PRESENTATION OF THE RUSSIAN TOY by SCARLETT KING
T he Russian Toy is a small com- panion dog that is elegant, lively and long legged with fine bone and lean muscles. It comes in two varieties: smooth coat (short, silky, close lying) and long coat (feathered, close lying as to not hide the natural contour of the body). Th ere should be very little noticeable di ff erence between males and females. Th e behavior of the Russian Toy is one of an active and cheerful companion dog. Th ey can be a little aloof with strangers, as they are totally devoted to their people and can become quite territorial. Th e breed should be presented in a free, self-stacking manner. Th at’s not to say that an insecure or young dog cannot be “hard stacked” to reassure him. Th e Russian Toy should be judged on the ground to see its lively, cheerful attitude. Th e table should be used to check for important details and for disqualifications. An important proportion to remem- ber is that the Russian Toy is a square built dog. The height at elbows is only slightly more than half of the height at withers; the chest is suff iciently deep. Behavior and temperament for this breed includes: Active, very cheerful, neither cowardly nor aggressive.
286 • S HOW S IGHT M AGAZINE , J UNE 2015
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