Black Russian Terrier

Breed origin: Russia
Original purpose: Used as guard dogs for protection.

AKC recognized: 2004
AKC group: Working

Size: Height: males 27 to 30 inches; females 26 to 29 inches
Color: Black or black with a few gray hairs.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Black Russian Terrier is calm, confident, courageous, highly intelligent, and extremely reliable. A robust, large and powerful dog, they were bred to guard and protect and can be rather aloof toward strangers. They make very loyal companions and want to be close to family members at all times. This is not a dog to be left outside with little human contact. Early and continued socialization and obedience training are required to keep them from becoming overly protective.

Protective? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, carting, Schutzhund

Grooming requirement: Groom at least once a week. Considered low shedders.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy.

Recommended books for further reading:

Black Russian Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Emily Bates
Published in 2003
158 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Black Russian Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Black Russian Terrier Club of America Rescue

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