Cherokee Monarch

7-8 lbs
Russian Toy Terrier

The Cherokee Monarch is a hybrid breed where the Papillon is crossed with the Russian Toy Terrier. A relatively new breed, the Cherokee Monarch is small (averaging 7 to 8 pounds) and is usually playful and affectionate with children as well as good with other pets. This hybrid will shed minimally, requiring little maintenance and will typically not bark when around strangers. Owners of the Cherokee Monarch say he is a joy to have in the home.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Papillon and Russian Toy Terrier

Cherokee Monarch Health

Average Size
Male Cherokee Monarch size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 7-8 lbs
Female Cherokee Monarch size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 7-8 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Dentition Issues
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • X-Rays

Cherokee Monarch Breed History

The hybrid called the Cherokee Monarch is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to make the Cherokee Monarch, have long histories. The Papillon is one of the oldest breeds of dog, going back nearly 700 years in Europe. The breed, which originated in France, got its name from its ears that look like the wings of a butterfly. The tiny dogs are shown in many paintings that were created during the Renaissance period. The depiction of the dog in paintings has allowed for its development to be known. While earlier dogs had drooping ears, an unknown event led to some dogs having erect ears. The popularity of the breed spread from Europe and across the Atlantic during the early 1900’s. The breed has also been known as a Toy Spaniel. The Russian Toy Terrier was bred from the English Terrier, remaining in isolation in Russian for a long period of time. While evidence exists of the presence of the English Terrier in Russia in 1726, the breed’s popularity only began to increase in the latter half of the 1800’s. By the early 1900’s, the Russian Toy Terrier was among the most popular in the country. After the October Revolution, the breed’s numbers dropped significantly, mostly as a result of the dogs being linked to aristocracy. When efforts were made to restart the breed, the majority of the dogs were not pure bred. By 1990, the Russian Toy Terrier’s popularity had again increased with the help of a new generation of breeders and the breed finally became known outside of Russia.

Cherokee Monarch Breed Appearance

The Cherokee Monarch is a hybrid dog from the Papillon and the Russian Toy Terrier. A small dog, like his parents, the Cherokee Monarch will average about 7 to 8 pounds. Seen in various shades of brown, tan or golden with shades of black, the fur of the Cherokee Monarch is medium length and can be straight or have a slight wave. The fur of the Cherokee Monarch is soft and silky and dogs of the hybrid will typically have pointy ears. The eyes will be alert and brown in color and his perky nose is black. His looks, in general, are often described as dainty.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cherokee Monarch eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cherokee Monarch nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Cherokee Monarch coat
black Cherokee Monarch coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Cherokee Monarch straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cherokee Monarch Breed Maintenance

Maintenance of your Cherokee Monarch will be low; you can anticipate that your dog will only need minimal brushing. This hybrid is typically a light shedder and a quick brushing two to three times each week will be sufficient. A pin brush will work well, moving through the silky fur and removing tangles. Don’t neglect the brushing though as matting can occur after a few weeks if the knots are not attended to. If bathing is needed, use a veterinarian approved shampoo. As with all dogs, regular dental care will be helpful to ensure the Cherokee Monarch’s long term dental health. This hybrid is in fact, prone to crowding of the teeth, making cleaning even more important. The nails should be trimmed on an every other week basis.

Brushes for Cherokee Monarch
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Cherokee Monarch requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cherokee Monarch Temperament

The Cherokee Monarch is a bright dog with a happy disposition. Dogs of the breed are found to be playful, loving, loyal and full of energy. Eager to please, the Cherokee Monarchs can be great entertainers and love the attention that showing off will bring. The Cherokee Monarch tends to do well with children as well as with other dogs, though small children should always be taught to treat dogs with kindness and respect. Owners of the Cherokee Monarch say he is an excellent addition to the family and worth every minute of the attention he craves.

Cherokee Monarch Activity Requirements

The Cherokee Monarch does not require much exercise to stay in shape, making the breed an excellent choice for households who are not able to take their dog on long, daily walks or don’t have a fenced-in yard. Because of their size, the Cherokee Monarch will do fine living in an apartment and will be able to burn off the majority of his energy through indoor play. A walk about the neighborhood each day will be welcomed though; this friendly dog likes to make friends of both the human and animal type. He is a social butterfly when allowed to spread his wings.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Cherokee Monarch Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

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