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Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Few working dogs could be found in Russia following World War II. However, the need and demand for them remained. In response, Colonel G. Medvedev of the Central Military School of Working Dogs set out to develop a new breed of guard dog. Under his direction, the Black Russian Terrier was created using the Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Airedale Terrier, Newfoundland and Caucasian Ovcharka.
The Black Russian Terrier weighs 80 to 130 pounds and measures 26 to 30 pounds.
The Black Russian Terrier has a long, coarse double coat that sheds moderately. The Black Russian Terrier should be brushed a few times a week and bathed as needed. If being shown, the Black Russian Terrier also needs to have their coat professionally trimmed every six to eight weeks. If not being shown, the coat can be trimmed less frequently or even trimmed at home.
Like all dogs, the Black Russian Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Black Russian Terrier is powerful and bold.
The Black Russian Terrier thrives on companionship and interaction with their family. The Black Russian Terrier desires lots of attention and wants to be as close to their family as possible. They are gentle and patient with children and can make great playmates, however they are quite large and are best suited to a home with older children.
As much as Black Russian Terriers are loving family dogs, they are also steadfast protectors. This breed was developed to be guardians and they are committed to watching over their family and property. Black Russian Terriers are naturally wary of strangers and other dogs. Even with proper training and socialization, they will be highly alert and suspicious when someone new enters the home.
The Black Russian Terrier is highly intelligent and learns quickly as long as they have a leader who is confident and takes charge. Black Russian Terriers responds especially well to positive reinforcement in the form of praise, treats and affection. Once they have the basics down, Black Russian Terriers can go on to participate in agility, obedience and rally.
As part of their training, the Black Russian Terrier does need early socialization. As a guard dog, the Black Russian Terrier is suspicious of new people and dogs. They require early and ongoing socialization to help them discern between friend and foe.
The Black Russian Terrier can make a great companion for jogging, biking and hiking. The Black Russian Terrier is energetic and requires regular exercise in the form of a daily walk and time outside in a secure area to run around and play.