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Russian Toy Terrier Breed Summary
High-Spirited, Territorial, Alert, Devoted and Affectionate
Russian Toy Terriers have supposedly been around for hundreds of years and its also thought that one was owned by the Russian Emperor, Peter the Great in the 17th and 18th centuries - it's also thought that he measured to 6'8 in height! They were mainly bred to be companions for the upper class living in Russia at the time. However, during the October Revolution in 1917, the breed started to decline as owning one of these doggies was linked to aristocracy which was now frowned upon. Over time, a new toy terrier emerged with its own distinct features and characteristics and a breed standard was set in the 1950's. Nowadays, they are a popular breed in their native country, but remain fairly unknown around the rest of the globe. Therefore, anyone wanting to share their home with one of these little guys would need to register their interest with a breeder and be put onto a waiting list.
|Other Names||Russian Toy, Russian Terrier, Moscow Toy Terrier, Moscovian Miniature Terrier|
These teeny doggies are very high-spirited in nature, loving nothing more than being kept busy! However, once fatigued, they love nothing more than curling up on the sofa with their owners for a well deserved sleep. For this reason, they are suitable for owners who lead slightly more sedentary lives. However, they can be quite territorial, often guarding both their owners and possessions! However, they are never aggressive and after careful introduction, get on well with new people. Additionally, the breed form very strong bonds with their families and don't like to be left on their own for long periods of time. If they are left, they may develop separation anxiety which may lead to them developing destructive behaviours. For this reason, they need someone to be around for most of the day. However, for the right family, they make lovely family pets.