Relatively new and still a rare dog breed, Black Russian Terriers are working dogs who can protect a home or business, play with the family’s children, and excel in agility and obedience competition.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Black Russian Terrier.
This dog is a Cold War creation, developed in Moscow after World War II for military and police work. His breeders started with a Giant Schnauzer and crossed him with other breeds that included the Airedale, Rottweiler, and the Moscow Retriever. The result was a large black dog with a protective temperament and a healthy dose of suspicion toward strangers.
2) Not a Terrier
Black Russian Terriers are not part of the Terrier Group. They belong to the Working Group, because they were bred to be working dogs. As you'll see below, BRTs do have some terrier blood in them, but there were many ingredients in the recipe for creating this breed.
The Black Russian Terrier is a large to extra large dog breed with a very robust and powerful appearance. They are well-boned and muscular with fairly thick necks, though the ears are rather small and pendant. The large nose is black, so are the lips. Their legs are straight, and the gait is usually springy and smooth. The height of Black Russian Terriers ranges from 26 to 30 inches, and the weight is usually 75 to 130 pounds.
Black Russian Terriers will amaze you with their courage, self-confidence, and calmness. They have a very stable temperament along with high intelligence. Though they are known for being stubborn at times.
5) Guard Dogs
Puppies are not protective, but at 1.5 to 2 years they develop a protective instinct. A Black Russian Terrier will always warn you when a stranger approaches. It does not matter how many times your friends come to the house, your dog will always be suspicious of visitors. This is how the strong guarding instinct reveals itself. Because of this, never leave a Black Russian Terrier alone with children as the dog may try to protect your children from their friends, or try to herd the children.
Black Russian Terriers are always ready for a long daily walk. They love to romp, play and to be entertained. Most of them love snow and water. They will roll in the snow and splash in the water.
7) Living With
The Black Russian Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and no matter how big your yard is they will be sitting at your front door waiting to come in. They love to live very close to their owner. They will follow you from one room to the other. Kept in a garden they will follow you from window to window and wait for you at the door. They need very close human contact. This breed does not do well living in a kennel; they must have close human contact to be happy.
Oh where, oh were has my little dog gone? The Black Russian Terrier is the fifth rarest breed in the world. Considered a national treasure by Soviet Russia, the dogs used to trickle out from behind the Iron Curtain via Poland in much the same way that many people did to escape the communist bloc.
The Black Russian Terrier has a double coat that looks a bit tousled. Its length is medium to long. Weekly or more regular grooming should be fine for this breed. Also, it is recommended to have your dog professionally groomed at least once a year. Surprisingly, Black Russians Terriers do not shed much.
As well as many other large dogs, Black Russian Terriers can suffer from hip and elbow Dysplasia. As regards puppies, it is recommended to wait at least 1.5 to 2 years before involving your companion in jogging or active sports.