By Rod Maruff, Yarrawon Black Russian Terriers
The Black Russian Terrier was developed by the Russian Military as a working dog capable of carrying out duties similar to those of the Rottweiler, German Shepherd etc. The aim was to have a dog hardy enough to withstand extreme Russian winters.
After World War II, the Russian geneticists carefully crossed Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers and Airedales as primary breeds â€“ although about seventeen breeds altogether were used to produce the Black Russian Terrier. The first dogs were shown in 1957 and attracted the attention of private breeders.
After the Cold War some of the breed were acquired by private breeders, who developed the current Black Russian Terrier -which is now a good member of society. The breed is easily trained but requires socializing from a young age and makes an excellent family dog.
The Black Russian Terrier is a large, heavily boned, muscular dog with a shaggy double coat. Males may be 75 cm high at the shoulder and 65 kg in weight, while the females may be 70 cm and 55 kg. Some specimens are much larger. Their shaggy coat does require regular grooming but does not moult. Clipping the coat 3 â€“ 4 times each year makes grooming easier.
Black Russian Terriers are confident, courageous, calm and stable; get along well with dogs and cats, and have a high desire to please and be with their owner. Despite their large size, they adapt well to living in apartments provided they are given training and adequate exercise. Training is essential from a young age to prevent the dogs becoming dominant. This breed is slow to mature. Guarding instinct will develop at one to two years of age, they will warn at the approach of a stranger. They tend to stay within the boundaries of your property.
- This breed is rare in Australia so puppies are difficult to purchase.
- Very good around the home
- They LOVE water
- Require regular grooming
- Wary of strangers
- Good with other pets
- Very good in the house
- Does not bark unnecessarily
- Smaller specimens are good for activities like Obedience, Tracking and Agility
- Must be socialized and trained from a young age
- Very easy to train and willing to please. Will not tolerate harsh training methods
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