Breed History / Description

A small, lively, active, square breed which comes in two coats, smooth and long haired, in colours of black & tan, blue & tan and red. The coat is not thick and should not obscure the body shape, ears are pricked with fringing. 

They were bred originally as watch dog and ratter. They are very loyal to their family but are very willing to please, and as such are suitable to train for Agility and mini Obedience. The breed was popular in Russia in the early 1900s but declined and has only recently been revived. 

A suitable breed for those with not much space but wanting a dog that needs and enjoys some exercise.


Squarely built. Length of leg is slightly greater than the depth of body. Two coat types – smooth coated and long coated. Large ears carried erect, with fringing on the long haired variety. 


Active, lively, neither timid nor aggressive

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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