Black Russian Terrier

AKC Group: Working

Black Russian Terriers were bred by the Former Russian Red Army to withstand Russia’s varied weather conditions. They wanted a dog that could work independently, to aid the military and police forces. These terriers were created from 17 breeds, including the Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Airedale breeds and Russian Water Dog.

Size: 26 to 30 inches tall, 80 to 145 pounds.

Color: Black (may have a few gray hairs).

Life span: 10 to 11 years.

Health problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia. Otitis (ear infection or inflammation) if the ears aren’t cared for.

Black Russian Terriers (BRT) are extremely large, powerful dogs used for guarding and military work. Their tousled double coat is coarse to the touch and always black. Looking at them, you’d never guess that they’re light on their feet. BRT walk with a spring in their step. They have dark oval eyes and high-set small triangular ears. Their tails are thick and usually docked. Their feet are large and round.

Brave to a fault, BRT are naturally observant, but not aggressive. When a quick response is needed, they’re there for you. They bark only when necessary. Highly intelligent, they learn quickly and make loyal companions. They are naturally dominant and suspicious, meaning proper socialization is imperative to live in harmony with a family. Handling by anyone outside the family isn’t likely to be successful.

BRT are late bloomers and mature slowly (about two years). As puppies (until they mature) they will have endless curiosity and get into EVERYTHING! They are great with kids. Female BRT play more with child companions than males do. They are even tempered and tolerant. They desire — no, more like crave — human contact. Due to their slow maturity, patience and firmness in training is required to give your BRT success in later life. BRT tend to get along well with other animals but shouldn’t live with other large dominant dogs. Amazingly, BRT avoid fighting.

Black Russian Terriers need a professional trim 2 to 3 times a year. Brush your BRT once a week. This regular brushing will keep your BRT from shedding. Remove hair from the ear ducts and cut the hairs under their paws.

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