A lapdog is a dog that is small enough to be held in the arms or lie comfortably on a person's lap. Lapdogs are not a specific breed, but is a generic term for a type of dog of small size and friendly disposition.
Lapdogs historically were kept in many societies around the world by individuals with leisure time, as docile companion animals with no working function. Genetic analysis reveals that lapdogs are among the earliest specific types of dogs to live with people. Today, most lapdog breeds fall into the Toy breed group.
In opposition to Trashcanman, I am very much in love with small dogs. I came to this revelation in the last few years. Until then, I had always thought of myself as a large breed dog owner. One day, a lady came into my booth at an art's festival carrying a well behaved long haired chihuahua. Enchanted, I struck up a conversation and got the phone number of her breeder. My husband was not thrilled with my recent obsession, but indulged me despite his reservations. … more