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Russian Toy Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 3 to 6 pounds
Height: 8 to 10 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Russian Toy Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


The Russian Toy Terrier is available in two coat variants:

  • Longhaired
  • Short-haired

The Short-haired variety is the original version. The Longhaired variety is also called the Moscow Longhaired Toy Terrier.

Official Name

Russian Toy Terrier


Date – 20th century
Country – Russia
Family / Group – Toy, Terrier, Companion

Recognized By:

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program


The Russian Toy Terrier is a small terrier-type dog breed that originates in Russia in the early part of the 20th century. There are two types of Russian Toy Terriers, the longhaired and smooth-haired variety. The Russian Longhaired Toy Terrier or also called the Moscow Longhaired Toy Terrier is the younger variety and was developed by Ms. Yevgueniya Fomonichna Zharova. These dogs were created to be pure companion dogs.

The Russian Toy Terrier is a dog breed developed for the family. They are small terriers that will be loving and trustful to you and all members of your family. They are intelligent terriers that are agile, devoted and considered as a very hardy dog. Although small, the Russian Toy Terriers have this elegant stance and will be very active and lively. They are not aggressive and will never be shy either. These dogs are naturally intelligent and will be very easy to train.

Bred For

The Russian Toy Terrier was bred to be an ideal companion dog for the family.


Russian Toys Terriers will be great apartment dogs.


The Russian Smooth-haired Toy Terrier will require occasional brushing and minimal grooming attention. The Russian Longhaired Toy Terrier should be brushed every day. The two Russian Toy Terriers are dogs that shed hair in average amounts.


Russian Toy Terriers will be easy to train due to their intelligence and devotion to their handlers.


The Russian Toy Terrier is a small dog breed that is considered to be healthy.


Russian Toy Terriers may be called toy dogs but they should not be carried around like a doll. These are naturally active small dogs that require sufficient exercise to satisfy their high activity level. These dogs should be taken out of walks every day. They should also be given ample time to play and run freely.