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Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Goodbye sweet Bear
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:31:59 am »
So sorry for your loss. 

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!

Hi All,

I'm new to the board today as well.  My girl is a 2 1/2 year old Black Russian Terrier named Cleo. I will try to figure out how to post a picture of her.  I can tell that this site is going to be addicting  ;D

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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