The Black Russian Terrier is a strong medium size breed. They are reliable watchdogs. They are very intelligent and courageous. They can be reserved towards strangers when not well socialized, but they are very affectionate towards their family. They should be given lots of activities, so they don’t get destructive. They do well with obedience and agility training. Regular grooming is a must for this breed.
The Black Russian Terrier is usually medium sized and stands up to 76 cm in height and 110 pounds in weight. They are able-bodied with a long block-shaped head. They have a large black nose, triangular-shaped ears, thick muscular neck, and a high set tail. Their large feet are bear-like with thick pads and black nails. They are gentle and respectful towards children but supervision is a must during playtime for they can easily knock down small children.
Black Russian Terriers are intelligent, calm, courageous and confident dogs. They are protective of their family since they were initially bred to protect and guard. Their alert level and responsiveness make them great watchdogs. They are ever loyal to their family but they can be aloof and reserved towards strangers. They are gentle and playful around children and extremely affectionate. Black Russian Terriers are also known to be stubborn when required to do something it doesn’t want to do.
Black Russian Terrier needs physical activities and socialization. They need to be in close contact with humans. They can also use some obedience and agility training to mold the Black Russian Terriers character. They are most happy when they are given a job to do. They should be given lots of exercise otherwise they become destructive. They love to romp in the snow and play with water so bathing should not be a problem.
Black Russian Terrier is prone to hereditary diseases. Major concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, certain allergies, and progressive retinal atrophy. Their lifespan is 10-14 years.
The recommended serving is 3 to 4.5 cups to be divided into two meals.
COAT, COLOR, AND GROOMING
Black Russian Terriers are black, of course, although some have been observed with gray markings. They have a soft but thick undercoat while the top coat is curly and coarse. Their hair can grow from 1.5 to 4 inches long. Most Black Russian Terrier has been observed to have a mustache and beard on the face. They require regular brushing every week. Clipping of the coat can be done twice a year although the mustache, beard and eyebrows can be left alone. Bathe your Black Russian Terrier only when needed. Brush its teeth at least 2 or 3 times a week and trim the nails at least once a month. Ears should be checked regularly for possible infection.
DOG WITH FAMILY, CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS
Black Russian Terriers are extremely great with children; they are gentle and respectful towards them. Parental supervision is still required during playtime since Black Russian Terrier are large breeds and may knock down small children. Socialization at a very young age is recommended so they won’t grow aloof and aggressive. They do not respond well with other dogs when outdoors but are fine with canine companions they were raised with. They are fine with non-dominant animals.