The Russian colored lapdog is a sociable, sociable dog of a decorative type. Differs in a soft and friendly character, good health, not burdensome to care for, easy to train.
The date of appearance of the breed is considered to be 1951 – at this time sections of decorative rocks appeared. The origin of the colored lapdog involves the Shih Tzu, the French lapdog and the Lhasa Apso. Leningrad dog handlers and dog breeders were engaged in a strict selection of individuals. A suitable individual should have a small size (20-24 cm) and a rich coat color. The breed standard was created in 1964, and after 2 years it was approved by the All-Union Kennel Council. At the peak of popularity, the breed was in the 80s – the organization of nurseries and clubs was actively carried out.
The height of the colored lapdog at the withers reaches no more than 22-25 cm, and the weight is about 1.5 kg. The dog’s coat is soft, shiny, silky, odorless and belongs to the hypoallergenic category. Outwardly, it resembles curls of various lengths, which can be slightly curled or curly. According to the standard, the length of the coat should be the same throughout the body. There are lapdogs of all sorts of colors with the exception of white. The most popular are black, brown, beige and gray. Spotted coat is considered a fault of the breed. Any color is possible, but the color must be solid, uniform.
The colored lapdog has a small head that matches the body. There is a clear transition from the forehead to the tapered muzzle. The dog has small eyes with a rounded shape. The color of the eyelids, lips and nose depends on the color of the coat. Ears – medium, set high, drooping.
The lapdog is characterized by a short neck, set high enough. A strong, straight back, the lower back passes into a small curled tail, while it should be located on the back or side – the main thing is that the tip is close to the back. The dog has a wide chest, proportional limbs and straight oval legs.
With a dog of this breed, you can very quickly and easily find a common language. Playfulness and sociability are her characteristics. The lapdog loves attention to herself, quickly gets used to children and spends time with them with pleasure. Despite its small size, this breed is distinguished by its endurance, therefore it can take part in jogging with its owner.
This is a versatile breed – it becomes an excellent companion for both a single person and a large family. The same goes for the age of the owner – there are no restrictions. He loves to be in the center of attention and knows how to quickly attract him to himself.
The lapdog feels the mood of the owner, and if he is busy or does not need entertainment, the dog will not impose his attention. The colored lapdog has a soft, kind, open character. It is not recommended to ignore the dog, often and for a long time to leave it alone. This is fraught with psychosomatic diseases.
The Russian colored lapdog is a decorative dog. Its main purpose is to be a faithful, devoted friend to a person. You can take a lapdog with you to nature, morning jogging and even on a hike, but its most valuable ability is affection for the owner.
Due to the size, character and remarkable features of the Russian colored lapdog, it can be kept in the apartment. This is a indoor dog that does not need a huge free space.
Despite the long coat, you do not need to worry about molting – it is not peculiar to the breed. The same goes for the rest of the care: it may seem time consuming and burdensome, but it really isn’t. It is enough to devote time to combing 2 or 3 times a week, bathing – 1-2 times a month (if necessary). There are no contraindications to frequent combing, so if both the pet and the owner like the procedure, you can do it every day. Frequent bathing is best avoided.
After water procedures, the wool must be dried with a hairdryer, long curls removed from the eyes (for this, you can use a hair clip or an elastic band, and fasten the “bangs” over your head). The eyes of a colored lapdog require special attention – long hair can get into them, so it is recommended to wipe your eyes daily. It is also required to check the condition of the ears every day and clean them if necessary.
Obligatory hygiene procedures – regular brushing of teeth and clipping of nails. The hair under the tail, on the beard, mustache and the tips of the ears needs care. The health of the Russian colored lapdog is quite strong, which is explained by the large number of different breeds that were used to form this breed. The breed is not susceptible to any specific diseases.
The dog should be limited in the amount of food – often overeating, it will quickly put on weight. It is better to give preference to a balanced food than natural products. Puppies need to be fed for a while with the same food that the breeder used. It is necessary to exclude from the diet smoked sausages and sweets (sugar can cause allergies).
The lapdog has a remarkable level of intelligence. She can easily learn various commands, both common and unusual (for example, a pet can be taught tricks and he will perform them with enthusiasm). The main thing is not to be rude, harsh and not to punish the dog with strict methods.