Russian Toy


The Russian Toy or Russkiy Toy is a small elegant dog, lively, long legged, with fine bone and lean muscles with their tail carried up over their back, the head is small compared to the body with erect ears and quite large round eyes. Russian Toys come long and smooth coat in the colours chocolate, black and tan, blue and tan, and any shade of red with or with out black or brown overlay.

Life Span

The Russian Toy has an average lifespan of 12 years.


Active, agile, very cheerful, not cowardly, not malicious. Intelligent and loyal. Males are usually active and impulsive and females are usually quieter and more docile.


Russian Toys are part of the Toy group of dogs. When fully grown most Russian Toys are between 1.5-3 kgs and 20-28cm high at the withers.

Russian Toy History

At the beginning of the 20th century, the English Toy Terrier was one of the most popular toy dogs in Russia. However, in the period 1920 – 1950 the breeding of pure toy terriers was almost stopped and the number of dogs fell to a critical level. Only in the mid-fifties did Russian dog-breeders begin the revival of the breed. Practically all dogs which were used for breeding had no pedigrees; many of them were not pure blood. The Standard drafted for Toy Terriers significantly differed from that of the English Toy Terrier in many aspects. From this moment, the evolution of the breed in Russia went its own way.

On the 12th of October, 1958 two smooth-haired dogs, one of which had slightly longer hair, gave birth to a male dog with a spectacular fringes on ears and limbs. It was decided to keep this feature.
The male was mated with a female which also had slightly long hair. Thus the longhaired variety of the Russian Toy appeared. It was called Moscow Longhaired Toy Terrier.

A dog breeder from Moscow, Yevgueniya Fominichna Zharova, played an important role in the creation of this breed variant.
It was during a long period of development, in an isolated context, along with a specifically conducted selection that a new breed was created: the Russian Toy with two varieties: longhaired and smooth-haired.



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Beth Skybinsky
Penrith, NSW, Australia
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