Russian Black Terrier
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SHORT BREED HISTORY
The Russian Black Terrier was created in Russia during the late 1940s and the early 1950s by selective interbreeding of breeds like the Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer, Airedale Terrier and Newfoundland Dog. The Giant Schnauzer is considered to be the main ancestor of the breed. The initial breeding was supervised by the military cynological school outside Moscow and the dogs were based in their kennels named “Red Star”.
They used a program developed by Soviet breeder-specialists and created a new breed especially suited for their special duties. The goal was a massive, robust, high-spirited all-round dog, always willing to work and able to withstand the enormous, climatic differences in the country.
The character and temperament of the Black Russian Terrier is of utmost importance. The Black Russian Terrier is a calm, confident, courageous and self-assured dog. He is highly intelligent and adapts well to training. The Black Russian Terrier was initially bred to guard and protect. He is alert and responsive, instinctively protective, determined, fearless, deeply loyal to family, is aloof and therefore does not relish intrusion by strangers into his personal space.
One which can accept without reservation is that Russian Terrier is a personality with a capital "P" - A highly intelligent thinker who learns because he wants to please and because the work is interesting. Black Russian Terrier ancestors inherited remarkable intelligence. BRTs learns quickly, easily associate, even seemingly detached from each other facts and events. The great advantage of this breed is a high threshold and rapid return to balance. The BRTs can live in big house with fenced yard and of course in small block apartments to.
An active breed, the Black Russian Terrier requires at least one thirty minute walk a day and plus two shorter walks (about 15-20 minutes). The some of representatives of the breed are quite active, but one longer daily walk (about one hour) should meet their needs. The Black Russian Terrier has a strong desire to be with people and therefore should never be left in a kennel or fenced in a backyard alone. When left on its own for long periods of time, the Black Russian Terrier may become defensive and protective of its perceived territory, guarding it fiercely even from its owner. They are quiet and not very sorption at home. BRTs gives their owners great love which translates into tremendous confidence. BRT is a loyal dog. The boundless loyalty and devotion are the main characteristics of the breed. You can feel safe with him.
Today, the Black Russian Terrier is a breed known throughout the world - in Poland - more dogs of this breed is bred for dog shows, than for of the utility traits.
I think that BRT is
not a dog for beginners. The future owner of BRT should be
strong person, with firm and stable character. BRT is not
suitable for the elderly and mentally weak people.
Black Russian Terriers are generally
healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health
conditions. Not all Blackies will get any or all of these
diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're
considering this breed.
Puppies are cute and extremely energetic. You must have the time to dedicate to raising the puppy, provide consistent training, mental and social stimulation. This is the best way to ensure your puppy will grow into a stable and calm adult who will be your best friend. Puppies grow very fast: two weeks old puppy can weight about 2 kg, eight weeks puppy can weight about 7 to 10 kg, and four months puppy can weight about 20 and more kg. They don't need as much hard exercise as adults, and, in fact, you shouldn't let them run on hard surfaces such as concrete or let them do a lot of jumping until they're at least a year to eighteen months old.
Feeding play really important role in this breed. Black Russian Terriers have very sensitive digestive system and rapid change in their diet can cause diarrhea. Puppies should be feeding 3 times per day very high quality of dog food. The young dogs - 6 months old and all older dogs should be feeding 2 times per day. NOTE: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Finally I would like to write more about
the pros and cons of this beautiful breed:
The Black Russian Terrier is an ideal family pet. It is a loyal companion that is eager to please, protective of its family and home, reliable, consistent, even-tempered, behaves well with other animals and children, and does not require much exercise to maintain its physical and mental well-being. The Black Russian Terrier is an adaptable breed; it adjusts well to its surroundings making it able to live happily in a large house, or an apartment. A well trained and properly adjusted Black Russian Terrier is a joy to own.
As with many breeds, the Black Russian Terrier will have its faults:
- the breed requires regular care (brushing, bathing, trimming);
- the breed is costly to maintain.
Finally, I wish to add that this breed a lot of changed in my life. It is the dog of my dreams, my "GEM" - a dog that I would not change for any other breed. I hope that it will never be the end.