Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)


Medium. Weight: 110-160; Female: 80-120 lbs; Height: 26-30; Female: 25.5-28 inches


Rough and thick


Black, Black with Gray

Life Span:

10 to 11 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 80
Cat Friendly – 60
Cold Weather Tolerance – 80
Exercise Needs – 80
General Health – 60
Grooming Needs – 70
Hot Weather Tolerance – 60
Intelligence – 80
Kid Friendly – 60
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 40
Social Needs – 60
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

The dog has bushy moustache on the upper lip and a beard on the lower lip.

Black Russian Terrier Overview

This dog breed  is large in size and squarely built with a slightly stretched frame. Black Russian Terriers are intelligent, active and highly trainable. These dogs adapt well to different climatic conditions, lifestyles and home environments.

Black Russian Terrier Characteristics

This dog breed is intelligent, loyal, strong, enduring, brave, self-confident, protective and reliable. Black Russian Terriers have a balanced temperament and makes a wonderful companion. This breed excels at agility and obedience.

Black Russian Terrier Temperament

An active, hardy large dog breed with very a stable temperament. The breed is also extremely lively and makes a superb watchdog. This breed generally gets along well with children and other animals, provided they receive the proper socialization and training.

Black Russian Terrier Care

This dog breed requires weekly brushing. The dog should be professionally clipped 3-4 times a year.

Black Russian Terrier Coat

The coat of this breed  is virtually non-shedding. The hair is rough, hard, plentiful and very thick. The length varies from 1.6 to 3.9 inches and covers the entire body. There is a dense and well-developed under coat. The dog has bushy moustache on the upper lip and a beard on the lower lip. On the neck and the withers, the coat is longer, forming  a mane.

Black Russian Terrier Training

This dog breed is relatively easy to train. They are highly intelligent, learns quickly and has problem solving abilities.

Black Russian Terrier Activity

This dog breed adapts well to most environments, provided that their exercise needs are met. The breed requires a fair amount of exercise. They love human interaction, especially playing games.

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