Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier is a large and powerful working breed that requires early socialization. This native of Russia is intelligent and devoted.
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- Large, powerful build
- Long head, large black nose
- Round, brown eyes
- Thick, rough double coat with compact undercoat; color is black
- Tail is thick, set high and usually docked
- Height: 26-30 inches
- Weight: 80-143 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-14 years
- Adaptable, lively, observant, smart, brave, even-tempered
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; excellent with children; wary of strangers.
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs that aren't dominant
- Level of attention needed: Needs human attention and companionship
- Training: Needs to have an owner who is the pack leader
- Bark: Only vocal when threatened or excited
- Chondrodysplasia (Dwarfism)
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including progessive retinal atrophy)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Enjoys being in the house with family
- Loves to play and run around freely in a safe area
- Enjoys playing in the snow and water
- Adaptable to many climates
- Light shedder
- Brush weekly
- Trim full coat two or three times a year
- Trim hair from inside and around ears and under paws
- It's believed that 20 breeds were crossed to form the black Russian terrier, including giant schnauzers, Rottweilers and Airedale terriers
- Used for detecting mines and explosives, finding wounded soldiers and transporting supplies
- Fairly rare in the U.S.
- Originated in Russia after World War II
- Developed in the 1940s by the Russian military at the Soviet Union’s Red Star Army Kennels
- Originally bred as a guard and working dog for the military and police