It's easy to project our own expectations onto our dogs. I had no experience of so-called toy breeds before Zoey, who is half pug, half shih tzu. I expected her to be a bit 'precious' and maybe not cut out for country life. Wrong. She is as keen and ready to get wet and muddy (and worse) as any dog I've known and I think would be happy scuttling around fields all day long. As long as there was a packed lunch available.