The Black Russian Terrier, also known as the Chornyi Terrier is a breed created back in the late 1940’s -1950’s to be used by the military. This breed, whilst not a true Terrier, was developed by the USSR and it is believed that up to 17 different breeds were used to create the BRT, some of which are believed to be the Airedale, Rottweiler, Newfoundland and Giant Schnauzer.
Black Russian Terriers were bred solely by the Red Star Kennel in Moscow until 1957 when some puppies were sold to civilian breeders. It wasn’t until 1996 that the Black Russian Terrier was introduced to the UK as a breed, and were finally added to the Kennel Club’s Import Register in 1998.
Black Russian Terriers are tall, the males standing at up to 76cm and the females up to around 72cm. The males weigh between 50 – 60kgs and the females between 45 – 50kgs. They have a beautiful double coat, with a course outer coat protecting their soft undercoat. Their coats are black and sometimes have flecks of grey.
The Black Russian Terriers are generally a healthy dog with a lifespan of approximately 10 – 14 years, however they are prone to some hereditary diseases such as, Hip & Elbow Dysplasia, Hyperuricosuria, Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy.
The Black Russian Terrier has a beautiful temperament, they are very calm and confident. They are very intelligent which enables them to be trained easily. They are protective therefore do not like strangers in their personal space, but they are deeply loyal to their family and are very determined and somewhat fearless.
As they are bred as working dogs, the Black Russian Terrier needs to be kept busy with lots of regular exercise and training from an early age. The BRT does great in activities such as Obedience Competitions and Agility, and if they don’t get the stimulation that they need, can become destructive.
All in all, the BRT is a loyal dog who loves their human companion and is great with children, with plenty of exercise and training make a great family member!