Black Russian Terrier

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Breed Group: Working
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The Black Russian Terrier is a large size dog with square or slightly stretched frame, efficient, easily adaptable to different climatic conditions and owners life-style, intelligent, well trainable. He is active, but dignified, and will delight in joining you in fishing, swimming, biking or hiking. He's happiest with an owner who can give him plenty of jobs to do (like playing games, obedience, agility training).
Black Russian Terriers are intelligent, loyal, strong, enduring, courageous, self-confident protective and reliable. Balanced temperament and good trainability allow successful use in many working modalities and canine sports. Black Russian Terriers are a wonderful companion and a loyal family member.
Active, hardy large breed with stable temperament, but very lively, with strong reactions of defence: unwanted visitors are stopped. This dog is tough, brave, alert, and loyal. This breed gets along fine with children and other animals, provided proper socialization has taken place.
Weekly grooming with a brush and comb is required. The ears, nails and teeth require ample attention. Scissoring or clipping for a Black Russian Terrier is sufficient 3-4 times a year.
The virtually non-shedding hair is rough, hard, ample and extremely dense, between 1.6 and 3.9 inches long and covers the entire body with dense and well-developed undercoat. The coat forms a rough, bushy moustache on the upper lip and a beard on the lower lip. On the neck and the withers, the coat is longer and forms a mane. The forelegs down until the elbows and the hind legs until the thighs are covered by a rough and long coat.
Training is a breeze as this breed rates higher than average in learning speed and problem solving skills.
This breed will do well in urban, suburban or country setting with reasonable amounts of exercise. Black Russian Terriers are happiest when doing some type of work, such as playing games, agility, obedience, or protection. Over-exercising when young can cause damage to growing bones, joints, and muscles.
Male: 110-160; Female: 80-120 lbs
Male: 26-30; Female: 25.5-28 inches
black, black with some gray hair
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Black Russian Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Black Russian Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Black Russian Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Black Russian Terriers sold is $2,175.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Black Russian Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $4,000 upwards to $8,500 or even more for a Black Russian Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Black Russian Terriers sold is $1,900.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $2,175.00
Average Price: $1,900.00
Top Quality: $4,000.00 to $8,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 149 Black Russian Terrier puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Black Russian Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Black Russian Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Black Russian Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 149 Black Russian Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Dutchess
  • 2. Desmond
  • 3. Open
  • 4. Red
  • 5. Pink
  • 6. Green
  • 7. Lafite
  • 8. Orange
  • 9. Blue
  • 10. Duke
  • 11. Dresden
  • 12. N/S
  • 13. Lizzy
  • 14. Lavender
  • 15. Girl
  • 16. Ge T'aime
  • 17. Elegiya
  • 18. Kirillica
  • 19. King Kong
  • 20. Katia

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We work with Russian Kennels in Moscow to ensure that the pups are the genetically best Black Russian Terriers in the world. BRTs were originally bred to serve as not only pets, but for protection and security work as well. This tradition has been kept alive in Russia, with all of our sires undergoing training in not only obedience, but protection and service programs as well. This results in pups that are genetically pre-inclined to obedience training and command recognition. All sires are renowned champions, and when it comes to breeding, they are carefully paired, ensuring that pups born are free of genetic defects and diseases. We offer people TRUE Black Russian Terrier pups. Due to our partnership with respected kennels, litters are born approximately every 3 months. Please understand that to ensure the well-being of the sires, the same dog IS NEVER be bred in succession. Clients can choose to have a pup imported from Moscow, or when available, to obtain one born here from a sire. The cost is $2,000USD to $3000USD depending on parentage, sex, and overall PERFECTION pertaining to breed standard. Acquiring a pup from us is not simply a quick shopping experience. Obtaining a Black Russian Terrier puts you in select community, and we will always be available to those seeking information, guidance, or overall help in caring for this amazing breed.

