Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Russian Toy Terrier; Moscow Toy Terrier; Russkiy Toy; Moscovian Miniature Terrier; Russian Longhaire
The original Russian Toys were extremely popular, especially with noble women, during the period of Czars because of its small size, excellent temperament, and general health. Alas, many of these toy dogs were killed along with their aristocrat owners during the Communist revolution, and the breed was not really revived until the mid 1950s, thanks to the efforts of few Russian breeders.
There are two types, long-haired and smooth-haired, both adorable. Thanks to its small litter sizes, the demand for this charming toy still far outstrips its supply, especially outside Russia.
The Russian Kynological Federation recognized the breed in 1981. They are now recorded by the AKC's Foundation Stock Service, a first step toward recognition in the US.
Note: The smooth coat Russian Toy was formerly known as the Russian Toy Terrier.
Appearance / health:
Russian Toys are tiny, compact, and well muscled dogs. Head is larger compared to body. Muzzle is clearly defined and slightly shorter than skull. The nose is slightly turned up. Eyes are round, set straight, and medium in size. They are dark in color are carry a lively expression. Ears of the Russian Toys are one of the distinguishing characters. They are large, prick and are set high directly above the head.
Legs are straight and relatively longer. Upper and lower sections of legs are of same length. Russian Toys are hare footed. Tail is held at or above the top line, covered with hair and docked.
Russian Toys are average shedders. The smooth, shorthaired variety can be gently brushed occasionally or simply wiped over with a damp cloth. The long coat needs to be brushed daily with a soft bristle brush to remove dead hair and stimulate coat growth. Bathing can be done once a month, taking care not to get water in the ears. Toenails can be trimmed once in a week. The ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. Regular brushing using special toothpaste and toothbrush available at pet store prevents tartar buildup.
Russian Toys usually fulfill their exercise requirements themselves by moving around the house. A walk once or twice a day keeps the dog physically fit, providing them with an opportunity to socialize with different people and situations. Puppies can be taken for shorter walks.
Not much is documented about the health issues seen in this breed.
Behavior / temperament:
Russian Toys are strongly attached to the owner and enjoy being a part of every family activity. Long hours of separation may lead to behavioral changes in them. House breaking is essential as these dogs may urinate in the house. Socialization may be required to prevent shyness or nervousness.
Russian Toys are intelligent with a good attention span. Basic obedience and household rules training are necessary. Harsh disciplinary measures may be avoided, as this could lead to negative behavior in the dog. Positive reinforcement with food or toys, play, or even verbal praise works best with this dog.
long life span, young children
psyche, bark, mood, stranger, terrible problem
Distinct feathers, shiny hair, silky hair, small decorative dogs
My Lovely Russian Toy Terrier
So my family and i got this dog 9 years ago from Russia, During the nine years it's seen many dogs come and go (also cats, etc) but it's never had a real problem with any animal. My dog might not be normal but at least it never has had a problem with any other animal if given time to get to know the other one. This dog breed is great for a family with young children (or so i feel), since it has a long life span (20+ years if all goes well) so it will be in your child's life for the growing and learning phase. i have personally had only a few bad experiences with mine which include, not really liking large people that are unknown A.K.A. buff 2 meter tall men :D but for children its been great if not abused and played with nicely, as every dog. Nasu (my dog) has also had 5 full bread puppies which are cute and tiny like Nasu, weighing about 3 kg so not hard to maintain or take the upper hand on if needed. In my experience Nasu never liked the cold and can be a challenge to walk at -15 c temperatures but it's never stopped me :D so if you have a family or you want some good company for the good and bad quarter of a lifetime i recomend a Russian Toy Terrier for you :) thanks.
From NitroShifter Jan 3 2015 8:47PM
Russian toy - russkiy toy - toy-terrier
Russian Toy – small, lively dog, up to 30 cm and up to 3 kg. Russian Toy
breed has two varieties – longhaired and smooth-haired. Smooth-haired
dogs have short, close-lying, shiny hair, without undercoat or bald
patches Longhaired dogs’ body is covered with moderately long (3-5 cm),
straight or slightly wavy hair, close-lying, which does not hide the
natural outline of the body . Hair on the head and on the front part of
limbs is short and close-lying. Distinct feathers on rear side of limbs.
The feet have long, silky hair which completely hides the nails. Ears
are covered with thick, long hair forming a fringe. Dogs of more than 3
years have such a fringe, which should completely hide the outer edges
and tips of the ears. Russian Toy – is a Russian breed, it was started
in 1950s. In our days Russian Toy breed is very popular like other small
From Kamarilla Jun 17 2012 2:14AM
The trembling russian
I don't own this dog but have to frequently look after it, since it's our friend's dog. After all these years watching it, I think I have only bad things to say.
The psyche of this dog is terrible - he's shaking, trembling, barking, stressing over everything and everyone. Usually they choose one trust-person and don't allow the other ones to come near him or the trustworthy person. It then bites and growls without any reason.
The peeing and pooping everywhere was a terrible problem when we watched this dog for many years. We even laughed, that we haven't had such big problems with any of our big dogs (which we have many of), and it's funny, how this little one is causing such trouble alone. And the problems weren't occuring only in our house, when he came to visit - the owner had to experience all of this, too. The most difficult part was, that you couldn't train him, he would bite, bark and not listen to anything. Our Labradors would look at this mess and be like "really? and you get mad at us for those little things we do wrong? we are angels compared to this one!". And they truly are!
There were problems with other animals and socializing in general, so I don't recommend this dog at all.
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