The Russian dog breed "Russian Toy", also known as "Russkiy Toy", is a small dog that originated in Russia. The breed originated in the 18th century and was developed from smaller specimens of the English Toy Terrier and the Manchester Terrier. These dogs were bred to hunt vermin and were also called "rat catchers".
However, during the Russian Revolution in 1917, the breed almost became extinct. Fortunately, the breed was rediscovered in the 1950's and breeders started rebuilding the breed. In 2006, the breed was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and since then the breed has become increasingly popular as a companion dog.
The Russian Toy is a lively, playful and affectionate dog. They are intelligent and can be trained well, but sometimes also have a stubborn character. They are real companion dogs and bond strongly with their owners. Their small size makes them suitable for apartment living, but they do need plenty of exercise to stay healthy.
It is important to socialize and train the Russian Toy early so they can get along well with other dogs and people. This breed has a tendency to bark when they see something interesting so it's important to teach them when it is and isn't appropriate to bark.
In general, the Russian Toy is a healthy breed, but as with other breeds, health problems can occur. Common conditions in this breed include patellar luxation (loose kneecaps) and dental problems.
To minimize the chance of health problems it is important to choose a reputable breeder who is committed to the health of the parent dogs. Regular vet checkups and dental care are also important to maintain the Russian Toy's health.
The Russian Toy has a short coat that is easy to groom. It is sufficient to brush the coat regularly to remove dead hair and keep the coat shiny. Bathing is not often necessary, because the dog already keeps itself clean.
The teeth of the Russian Toy should be brushed regularly to prevent dental problems. It is also important to keep the dog's ears clean to prevent infections. The dog's nails should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from getting too long.