Post # 1
I’m convinved that this is the breed for me! Could you tell me a little about your experience owning the breed? Are they really high maintenance and active? Lastly, how would you describe your lifestyle and their interaction with small children, if applicable?
Post # 2
Black Russian Terriers were bred to be guard dogs. They are active so will need routine exercise. They are awesome dogs but NOT good with children. They can be ok with children they live with (so long as the children know how to appropriately interact with dogs – no hugging, sudden movements, etc… not generally a small child’s forte but not impossible). If you are asking about children, though, I assume you have or will have some in the near future – these dogs are not going to be good with their friends. The vast majority of children do not know how to interact with dogs like these (friendly golden retrievers or labs, perhaps. not a black russian terrier) so beware when your children have friends at the house.
Post # 3
yayimengaged: I had a Giant Schnauzer, which is a distant cousin of the BRT. They look very similar and have similar tempraments. These are serious dogs for serious dog owners. They are not good with children, cats, strangers, etc. They are guard dogs and working dogs. I don’t recommend owning them unless you live on a farm. I had a GS for several years, and while he was my love, it probably wasn’t the best fit. Again, he was awesome, but VERY protective, aggressive with strangers, and had a monster prey drive.
Obviously whatever dog you get, you need to make sure that it is appropriately socialized. But these dogs, though they look adorable, are intense and to be taken very seriously.
I used to run my GS in the woods, every day, for 2 hours a day (hour in the morning, hour at night) and he still had plenty energy to spare. He had a backpack that I would weigh down with cans of soup so our walks were more productive. I know in my heart, he would have been happier on a farm herding sheep and guarding and pulling carts.