Black Russian Terrier
Breed origin: Russia
Original purpose: Used as guard dogs for protection.
AKC recognized: 2004
AKC group: Working
Height: males 27 to 30 inches;
females 26 to 29 inches
Black or black with a few gray hairs.
10 to 14 years.
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.
Suitable canine sports/activities:
obedience, agility, carting, Schutzhund
Groom at least once a week. Considered low shedders.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy.
Recommended books for further reading:
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