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Anonymous asked:
I have many years with dogs and presently have a six year old female Standard Poodle that I have had since she was 8 weeks old. She is extremely smart and loves people. I am so attracted to the Black Russian Terrier. In your opinion, would my girl make a good match for a BRT pup? Thank you ,Beverly

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The Black Russian Terrier is a very loyal, intelligent, loving breed of dog. With proper socialization and training. the BRT can be a wonderful companion for both you and other animals in the home. Since you have experience with dogs, you know the importance of early training and socialization. Bare in mind that the BRT tends to have a stronger personality than the Standard Poodle; but overall I think the BRT would do well in your home.

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I have 2 dogs. One is a Plott hound and the other is a beagle/corgi mix. Would a brt puppy be a good match for them and me?

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The Black Russian Terrier is not for the 'first time dog owner'. With a Plott Hound and a Beagle/Corgi mix it sounds like you shouldn't have a problem with a Black Russian Terrier. Depending on the age of your dogs will depend on how they interact with the puppy. If your dogs have any bad habits now, start working on correcting them; as the Black Russian Terrier as a puppy, like all puppies will mimic behaviors of older dogs in the household and one's they have bonded with. Black Russian Terriers, like Plott hounds need a lot of exercise, but you don't want to push your puppy too quickly to be able to do the amount of exercise your Plott hound needs every day.

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I have a friend who wants a guard dog to be around most of the time and is easy to train. Would the Black Russian Terrier be the right dog for my friend to get?



The B.R.T is a great guard and watch dog. They are highly intelligent and good at problem-solving. Your friend could benefit from having one for her property. But your friend must do his/her research about the breed. They are aloof with strangers and very, very loyal and protective of their owners. So if he/she expects the dog to guard/watch the property all day and then have no issues with his/her kids friends coming over, or family members coming over, then he/she needs to get a different dog.


These are smart dogs so you need to find out what motivates them because they can be stubborn at times. You need to make sure this dog knows that anyone you accept they will also need to accept.


I found the most 'unusual' qualities under the guard dog aspect is that their color is so black they are almost invisible in the dark. They are so silent, they can sneak up on anyone creeping around. Wonderful and intelligent dog!


They are smart, playful, very protective and just adorable! They bark only if they perceive a threat to the house (like strangers). They don't shed, but grooming is a little bit challenging. Despite it is not perfect breed hairstyle in the summer time we trim our dog's body hair short.


My BRT is not a good watchdog. She is friendly to the extreme and very sweet. When the doorbell rings, she looks up as if to say, "you better go see who that is." She rarely barks, startling herself when she does. Dolly is 2 years old and has never growled or displayed any aggression, a good thing for a 100 pound dog. She loves people, tolerates all other pets, and scored higher on the SAT than me.

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I have multiple sclerosis and would like to obtain a dog for therapy certificate. Is a Black Russian Terrier the right fit for me?



The Black Russian Terrier is not normally used as a service dog as they are wary of stranger's and can be very protective of their owner's. Having them in service work could backfire as the dog would not allow help to come to the person in need. Although they could become a service dog if trained properly. Contact your local Service Dog Trainer and ask them for more information on which breeds may be best for you.


I would not say this is the best choice due to grooming requirements and also what the above poster said about being protective of you when another human stranger is trying to help.


I have a BRT as a Service Dog. I would not suggest this breed as one for you. As mentioned above, the protective nature of the dog, along with the extensive grooming. It takes four hours to bathe, blow dry and comb out my boy. Being a service dog, he has to be clean in public. If you fly with your dog, as I have, then be prepared to purchase a second seat because of the size. (I know, service animals fly free, but you will be harassed by the airlines unless you do, may even be escorted off a plane and placed on another less crowded flight).

Anonymous asked:
Do you really have to brush the Black Russian Terrier once a week? I have 2 standard Poodles and brush them very infrequently, and they do just fine.

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The Black Russian Terrier does need brushing once a week. But if you carve out 10 minutes every day, it is even better. Brushing solidifies the bond between dog and human, so the more you spend time grooming your dog, the better the bond. As well, you will know instantly when your dog has an issue such as a lump, bump or sore spot. In general, the B.R.T should be brushed once a week. The Poodle breed as well should be brushed thoroughly once a week,

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Updated: 5/19/2022