Russian Black Terrier


Other names

Adult size Large

Variants None

Coat type Medium hair

Weight 45 - 60 kg

Height 68 - 78 cm

Life expectancy 10 - 11 years

Required daily excersie 30-60 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding Yes

Hypoallergenic Yes


A relatively rare breed, the Russian Black Terrier is affectionately referred to as the “Black Pearls of Russia”. Much like the name suggests, these dogs are only ever seen with black coats. Highly intelligent and self-assured, Russian Black Terriers make for great protectors, and so it comes as no surprise that their original breeding purpose was to act as guard dogs. These dogs love to keep their minds stimulated, and so with the right training during their development you’ll be amazed to see what kind of skills they can develop. A lover of people and with energy to boot, you’ll rarely find these dogs far from the action.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

As is often the case with dogs of significant intelligence, failure to meet their exercise demands can often result in the dog becoming bored and expending its energy in a more destructive fashion. It is therefore recommended that Black Russian Terriers engage with between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise per day. Despite these moderate exercise needs, these dogs are able to live well in an apartment-style setting. They thrive in the company of their families and friends, and so regular contact is also a must. Training during their development is also essential, as failure to do so will result in the dog taking control as pack leader. Due to their size, and terrier qualities, these dogs are unsuitable for families with young children.

Common Health Issues

Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).