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Black Russian Terrier Dog Breed Essential Tips

Jun 14, 2008
The Black Russian Terrier is a breed that was "engineered" by the Russians shortly after world War II for the specific purpose of producing a strong, fearless and hardy working dog that could withstand the rigors of the cold Russian winter and would be a strong and formidable protector.

The "Red Star" kennels, a state owned and operated kennel, was the name of the government kennel of the Soviet Union whose function was to produce the necessary dogs needed for the military and other important functions. The basic "ingredients" for the working dog they were attempting to produce were the Giant Schnauzer of Germany, (already a favorite in Russia), the Rottweiler, the Airedale Terrier, the Newfoundland and the Caucasian Ovcharka and a few others.

Combining these breeds in the old fashioned way, with many test breedings and much hard work on the part of the "Red Star" kennels eventually produced the right combination of the characteristics desired by the government and the new breed, the Black Russian Terrier, was born. Since that time the Black Russian has gained in popularity in other countries and is now a member of the American Kennel club, registered as a member of the Working Group.

The appearance of the Black Russian Terrier is similar to that of a large and shaggy somewhat unkempt Giant Schnauzer. The coat is tousled with a hard outer coat and a dense soft undercoat, it should not have the well trimmed appearance of the Giant Schnauzer about the face, although it does have a beard and "eyebrows" which are long and very nearly cover all of the eyes. The head should have a tousled appearance and the coat should not have a wiry or harsh texture. Some trimming of the coat is allowed for the show ring . The only acceptable color of the Black Russian Terrier is as the name implies: black.

The nature of this dog is one of reliable guardianship. Without question this is a dog that should not be considered only a "pet" for he is by nature a dog meant to work. Without a job to do and adequate training from early on, this dog could very easily be destructive just because of boredom. He is high intelligent and eager to learn, he naturally possesses a strong protective instinct but should be controllable and reliable. This is a dog that should be self confident and laid back as an adult. As a youngster he requires early socialization and responsible training.

The Black Russian is also a long lived and healthy breed with few genetic conditions. As with all large dogs hip dysplasia should be guarded against. Furthermore the Black Russian Terrier Club of America also recommends that testing be done for cardiac conditions.
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