The Russian Salon Dog Fanciers shortened the breed name to a beautiful abbreviation “Rusalka”, according to the first and last syllables of the breed name in Russian – RUsskaya SALonnaya sobaKA. The word “RUSALKA” means “Mermaid” in Russian and is also associated with fine Russian blond hair color which resembles the Russian Salon Dog’s coat color.
What does a Russian Salon Dog look like? It’s a toy breed dog with a shoulder height from 8 to 11 inch and a weight from 4 to 8 lb. The Russian Salon Dogs have a beautiful and distinctive coat color that ranges from vibrant sable, sometimes with black tips, over orange and golden shades to almost cream white. The Russian Salon Dogs can have a dark muzzle or white markings on their coat.