Black Russian Terrier Puppies

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The Confident, Calm, and Self-Assured Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terriers are known as a powerful, courageous, and intelligent breed. They were originally bred as guard dogs which can cause them to be aloof with strangers. Despite being a terrier they can way up to 140 lbs, but are also light on their feet.

Black Russian Terrier At a Glance

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Black Russian Terrier At a Glance

  • Size: 26"-30", 80-130 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Soft, thick undercoat with a coarse outer coat
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Working
  • Common Nicknames: Chornyi Terrier

Black Russian Terrier Breed Guide

Learn More About Black Russian Terriers

  • Temperament

    Black Russian Terriers are confident, calm, and self-assured. They are instinctively protective and loyal, which can be an issue when they meet strangers. They adapt well to training, but can be excitable in new situations or when around new people. They get along great with children and make great protectors.

  • Health

    Black Russian Terrier breeders should perform multiple health checks as this breed can be prone to elbow and hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, dwarfism, allergies, and urinary tract stones.

  • Activity Level

    They need at least 30-40 minutes of exercise a day in the form of brisk walks, runs with their owner, and even bike rides. If they don't get enough exercise they can become destructive.

  • Grooming

    The Black Russian Terrier needs frequent grooming to reduce shedding and keep their fur from becoming matted. This breed needs to be trimmed every few months, especially around the face, and will need to be bathed around every 2 months.

  • Shedding

    Black Russian Terriers shed year round, shedding the most heavily when seasons change.

  • Appearance

    This breed is large due to their heavy bones and course, black double coat. The hair around their eyes and mouth can become a nuisance to them, so owners should be prepared to trim those areas with scissors. They require regular brushings to prevent matting, and many owners choose to trim their coat with clippers.

  • History

    Soviet Russia developed the Black Russian Terrier in the 1930s to create a superdog for the army. They didn't have many purebred dogs to work with, as many were slaughtered during the Russian revolution and First World War, so it was a challenge. They eventually created a breed with the stamina to patrol Russia's harsh borders and prison camps. Today, they are no longer guarding political prisoners, but guarding suburban homes instead.