Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier has a double coat with a coarse outer layer and softer undercoat. They are calm, confident, courageous and self-assured dogs, with high intelligence and easy trainability. They were initially bred to guard and protect in the military. Though their protective and fearless nature tends to make them aloof towards strangers, they have a soft side that loves human companionship and can adapt to a wide variety of living conditions. Black Russian Terriers require a strong leader for their stubborn and independent nature.
Common Health Conditions
- Black Russian Terriers can develop demodectic mange. This disorder can be localized, occurring as patches of red, scaly, skin with hair loss on the head, neck and forelegs.
- One of their health concerns is mitral valve disease, which blocks blood flow from the heart and cardiomyopathy, which make it harder for your heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.
- Addison’s disease is known to have a genetic predisposition affecting several breeds, such as the Black Russian Terrier.