According to the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, Inc., a well-bred and socialized Black Russian Terrier is loving toward his family yet reserved around strangers.
Just as their Soviet owners had envisioned them to be years ago, today's Black Russian Terrier has the instinct to guard and protect. Highly intelligent, he learns easily and remembers information (good or bad) for a long time. They require regular brushing and daily exercise.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life.The Black Russian Terrier has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
You will need to learn to scissor around the face, especially his beard and mustache, to keep him looking his best, or rely on a professional groomer to do the job. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Just as their Soviet owners had envisioned them to be years ago, today's Black Russian Terrier has the instinct to guard and protect. Highly intelligent, he learns easily and remembers information (good or bad) for a long time. This dog thrives best in a home environment rather than left in a yard or kennel or sequestered from the family. If you feel you don’t have the time or ability to handle and train a powerful, determined dog, or if you have never owned a dog before, owning and training a BRT may not be a good fit for you.
Black Russian Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Black Russian Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.