Russian Tracker Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginRussia flagRussia
Other Names
What other names does the Russian Tracker have?
Russian RetrieverRussian Retriever Yellow
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Russian Tracker Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Russian Tracker 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?
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Russian Tracker is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Russian Tracker?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Russian Tracker Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large Giant
Weight
How much does the Russian Tracker weigh? Russian Tracker weight:
Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Russian Tracker? Russian Tracker average weight:
Male: 87.5 pounds (39.5 kg), Female: 77.5 pounds (35 kg)
Height
How tall is the Russian Tracker? Russian Tracker height:
Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Russian Tracker average height:
Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Russian Tracker Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Russian Tracker have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ShinySilkyWavyStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Russian Tracker's coat?
YellowGolden
Grooming
How to groom the Russian Tracker and how often?
Average: The Russian Tracker 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 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 Russian Tracker, 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 Russian Tracker dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Russian Retriever?
Russian Trackers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Russian Tracker need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Russian Tracker every day?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks. For example, oilier breeds may need to be bathed up to once a week. Because many of these breeds are short-haired, a nice brushing won’t do much to redistribute the oils, so while these oils do protect the dog’s skin from overdrying, they can carry a pretty pungent odor.

Russian Tracker Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Russian Tracker have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Confident
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Russian Tracker? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Russian Tracker's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Russian Tracker dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Russian Trackers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Russian Tracker is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Russian Tracker sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Russian Trackers 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? Are they affectionate?
High: Russian Trackers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Russian Retriever need? Russian Tracker social needs:
Russian Trackers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Russian Tracker dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Russian Retriever bark?
Low to Average: The Russian Tracker rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Russian Tracker good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Russian Trackers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Russian Trackers will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Russian Tracker dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Russian Trackers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Russian Tracker bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Russian Retriever? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Russian Tracker? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Russian Tracker 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Russian Tracker has a hard bite?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Russian Tracker bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large. They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400. It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Russian Tracker do?
Russian Trackers have a strong 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 Russian Trackers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Russian Tracker to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Russian Tracker roam?
Russian Trackers 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 Russian Tracker have high prey drive?
Russian Trackers 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 Russian Tracker good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Russian Tracker breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Russian Tracker indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Russian Trackers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Russian Trackers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Russian Tracker Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Russian Tracker temperament with other people:
Russian Trackers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Russian Tracker dogs get along with other pets? Are Russian Tracker dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Russian Trackers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Russian Tracker dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Russian Tracker temperament with children:
Russian Trackers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Russian Tracker dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Russian Trackers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Russian Tracker good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Russian Tracker dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Russian Trackers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Russian Tracker can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Russian Tracker breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Russian Trackers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Russian Trackers good office dogs? Do Russian Trackers make good office friendly dogs? Can Russian Trackers be office dogs?
No
Russian Tracker is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Russian Tracker dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Russian Retriever temperament with senior people? Are Russian Tracker dogs good for elderly owners?
Russian Trackers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Russian Tracker Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Russian Tracker dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Russian Trackers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Russian Tracker breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Russian Tracker see the vet?
Rare
The Russian Tracker should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Russian Tracker dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Russian Tracker be? What is the age limit of the Russian Tracker? How many years can the oldest Russian Tracker live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Russian Tracker: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Russian Tracker breed hypoallergenic?
No
Russian Trackers 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 Russian Tracker have? What is the activity level of the Russian Tracker?
Russian Trackers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Russian Tracker dogs require per day?
Russian Trackers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily 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?
Russian Trackers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Russian Tracker need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Russian Tracker risk for obesity:
High: The Russian Tracker breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Russian Tracker more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Russian Tracker's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Russian Tracker can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Russian Tracker 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 Russian Tracker drool?
The Russian Tracker drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Russian Tracker. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Russian Tracker As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Russian Tracker be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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). Russian Tracker is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Russian Tracker be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Russian Tracker be an emotional support animal?

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. Russian Tracker is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Russian Tracker be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Russian Tracker is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Russian Tracker be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Russian Tracker is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Russian Tracker be a boat dog?

Not really

Russian Tracker breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Russian Tracker 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. Russian Tracker is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Russian Tracker dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Russian Tracker Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Russian Tracker: 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 Russian Tracker have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Russian Tracker Recognition

AKC Group
Is Russian Tracker recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Russian Tracker recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Russian Tracker Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Russian Tracker's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Russian Trackers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Russian Trackers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Watchdog Ability: Russian Trackers are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Russian Trackers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Russian Trackers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Russian Trackers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Russian Trackers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Russian Trackers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Russian Trackers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Russian Tracker breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Russian Tracker drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Russian Tracker breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Mouthiness: Russian Trackers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Russian Trackers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Russian Tracker is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Russian Tracker History

The Russian Tracker, also known as the Russian Retriever, is an extinct breed of domestic dog. It is unknown when exactly the breed ceased to exist but researchers have proven that it could still be found in the late 19th century. The breed was of Asiatic Russian origin and for hundreds of years, it was used to protect and herd the flocks of the Indo-Aryan people in the wind-beaten, snow-swept Caucasus Mountains. The Russian Trackers are huge dogs, sometimes standing as high as 76cm at the shoulder and often weighing 45 or more kgs. Despite its large body, the breed was fast and flexible enough to chase off wolves and other predators that threatened the animals in any way. The breed has a thick, taffy colored double-coat that protected them well from both the harsh weather and the savage wildlife. Aside from their physical powers, the Russian Tacker was very intelligent, wise, capable and according to legends, the breed could keep himself and his flock alive and well for months on end with no human help at all.

Furthermore, on some level, the breed contributed and related to the Golden retriever, which was a descendant of the old breed. According to historians and researchers, in the mid-19th century, a man called Sir Dudley Majoribanks watched the performance of a troupe of Russian Tracker dogs at a circus in Brighton, England and he was amazed by the intelligence of these dogs. He reasoned that this could put good use in the field, so he brought the entire troupe of eight dogs and took them to his seat in the Guischan deer forest in Scotland. There he started breeding them without out-crossing for 10 years, but there was no game in Scotland suitable for their size, and in the 1870s plan were abandoned to established the breed in its original form.

Moreover, in the 19th-century Russian Trackers were crossed with Bloodhounds. However, only one generation of Bloodhound crosses is reported and on the basis of photographic records and notes, the descendants appear to have soon developed into the modern Golden Retriever type. The Golden Retriever is smaller than the Tracker, but their intensification of scenting ability, refinement is just as good.

However, the Russian Tracker being crossed with breeds like the Bloodhounds was one of the reasons why the breed got extinct in the late 19th century, as a variety of new hybrid dogs came out from the crossings. Even though they were excellent watchdogs, people started using other dogs in herding and protecting livestock. It is also said that they got extinct because breeders really didn’t have the idea which people owned the dog of the same breed and this made it impossible for them to multiply the number of these dogs so they vanished from existence soon.

Overall the Russian Tucker was a calm, gentle, and friendly nature dog. Not only they were good with the flocks they were meant to protect, but they were also relatively nice with other dogs and pet animals. They were also brave as they didn’t fear to chase down the wolves and other predators.

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  • Riley

    Jan 30, 2020, 6:06:11 PM:

    My puppy is lit