Black Russian Terrier

The Soviet Army, in an attempt to breed a fabulous working dog, created the Black Russian terrier. The dog was used to patrol the borders with its soldiers. Although the breeding program was strong during the Cold War, it fell out of favor during the Russian Revolution and World War II. During these times, government money was better spent on other pursuits. The breed was created by crossing rottweilers, giant schnauzers, and Airedales. There are other, large Russian breeds and great Danes in the Black Russian terriers' ancestry as well. The first of the breed was brought to America in 1989. The first American kennel was established in Mississippi. It wasn't until 2004 that the AKC officially recognized the breed, adding it to the working group.

The Black Russian Terrier is a muscular and strong dog, capable of pulling heavy loads. It has a powerful head and body and shows great agility. It has a double coat with a dense insulating undercoat and a coarse waterproof outer coat. This breed has low maintenance grooming needs but its coats should be regularly trimmed otherwise it hinders the dog's movements. Personality: This is a smart and intelligent dog that is very protective of its family. They are fearless, courageous protectors and are very social and friendly. They need moderate daily exercise in the form of walks or games. They can be stubborn and independent and can be aggressive towards dominant or strange dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Asia
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Blackie, Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
27-33 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Black Russian Terrier is a muscular and strong dog, capable of pulling heavy loads. It has a powerful head and body and shows great agility. It has a double coat with a dense insulating undercoat and a coarse waterproof outer coat. This breed has low maintenance grooming needs but its coats should be regularly trimmed otherwise it hinders the dog\'s movements.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

This is a smart and intelligent dog that is very protective of its family. They are fearless, courageous protectors and are very social and friendly. They need moderate daily exercise in the form of walks or games. They can be stubborn and independent and can be aggressive towards dominant or strange dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Black
Shedding
None
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Curly

While professional grooming is not required, many owners choose to have their dogs clipped at least twice each year. This is done to prevent matting of the coat. Because this breed is prone to matting, a vigorous brushing is required at least weekly. Brushing should also take place before your dog is bathed.

The long beard of this breed soaks up water, food and mud.

Many owners find that a daily beard brushing and wipe down is enough to prevent odors and debris from accumulating. Check your dog’s ears each week for odor and redness, trim its nails as necessary and, if you desire to do so, brush its teeth daily.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
Yes
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Black Russian terriers need a job to do
  • These dogs need at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day
  • The breed does not bark frequently, nor does it shed regularly
  • This dog is in love with humans and thrives on companionship
  • Socialize this breed as a puppy to be sure it is accepting of strangers
  • A bored Black Russian terrier can become destructive
  • The dog is an excellent guard dog by nature
  • The Black Russian terrier is commonly referred to as the “Blackie”

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Common Health Conditions in Black Russian Terriers

These dogs are relatively healthy by nature. They are prone to certain health conditions. These include allergies, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. To lessen the chance of your dog having these issues, purchase a puppy from a responsible breeder that has health testing conducted prior to breeding two adults. Look for hip and eye certification at a minimum.

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