Original Name : Russkiy Toy
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Russkiy Toy, Moscow Longhaired Toy Terrier
Male size : 8-11 inches
Male weight : Up to 6½ lbs
Female size : 8-11 inches
Female weight : Up to 6½ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Russian Federation
Active and very cheerful, neither timid nor aggressive, Russian Toys may have a brilliant future going for them as small dogs become increasingly popular. There is a marked difference between males and females in terms of behavior, but not in terms of appearance.
Small compared to the body, high skull that is not too broad, clearly pronounced stop.
Square-shaped, elbows a little over half the height at the withers, sufficiently high chest.
Black and tan, brown and tan, blue and tan, but also any shade of red, with or without black or brown overlay.
Large, thin, set high, erect.
Sickle-shaped, not carried lower than the topline.
Two varieties: smooth or long.
In the early 20th century the English Toy Terrier was one of the most popular companion dogs in Russia, but breeding virtually stopped dead in its tracks for the first three decades after the revolution, threatening the survival of the breed. Efforts were taken in the mid fifties to rectify the situation. Almost all the dogs used were lacking in pedigree. The standard for these dogs was very different to the English Toy Terrier’s in a number of fundamental ways and the breed developed along its own lines until it was provisionally accepted by the F.C.I. Russian Toys are elegant, active dogs with long legs, fine bones and lean muscles.
Save Borzois, Russian breeds are typically imposing working dogs, so the Russian Toy has everything to be a very popular companion dog.