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Russian Toy Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Russian Toy so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginRussia
Other Names
What other names does the Russian Toy have? The dog breed also known as...
Russian Toy Terrier, Russian Terrier, Moscow Toy Terrier, Moscovian Miniature Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Russian Toy recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Russian Toy recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Russian Toy breed?
Canadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Russian Toy puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Russian Toy price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Russian Toy, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Russian Toy for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Russian Toy gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Russian Toy size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Russian Toy weigh? Russian Toy weight:
3-6 pounds (1.3-2.7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Russian Toy? Russian Toy average weight:
4.5 pounds (1.3-2.7 kg)
Height
How tall is the Russian Toy? Russian Toy height:
8-10 inches (20-26 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Russian Toy average height:
9 inches (23 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Russian Toy have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Russian Toy's coat?
TanBrownBlue Black
Grooming
How to groom the Russian Toy and how often?
Easy to groom: The Russian Toy doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Russian Toy is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Russian Toy dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Russian Toy Terrier? Russian Toy shedding level:
Russian Toys are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Russian Toy have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveLoyalProtectiveCheerfulPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Russian Toy? Are they intelligent?
Average: Russian Toy's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Russian Toy dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Russian Toys are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Russian Toy is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Russian Toy sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Russian Toys don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Russian Toys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Russian Toy Terrier need? Russian Toy social needs:
Russian Toys are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Russian Toy dogs bark a lot? Why does my Russian Terrier bark?
Average to high: The Russian Toy is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Russian Toy good as a watchdog?
Russian Toys are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Russian Toy dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Russian Toys are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Russian Toy bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Russian Toy Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Russian Toy? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Russian Toy has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Russian Toy do?
Russian Toys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Russian Toys need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Russian Toy to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Russian Toy roam?
Russian Toys have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Russian Toy have high prey drive?
Russian Toys have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Russian Toys are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Russian Toy good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Russian Toys are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Russian Toys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Russian Toy dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Russian Toys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Russian Toy dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Russian Toy and children:
Russian Toys are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Russian Toy dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Russian Toys are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Russian Toy good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Russian Toy dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Russian Toys are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Russian Toys good office dogs? Do Russian Toys make good office friendly dogs? Can Russian Toys be ofiice dogs?
No
Russian Toy is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Russian Toy dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Russian Toy Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Russian Toy dogs good for elderly owners?
Russian Toys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Russian Toy dogs get along with other pets? Are Russian Toy dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Russian Toys are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Russian Toy breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Russian Toys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Russian Toy be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Russian Toy is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Russian Toy be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Russian Toy is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Russian Toy be a 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. Russian Toy is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Russian Toy be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Russian Toy is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Russian Toy be a boat dog?
Not really
Russian Toy breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Russian Toy be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Russian Toy is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Russian Toy dogs have health problems?
Russian Toys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Russian Toy breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Russian Toy breed? Health risks of Russian Toy:
Patellar LuxationRetained Baby Teeth
Life Expectancy
How long do Russian Toy dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Russian Toy be?
11-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Russian Toy breed hypoallergenic?
No
Russian Toys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Russian Toy have?
Russian Toys are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Russian Toy dogs require per day?
Russian Toys have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Russian Toys don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Russian Toy need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Russian Toy risk for obesity:
Average. The Russian Toy has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Russian Toy's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Russian Toy has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Russian Toy drool?
The Russian Toy is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Russian Toy puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Russian Toy: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Russian Toy have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Russian Toy have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Russian Toy

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Russian Toys are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Russian Toy doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Russian Toys are low shedders.
  • Adaptability: Russian Toys adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Russian Toys are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Russian Toys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Russian Toys tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Russian Toys don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • 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.
  • Office Friendly: Russian Toy is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Russian Toys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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