Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): BRT; Tchiorny Terrier; Black Terrier; Chornyi; Russian Bear Schnauzer; Russian Black Terrier
According to the Black Russian Terrier Club of America (BRTCA), in the 1930s the Red Star military kennel in Moscow began developing a native Russian breed that would be part of the national security force. This powerful dog, created from a mix of 17 breeds, needed to be large, reliable, adaptable and easy to train, and tough enough to tolerate the harsh Russian winter. They first worked with military police at border crossings, prisons, and military installations. Naturally, a dog with these qualities has attracted interest throughout the world. The BRT was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1984 and by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2004.
Despite its brains and toughness, this specialized working dog is not right for everyone. You should know how to confidently train and socialize a large, active breed that needs something useful to do to channel its energy. A bored BRT could be dangerous or destructive.
Appearance / health:
Black Russian Terrier's are strong, muscular, and athletic dogs. The skull is moderately wide. The forehead is flat. Mustaches and beards on the muzzle give it a rectangular shape. The nose is large and black. The ears are set high and are small and triangular. The eyes are rather small and oval shaped. The neck is strong and massive. The tail is set high and thick.
The breed is a low shedder requiring a brushing every week to remove any dead hair. They shed more than most Airedale Terriers though not as much as a Labrador. Professional grooming may be required every six weeks.
BRTS require moderate amounts of exercise. Half an hour of light to moderate exercise such as running, walking, or swimming is necessary for the BRT to be healthy and happy.
The BRT may be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Dysplasia refers to a condition marked by badly formed organs or any abnormal structure in the joints or other parts of the body. Hip dysplasia can cause lameness. In addition, eye problems, obesity, and allergies may occur in some BRTs.
Behavior / temperament:
Black Russian Terriers are wary of strangers and do not hesitate to bark when necessary. Some dogs that are not socialized early may not tolerate strangers handling them. They were bred for temperament rather than looks. They love to follow their owners wherever they go. BRTs are expressive and may sneak into their owner's beds at night and planting wet kisses. Though they are called Terriers, they have little of the aggression and dominance found in other dogs. Inexperienced owners may find it difficult to control this reasonably large and powerful dog. They react fast to any situation. If kept alone for too long, these dogs can get destructive. Several BRTs snore a lot. Few dogs may have the habit of roaming in the house at night.
Early socialization and training are necessary to bring out the best in this breed. Obedience training is extremely important as these large dogs may appear stubborn later, making it difficult for the owner to control them. They learn easily but do not respond to harsh training methods. Trainers should utilize their high intelligence and eagerness to learn.
Black Russian Terriers are not very noisy but some overprotective dogs may bark at every stranger at the door.
energetic sweet fun, deep bonds, magnificent dog, good watch dog, great personality
groomers, hip dysplasia, Bark Bark
large dog, BRT, relatively long life, solid bodies
Black Russian terrier is a strong, powerful, dominate dog. I have a female, her name is Masha-she got a real Russian name off course :). I will not write about intense grooming , about every day combing and brushing which can be very annoyable. I will write about how those dogs are smart that is sometimes scary. If you feel that you can't live with a dog who is smarter than you are, then this pedigree might not be a good choice. Masha is a professional thief. She stoles food. She knows how to open the door of the kitchen and to take everything from the table or from the lower shelves, I am surprised how she didn't learn to open the fridge so far :). She even learned how to close the door again, so no one will suspect something changed. And she is very fast in doing that. Once, I left my saucepan with leftovers on the kitchen table, and went out just to take the garbage. Five minutes after I started to convince myself that I didn't put any food in my saucepan, because for me it was unbelievable, that one dog is already laying in his bad peacefully, not showing any signs of moving :). As years past, she developed the business of stealing and learned how to steal the treats from the pet stores. She even started entering the pet shop by her own. Women from the shop was so happy to see her, because Masha would shake her tale and acted like she cared for the poor woman:). Only sign of stealing was running straight back home,it was like '' I'm not interested in walk anymore, I want to go to my cozy bad''. She buried the treats under her bad and waited to be left alone. Sometimes at night when she thinks everybody are sleeping, you can hear a crunchy sounds... So, I admit, my Russian terrier is smarter than me, but she is my favorite actress and I admire her for that! .
From biljana Mar 12 2017 9:06AM
Black Russian terriers
These are the most amazing dogs. As long as you have PLENTY of room for them to play and grow. My mom has Rufus and he's the most charming dog. She has a very large, fenced yard and a pretty large house (Rufus is a house dog mainly)
They are large and friendly dogs that need to have playthings and go on lots of walks or you may end up with a sad dog on your hands.
If you want a high energy, large, easy to socialize dog, I'd say that a black Russian terrier is for you but only if you have the time, energy and patience to love these energetic sweet fun dogs and aren't afraid of large breeds. I'd have to say that Rufus is very well adjusted to my kids and they didn't have a hard time getting used to him either, but we have always had pets in the household so my kids are used to handling and getting used to new pets.
Pros: good watch dog, happy demeanor, friendly, fun, great personality, loyal, fun, beautiful breed
Con's: large breed (problem if you don't have a large home or yard or aren't able to take out for walks often), grooming is needed, can get hyper if they get bored, may become depressed if not given enough time/area to run/play, eats a lot compared to smaller breeds due to size/body mass, needs some training due to size.
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