A miniature terrier known as Russian Toy is the smallest Russian dog and one of the tiniest dogs in the world. It is a relatively new Russian dog breed that was recognized by the American Kennel Club only in 2008. This mini-dog with its brittle, delicate legs, short bobbed tail and swan neck resembles a little fawn. It has a refined small head with very expressive eyes and stand-up ears.
There are two varieties of this breed: Russian Longhaired Toy Terrier and Shorthaired Russian Toy Terrier. Their hair may be black and tan, red, brown and tan, blue and tan or pale-yellow. It is not allergenic and doesn’t have any odor, except for the perfume of the dog’s owner.
The history of this miniature terrier is rather unusual. Before the communist revolution in Russia one of the most popular dog breeds with the Russian aristocracy was the English Toy Terrier. When Bolsheviks came to power in 1917 this breed as well as Borzoi was labeled “bourgeois”, and the number of these dogs decreased critically. Only in 1950s Russian breeders began the revival of the English Toy Terrier. Due to their total isolation from Western colleagues the evolution of the breed went its own way producing a new Soviet dog breed with its own unique features and standard. The new mini-dog was called the Moscow Toy Terrier and later the Russian Toy Terrier. Its long-haired variety became especially popular in Russia because the Russian Longhaired Toy Terrier was suited for walks in cold weather.
The Russian Toy Terrier is a loving, obedient and affectionate dog, a loyal and tender companion. It is generally easy to train and very sensitive to criticism. This cute miniature terrier is very cheerful, active and playful. It always gets along well with small children and other pets.
Despite its pocket size this Russian dog is typically known as a healthy breed. Sometimes they may suffer from knee and dental problems as well as ear and eye infections. Female Russian Toy usually gives birth to 1-3 puppies. The two breed varieties can be crossed and give both longhaired and smooth puppies from the same litter.
Owning the Russian Toy doesn’t create any difficulties. It is easy to keep this miniature terrier in a small apartment and to take it along anywhere. Just watch your steps at home and don’t let this amazing mini-dog jump out of your hands.
Russian Toy Size:
Height: 8 to 10 inches
Weight: 3 to 6 pounds
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