AKC PuppyFinder: Black Russian Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Smart, confident, courageous, sometimes stubborn; protective of loved ones, aloof with strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A calm housemate, but boisterous and athletic at play; a great snow dog
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 27-30 inches (male), 26-29 inches (female)
  • Weight: 80-130 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Developed by the Russian military from the Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer and Airedale, the Black Russian Terrier is a large--extremely large-- and powerful dog. With experienced training, socialization and plenty of exercise he can be calm and loving with his family, but he may be a challenge to novice owners. Bred as guard dogs, Black Russian Terrier puppies develop their protective instincts at a very young age, so early training and socialization is important to manage his considerable size, strength and protective traits.

History & Job
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Origin: Russia

Year Recognized: 2004

Breed History & Job Description: Many wars had depleted the country’s working dogs. During the late 1940's, the then Soviet Russian military kennel (“Red Star Kennel”) began a new breeding program to develop a multi-purpose military dog.  As a result, more than 17 breeds and cross-breeds were used in the program, including Giant Schnauzer, Airedale Terrier, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, and Russian Ovcharka. In 1958 the first standard for the “Black Terrier” was published and recognized as a separate breed in Russian in 1981. Because of the many breeds used in its development, dogs other than black may be produced; however, it was determined that the non-black dogs exhibited undesirable traits, including temperament, so only black dogs were desirable. Black is the only acceptable color for the BRT in all reputable standards around the world.

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Black Russian Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • JLPP DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Black Russian Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.brtca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 119
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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