Black Russian Terriers hold the appearance of an all black sheep dog. They are completely black save for a few errant white or gray hairs that may be peppered within their coat.
The standard Black Russian Terrier weighs between 80 to 140 pounds. Though it may be hard to see thanks to their bushy hairstyles, Black Russian Terriers have black or brown eyes that coincide with their matching fur.
Black Russian Terriers make wonderful house pets and tend to live an average of 10-12 years long. Companionship is important to these loving, loyal dogs.
If you are interested in owning a Black Russian Terrier, or already own one, then you need to know how to care for this breed. It is important to know just what you are getting yourself into before you make any dog a part of your family.
The following tips are the most common things you need to know when you are caring for a Black Russian Terrier.
- Characteristics. Black Russian Terriers are known for their intelligence and their stubborn nature. They are not dominant dogs, but you will notice that they will not do something they do not want to do. This is mainly due to their stubborn, unyielding personality.
Their unwillingness to compromise is one of the reasons trainers recommend that experienced owners buy Black Russian Terriers. These dogs are not recommended for first time owners.
- Grooming. Black Russian Terriers require frequent grooming. They need to see a groomer every six weeks or so. It is very important that you brush a Black Russian Terrier weekly and give him the occasional bath, as well.
When you brush them, you need to brush them for at least 30 minutes at a time. Any hair located in the ear ducts or under the paws will need to be removed.
Since the hair of the Black Russian Terrier is wiry, you will not have to worry about shedding if you brush them regularly. Stripping will not be necessary either, unless the coat appears softer than normal.
- Training. Black Russian Terriers are intelligent dogs, but it is necessary for the Black Terrier to be trained at a young age. In fact, it is recommended that you not purchase an older Black Russian Terrier if they have not already been trained.
For most BRT's it is recommended, at the very least, that you take them to a puppy obedience class and socialization classes.
- Socialization. If you are looking for a dog that you can make a part of your family and that is also very independent, you should choose another breed. Black Russian Terriers will need your love and guidance on an almost constant basis. In fact, they can become withdrawn if you are not paying enough attention to them.
If you are not giving Black Russian Terrier puppies enough love, they will grow up to be shy and timid adults. This is the last thing you want to see in one of these big, lovable dogs. You really need to work to include this type of dog into every part of your life. If you do not have the time or desire necessary for this, then the Black Russian Terrier is not the right breed for you.
- Health Issues. There are a few health problems that Black Russian Terriers are prone to contracting. If you plan to own one of these dogs, you need to know what they are.
The main problems and afflictions of Black Russian Terriers include allergies and hip, eye, and elbow problems. You should have your vet check your dog periodically for these issues to ensure they remain in a happy, healthy state.