The Russkiy Toy, in spite of its tiny, petite size and appearance is very active, agile and has an excellent character. They are best described as bold, fearless and rarely show signs of aggression. The breed has two Varieties: Short and Long Haired. Fast learners trained with great ease, Russkiy Toys are extremely sociable with adults and children alike, as well other varieties of pets. Extremely loyal, the perfect companion lap dog, they love to snuggle around you and will let you know when they feel neglected!
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
"There are not currently any veterinary screening schemes or DNA tests for disease relevant to this breed under the Assured Breeder Scheme, however you should still ask breeders and refer to breed clubs about health issues in the breed." Below see Breed Health Notesfor further information.
Breed Health Notes: DWN's breed content advisor for Russkiy Toy, Yvonne Sandberg-Åberg...
"Responsible breeders have as minimum parent dogs tested for Luxating Patella as well as Eye screened prior to each mating and do use only healthy dogs in their breeding program.
Russkiy Toy is known as a relatively healthy breed and we want to keep it as such thus health testing prior to breeding is very important.
Some cases with PRA, LCP - Epilepsy - Porta Cava Shunt - Heart issues - Syringomyelia - allergies are known but are very rare to date. Also some blue and lilac dogs are known to have alopecia."
"The most common eye condition ( source SKK and FKK health statistics ) is vitreous prolaps and vitreous degeneration which can only be detected by eye screening."
"No breed specific DNA tests are available to this date but breeders are working with Optigen with the aim identify the mutation for PRA - we depend on owners of dogs diagnosed with PRA to donate blood for Optigen research program for Russkiy Toy."