One of the smallest breeds in the world, the Russian Toy goes by many other names: Russkiy Toy, Longhaired Russian Toy, Moscovian Miniature Terrier to name a few. They came from the bloodline of the English Toy Terrier. There are two varieties: the smooth haired and the long haired. The Russian Toy weighs only about 3 to 6 pounds and stands at a height of 8 to 10 inches. It has a small head, a small nose, a lean and pointed muzzle and dark eyes that are quite big for its head. Its ears are big and thin, set high and feathered. Its tail is docked, curved in the shape of a sickle and carried high. Long haired varieties grow a fringe on their ears, and the smooth haired is more similar in appearance to the Prazsky Krysarik. Typically accepted colours are black and tan, red and sable, blue and tan, brown and tan or solid red that can also come in various shades.
The Russian Toy was bred to hunt vermin and as a watch dog. Today they are mostly kept as house pets and companions. They are loving, intelligent and devoted pets. They are active, very lively and easy to train. They do well on agility trials and love to go everywhere their owners go and join in whatever activity their owner and family do. Because of their delicate frames, the Russian Toy is more likely to suffer from bone fractures. They do well in apartment living but a daily walk should be part of their routine.