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Black Russian Terrier - Overview

The Black Russian Terrier is a large, majestic, confident, loyal, and powerful dog which was created by the Red Star Kennel in the late 1940’s, and early 1950’s. The Red Star Kennel was given certain directives by the Russian Government that they wanted a new breed of dog, and this dog must foremost be a guard dog to protect its secret, and military installations, be able to withstand the cold Siberian weather, have a protective coat, and most of all have very nice movement.

Dasha, a Female Black Russian Terrier

Red Star Kennel

The Red Star Kennel also known as The Central Military School of Working Dogs was part of the Russian Military, and was given the task of creating this new dog. The scientists at the Red Star Kennel took a Giant Schnauzer, and bred it to a Rottweiler. The offspring were bred with Airedale Terriers, and 17 other dog breeds resulting in the Black Russian Terrier. The Red Star Kennel showed their creation to the world in 1955, and in 1957 they began to sell the Black Russian Terriers to breeders.

Size and Weight

The males can attain a height of over 76 cm (30 inches), and can weigh up to 63kg to 72kg (140 lbs to 160lbs). The females are smaller in stature, can attain a height of 66cm to 73cm (26 inches to 29 inches), and can weigh between 45kg to 50kg (99 lbs to 110 lbs). However, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), American Kennel Club (AKC), and Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) have set standards of how large a male and female Black Russian Terrier should be. The Black Russian Terrier is classified in all three organizations as a working dog, and belongs to the Working Dog Group.


Aliases of the Black Russian Terrier throughout the world are as follows: The Black Terrier, Russian Pearl, Tchiorny Terrier, Chornyi, Svart Terrier, Terrier Noir Russe, Russian Bear Schnauzer, Sort Russisk Terrier, Terrier Ruso Negro, Czarny Terier Rosyjski and lastly BRT.

Life Expectancy

The World Animal Life Expectancy indicates that the Black Russian Terrier life span is from 10 to 12 years of age. With this reporting, it is known that the Black Russian Terrier can live up to 14 years of age.

Other Information

Other information regarding the Black Russian Terrier can be found under the respective menu titles of Black Russian Terrier History, Black Russian Terrier Temperament, and Black Russian Terrier Health Issues.

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