Chihuahua vs Russkiy Toy

Compare the Chihuahua to the Russkiy Toy. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Chihuahuas and Russkiy Toys.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Chihuahua is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - The Chihuahua is very child friendly. The Russkiy Toy does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Chihuahua.
  • Grooming - The Chihuahua is very easy to groom. The Russkiy Toy has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Russkiy Toy has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Chihuahua vs Russkiy Toy
Chihuahua Dog Breed
Black & Tan Long-Haired Russkiy Toy
Breed NameChihuahuaRusskiy Toy
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan15-20 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height6-9 in.7½-11 in.
Weight3-6 lb6-6 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryMexicoRussia
Origin Year1850 AD1958 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumLow-Medium
Top Running Speed18 mph14 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaRusskiy Toy
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaRusskiy Toy
Lifespan
Lifespan15-20 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Collapsed TracheaYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HydrocephalusYesNo
HypoglycemiaYesNo
Open FontanelYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Pulmonic StenosisYesNo
Retained Baby TeethNoYes
ShiveringYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaRusskiy Toy
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
LongYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black&tanYesYes
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Sabled FawnYesNo
Black Sabled SilverYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Blue Brindled FawnYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
Chocolate & TanYesNo
Chocolate & WhiteYesNo
Chocolate BlueYesNo
Chocolate Brindled FawnYesNo
Chocolate Sabled FawnYesNo
CreamYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesNo
Fawn Brindled BlackYesNo
GoldYesNo
Gold & WhiteYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Blue&tanNoYes
Brown&tanNoYes
Red With Black OverlayNoYes
Red With Brown OverlayNoYes
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