Once a companion for aristocrats in Russia, the Russian Toy is a small dog that is loyal, affectionate, charming, and intelligent. Want to find out more about this breed? Please continue reading. The following dog breed information on Russian Toys will help you decide if this is a good fit for your lifestyle.
In terms of size, Russian Toys are 8-11 inches tall on average and weigh under 6.5 pounds. The average lifespan of a Russian Toy dog is 12-14 years.
Russian Toy dogs are very playful and extremely affectionate with family members. This breed can do reasonably well with young children and get along with other dogs provided there is appropriate socialization in a variety of settings during puppyhood.
Russian Toy dogs are not aggressive but not overly friendly either with strangers. They are vigilant by nature and make very good watchdogs. This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to changes in routine.
It is fairly easy to train a Russian Toy dog as this is a smart little dog who is eager to please. Russian Toys have moderate energy levels and mental stimulation needs. A daily walk or play session in the yard will ensure that your Russian Toy is relaxed and calm at home. Because these are small dogs, their leash should be attached to a harness rather than a collar. Prospective owners should know that Russian Toy dogs are quite vocal and can bark a lot.
The Russian Toy’s double coat requires a fair bit of grooming care, more so if the Russian Toy is the long-haired variety. Approximately 2-3 brushings per week and a monthly bath are usually sufficient. The smooth-coated Russian Toy requires a weekly brushing and occasional baths. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
Overall, Russian Toys are lean and elegant looking dogs with a lively and sociable disposition. While slightly aloof with strangers, they form close bonds with family members and are wonderful even tempered companion dogs that are content to lounge all day after a romp in the yard.
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