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The Black Russian Terrier, four-legged ball of fur

True ball of hair with four legs, the Black Russian Terrier attracts the attention by its resemblance with the Schnauzer rather than with the terriers. It is about a polyvalent animal being able to assume with brilliance the role of dog of defense, guard and company.

Characteristics of the Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier is characterized by the rusticity of its appearance. It is large, robust, with a marked musculature and a developed skeleton. This dog with the body of athlete measures between 68 and 72 cm for the females and between 72 and 76 cm for the males. The weight for its part oscillates between 36 and 50 kg. The Black Russian Terrier has a long head with an accentuated stop, but which does not jump to the eyes because of the dense coat. Rounded zygomatic are also visible at the level of the head. The eyes are of medium size and are ovalized. They are properly set apart and aligned and should be as dark as possible. The standard prohibits light-colored eyes. The ears on their side are drooping, set high and in a triangle. All the characteristic of the Black Russian Terrier rests on its coat out of the common. It is undulated, coarse and very dense. At the level of the head, it is a little smoother. A thick moustache, eyebrows garnished and an abundant beard are visible. The coat is exclusively black and may have a few gray hairs.

History of the race Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier is a relatively recent race since it appeared during the Fifties under the initiative of the ministry of defence in Russia which sought an animal polyvalent and robust able among other things to ensure the guard and to be a receptive police dog. This dog would be born from selective crossings between the giant Schnauzer, the Newfoundland, the Airedale and the Rottweiler. Some Caucasian Shepherd blood would also eventually be present. At one time, the Black Russian Terrier was prized by the Red Army, so much so that it was even called "Stalin's dog". It is officially recognized in 1983 by the FCI (Fédération cynologique internationale).

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier has a balanced character: it can show itself calm when all goes well and shows its instinct of protection and much reactivity when the situation requires it. It has a strong dignity and is vigorous, brave and intelligent. As a pet, it shows loyalty and affection towards its masters. Although it can get along with children, cohabitation is not recommended, because the inappropriate gestures of the little ones can be interpreted in a bad way by the animal. As for its living environment, it prefers to be outside and to have a sporty master.

Food and principal problems of health of the Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier must absolutely be covered by a health insurance, because it can develop some diseases like the dysplasia of the hip and the elbow due to its strong size. The risks of progressive retinal atrophy and cataract are not to be excluded. From the point of view of diet, it must simply be adapted to the age, health and physical exercises.