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Black Russian Terrier 

 A little bit of history....


Origin: Russia

Class: According to the classification of FCI - group 2; CKC - WORKING Group

Use: Guard, service, sports dog

Color: Black, a small amount of gray hair can be observed (no more than 30%).

Sizes: Height at withers: males 71-77 centimeters, females 66-72 centimeters;

Weight: 50-60 kilograms of males, 45-50 kg of females.

Lifespan: 10-15 years


The Black Russian Terrier (BRT) was created in a former Soviet Union State Military Kennel “Red Star” by selective cross-breeding of several breeds. Principal ancestors are Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Caucasian Shepherd and East European Shepherd) and Airedale Terrier. The FCI recognized the breed in 1983. The Black Russian Terrier was created to fill a variety of military needs including acting as sentries and as protection dogs. The Black Russian Terrier is a reliable guardian breed and a versatile worker, adaptable to various climatic conditions and lifestyles. Black Russian Terrier is a large, robust, proportional and well-balanced dog, who is slightly longer than tall with pronounced sexual dimorphism. It is highly intelligent, courageous, hardworking, reliable and very trainable. BRT is a slow developing breed, maturing fully at approximately 3 years of age.



Based on the requirements, breeders got a black terrier - an athlete with a strong, muscular body, alert and hardy. The main task of these dogs was the protection of the military, including secret, objects.


Purpose of Black Russian Terrier as a WORKING GROUP


The nature of the dogs of this breed is related to their purpose - service. They have protective and protective qualities in their blood. But if the watchdogs often show aggression and attack uninvited guests, then the black terrier has its own tactics. He is more partisan and used to defend, rather than attack.

The dog will not start flying out to meet him, he will watch carefully, and when the intruder of the territory starts to approach, he will attack.


Black Russian terriers practically do not bark, if only it is not necessary. Dogs of this breed differ in the dominant type of character, therefore they need a strong and confident owner who will educate them in firmness.






Energetic, strong, stable temperament but very lively, with strong defense reactions.

The Black Russian Terrier temperament is of utmost importance. The BRT is a courageous, calm and confident guard breed, well controlled in all circumstances. He is somewhat reserved and aloof toward strangers and therefore does not form indiscriminate friendships and does not relish intrusion into its personal space. These are very clever dogs, easily trained and very dedicated. However, their loyalty combined with suspicion can have negative consequences, so the socialization of these dogs at an early age is extremely important. 


The BRT forms a very strong bond with their owners is fiercely devoted to them and very protective of them. The BRT’s highest nervous activity type is strong, balanced and flexible with an active defense reaction and a reliable on and off switch. This breed requires frequent and regular socialization and training, as well as consistency in daily living.  


Human and  Black Russian Terrier


The black terrier is called to protect not only the territory but also the person. He is quickly excited if there is a threat, but as soon as it disappears, the dog instantly calms down. From the very moment of the appearance of the breed, its representatives established close contact with the owner and were infinitely loyal to him. They are too attached to the person, therefore it is not recommended to leave the black terrier for a long time alone. With long-term loneliness, the dog will become too attached to the territory, that even the owner, who has entered its borders, will be considered a threat.


Black Russian Terrier Maintenance


The Russian black terrier is not so easy to care for, especially with its long, thick coat. Pet must be cleaned and combed every 3-4 days, to facilitate the procedure, you can use a special conditioner. To eliminate the risks of otitis media, it is recommended to regularly check ears. The same should be done with hair, which grows on the paws since here it is often tangled and sticks into the mats. Representatives of this breed molt, but only slightly, so combing also helps to save the pet from dead hair. In need of care the teeth and eyes of the dog. Black Russian Terriers need regular bathing, and this should be done at least 1 time per month. But often wash the dog should not, as this can cause dry skin.


In everyday life, many BRT (Black Russian Terriers) bangs collected in the tail so that the hair does not close their eyes. The long hair on the beard of Black Russian Terrier often becomes wet and becomes a hotbed of fungal infection. In order to avoid this, the beard should be dried after drinking with a paper towel ot feed your BRT from the hand each meal.





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