Looking for a toy breed without the fluff and frill? Meet the King of Toys—elegant, brash, independent, and one of the most energetic breeds. Be ready for action with me; I need several spirited games or brisk walks a day to help me blow off steam. I’m very curious and have a tendency to take off. Be sure to protect my small frame in cold weather.
I’m more playful than affectionate with family and am even more reserved with children, strangers, and other dogs. I’m a barker and will be a courageous, if not very threatening, watchdog. Training requires a firm approach or I’ll quickly rule the roost with my bold, confident attitude. New dog owners may be overwhelmed by my energy and stubbornness.
I’m small enough to fit in a tote bag at 10 to 12 inches tall and 8 to 10 pounds, but I likely won’t stay inside it for long. I have an easy-care coat that can be kept sleek and shiny with a bristle brush or mitt every few days. Occasional wipe-downs with a washcloth can keep me clean without stripping natural skin oils. My coloring may be red, black and rust, or chocolate brown and rust.
A robust little dog with few health problems, I should keep you on the go for about 12 to 14 years. Minor health issues to watch for are kneecap luxation and Legg-Perthes disease (hip degeneration). Weight gain can also be a problem—more exercise and fewer treats!