Russian Black Terrier

Other names: Black Russian Terrier, Tchiorny Terrier

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The Black Russian Terrier is a large, robust dog, rustic, with a longer than tall silhouette, athletic build, with an imposing frame and powerful musculature.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Russia
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 36 kg to 50 kg From 68 cm to 72 cm
Male From 36 kg to 50 kg From 72 cm to 76 cm
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History of the breed

The Russian Black Terrier descends from the Giant Schnauzer and has benefited from contributions from the Rottweiler, Airedale, Newfoundland and arguably many other breeds through selective crossbreeding. The breed was thus developed after WWII in Russia , in particular by military specialists who wanted to obtain a dog of large size, robust, versatile and able to acclimatize to different conditions.

After being classified in the Terrier family (Group 3) in the nomenclature of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, the Russian Black Terrier was then transferred to Group 2 because of its characteristics closer to those of the Schnauzer type . The definitive recognition of the Russian Black Terrier breed by the FCI was ratified on September 29, 1983.

Photos of Russian Black Terrier

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Physical features

His hair: rough, thick, coarse, slightly wavy, measuring between 5 and 15 cm. Well developed on the head (abundant eyebrows, mustaches and beard) and limbs. The undercoat is dense, soft and short.
Its color: black, possibly associated with a very small number of gray hairs intermingled.
His head: powerful, strong, well proportioned to the body and long. Moderately broad skull, flat forehead, marked stop without being accused.
His ears: triangular, of medium size, set high, hanging down and with dense skin.
His eyes: oval, medium in size, dark in color, well aligned and set apart.
His body: writable in a rectangle, solid, high and massive. The topline is slightly inclined between the withers and the tail attachment. The back is straight and muscular, the loins broad and short, the chest high and broad, the belly is moderately raised.
Its tail: strong at its attachment, which is high. Carried happily when the dog is in action, but without going beyond the top of the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Black Russian Terrier is a dog showing great dignity and controlling himself quite well . He is endowed with a balanced character : reactive and protective when necessary, he immediately returns to calm as soon as he no longer needs to intervene. He is also a very good watchdog . At home, it is an excellent companion that adapts to all situations and conditions. He enjoys work and is trustworthy especially with children.

Being able to be stubborn , the Black Russian Terrier must receive a firm and rigorous education from an early age, but without balance of power. The master must know how to both respect him and make himself respected. His receptivity and his attachment to his master will facilitate his education.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Due to its large size, the Black Russian Terrier is not made for apartment living. He needs a large fenced garden to enjoy good freedom of movement and fully express his guard dog instinct. He predestined himself for a master who was available and capable of making himself respected. It should be watched in the presence of the youngest children who can be clumsy towards it and cause undesirable reactions.


Ease of gaining weight

Rustic and resistant , the Black Russian Terrier has a predisposition to elbow or even hip dysplasia due to its large size. Some eye diseases can affect it, such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets advises you to take out Russian Black Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Black Russian Terrier is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Black Russian Terrier does not moult and therefore sheds very little hair. The maintenance of her coat must nevertheless be carried out frequently to preserve the natural beauty of her coat.

He cannot be satisfied with a single daily outing. He needs at least 2 long walks a day to exercise, especially if he cannot have a large garden. He appreciates being able to play with his master .

It is recommended to brush the dog daily and to seek the services of a professional groomer from time to time.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
€ 1,800

The purchase price of a Russian Black Terrier is between € 1,200 and € 1,800.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Russian Black Terrier is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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