The Russian Toy is one of the tiniest dog breeds in the world, weighing in anywhere between 1-3kg. Originally bred as a ratter, Russian Toys also make for great watchdogs. In the 20th century, this breed was nearly wiped out on two separate occasions – firstly in the 1920s during the rise of Communism in Russia, and subsequently following the fall of the Iron Curtain, whereby a raft of new breeds were introduced into the country. Drawing many comparisons with the Chihuahua in terms of appearance, Russian Toys are active, vocal, and display strong levels of devotion towards their owners.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Unlike several other small breeds, Russian Toys are good with children of all ages, of course provided these kids are taught how to appropriately treat their dog. Ideal for apartments, these dogs require very little exercise as most of their energy can be expended in and around the house playing with their families. It is important to note that their guard dog origins can at times shine through, Russian Toys quick to bark at sight of strangers or anything else suspicious. Obedience training throughout puppyhood can help curb this issue greatly, and so is definitely encouraged.
Common Health Issues
Patellar Luxation, Allergies, Bone Fractures.