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Russian Toy Terrier Breed of Dog:

History and Origin: During the Second World War and afterward during the communist revolution, a large number of dogs were killed in Russia.



The toy breeds almost faced extinction until the 1950s, when some Russian dog enthusiasts began working on the re-birth of the toy terriers. They started trying to breed back the original English toy terrier, which was once one of the most popular decorative dogs in Russia. In doing so the long haired variant of the toy terrier came into being.



Further breeding techniques were applied and it resulted in the creation of the long haired and the smooth-haired Russian toy terriers.

Appearance: Russian toy terriers have a short square but narrow muzzle and it ends with a distinctive tiny black nose. The big triangular hairy long ears of the Russian toy terrier are another distinctive feature of the dog. It is one of the smallest dogs in the world.



The Russian toy terrier stands on long legs with a strong body, long neck, and a small head with big and expressive eyes. They have a short coat and both the long haired and the smooth-haired Russian toy terrier can be cross-bred to have both the varieties in the litter. The Russian toy terrier can have a sable, red, black, or tan colored coat as well as a brown and tan coat. The chest is deep, not at all wide, and is oval in shape. The tail is docked and gaily dressed high. In countries where tail docking is prohibited by law, it can be left in its natural state. The size of a Russian toy terrier is around 8 to 10 inches and it weighs approximately anywhere between 3 to 6 pounds.

Characteristics and Personality: The Russian toy terrier breed of dogs is trustworthy and an intelligent companion for you and your family. It is a very active breed and forms a very close bond with the family. Russian toy terriers like to be with their owners most of the time and want to be part of all the activities going on.  They don’t show any kind of aggression towards other dogs, children and even strangers. The Russian toy terrier is an intelligent dog and so it becomes much easier to train it for agility and obedience as compared to other toy breeds.

Grooming: Both the Russian toy terrier varieties require different grooming techniques. The long haired toy terrier requires getting its coat brushed everyday. The smooth and short haired toy terriers are to be brushed twice or thrice in a week. Both the varieties need at least one bath in a month. If you’ve just got yourself a Russian toy terrier then make sure that the puppy is held with great care. A fall from a human’s height can prove fatal for them. Also, don’t carry your Russian toy terrier on to the bed or a sofa because it can hurt itself critically if it jumps off or falls down.

 
  Submitted on January 5, 2010