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Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua" Compare Russian Toy and Miniature Pinscher. Which is better: Russian Toy or Miniature Pinscher or Chihuahua?
Name Russian Toy Miniature Pinscher Chihuahua
OriginsRussia Germany Mexico
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank3267132
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Other Names Russian Toy Terrier, Russian Terrier, Moscow Toy Terrier, Moscovian Miniature Terrier Min Pin, King Of The Toys, Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinsc Chihuahueño, Csivava
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section.
Breed Recognition Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Foundation Stock Service North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $400-$600 $600-$800

General Appearance - Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua

Size Small Small Small
Weight 3-6 pounds (1.3-2.7 kg) Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg) 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg)
Avg. Weight 4.5 pounds (1.3-2.7 kg) Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8.5 pounds (about 4 kg) 4 pounds (2 kg)
Height 8-10 inches (20-26 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) 6-9 inches (15-23 cm)
Avg. Height 9 inches (23 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 7.5 inches (19 cm)

Hair & Care - Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua

Coat Smooth Rough Fine
Colors Tan Brown Blue Black Rust Chocolate Red Tan Black Chocolate Fawn Tan Cream Red Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Russian Toy doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Miniature Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Russian Toys are low shedders.
Miniature Pinschers shed moderately.
Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua

Temperament Active Loyal Protective Cheerful Playful Clever Friendly Playful Intelligent Energetic Outgoing Responsive Alert Devoted Intelligent Courageous Lively Quick
Intelligent Rank
Average: Russian Toy's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Miniature Pinscher's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Russian Toys are quite easy to train.
Miniature Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Russian Toy is a playful breed.
The Miniature Pinscher is a highly playful breed.
Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Miniature Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Russian Toys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Russian Toys are a social breed.
Miniature Pinschers are a social breed.
Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Russian Toy is a vocal breed.
High: The Miniature Pinscher is a very vocal breed.
High: The Chihuahua is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Russian Toys are average watchdogs.
Miniature Pinschers are average watchdogs.
Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Russian Toys are average defenders.
Miniature Pinschers strongly protect their territory.
Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Russian Toy has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Russian Toys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Russian Toys have average wanderlust potential.
Miniature Pinschers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Russian Toys have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Miniature Pinschers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Chihuahuas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Russian Toys are apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Russian Toys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Miniature Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Russian Toys do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Miniature Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua

Stranger Friendly
Russian Toys are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature Pinschers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Russian Toys are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Russian Toys are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Russian Toys are average friendly towards other dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Russian Toy is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Chihuahua is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Russian Toys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Russian Toys are generally with other pets.
Miniature Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Chihuahuas are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Russian Toys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Chihuahuas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Russian Toy breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Chihuahua breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua

Health Issues
Russian Toys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Miniature Pinschers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Patellar Luxation Retained Baby Teeth Epilepsy Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Collapsed Trachea Heart Murmurs Hydrocephalus Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Shivering
Life Expectancy 11-13 years 12-15 years 14-18 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Russian Toys are high energy dogs.
Miniature Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Russian Toys have an average exercise need.
Miniature Pinschers exercise need is minimal.
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Russian Toys don't need too much sleep.
Miniature Pinschers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The Miniature Pinscher breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Russian Toy has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Miniature Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Russian Toy is an average drooler.
The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Chihuahua is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Russian Toy vs Miniature Pinscher vs Chihuahua

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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