair, a Bichon Frisé’s hair never stops growing.
- Bichon frisé don’t shed fur which makes them hypoallergenic
- Bichon frisés hate water so you may not want to use our floating toys for dock diving. More info on choosing the right one here
#4: Maltese Facts, Information & Names
- Maltese has been around for over than 28 centuries making it the oldest of the toy breeds.
- Maltese are thought to originate from Malta and were bred down from a spitz-like dog used to hunt rodents.
- Years ago, Maltese dogs were found in many colors, but are always white these days.
- Owners of Maltese dogs in Egypt and Greece loved them so much that they buried them in elaborate tombs.
- Maltese were specially bred by Roman emperors to give them their white color considered sacred at the time.
- A Maltese dog’s nose can change color depending on whether he is in the shade or sunshine.
- They’re great therapy dogs.
- They can jump great distances and don’t seem to fear gravity.
- They suffer from separation anxiety when left alone and usually express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.
- The richest Maltese dog was Trouble with an inheritance worth $2 Million.
#3: Shih Tzu Facts, Information & Names
- “Shih Tzu” in Chinese means “lion dog”
- Shih Tzu were bred to be companion dogs and nothing more. They can’t guard, can’t hunt and can’t flush out vermin.
- DNA research shows that Shih Tzu are one of the world’s 14 oldest breeds.
- In ancient times Shih Tzu dogs served as lap warmers, foot warms, and bed companions.
- The Shih Tzu has a thick double coat comprising a tough outer coat and soft inner coat.
- The breed was nearly wiped out of China following the Communist Revolution in 1949.
- All surviving Shih Tzus today are descendants of 14 dogs that were brought to England in the ’30s.
- Shih Tzus are also nicknamed chrysanthemum dogs for the long hair on their faces, said to resemble the flower’s
- This dog breed doesn’t thrive in hot climates and is susceptible to heat stroke.
- Shih Tzus shouldn’t be left outside alone; they need a human’s love daily to survive.
#2: Chihuahua Facts, Information & Names
- Chihuahuas are descendants of the Techichi, a companion dog kept by the Toltec civilization in Mexico.
- The Chihuahua is the tiniest breed of dog in the world.
- Chihuahuas love to burrow, a trait associated with their ancestors who lived in the desert.
- In comparison to its body size, the Chihuahua has the biggest brain among all dog breeds.
- The Chihuahua has one of the widest color combinations of any dog breed.
- The life expectancy of the Chihuahua is one of the highest among dog breeds.
- Myth has it that Chihuahuas can actually die from a broken heart if separated from their owners. Recent cases suggest they are far from the only ones.
- Chihuahuas prefer sleeping under a cloth or blanket to feel snug.
- Chihuahuas are intelligent and fast learners capable of competing with larger dog breeds in agility and obedience trials.
- In their 105 years of competitions, Chihuahuas have never won the Best in Show award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
#1: Pomeranian Facts, Information & Names
- Pomeranians get their name from Pomerania, located near the Baltic shore, where they originated.
- Despite their small size, Poms have no qualms challenging bigger dogs.
- A couple of Poms are referred to as a “puff,” while a group of three or more is known as a “tuft”.
- Pomeranians weren’t always small; they were bred down to become companion dogs in the 19th century.
- Pomeranians are closely related to wolves by virtue of belonging to the spitz breed.
- Out of the three dogs that survived the Titanic disaster, two were Pomeranians.
- Frédéric Chopin’s “Waltz of the Little Dogs” was inspired his friend’s pet Pomeranian chasing his own tail.
- The Guinness World Record for “Fastest Dog on Two Paws” was set by a Pomeranian named Jiff in 2014.
- Pomeranians are trained as hearing assistance dogs and make great therapy dogs too.
- Martin Luther, the Protestant leader, had a Pomeranian, Belferlein, whom he often wrote about.