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Black Russian Terriers => Black Russian Terrier Discussions & Pictures => : jillya July 18, 2008, 09:57:13 AM

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: jillya July 18, 2008, 09:57:13 AM
Is anyone familiar with this breed?  We just had to put down our 9 year old Rottie we loved and are looking for something similar that won't remind us of her.  Looking for fun, smart, protective but not too high energy.
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: ZooCrew July 18, 2008, 06:14:29 PM
I can't say I'm familiar with them, but they remind me of giant schnauzers. I belive the temperment and intelligence is about the same as well.

they are a handsome breed.
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: maxsmom July 18, 2008, 07:00:38 PM
I don't know anything about black russian terriers, but fun, smart, protective, not too high energy, brings to mind Tibetan Mastiff.  Just my opinion.
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: kealoha812 July 22, 2008, 07:33:08 AM
If you like the Black russian terrier...Anot her dog that may interest you is a bouvier des flandres. (pronounced boo-vee-ay) Check them out at
A friend of mine has one. He does Therapy dog work and is just a huge teddy bear. He gets TONS of attention. He stands a few inches taller than my golden retriever and is just beautiful and very loving. She got him through a rescue. He is her second of that breed. I've attached some pics of him. After just a casual search for rescues and look who I found... check out Pheobe at
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: cleo122506 July 23, 2008, 07:54:11 AM
Hi All,
New to this site.  I am a proud owner of a BRT.  You can find a lot of information about them on the American Kennel Club website as well as the site for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America. 

The big difference, from what I know (and I did TONS of research before getting our dog), between a Bouvier and a BRT is their "job."  That is, BRTs are meant to be guard dogs and remain with their pack.  The Bouvier (again, from what I have read) are herding dogs.  Therefore, they tend to herd their pack, they tend to be much more high energy than BRTs.  Our girl is a couch potato and, many times, has to be taken on what we call a 'forced march.'  She wants to be where we are, and if that's in the living room watching TV, then so be it! 

We have trained her a lot.  She has taken two obedience classes and has passed her Canine Good Citizen certificate.  Next up is the Therapy Dog International test.  Because they are a working dog, they need a job.  And, often, it's protecting you, their pack leader, or others. 

It's really important to make sure that you know the purpose of your dog's breed.  Though BRTs and Bouviers look a lot alike, their jobs in terms of their breed make up is quite different. 

I consulted the American Kennel Club via telephone and they put me in touch with different breeders around the country.  It's been a wonderful experience to know people in the BRT community!
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: kathryn July 23, 2008, 07:49:35 PM
Hi Kathleen and welcome to the board.  Your girl in your avatar is a cutie!  I just saw my first 2 BRTs at the Houston Dog Show this past weekend.  I didn't get a chance to go talk to the people showing them but they were gorgeous dogs.  I think I might have to start researching this breed.  I just added another breed to my someday being owned by one list. 
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: MagicM3 July 23, 2008, 09:05:07 PM
Welcome to the most addictive board on the web..

I don't know much about the BRT but I do agree they look very similar to Bouvier des Flanders..

we recently lost our Magic and for the past 8 years he was a wonderful therapy dog..and is now very missed by all..

I think for both Bouv' and BRT's the need for positive obedience is a must..

Magic was never *high energy*even though he is in the herding group..some herding dogs are very high energy..but alot of that comes down to personality as well..

I do think that BRT are larger than Bouviers..

either one are great..althoug h Bouv's come in different colors and BRT are only black..

Again welcome aboard..

Tricia and the fur kids
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: cleo122506 July 25, 2008, 03:41:46 PM
Hi Everyone!
Thanks for the welcome.  Since you've seen the BRTs in shows, you'll notice that we don't keep Cleo *looking* like a BRT.  However, I have decided that we will start to trim her head to look more like a BRT.  She is a really cute dog. 

You're definitely correct about BRTs and Bouviers being so similar.  I didn't realize that BRTs are bigger than Bouviers.  I have never seem them together.

Thanks again for the welcome!  I'm LOVING these message boards!
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: druzina September 10, 2008, 11:03:00 AM
Iam breeder and showing of the breed Black russian terrier ,i located in Argentina ,Buenos Aires ,and i know  to the BRT.i cohabit with 8 BRT!!
THIS DOG ARE BIG 75CM.,AND STRONG Distrustful with stranger but adorable ,loyal ,VERY friend with owners  AND  intelligent dogs.