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Russian Black Terrier

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Courtesy of the Russian Black Terrier Club

The Russian Black Terrier’s size is big, above average and strong. The body fits into a square, or very close to it. He is distrustful of strangers, resilient, brave and self-confident.

They adapt well to different climate zones and are easily trained. Many years’ experience of this breed in guard duty confirms his good disposition to training and his reliability. An even minded character and good trainability allows him to be employed not only in guard duty, but in several others.

The Russian Black Terrier has massive bones, he has a proportionate general appearance appearance, a sturdy and robust frame and well-developed musculature. He is alert, lively and even-minded, with active defence reactions.



Russian Black Terrier Standard (NB. This is not the UK Breed Standard)

Approved by "Russian Federation Working Dog Breeder"

Russian Kynological Federation - RKF, in 1997


Head Proportionate to general appearance of the body (40% of dog’s height at the withers or just a bit longer), with moderately broad skull and rounded cheekbones, but not too accentuated, eyebrow arched mark enough. Forehead is flat. Stop marked, but not too accentuated. The top line of the muzzle is parallel to the top line of the skull. Muzzle-bridge is solid with slight tapering towards tip. Its length is a little shorter than half the length of the head. Whiskers and beard give a squared shape to the muzzle. Lips are thick and pulpy, black in colour and tightly fitting. Upper lips fit tightly to lower jaws without laxity. Nose is big and black. Gums are dark. The teeth are strong, fitting closely to one another. Incisors set on one line. Correct bite is a scissor bite.

Ears High set on the skull. Pendant, not big, triangular in shape with the inner edge lying tightly against the cheekbone. The folded part of the ear should present a smooth unwrinkled appearance.

Eyes Not big. Dark and oval in appearance. They should be level and wide-set apart. Lids are thin and dark, fitting tightly.

Neck Medium in length, powerful, muscular and clean-cut (almost as long as head). Forms a 40/45o angle with topline.

Body Chest oval in cross section; long, deep and broad. Well sprung ribs and pronounced fore chest. Brisket descends to elbows or even lower; chest’s depth is 45/46% of height at the withers. Belly rising up the power line of the thorax. Withers high, long, well developed with a marked rising, 1-2 cm over top line. Back straight, wide and muscular; its length is half of the distance between the highest point of withers and the tail’s insertion. Loin short (half of back’s length), wide, muscular and slightly arched. Croup wide, muscular and somewhat sloping to a high set tail.

 Tail High set on, thick and short docked tail (leaving 3-4 vertebra).

Forelegs Seen from the front, limbs are straight and parallel to each other. Long shoulder blade slopes well forward forming a 45o angle. Foreleg joins shoulder blade at a 100o angle. Strong upper arm. Lower arm strong, medium in length, straight and vertical. Elbow points directly backwards. Pasterns short, strong and almost perpendicular to the ground. Distance from elbow to ground is 53-54% of height at the withers.

Hindlegs Seen from the back, limbs are straight and parallel to each other, set slightly wider apart than front limbs. Thigh is wide and muscular. Thigh bones are long and well sloping forward. Stifle joint forms a 120  angle. The lower thigh is long and sloping down. Hock joint forms a 120o angle. Rear pastern strong, long and nearly perpendicular to the ground.

Feet Big well arched and rounded. Black nails. Dew claws must be removed.

Gait Gentle trot and gallop are typical gaits. In a trot, legs move in a straight line, with forelegs moving slightly close to the medium line. Back and loin have an elastic movement. Fore and hind limbs’ joints unhinderedly straighten. Ground covering movement - with good reach in the forequarters and good driving power in the hindquarters.

Coat The colour is black or black with grey hairs (no more than 1/3 grey hairs). Dappled colour or white patches are faults. The coat must be rough, harsh, abundant and thick. Soft, silky or curly coats are unacceptable. Ruffled hair is 4-10cm long and covers the body. Furnishings are well developed, shaping on head the whiskers, beard and eyebrows. On neck and withers the hair is longer and forms a mane. Forelegs and hind legs are covered by a long, rough coat. Undercoat is harsh and developed. Needs trimming for suitable shape.