Black Russian Terrier

USD $1800-$2500 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type



10-14 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 116
Origin Russia
Other Names BRT, Black Terrier, Chornyi, Mustaterrieri, Russian Bear Schnauzer, Schwarzer Russicher Terrier, Stalin's Dog, Tchiorny Terrier, Terrier Noir Russem
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1800-$2500
How much does it cost to purchase a Black Russian Terrier?
The price of a Black Russian Terrier will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $1800 to $2500 per Black Russian Terrier if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Black Russian Terrier through a shelter.
Size Giant
Weight 80-143 pounds (36-65 kg)
Height Male: 25-29 inches (64-74 cm),
Female: 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Lifespan 10-14 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 2004 as a Working breed. And FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Sch
Purpose Military Work
Date of Origin 1940s
Ancestry Airedale, Rottweiler, Russian Water Dog, Schnauzer

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Curly, Rough, Waterproof
Coat Colors Black, Gray
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Comb, Dematter, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Brave, Caring, Cheerful, Confident, Defensive, Delicate, Energetic, Entertaining, Gentle, Independent, Lively, Playful, Social, Sportive, Stable
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Urinary Stones
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $2.00 - $2.25
Monthly Cost $60.00 - $67.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Black Russian Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 6-12 puppies (Once a year.)


The Black Russian Terrier is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in Russia. It is a relatively new breed, having been developed in the 1940s by the Soviet military. The Black Russian Terrier is an impressive looking dog with a strong and muscular body, thick coat, and distinctive black coloration.

Appearance: The Black Russian Terrier has a strong and muscular body with a broad head and muzzle. Its ears are small and triangular shaped, while its eyes are dark brown or black in color. Its coat is thick and wiry, usually black or dark gray in color.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Black Russian Terrier is 10-12 years.
Size: The average size of the Black Russian Terrier is 24-27 inches tall at the shoulder for males, 22-25 inches for females.
Weight: The average weight of the Black Russian Terrier is 80-110 pounds for males, 70-90 pounds for females.
Colors: The most common colors for this breed are black or dark gray; however they can also be found in other colors such as white or cream colored coats as well as brindle patterns.
Personality: The Black Russian Terrier has an independent personality but can be loyal to its owners if given proper training and socialization from an early age. They are intelligent dogs that need mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy; they enjoy activities such as agility training or obedience classes to keep them active mentally as well as physically. They can also be protective of their family if not properly socialized from an early age; however they do not tend to bark excessively unless provoked by something unfamiliar or threatening to their family’s safety.
Friendliness with Other Dogs/Animals/Children: With proper socialization from an early age, the Black Russian Terriers can get along well with other animals including cats if introduced slowly over time; however they may still have some prey drive so it’s important to monitor interactions between them carefully when introducing them to new animals or children who may seem like prey items due to their size difference compared to other pets in your home (such as smaller dogs). They tend to be friendly towards children but should always be supervised when around them due to their large size which could cause accidental injury if not monitored closely enough during playtime activities together!
Temperament: This breed tends to have a calm temperament overall but can become aggressive if provoked by something unfamiliar or threatening; it’s important that owners provide proper training from an early age so that these behaviors don’t become ingrained into adulthood where it could become difficult (or even dangerous) for owners trying manage these behaviors later on down the line! Health Issues & Adaptability Level : Generally speaking this breed does not suffer from any major health issues although some individuals may suffer from hip dysplasia which should always be monitored closely by your veterinarian throughout life; additionally this breed does require regular grooming due its thick coat which should also be taken into consideration when deciding whether this breed would fit into your lifestyle! As far adaptability goes – these dogs do best living indoors with access outdoors on occasion but will need plenty of exercise daily either through walks/runs/hikes etc…to keep them happy & healthy! Benefits Of Owning A BRT : These dogs make great companions due their loyal nature & intelligence – they love being around people & will bond quickly with those who show them love & affection regularly! Additionally they make great guard dogs due their protective nature – making sure no one enters your home without permission first! Finally – these dogs require minimal grooming compared other breeds making them ideal pets those who don’t want spend too much time maintaining their pet’s appearance each week!


The Black Russian Terrier is a breed of dog that was developed in the Soviet Union during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The breed was created by crossing several different breeds of dogs, including the Rottweiler, the Giant Schnauzer, and the Airedale Terrier. The Black Russian Terrier was originally bred for use as a working dog, and was often used for police work and as a guard dog. The breed became popular in the United States during the 1980s, and is now recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Black Russian Terrier is a large breed of dog, with males typically weighing between 100 and 130 pounds (45 and 59 kilograms) and females weighing between 80 and 100 pounds (36 and 45 kilograms). The coat of the Black Russian Terrier is thick and dense, with a soft undercoat. The coat is black in color, with some individuals having small amounts of white on their chest or toes. Black Russian Terriers are considered to be relatively easy to train, and are known for being intelligent, loyal, and protective dogs.