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Black Russian Terrier

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Dog Breed Group
Terrier Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Former Soviet Union, military working dog. 
Life Expectancy
10 - 14 years 
Color
Black 
Coat
Two to four inches, coarse, dense, weatherproof, wiry and bristly but close lying wavy. 
Exercise Needs
Exercise is important and should consist of long walks, room to romp and play. 
Temperament
The Black Russian Terrier is brave, observant, intelligent and stubborn. He enjoys training and has a desire to please his maste 
Good with Children
Usually good with children. Most find them fascinating. Good with other pets in the family. Some do not like non-family dogs. 
Grooming Needs
Coat care should consist of brushing a minimum of 30 minutes/week, he is a low shedding breed. Recommended to see a groomer ever 
Average Size - Male (in)
27 - 29 
Average Size - Female (in)
26 - 28 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
85 - 140 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
85 - 140 
Health Issues
Hip and elbow problems can be seen.v
Living Conditions
Does NOT do well in a kennel. Must live in the household. For a large dog, they make good pets in an apartment, if you spend tim 

Breed Description

The Black Russian Terrier is a large to massive dog who's black hair has a distinctive "fall" and a "beard" on head. They want to please their owner, so will try anything you ask them! The Black Russian Terrier is considered a jack of all trades of dog-dom. Able to do almost anything: protection, herding, skijorring, obedience, tracking, sled dog, agility and show dog. Developed by the government kennels as a military working dogs just after World War II, his ancestors include the Giant Schnauzer who was crossed with the Airedale, Rottweiler and a local dog called the Moscow Retriever.

Breed Infobits

He needs to be part of the family as he is a breed that will seek intense contact with humans.

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