The origin of the Russian Black Terrier is quite unique. The
government of the Soviet Union in the 1940’s developed this breed as
a working dog for military, police and guard dog purposes. It was
bred and raised exclusively at the state-owned Red Star Kennel in
the USSR until 1957. Foundation stock included the Rottweiler,
Newfoundland, Giant Schnauzer, Moscow Water Dog and Airedale
Terrier. The Red Army’s goal was to develop a general-purpose guard
dog that could withstand the harsh Russian climate. Once the Russian
Black Terrier moved into the hands of civilian breeders in the late
1950’s, it began to resemble the breed as we know it today. Russian
Black Terriers are considered fairly rare dogs outside their native
Official breed status was given to the Black Terrier in 1981.
The Russian Black Terrier is a large, imposing dog with a signature
black coat. Height at the withers: Dogs 68 -77cm (27 – 30 1/2 ins),
Bitches 66 -72cm (26 – 28 1/2 ins). Its head is block-shaped, with a
distinct beard, moustache and eyebrows.
The coat is coarse, medium in length and a few grey hairs may be
spread through-out the coat.
This dog’s tail is held high above the back and is docked in some
countries, but in the UK it is a full tail.
According to the Russian breed standard, the BRT is characterized by
a well-tempered, lively type higher nervous activity with an active
defense reaction. The same characteristics are mentioned in FCI
Standard no 327 concerning the BRT behaviour. The dog is well
trainable and easily governed by a man.
Uncontrolled aggressiveness, shyness, or high excitability are
The dog is affectionate, well balanced, distrustful to strangers,
self-confident, and brave. The dog instantly stands on the defensive
in dangerous situations but relaxes as soon as the danger is over.
Like all large breeds the Russian Black Terrier can suffer from hip
and elbow dysplasia.
They can also suffer from Urate Stones-Uric Acid Excretion
In general they are a healthy breed and somewhat long-lived dog,
with a possible lifespan of 10-14 years
We at Standhouse Kennels are the
leading breeders of Black Russian Terriers in Ireland and the
U.K. having owned or bred since 2008 .
We at Standhouse breed for strong healthy dogs,
our dogs are Hip and elbow scored,
At European dog show 2009
2nd in Champion class
2nd in junior class
Res in open class the top class
and 1 V.H.C.
5 best in show winners
10 group 1 winners
7 group 2 winners
8 group 3 winners
4 group 4 winners.
and 73 best of breeds.
almost 200 green stars.
This from 3 litters out of 2 females.