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Black Russian Terrier Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Black Russian Terrier
The area where the animal first came from
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
71cm (28in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
68kg (150lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
11 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, Grey
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Brave, confident and courageous
The level of house-training needed for the animal
Should be trained from an early age as they will become dominant

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Black Russian Terrier

The black Russian terrier is confident, calm, highly intelligent, brave and loyal. However, without proper training and socialisation, they can become aggressive. It should never be timid, and will not hesitate to defend the people that it loves if it thinks they are threatened.

The Black Russian Terrier may seem aloof, but needs human companionship and bonds deeply to its family. They are wary of strangers and take a long time to warm up to unfamiliar people, thus they make excellent guard dogs.

Black Russian Terriers are dominant by nature and need confident owners who have experience handling similar dogs.

The Black Russian Terrier gives the impression of great strength, athleticism, and courage. It should be rustic (but not coarse) in appearance, and should not look as though its coat is sculpted or trimmed. It should never appear to lack substance or be weak in any way. Males should be noticeably more masculine than females.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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