Belonging to the AKC’s Working Group, Black Russian Terriers are smart, confident, and powerful guard dogs with a calm temperament. This is a rare dog breed that can be equally effective as a watchdog and a family companion.
If you want to find out more about the Black Russian Terrier breed before deciding whether this is the right choice for your family, please continue reading.
In terms of size, Black Russian Terriers are large dogs, standing 26-30 inches high and weighing around 80-130 pounds. The average lifespan of a Black Russian Terrier is 10-12 years.
Black Russian Terriers are affectionate with family members but not to the point of being lovey-dovey. They retain some independence and aloofness. These dogs can do reasonably well with young children and other dogs provided they receive early socialization as puppies.
While moderately playful in nature, Black Russian Terriers can be reserved with strangers. They are vigilant by nature and have strong protective and territorial instincts and therefore make some of the best guard dogs.
This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to changes in routine. BRTs can adapt to apartment living provided you can meet their exercise needs. However, keep in mind that Black Russian Terriers need to spend time with their humans or they can develop undesirable aggressive behaviors.
Black Russian Terriers are intelligent and eager to please and therefore trainable. However, they are powerful dogs that can be somewhat willful, so they do require an experienced handler or trainer. Early training during puppyhood is important to prevent aggressive behaviors in an adult Black Russian Terrier.
BRTs have high energy levels and are very easily bored, so you need to keep them busy with different activities. At least 30-40 minutes of vigorous activity every day is ideal for this breed, such as long walks, swims, bike rides, hikes, or play sessions in the yard. The barking tendency for Black Russian Terriers is moderate.
BRTs have a medium to long, curly, double coat that needs regular grooming to prevent matting. It also sheds quite a bit. Trimming of the facial area (beard and moustache) is required to keep the dog looking its best. These dogs can also drool moderately.
In summary, Black Russian Terriers are large, heavy boned, powerful dogs that are admired and loved for their intelligence, confidence, and bravery. They have a thick coat that can withstand the coldest of climates. These majestic canines can appear intimidating but are loving and calm companions and family pets.
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