Facts about Black Russian Terrier Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Black Russian Terrier puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Black Russian Terrier History

This is a relatively young breed. It was developed in 1940s at The Red Star Kennel, a Central Military School of Working Dogs in the former Soviet Union.

The most influential breeds in its development were the Giant Schnauzer, the Rottweiler and the Airedale Terrier. Additional breeds, such as the Newfoundland, the Great Dane and the Caucasian Mountain Dog were also used. All in all, more than 15 breeds played a role in the development of the Black Russian Terrier.

The breed was developed as a multi-purpose work dog and was used solely by the Soviet army. After its initial creation, its future development was controlled by the army and it wasn't until 1957 or 1958 that some dogs were sold to outside breeders.

The Russian Terrier was recognized as a breed in 1981.

Physical Description of Black Russian Terrier Puppies

The Russian Black Terrier is a large and muscular dog.

Its body is slightly longer than it's tall. It has a long head with short triangular drop ears, small dark eyes, a wedge-shaped muzzle, and a large black nose. The tail is docked and set high.

The double coat is waterproof and consists of a dense undercoat and an outer coat. It comes in solid black or black with some gray. The coat length ranges from 1½ to 4 inches, covers the entire body and has a raffled look. There is a beard, eyebrows, and mustache.

    Height Weight
  Male 27 - 30 inches 80 - 130 pounds *
  Female 26 - 29 inches 80 - 130 pounds *

* There is no weight standard


The Black Russian Terrier is an intelligent, affectionate, very observant, and even-tempered dog.

It's wary with strangers but gentle with its family, including children. It loves human contact and shouldn't be neglected for long periods of time.

It has a very strong protective instinct and, when threatened, will not hesitate to fight to protect its family.

The Russian Terrier is dominant by nature. It's better not to have another large dominant dog living in the same house. They are OK with smaller, non-dominant dogs and other pets, including cats.

These dogs love to please their owners, are easy to train and rarely bark.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Russian Black Terriers require an experienced and firm owner.

They love human company and should not be neglected.

Some Black Russian Terrier breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The Black Russian Terrier is not very active indoors and can adjust to an apartment lifestyle.

It's a lot more active outdoors. It loves to romp and play. Include these activities as part of its exercise.

At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.


If brushed regularly, the Russian Black Terrier sheds very little.

For best look, brush for at least 30 minutes once a week. Trim the hair under the paws and in the ear ducts.

Professional grooming is recommended every 8 weeks or so.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Black Russian Terrier is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other common health problems include hip and elbow dysplasia. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Black Russian Terrier breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Black Russian Terrier is between 10 and 12 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Black Russian Terrier rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Black Russian Terrier Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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