Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier is both a working and a guard dog breed. It is an athletic dog, often used on police forces; it was developed in the former USSR as a military dog.

The coat of the Black Russian Terrier should appear rustic, and be both hard and dense. It should never be wooly, silky or frizzy. It should be black and shorter than 4 inches in length, and should need grooming once a week. The Black Russian Terrier appears to have eyebrows, a beard and a mane around its neck. It stands 25 to 29 inches tall and can weigh 80 to 143 pounds.

The Black Russian Terrier is a confident, loyal breed. It is never shy and will almost always defend the people that it loves, therefore making an excellent guard dog. The Black Russian Terrier is a dominant breed and needs a confident owner who is willing to give it the training it needs. The breed needs plenty of exercise and room to run or it could potentially become destructive.

The Black Russian Terrier has an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years. It is susceptible to several hereditary diseases such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy.

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