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Known otherwise by the acronym BRT, the Black Russian terrier is actually not literally of the terrier breed. Rather, it shares some of the came characteristics. One of the notable facts of this animal is that it has not normally been seen (until recently) outside of its native Russia and the eastern Baltic states. It is known for its cunning, loyalty and its high levels of energy. It is for these reasons that the Black Russian Terrier was known as "Stalin's Dog" during the Cold War period. It was not until 2004 that this breed was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club.


The BRT was bred as a hunting and military dog in the former Soviet Union. It is an amalgam of many other breeds such as the Schnauzer, the Airdale Terrier, the Newfoundland and the extinct Moscow Water Dog. Breeding was only sanctioned by the government and it was not until 1957 that civilians were allowed to own this variety. Slowly, the presence of the Black Russian Terrier began to spread. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, it began to make its way into Europe and more recently, the United States.

Personality Traits

The temperament of this breed is highly important to both law enforcement officers and individual owners. As it is not a true terrier, it lacks the willful...

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