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This classification by Wozencraft is hotly debated by zoologists. Mathew Crowther, Stephen Jackson and disagree with Wozencraft and argue that based on ICZN Opinion 2027, the implication is that a domestic animal cannot be a subspecies. Crowther, and others argue that because the dingo differs from wolves by behavior, morphology, and that the dingo and dog do not fall genetically within any extant wolf , that the dingo should be considered the distinct taxon . Jackson and Groves regard the dog as a for the wolf with them both equally ranked at the species level. They also disagree with Crowther, based on the overlap between dogs and dingoes in their morphology, in their ability to easily hybridize with each other, and that they show the signs of domestication by both having a cranium of smaller capacity than their progenitor, the wolf. Given that (Linnaeus, 1758) has date priority over (Meyer, 1793), they regard the dingo as a for the dog . and others support the dingo as a subspecies of the dog from the earlier (Blumenbach, 1780). and proposed that the dog should be classified as under the and under the .
The diminutive size and winsome expressions of Toy dogs illustrate the main function of this Group: to embody sheer delight. Don't let their tiny stature fool you, though - - many Toys are tough as nails. If you haven't yet experienced the barking of an angry Chihuahua, for example, well, just wait. Toy dogs will always be popular with city dwellers and people without much living space. They make ideal apartment dogs and terrific lap warmers on nippy nights. (Incidentally, small breeds may be found in every Group, not just the Toy Group. We advise everyone to seriously consider getting a small breed, when appropriate, if for no other reason than to minimize some of the problems inherent in canines such as shedding, creating messes and cost of care. And training aside, it's still easier to control a ten-pound dog than it is one ten times that size.)
On the plus side, smaller dogs can
Your favorite breed not on our list of quiet smallbreed dogs?
Many of the dogs listed on this page can be registered through the American Kennel Club. But some are so rare in the U.S. that, although they are purebred, they have not as of yet been entered into this registry. Around the world, however, they may be much more common.
We continue to add to this small dog breed list as we research new breeds, so check back often -- your perfect breed might just be here waiting for you. Scientists have matched one particular gene, called IGF1, to small body size in dogs. To see if this gene existed in the various gray wolf populations of the world, Gray and her colleagues compared the DNA sequences of various domestic dog breeds to gray wolves from Alaska, Yellowstone, Spain, China and Israel, among other places.