Choosing a puppy

That's great, but you've still got some important decisions to get right before you select your new housemate.

It's very tempting to simply pick out any of the cute little pups that bound up to you as you visit your puppy breeder. But take your time, do some research and look a little deeper. Choosing a puppy is an important long term decision, why not do everything you can to get it right?


puppies show / working , pet quality, just a pet

What is a ‘pet quality’ puppy?

We often get calls or e-mails from people looking to add a purebred dog to their households. More often than not, the caller or writer specifies that he wants ‘just a pet,’ so he doesn’t want to pay a lot of money for a puppy.

The most reliable source of a puppy is a responsible breeder who has titled his dogs in confirmation and /or working modalities, does health checks, breeds for good temperament, according to the breed standard and backs up his puppies with a contract and a health guarantee.


Just what do show/working dog breeders consider to be a pet quality puppy?

In shows, dogs are judged against a written standard that describes the ‘ideal’ specimen of that breed. Standards describe proportions, angles, size, bite, etc. which best enable the dog to perform the required task. Cosmetic requirements, such as coat color and type, eye color, etc. are also part of the standard.

Puppy in the New Home

At long last, the day you have all been waiting for, your new puppy will make its grand entrance into your home. Before you bring your companion to its new residence, however, you must plan carefully for its arrival. Keep in mind the puppy will need time to adjust to life with a different owner.

First impressions are important, especially from the puppy's point of view, and these may very well set the pattern of his future relationship with you. You must be consistent in the way you handle your pet so that he learns what is expected of him. He must come to trust and respect you as his keeper and master. Provide him with proper care and attention, and you will be rewarded with a loyal companion for many years. Considering the needs of your puppy and planning ahead will surely make the change from his former home to his new one easier.

Grooming of a BRT (Black Russian Terrier)

It is best to start the grooming 1-2 days prior to the show. The closer to the date of the show you do the grooming, the better your Blackie will look. Before Scissoring, the coat must be thoroughly brushed, then washed.

Washing procedure: for best results, please use special shampoo formulated for show dogs or shampoo and conditioner combination. Dilute shampoo in water 1 to 10 (or as directed on the bottle) and lather until an ample amount of foam is formed. Soak the entire coat to the roots with this solution, and then rinse well with warm water.

Puppy Growth Chart

The Black Russian Terrier Puppy Growth Chart shown below gives information regarding growth stages of a puppy from ages 2 to 10 months old. If a puppy is not in the ranges shown, it is suggested that the breeder or a veterinarian be contacted.

Characteristic of the breed

The black terrier is a breed that comprises literally all the best! It is a dog that will undoubtedly win over your heart. Perfect allegiance and intelligence of this animal can leave nobody untouched. A beautiful, confident, joyful and loving creature that is ready to sacrifice its life for you! That is how I would characterize a Blackie, which is the affectionate name owners have given it.

The variety of types in Black Russian Terrier breed

This article doesn't have its aim of discovering particular and common faults of the BRT breed. The main aim is to expose main cryteria of the desired type of the dog in order to increase competence and anatomical method of approach in breeding. This allows developing dogs which are corresponding to our needs.

The Black Russian Terrier: Problems of modern breeding...

So it was possible, that in year 2000 15 years are executed from the moment I was engaged in breeding of Blackies. Term is insignificant in historical scales, but for the young breed -enormous. On my eyes was born, has grown and gone several generations of black terriers. And, probably, the problems which I met excite not only me.

Unfortunately, modern breeding more and more resembles to me a Brownian motion of molecules by the randomness and inconsistency. Maybe in epoch of triumph of our breed on the international exhibitions, such announcement will seem too courageous to someone, but I nevertheless attempt to justify this judgement.

Working Dogs - BRT characteristics (Lengthy but excellent)

BRTs were designed to protect people and places as well as to help with other tasks in a combat situation. That is going to lead to a different set of natural behaviors than is going to be seen in a breed that is designed primarily for companionship. These dogs are bred first for the task and then for companionship. If you look at the descriptions of the history of the breed the companionship didn’t even factor in until the breed was placed in civilian hands. A companion dog is not going to act aggressively with out extreme provocation. A working dog is going to have a much lower threshold for aggression. 

Black Terrier of Russia

Black Terrier from Russia - this is a very ambiguous dog. They say that once upon a time there was an old Russian breed of this type. But as we could see, this ancient breed in any case could not be a founder of the black Terriers.

the Nature of this dog is ambiguous. Gifted with an innate sense of protection, it can be very energetic and determined in the work, and at the same time in the family - a calm and very gentle companion.


The Black Russian terrier is a very modern dog and most definitely a dog with a purpose.  It's conception was far from accidental, rather it was conceived out of necessity in order to produce a dog that combined and improved upon the positive aspects of several other breeds whilst excluding their negative or less desirable traits.
A good way to understand the Black Russian terrier is to know it's history.  A history as fascinating as the breed is impressive.

Standard Russian black Terrier (FCI ROOM 327)

FCI-Standard N° 327

RUSSIAN BLACK TERRIER  (Russkiy Tchiorny Terrier)

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