Russian Toy

Other names : Russkiy Toy, Russian Toy Terrier

Photo: adult dog of Russian Toy breed
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Life expectancy

The Russian Toy has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 9 and 11 in
Male Between 9 and 11 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 7 lb
Male Between 4 and 7 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour
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More details about the Russian Toy

Russian Toy: Origins and history

The adorable Russkiy Toy descends from the English Toy Terrier and was bred to hunt and kill rats. However, due to her charming personality and cute looks, she quickly became popular with Russian aristocrats as a companion dog. The population withered in the 1920s when Communism was on the rise, and almost became extinct during the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. Thankfully, though, the little trooper is still going strong today due to a rise in popularity in other countries.

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FCI classification of the Russian Toy

  • Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs

  • Section 9 : Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy

Training a Russian Toy

The Russian Toy Terrier falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to training. She picks up new tricks easily but can fall victim towards the classic ‘small dog syndrome’ if boundaries aren’t set early on. This breed hates harsh corrections and requires fun training sessions using plenty of positive reinforcement and rewards. To avoid seeing the willful, independent streak in this breed, make training consistent and extensive from an early age.

Russian Toy: Purchase price

Purchasing this breed will set you back a minimum of £650 for a Non-KC Registered dog. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £50 to £80 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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