Russian Black Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and History
The Russian Black Terrier is a totally manufactured breed, bred by the Russian Army’s kennels, Red Star, according to a breeding programme developed by Soviet breed specialists. The Russian Black Terrier developed from up to seventeen breeds, but principal amongst them were the Giant Schnauzer, Airedale, Rottweiler and Newfoundland. The qualities that were required were that he should be a working dog, of considerable size; high-spirited and alert, amenable and protective without aggression and able to withstand extremes of temperature.
The Russian Black Terrier was starting to become established by 1958 and the Russian Terrier started to come into the hands of non-military breeders who worked towards standardising a type; in 1983 the first Breed Standard was written, followed by the 1996 Standard which more closely described the improving dog and in 1998 The Kennel Club placed him on the Import Register, and in July 2004 he was moved to the Breed Register.
He is a big dog, at around 31″ and strongly built, and would clearly need firm handling. Many Airedale breeders appear to be taking a strong interest in the breed and certainly he needs plenty of expert coat care if he is to look like a typical representative of the breed. Still very new in the UK, advice and guidance is best sought from breed enthusiasts.
Rescue and Re-homing
First, go back to your breeder for support; if they are unable to help they should be able to point you in the right direction. The Breed Club will be helpful.