Black Russian Terriers

Black Russian Terriers


Black Russian Terriers have huge bodies with strong bulky bones and an all black coat. Their legs are covered in a thick layer of hair. They usually have dark colored eyes and their appearance is very proportionate.

Lifetime Care

Breed Profile


26 - 30



80- 145


Life Span

10 – 11




Elbow Dysplasia

of dogs

What is it?: 

Elbow Dysplasia is a condition which causes swelling in the elbows of the dogs which may ultimately lead to Arthritis.

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include -

  • Swelling and pain in the elbows

  • Laid back behavior where the breed refuses to move around

  • Loss of energy due to walking struggle

  • Limping and stiffness in the elbow

  • Dogs feet are often rotated towards the outer region

  • They might hold on to their elbow in a tight manner


The treatment options are as follows:

  • The bones should be aligned so as to make the movement normal

  • Elbow replacement may be done in severe cases

  • Bone fragments may be removed through surgery if they are making the join uncomfortable

  • Bones can be removed or reattached depending on the pain in the elbow

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Hip Dysplasia

of dogs

What is it?: 

Hip Dysplasia is a condition which causes the hip joint to loosen, causing pain and dysfunction. It is one of the common health issues faced by large dog breeds.

Clinical signs

In some cases Hip Dysplasia may lead to arthritis. The symptoms of hip dysplasia are as follows:

  • Limping of the leg

  • Reduction in movement

  • Loss of muscle

  • Walking with a hop

  • Experiencing pain

  • Discomfort in walking, running, jumping or any sort of movement.


The treatment depends on how severe the dog's condition is. A few ways to treat hip Dysplasia are:

  • Controlling the diet, so as to reduce weight from the hips

  • Physical therapy to ensure movement of the joints

  • Pain medication to reduce the pain

  • Anti inflammatory medication to reduce the swelling around the joint

  • A total hip replacement is to be considered in severe cases

  • Vitamins to maintain the strength of bones

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The Black Russian Terriers are strong and large. They are known to be good watch dogs.


This breed is very intelligent and responds to good training. They were originally bred for military purposes.


The Black Russian Terriers are active when outside. They enjoy their daily exercise and time with their family.

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Black Russian Terriers have 2 coats, their outer coat is rough while the one underneath is soft and furry.


They have an all black coat with a few pieces of grey hair.




Black Russian Terriers have a coarse waterproof coat which needs brushing twice a week and trimming once or twice a year.


Black Russian Terriers are easy to train and often please their owners. They are very loyal to their owners and good tempered. They should be trained at an early age and the owner must be firm with the breed.

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The Black Russian Terrier is counted as a comparatively new breed. It was bred by the Soviets in Russia to be a part of the Russian military services. They wanted a breed that was intelligent, had a survival instinct, chased intruders and be great watch dogs.The breeds crossed included Giant Schnauzers, Airedales, and Rottweilers and 17 other breeds of dogs.

Black Russian Terrier : Introduction to the Breed

The Black Russian terriers may just be smarter than you. They are an intelligent breed who stay calm in adverse situations.

Physical Characteristics:

  • Tall

  • Fierce looking

  • Coarse hair

  • Strong & Muscular.

Best suited for pet-owners:

  • Who who have older kids

  • Who have experience with previous pets

  • Who like to do physical activities, hikes and trails

  • Who have time to invest in them

  • Who are authoritative

Things to watch-out before deciding to own a Black Russian Terrier

  • They have medium to high grooming requirements as their coat may get matted and need regular brushing.

  • They are aloof in nature and may not be good at socializing, If they are not exposed to meeting strangers often.

  • The Black Russian Terriers are good at competitive sports and competitions.

  • They do not like living alone and are attached to their families.

  • They are great service and rescue dogs.

What should a Black Russian Terrier eat?

The Black Russian Terriers may face issues with eating and it’s easy to worry about their size and food intake. But there is nothing to worry, they will gain weight slowly over a period of time as they grow older. The Black Russian Terrier often faces joint issues so it's best to make sure to keep their body lean. They must be fed 2 meals a day and it can include vegetable fish meat. Food supplements can be given for vitamins and calcium.


If you are looking for a disciplined dog that not only keeps you active but also accompanies on hikes and treks, then The Black Russian Terrier is your pick. They are very loyal and protective about their family as they were trained to be guard dogs. If you are looking forward to those long daily walks then the Black Russian Terrier will keep up with you and your active lifestyle. The black Russian Terriers are not only huge and protective in appearance, but they are courageous and have quick instincts and serve to be great watch dogs.