Black Russian Terrier

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , , , , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 100-150 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Curly    Fur Color: Black


Life Expectancy: About 10 – 12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Black Russian Terrier was first developed right after World War II by the Russian Red Army. It was designated as a police dog. It helped to guard military buildings, to patrol with the police etc.

The Black Russian Terrier is a mix between the Giant Schnauzer, the Rottweiler, the Moscow Retriever and the Airedale. It's a very rare breed but you can sometimes notice them in European dog shows. The American Kennel Club admitted the breed in 2004.


Black or black with grey hairs.


The coat of a black Russian terrier is two to four inches, coarse, dense, weatherproof, wiry and bristly but close lying wavy.


Black Russian Terriers are very brave and they have a strong protective instinct so they are skeptical about strangers. They are extremely energetic and sturdy. They are alert and have strong defense reactions. They love to play with children (mostly the female but the male too). They always search human's presence and are always ready to protect the family. It takes a long time to the Black Russian Terrier to mature.


Once a week, the Black Russian Terrier needs to be brushed at least 30 minutes. It does not moult and they only shed a little. The Black Russian Terrier must, several times in the year, be professionally groomed and trimmed. Hairs in the ears should be removed and the hairs from the paws should be cut.


First, the Black Russian Terrier needs high socialization at a very young age because they are very protective. To be manageable, it must have a basic training. The training of this dog can't be neglected and it will need time and work to train it. It can also be trained for agility, for search and rescue etc.


Black Russian Terriers love to be entertained and to exercise. They will enjoy it if you bring him for a long walk in the park or if you just play with it. They love snow and water so they will always be happy to take a swim!

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