5 Facts About The ‘Black Russian Terrier’ Every Dog Lover Should Know

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The Black Russian Terrier (BRT) is undoubtedly one of the most mysterious and elusive of all breeds, and have quite an impressive history to boot.They have well-developed bone and muscle structure packed with strength and endurance. A mature BRT can have an average height of 30 inches and can tip the scales at 140 pounds.

The BRT may look a little mysterious but here are 5 facts unveiling some of them:

#5 The Black Russian Terrier is a new breed

The BRT breed is fairly new, less than 100 years. They were bred in Russia in 1930 and made their way to the USA in the 1980s. The American Kennel Club (AKC) gave them official recognition in 2004.

#4 They were bred to be Military Dogs for the Soviet

A Moscow based kennel called the Red Star Kennel bred the Black Russian Terrier before WWII in 1930. The BRTs were a part of the Soviet Union’s national security force guarding border crossings, prisons, and military installations.

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#3 Their name is misleading

Did you know Black Russian Terriers are not part of the Terrier Group? While they have some terrier blood in them, the Terrier is only one of several breeds used to breed them. BRTs are bred to be working dogs and belong in the Working Group.

#2 They are a mix of 17 breeds

The Soviets used 4 main breeds to create the Black Russian Terrier. They are Giant Schnauzer, the Rottweiler, the Airedale Terrier, and the Newfoundland. Besides the original four, 13 other dog breed components were added to the mix. The breeders wanted to create a native breed that can be easily trained and survive in the cold.

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#1 Creating the BRT breed was a huge challenge


The Red Star Kennel in Moscow had to face quite a few challenges in creating the BRT. During the Russian Revolution, many of the purebreds were killed. More were lost during the World War. It took almost 20 years, but in 1956 the BRT project came to a successful end. In conclusion, the Black Russian Terrier you see now is a result of all those years of hard work.

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