Common Name: Black Russian Terrier
Other Common Names: Tjorniy Terrier, BRT
Scientific Name: Canis familiaris
Origin or Range: Russia
Relative Size: Larger Than Average
Compatibility: Relatively Aggressive
The Black Russian Terrier was originally bred right after the Second World War to serve the Russian police and military. The breed became quite popular and has since become a very sought-after dog. They are amazingly hard to get a hold of in Russia and Germany – it can take up to two years to procure a purebred.
Highly sought after by dog breeders and dog lovers alike, the Black Russian Terrier is an excellent breed of dog that should make an excellent pet, although they may be difficult to find. They have a long and prestigious breeding history that dates back to the 1940’s.
These dogs are expensive, popular, and hard to find, even in their native country. If you want a purebred, you may have to import it, and that will cost you alot of money and alot of waiting time. Apparently the wait and the expense are worth it, though this dog is touted as being strong, friendly, energetic and ready to work. They were bred originally to be sturdy work dogs that do not get tired easily and are a great mixture, a perfect breed for both work and play.
They are known for their ability to adapt to any situation and take things in stride. They are very protective dogs and will guard you and your family. This breed is known for being suspicious of strangers, so early socialization is strongly encouraged. Like any dog, the Black Russian Terrier needs to learn the rules of your home. These are very energetic dogs and love to play.
Be sure to put time in your schedule to allow the dog to exercise. If you have children, you’re even better off – allowing the kids to play with the dog will no doubt provide it with the exercise it needs. They are very loyal dogs and will stick to you, but tend to be one-person dogs even if kept in a large family. You may need to put them through obedience training. It is important that these dogs understand their place in your home, as they often try to establish themselves as dominant.
They need socialization and obedience training beginning at an early age. Treat them with respect and in return, they will love you. Your Black Russian Terrier will probably not have any problems with your other smaller pets, but may have disputes with dogs their own size. Overall, the Black Russian Terrier is a fine choice for a pet and an excellent dog, provided you firmly establish your dominance.
The Black Russian Terrier is a shaggy dog. They have long hair that needs regular grooming. They are completely black, with minor gray highlights on their backs. They stand about two and a half to three feet tall and typically weigh around 100 pounds. These are muscular, sturdy dogs. They have large, drooping ears and very expressive eyes and commonly have docked tails.