RKF, revised by R. Triquet and J. Mulholland.
PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
Group 9 Companion and Toy dogs.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the English Toy Terrier was
one of the most popular toy dogs in Russia. However, in the period 1920 –
1950 the breeding of pure toy terriers was almost stopped and the number of
dogs fell to a critical level. Only in the mid-fifties did Russian
dog-breeders begin the revival of the breed. Practically all dogs which
were used for breeding had no pedigrees; many of them were not pure blood.
The Standard drafted for Toy Terriers significantly differed from that of
the English Toy Terrier in many aspects. From this moment, the evolution
of the breed in Russia went its own way.
On the 12th
of October, 1958 two smooth-haired dogs, one of which had slightly longer
hair, gave birth to a male dog with a spectacular fringes on ears and
limbs. It was decided to keep this feature.
The male was
mated with a female which also had slightly long hair. Thus the longhaired
variety of the Russian Toy appeared. It was called Moscow Longhaired Toy
breeder from Moscow, Yevgueniya Fominichna Zharova, played an important role
in the creation of this breed variant.
during a long period of development, in an isolated context, along with a
specifically conducted selection that a new breed
was created : the Russian Toy with two varieties:
A small elegant dog, lively, long-legged, with fine bone and lean
muscles. Sexual dimorphism only slightly
Square build. The height at elbows is only slightly more than half
of the height at withers ; the chest is sufficiently deep.
Active, very cheerful, neither cowardly nor aggressive. The behaviour is
significantly different between males and females.
Small compared to the body.
High but not too wide (width at the level of zygomatic arches does not
exceed the depth of the skull).
Small, black or matching the coat colour.
Lean and pointed, slightly shorter than the skull.
Thin, lean, tight- fitting and dark or matching the coat colour.
Small, white. Scissor bite. Absence of 2 incisors permitted in each jaw.
Only slightly pronounced.
Quite large, rounded, dark, slightly prominent, set well apart and looking
straight ahead. Eyelids are dark or matching the coat colour,
Big, thin, set high, erect.
Long, lean, carried high, slightly arched.
Gradually sloping from the withers to the root of the tail.
Strong and straight.
Short and slightly arched.
The croup is somewhat rounded and slightly sloping.
The chest is oval, sufficiently deep and not too wide.
Tucked up belly and drawn up flanks, forming a nicely curved line from the
chest to the flanks.
Docked (only two or three vertebrae are left), carried high. In countries
where tail docking is prohibited by law, it is left in its
state. Undocked: sickle tail. It should not be carried lower than back
Thin and lean; seen from the front, the front legs are straight and
The shoulder blades are moderately long and not too sloping.
Forming an angle of 105 degrees with the shoulder blade. The length of
upper arm is approximately equal to the
length of shoulder.
In line with the body.
Small, oval, turning neither in nor out. Toes well-knit and
arched. Nails and resilient pads are black or match the coat colour.
Seen from the rear, the hind legs are straight and parallel, but
standing a little bit wider than the forelegs. Stifles and hocks are
Muscles are lean and developed.
The upper and lower thighs are of the same length.
Arched , a little bit narrower than forefeet. Nails and pads are
black or match the coat colour.
Easy, straightforward, fast. No noticeable change in the topline when
Thin, dry and tight-fitting.
There exists two types for the breed: smooth-haired and longhaired.
short, close-lying, shiny hair, without undercoat or bald patches.
body is covered with moderately long (3-5 cm), straight or slightly
wavy hair, close-lying, which does not hide the
outline of the body . Hair on the head and on the front part of limbs
is short and close -lying. Distinct feathers on rear side of limbs.
The feet have long, silky hair which completely hides the nails. Ears
are covered with thick, long hair forming a fringe. Dogs of more than 3
years have such a fringe, which should completely hide the outer edges
and tips of the ears. Body hair should not look tousled nor be too
short (less than 2 cm).
Black and tan, brown and tan, blue and tan. Also red of any shade with or
without black or brown overlay. Richer shades are preferable for all
Dogs and bitches: 20 – 28 cm (tolerance +/- 1 cm) 7.87inches
- 11.02 inches
DQ: Over -
11.81 inches Under
Dogs and bitches: up to 3 kg. - 6.61pounds
than 1 kg - 2.20 pounds
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health
and welfare of the dog.
bite or incisors sloping forward.
Semi-pricked ears. This condition in longhaired dogs with heavy fringes
is permissible but not desirable.
of bald patches in smooth-haired dogs.
or too short hair on body of longhaired dogs.
white spots on chest and toes.
black, brown and blue colours. Tan markings too large or with dark
pronounced undershot. Absence of 1 canine; absence of more than 2 incisors
in either jaw.
patches in short-haired dogs.
dogs: absence of fringes on ears and presence of curly hair.
white spots on the head, abdomen and above metacarpus; large white patches
on chest and throat, presence of brindle markings.
Size over 30
cm or under 18 cm. Over - 11.81
inches Under 7.08 inches
than 1 kg. 2.20 lbs
Any dogs clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.