Three words describe the Black Russian Terrier: bold, confident, and affectionate. These brave dogs are popular among families looking for a loving home companion. To stay happy, Black Russian Terrier dogs require frequent human interaction. They are also great playmates for children.



The Black Russian Terrier: A Brief History

Black Russian TerrierThe Black Russian Terriers originated in the Soviet Union during the 1950s. The Russians needed working canines to train for military use only during World War II. The Russians imported hundreds of dogs from other countries to find the best working dogs.

Roy produced the first generation of Black Russian Terriers. An exceptional Giant Schnauzer, mixed with females from different breeds, had the first generation of Black Russian Terriers. Crosses with the Rottweiler, Airedale Terrier, and Moscow Water-Dog were the most successful. Each of them was black, and the best were bred among themselves.

Puppies from the second and third generations were distributed to various family breeding programs by 1957. The breeders’ goal now was to improve the dog’s versatility as a working dog while also enhancing conformation.



The Black Russian Terriers worked for the military to locate wounded soldiers, pull sleds, detect bombs, and perform various other tasks. They participated in missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Afghanistan.

As more Black Russian Terrier breeders relocated to different parts of the world, the dog’s popularity skyrocketed. Although a breed standard was created in 1968, the international Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) did not recognize the breed until 1984. The AKC classified the dog as a Miscellaneous class member in 2001 and a Working Group member in 2004.




Although its name is Black Russian, its coat can also be of different colors.  The AKC’s parent club for the breed is the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, Inc. The first Black Russians came to the United States in the 1980s, and the BRTCA was founded in 1997.




The Black Russian Terrier is a calm, fearless, self-assured dog who might occasionally be distant with strangers. 
They are exceedingly trustworthy and highly intelligent. They were created to watch over and defend it.

The BRT cannot be left outside like a dog; it needs human interaction. They are highly devoted friends and always want to be around their family.  To prevent the breed from being overly protective, obedience training and ongoing socialization are essential. 

They do well in working dog sports like obedience and agility because of their intelligence.

What Colors Can A Black Russian Terrier Be?

The BRTCA asserts that black is the only acceptable color for the dog. This makes sense because black is part of its name. However, the AKC accepts other coat colors, including blue, sable, black and tan, and salt and pepper.

Caring for the Black Russian Terrier

Social connection with family members is just as important to Black Russian Terriers as physical activity. The breed has an innate drive to work, as evidenced by its history. They need daily exercise. They require ongoing obedience and agility training to help meet the dog’s urge for action.

The Black Russian Terrier is one of the most silent canines you will encounter. This breed is amiable and quiet in the house, and you can trust it around little children. It also does not bark a lot.

They can live outside, although keeping them inside at night is preferable. Thorough brushing twice weekly is required, as is a trim every six to seven months.

Health Concerns

The Russian Terrier is a huge dog, 26–30 inches tall and weighing 80–130 pounds. Their lifespan of 10–12 years is above average for such a big dog.

The average lifespan of a Black Russian Terrier is 10 to 11 years. CHD is the sole significant health risk in the breed’s joints, with elbow dysplasia being a minor issue. Veterinarians recommend that the breed be examined for abnormalities in its eyes, hips, and elbows. Dwarfism and PRA are uncommon.