Black Russian Terriers
For years, this dog was used solely by the Russian military but with public interest, breeding tactics changed to where the Black Russian Terrier of today is not only a working dog with great agility but also a breed with a stately body, gorgeous coat, and amazing personality.
As far as height, males reach 27 to 30 inches around 18 months of age while females are between 26 and 29 inches to the withers. Average weight is from 80 to 145 pounds with females being on the lower end of the scale. When properly cared for, this breed lives to approximately 11 years old.
Coat and Care:
All dogs accumulate dead hair especially if they don't shed. Using a grooming tool such as the FurMinator is a good way to remove the dead hair that doesn't fall out on its own.
The coat is hard, wiry, and weatherproof with growth being longer around the neck, giving the appearance of a lion’s mane. This type of terrier also has thick eyebrows and a distinctive beard.
Additionally, this breed of dog is prone to otitis, otherwise known as ear infections so regular cleaning and removal of excess hair would be essential.
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Personality and Traits
Because this terrier breed is naturally curious, special attention should be given to indoor and outdoor spaces to keep the dog safe.
Often, Black Russian Terriers are quite clingy. Because of this, a lot more emphasis should be geared toward socialization of the breed to prevent the animal from becoming anxious and hyperactive.
Overall, Black Russians are extremely smart and due to their agility, they are sometimes used in sporting events. With a moderate energy level and great need for attention, obedience training is mandatory while young.
But, as a large breed, the BRT does need regular walks and playtime just like all dogs do. Socialization at a local dog park would be an ideal way to provide some of both.
One important note, due to the need for human interaction, keeping Black Russian Terriers outdoors full-time is not recommended. In fact, this dog should never be kenneled outdoors to prevent it becoming overly protective or possessive of the confined space, even against the beloved owner.
With complete obedience training, this breed offers protection to all family members, without being overly protective. In addition, because this is an extremely intelligence dog, commands and tricks taught by children are learned quickly.
While this breed of dog is gentle, calm, and very loving, some degree of exercise would be needed. Even though this dog is friendly toward other animals, in most cases, a confident handler is always recommended during walks.
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