Developed by the Soviet Army, the Black Russian Terrier is the perfect working dog.

Vital Stats

Height: 26 to 30 inches at shoulder
Weight: 80 to 140 pounds
Coat: long and wavy
Life span: 10 to 11 years

Summary
These majestic black beauties are highly intelligent, confident guard dogs who aren’t actually true terriers.

Relatively new and still a rare breed, Black Russian Terriers are working dogs who can protect a home or business, play with the family’s children, and excel in agility and obedience competition. Known as the “Black Pearls of Russia,” Blackies are people-oriented and want to be close to the action at all times.

They tend to be a bit aloof around strangers, including dogs they don’t know, but they’re devoted to their families–and they don’t bark or shed much. They have large bones and well-developed muscles, creating a vibrant, flowing impression. Like Henry Ford’s first cars, Blackies are available in black, black, or black. Full Black Russian Terrier profile on DogTime.com

Cold tolerance:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Need for exercise:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Sensitivity:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Tendency to bark or howl:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Wanderlust:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Heat Tolerance:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Drooling potential:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Energy Level:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Compatible with kids:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Dog friendly:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Average:
3.1 out of 5 stars (3.1 / 5)