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Russian Spaniel

Rosyjski Spaniel


The Russian Spaniel is a type of spaniel first standardised in 1951 in the Soviet Union after World War II by cross breeding English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels and other spaniel breeds. Physically it is similar to a Cocker Spaniel, but has a shorter, tighter coat and a longer body. Developed and used as hunting dogs, this breed does not suffer from any major health complaints other than those normally associated with spaniels. Popular in its native Russia, the breed was only introduced overseas in the 1990s, and is not yet recognised by any major kennel clubs.

To its owner, the Russian Spaniel is unparalleled in devotion and ability. It is amiable toward other dogs regardless of the breed. In addition to providing impressive work in the field, the Russian Spaniel makes a good-natured house pets and a reliable watchdog. Great with children, his handsome appearance and agreeable nature make him a good companion, and most are kept at home. Easy to train, the Russian Spaniel is devoted to his master, never letting him out of sight. The Russian Spaniel needs a firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader in order to be mentally stable.

Size Small
Height Male: 15–17.75 inches (38.1–45.1 cm)Female: 15–17.75 inches (38.1–45.1 cm)
Weight Male: 20–35 lbs (9.1–15.9 kg)Female: 20–35 lbs (9.1–15.9 kg)
Lifespan 14-16 years
Colors Black & White Red & White Brown & White Tri-color
Origin Russia
Classification Cross Breed
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Russian Spaniel will do okay in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. These dogs are fairly active indoors and a small yard is sufficient. The popularity of this breed in Russia is mainly due to the dogs' small size, allowing people to keep them in the city apartments and easily transport to the hunt site.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Russian Spaniel has plenty of stamina and needs regular exercise. These dogs should be taken on long daily walks or jogs.


Moderately Easy Training: The Russian Spaniel is average when it comes to training. Results will come gradually.



Grooming Requirements

Low Maintenance: Infrequent grooming is required to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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