The Black Russian Terrier was scientifically developed to be a total boss. Seriously! Scientists combined seventeen dog breeds to make this majestic—and very rare—breed. Admittedly, they are a little top-heavy: a Black Russian Terrier's head accounts for 40% of total bodyweight. These impressive dogs served in the military for the former Soviet Union and only arrived in the US in the 1980s.
Originally from the region formerly known as the Soviet Union, this large and moderate-energy breed can grow to between 80-130 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working Dog group.
|Breed's original pastime||Personal protection|
|Average lifespan||10-12 years|
|Bark factor||Rarely barks, if ever|
|Date of origin||1600s|
|Today's function||Personal protection|
|Average size of male||Height: 27 - 30 Weight: 80 - 145|
|Average size of female||Height: 27 - 30 Weight: 80 - 145|
|Other name||Terrier noir russem|
|Energy level||Low energy|
|Playfullness||Not very playful|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||High tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Low tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Brave and self-assured, Black Russian Terriers are somewhat family-friendly — they can be very loving, but this probably shouldn't be your family's first dog. Like many dogs, they do better when playing with supervised children.
Black Russian Terriers can be suspicious of strangers. They tend to be very affectionate but not very playful. This breed can be friendly with other dogs and family pets.
Well-exercised Black Russian Terriers make for calm housedogs. But in the yard or at the park, this dog is athletic and full of life.
WHAT IS BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Black Russian Terriers are powerful and determined. This is a strong, motivated guard dog — sturdy, large, and designed to work. Black Russian Terriers are alert and very protective of their chosen people and want to keep an eye on them at all times.
Your Black Russian Terrier will need space to spread out and can be somewhat prone to barking.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER?
Black Russian Terriers are intelligent, adept at obedience exercises, and can be trained for water rescue. Start early and be patient and consistent with your furry friend. This breed wants nothing more than to be sure you're safe, so don't leave them alone outside. A neglected Black Russian Terrier can become aggressive.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Black Russian Terriers' furry double coats are wavy, wiry, and weatherproof. They are seasonal shedders. Their fluffy faces need regular trimming, and their thick coats require consistent brushing and grooming. Plan to schedule an appointment with your groomer at least every other month. Baths should happen at least once a season.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIERS HAVE?
Black Russian Terriers are usually a healthy breed. These dogs can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia and eye ailments (particularly progressive retinal atrophy). Some are also prone to bloat.