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Black Russian Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Black Russian Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginRussia
Group Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Black Russian Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Chornyi, Terrier Noir Russem, Schwarzer Russicher Terrier, Tchiorny Terrier, Mustaterrieri, Black Terrier, Russian Bear Schnauzer, BRT, Stalin's Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Black Russian Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2004 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Black Russian Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Black Russian Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Black Russian Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Black Russian Terrier price:
$1800-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Black Russian Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Black Russian Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Black Russian Terrier gets to a happy place.

History

The Russian Black Terrier breed was born in Russia in the second half of the 1940s. The Russian Black Terrier was created by the following dog breeds crossing: Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer, Airedale Terrier, and Newfoundland. The Giant Schnauzer can be defined as the main ancestor of the breed. The beginnings of breeding were supervised by a Moscow military dog school and the dogs were home to the kennel "Red Star". The breeders aimed at developing a large, brave, powerful and manageable work dog with a strong guarding and protective instinct. The Russian Black Terrier can be used for many purposes and adapts well to an average to cold weather.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Black Russian Terrier size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Black Russian Terrier weigh? Black Russian Terrier weight:
80-143 pounds (36-65 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Black Russian Terrier? Black Russian Terrier average weight:
111.5 pounds (50.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Black Russian Terrier? Black Russian Terrier height:
Male: 25-29 inches (64-74 cm), Female: 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Black Russian Terrier average height:
Male: 27 inches (69 cm), Female: 26.5 inches (68 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Black Russian Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
RoughCurlyWaterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Black Russian Terrier's coat?
GrayBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Black Russian Terrier and how often?
Average: The Black Russian Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Black Russian Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Black Russian Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chornyi? Black Russian Terrier shedding level:
Black Russian Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Black Russian Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Black Russian Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
BraveEnergeticLivelyConfidentStableAffectionateGentleIndependentCheerfulPlayfulDefensiveSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Black Russian Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Black Russian Terrier obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Black Russian Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Black Russian Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Black Russian Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Black Russian Terrier sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Black Russian Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Black Russian Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chornyi need? Black Russian Terrier social needs:
Black Russian Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Black Russian Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Terrier Noir Russem bark?
Average: The Black Russian Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Black Russian Terrier good as a watchdog?
Black Russian Terriers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Black Russian Terrier dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Black Russian Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Black Russian Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Black Russian Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Black Russian Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Black Russian Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chornyi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Black Russian Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Black Russian Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Black Russian Terrier do?
Black Russian Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Black Russian Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Black Russian Terrier to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Black Russian Terrier roam?
Black Russian Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Black Russian Terrier have high prey drive?
Black Russian Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Black Russian Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Black Russian Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Black Russian Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Black Russian Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Black Russian Terriers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Black Russian Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Black Russian Terrier and children:
Black Russian Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Black Russian Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Black Russian Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Black Russian Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Black Russian Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Black Russian Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Black Russian Terriers good office dogs? Do Black Russian Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Black Russian Terriers be ofiice dogs?
No
Black Russian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Black Russian Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chornyi temperament with senior people? Are Black Russian Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Black Russian Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Black Russian Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Black Russian Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Black Russian Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Black Russian Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Black Russian Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Black Russian Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Black Russian Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Black Russian Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Black Russian Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Black Russian Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Black Russian Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Black Russian Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Black Russian Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Black Russian Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Black Russian Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Black Russian Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Black Russian Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Black Russian Terrier dogs have health problems?
Black Russian Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Black Russian Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Black Russian Terrier breed? Health risks of Black Russian Terrier:
AllergiesElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaProgressive Retinal AtrophyUrinary Stones
Life Expectancy
How long do Black Russian Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Black Russian Terrier be?
10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Black Russian Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Black Russian Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Black Russian Terrier have?
Black Russian Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Black Russian Terrier dogs require per day?
Black Russian Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Black Russian Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Black Russian Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Black Russian Terrier risk for obesity:
Average. The Black Russian Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Black Russian Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Black Russian Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Black Russian Terrier drool?
The Black Russian Terrier is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Black Russian Terrier puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Black Russian Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Black Russian Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Black Russian Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Black Russian Terrier

Pros
  • Trainability: Black Russian Terriers are easy to train.
  • Shedding Level: Black Russian Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Black Russian Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Black Russian Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Black Russian Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Black Russian Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Office Friendly: Black Russian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Black Russian Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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