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Russian Toy Terrier – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Russian Toy - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Russian Toy Terrier

Quick Facts:

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The Russian Toy, also known as Russkiy Toy, is a very small, toy dog breed originally bred from the English Toy Terrier (which is also known as the Manchester Terrier). It’s quite well known as companion for the Russian aristocracy. 

What makes this breed so special is their survival from two near extinctions. The first one was the rise of Communism in Russia which made Russkiy Toy’s existence vulnerable since it was traditionally really close to the aristocracy. The second one was with the fall of the "Iron Curtain" at the end of the Cold War. The Russian Toy was originally bred as a watchdog and a ratter. This breed weighs about 3-6 lbs. with a height of 8-10 inches.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Russian Toy in 2008. These medium energy dogs are known for their friendliness,especially to kids, as well as their playfulness, energy, loyalty, and protectiveness.  


This dog breed’s appearance varies based on its type. There are two kinds of Russkiy Toy and the difference is based on its coat.  The variety with a smooth coat is called as Russian Toy Terrier, with short, shiny, and a close-lying coat. While the longer-coated variety is known as the Moscow Long-haired Toy Terrier and has profuse feathering on the ears, the back, and tail. There are 6 colors registered in American Kennel Club for this breed which are Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Brown & Tan, Red, Red & Brown, and Red Sable with each registration code, without no marking.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to extra small breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


Beside doing weekly grooming, you should give your Russian Toy regular baths to keep them clean and looking their best. This breed has strong and fast-growing nails so unless you want overgrowth, cracking, and splitting nails, it will be best for you to trim them regularly using a grinder or nail clipper.

Since the Russkiy Toy has extra hair on its ears, make sure to check it regularly to remove any wax or debris to avoid infection. Grooming is the best way to create a bonding experience between you and your dog.


Taking your Russkiy Toy Terrier for daily walks is the easiest recommended exercise. If you have kids, play time with them in your backyard is also advised. Chasing a ball or frisbee or playing hide and seek can provide sufficient exercise. If you have time go swimming or hiking with them, it will be a nice change of pace.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 18” to 22” dog crates for most adult Russian Toy Terriers. 

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