Black Russian Terrier

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Dog Facts

Working dog
Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Very protective
Extra large
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Typical Lifespan:
10-11 years

About the Black Russian Terrier Breed

Large and sturdy, the Black Russian Terrier comes from the days of the Soviet Union, and was used in military service. It is larger than most terriers, and is more closely related to the working dog group, despite the name.

It is hard to trace the Black Russian Terrier's ancestry, because it pretty much comes from everywhere. Scientists and dog breeders set out to breed this dog from a huge variety of other dog breeds, including the Rottweiler and the Newfoundland.

It has a very prominent head, which is so heavy it makes up about 40% of the body weight of the dog. Supporting it is a strong, robust body, covered in a wavy double layered black coat that turns, which forms a noticeable beard about the face. The coat needs brushing regularly, with a professional groom every six weeks or so.

The Black Russian needs a lot of space and likes to be able to move around. It is well adapted to cold environments, so won't do well outside in a hot area, or in a warm and not air-conditioned house.

It is a very intelligent dog, and therefore can be trained extensively, and should be trained, from a young age. It is often used as rescue or water rescue dogs.

Because of its intelligence, it is not usually recommended for first time dog owners as it can be quite an intense pet.

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