The Black Russian Terrier is a confident, courageous and even-tempered dog that is famous for being emotionally stable. As a military dog, it is loyal, self-assured and aloof toward strangers but never aggressive. It is not recommended for first-time owners because it needs guidance from an experienced owner who knows how to handle this type of dog. Training and socialisation should start as soon as the puppy arrives and would need constant attention and guidance and may become withdrawn if it feels ignored. If you live in a busy household where all members are out most of the time, this dog is not for you. It suffers from severe separation anxiety and may become restless, which can trigger unpleasant behaviour.
The BRT builds a strong bond with its owners, including children and would protect them with all its strength. It is important to curb overprotective tendencies and teach it good manners. This breed is smart and will have a tendency to be strong willed, but because it loves pleasing its owners, it is highly trainable. However, owners need to establish its alpha role so the Black Russian Terrier will know its place in the pack, which is below everybody else in the household.
Russian Black Terriers love children of all ages and are gentle toward them. However, adults should be cautious during interactions, so no one accidentally gets hurt when play becomes too rowdy. It is also important to teach the RBT that the kids’ friends are not a threat, so there is no need to be overprotective when they visit the home. The breed can get along with other pets it grows up with, but males are often described as “off” when meeting other male dogs. It is better not to introduce new pets, big or small to an RBT to be on the safe side.