Russian Toy Terrier

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Life span

11 Years


3 Kg


Toy Dogs

Russian Toy Terrier Overview

The Russian Toy Terrier belongs to the toy dog breed section and is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. They come short and long-haired, with long legs and neck and strong body. Their head resembles that of a deer with their large ears and beautiful big eyes, they are an adorable dog breed.

The most popular coat colour for a Russian Toy Terrier is black and tan. They also come in a rare colour of blue and tan (which can cost a lot more) This toy dog breed measures at a small height of 8-10 inches and weighs in the region of 3-6 pounds.

They make wonderful family pets and love nothing more than a cuddle on their owner's lap. They’re very affectionate and loyal, making them a valuable addition to any family household.

Russian Toy Terrier Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Russian Toy Terrier is a very small dog breed originally bred in Russia from an Engish toy terrier around the time of 1988. The breed was only recently reconsigned by the UK Kennel Club in 2017. 


Russian Toy Terrier Temperament

The Russian Toy Terrier is a cheerful, bold and loyal dog with a big character. This wonderful dog breed is very protective over its owner, whilst being extremely affectionate at the same time. 

The Russian Toy Terrier is very sociable and loves being around their family and this can sometimes lead to separation anxiety if they're not trained correctly. 

Russian Toy Terrier Training

The Russian Toy Terrier is very intelligent and they learn quickly to commands and usually excel in training recall and house training. Their ability to learn means they can also pick up bad habits just as quickly and owners must be aware and address any naughty behaviour straight away. 

Training should be consistent, so they understand what is expected of them and their boundaries. 


The Russian Toy Terrier is relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They don't require specialist grooming and a weekly brush will suffice. They do require regular cleaning of their teeth, ears and paws to prevent any future infections. 


Although very little is known about the predisposed health-related issues fo the Russian Terrier, they do suffer from a few health conditions like many other dog breeds and these are as follows:

  • Patella Luxation 
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Remaining Decidisous teeth 
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease 


Russian Toy Terrier Exercise Needs

The Russian Toy Terrier is a small dog breed and there require small amounts of exercise, around 30-45 minutes a day to be happy, fit and healthy. This wonderful dog breed would suit an individual or family living in an apartment in the city as well as a family living in the suburbs with a garden. 

Children and other pets

The Russian Toy Terrier is great with children of all ages as long as they are introduced correctly from a young age. Because of the size of the Russian Terrier, they must be supervised during playtime so they don't get hurt. This dog breed is also great with other household pets as long as they are introduced correctly from a young age.