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Dogs of the group 9: dogs of pleasure and company, which particularities?

Group 9 includes 25 dog breeds, plus the Russian Toy Terrier, a breed provisionally recognized by the FCI, the Fédération Canine Internationale. These dogs are morphologically different from each other and come from different geographical areas. Let's discover the 11 sections of the group 9 and let's take stock of the particularities of these companion dogs.

First section of Group 9: Bichons and related breeds

Section 1 includes 6 dog breeds and is divided into 3 sub-sections.

1.1 Bichons

  • Bichon Frise
  • Havanese
  • Bolognese
  • Maltese

1.2 Coton de Tulear

  • Coton de Tulear

1.3 Small lion dog

  • Small lion dog
Second section of Group 9: Poodles

Only 1 breed is registered in this second section.
  • Black, brown, grey, white, red fawn, orange fawn (apricot) poodle:
    • Large
    • Medium
    • Dwarf
    • Toy

Third section of Group 9: Small Belgian Dogs

3 dog breeds divided in 2 sub-sections.

3.1 Griffons

  • Brussels Griffon
  • Belgian Griffon

3.2 Small Brabançon

  • Small Brabançon

Fourth section of Group 9: Bare Dogs

1 breed forms this section 4.
  • Chinese Crested Dog
    • Naked
    • With wispy coat and puff

Fifth section of Group 9: Tibetan Dogs

There are 4 dog breeds in section 5.
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Shih Tzu
  • Lhasa Apso

Sixth section of Group 9: Chihuahua

1 breed makes up this section 6.
  • Chihuahua
    • Shorthair
    • Longhair

Seventh section of Group 9: English Toy Spaniels

We find here 2 dog breeds.

  • King Charles Spaniel
    • Black and tan
    • Ruby
    • Pearl white with chestnut markings
    • Tricolor (Prince Charles)
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    • Black and tan
    • Ruby
    • Pearl white with chestnut markings
    • Tricolor (Prince Charles)

Eighth section of Group 9: Japanese Spaniels and Pekingese

2 breeds make up section 8.
  • Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
  • Pekingese Spaniel (Pekingese)

Section 9 of Group 9: Continental Toy Spaniels

Section 9 has 2 breeds of dogs.
  • Russian Toy Terrier : dog breed provisionally recognized by the FCI
  • Smooth-haired
  • Longhaired
  • Continental Toy Spaniel
  • Straight-eared (Papillon)
  • Floppy-eared (Phalène)

Tenth section of Group 9: Kromfohrländer

Only 1 breed is in this section 10.
  • Kromfohrländer
    • Smooth-haired
    • Wire-haired

Eleventh section of Group 9: Small Molossoids

3 dog breeds make up section 11.
  • Pug
    • Fawn and clear with black mask
    • Black
    • Silver
    • Apricot with black mask
  • Boston Terrier
  • French Bulldog
    • Uniform fawn, brindle, unbrindle, limited patchiness
    • Fawn, brindle, non-brindle, medium and heavy spotted

Main qualities of the dogs of group 9

Except for the Great Poodle, the dogs of group 9 are small, but all of them, without exception, are used exclusively as companion dogs. This is the only criterion on which their classification in this group is based even if, because of their specific aptitudes, some of them could be used as rakers in stables (Griffon), for duck hunting (Poodle) and even for guarding warehouses (French Bulldog).

They are alert, like to play and like to be stimulated in their thinking. They do not tolerate solitude very well. They accept a sedentary lifestyle, but they are not completely content with it because they absolutely need to be able to go out several times a day to exercise. Each one can live happily in an apartment as long as the owner takes care to maintain the daily physical activity of his little companion.

Although they have some points in common, some of the dogs in Group 9 are distinguished by their mischievous and particularly dynamic side, as is the case with the Poodle for example. We can also note the calm and composed character of the Tibetan dogs, but they deign to obey only the orders that suit them.

All of them are descended from small working dogs. However, nowadays, these dogs are no longer called working dogs. They integrate our homes for their pleasant company. They are loyal, affectionate, protective and friendly. They are deeply attached to their master, following him everywhere, being very attentive to his every move, and systematically seeking his attention. They can even be a little jealous when they are no longer the center of interest of their owner. Although not very demanding, they can only blossom with a loving, attentive and available family.