Black Russian Terrier

Temperament: Smart, confident, courageous, sometimes stubborn; protective of loved ones, aloof with strangers. Somewhat active and very playful, but calm in the house. A double coated dog, the BRT requires weekly grooming.

Height: 27-30 inches (male), 26-29 inches (female)

Weight: 80-130 pounds

Life Span: 10-12 years

Breed Average Outlier Index: 0.31

Breed Average Genetic Relatedness: 0.01

Breed Average Internal Relatedness: 0.02

Last 10 Recently Added Public Dogs!

No.NameGenderOutlier IndexAverage Genetic RelatednessInternal Relatedness
1 Starry Night's Once in a Blue Moon M0.290.11-0.12
2CH Black Beard's Beowulf Dobrynya Nikitich M0.38-0.020.04
3 Midnightsolo Adar Ben Haviva M0.270.040.13
4 Iliaslegacy Joy Kallisto Kassandra F0.43-0.070.02
5CH Midnightsolo Easy Does It F0.270.060.03
6 Midnight Solo Eager To Please M0.250.06-0.04
7 Midnight Solo Hanani Bat Haviva F0.290.02-0.11
8 Medvezhya Staya Indiana Jones M0.25-0.080.21
9 Black Beard's Grand Princess Sophia F0.300.060.02
10 Black Beard's Grand Princess Anastasia F0.390.04-0.13

The Black Russian Terrier was created in the USSR as a military/working dog by the Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda) Kennel in the 40-50s; several breeds were believe to be involved in their creation including Airedale, Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Caucasion Shepherd Dog and other breeds. They were sold to civilian breeders from the Red Star Kennel in 1957 and subsequently took on more specific appearance and type. The first breed standard was written in 1958. From there they spread worldwide. It is a recognized breed in many kennel clubs including FCI, AKC and CKC. The Black Russian Terrier is a working dog, guarding dog, sporting and companion dog.

Breed Standard coming soon!'

Most BRT are related to the same level as offspring of village dogs that were full siblings, and assuming that the full-sibling pair were offspring of relatively unrelated dogs.

The average number of alleles (Aa) per each of the 33 genome-wide STR markers is 6.27, of which 3.48 are effective alleles. This indicates a fair amount of breedwide diversity, but a need to redistribute the alleles to increase the number of effective alleles. There is the presence of a genetic cluster within the breed, however there is presence of outliers.

Most BRT are related to the same level as offspring of village dogs that were full siblings, and assuming that the full-sibling pair were offspring of relatively unrelated dogs.

The DLA in BRT is relatively low compared to other examined breeds, but not the lowest. Thus far, 9 different STR-associated DLA Class I and 7 DLA Class II haplotypes in BRT have been identified. More DLA types may be found when more dogs are run.

The follow includes dogs with birthdates listed in the database.

DLA Haplotypes in the Breed

The Dog Leukocyte Antigen or DLA is the region in the canine genome that controls the immune system, among other things. There are three classes or areas, and the VGL Canine Diversity Test genotypes or records the two regions with the most variation. Because it is an area that mutates more rapidly than others, the method VGL uses is ideal for identifying specific combinations of DNA, and not merely showing whether a dog inherited two of the same sets of genetics from its parents or two different ones.

"Haplotype" is a generic name for a set of genes that are bound together and inherited as a set. The DLA Class I and Class II haplotypes are very tightly bound and represent about 2 million base pairs of DNA - a sizeable chunk. These two haplotypes together make an extended haplotype that is nearly always passed from parent to puppies as a pair. We therefore have two tables below showing both the combinations of DLA found in this breed and how often they appear, and also how often they appear individually.

Remember that frequency percentages do not show how many dogs carry them, but rather how many of these haplotypes exist in the breed as a whole. Every dog has two sets of DLA haplotypes, one inherited from dam, and one inherited from sire. These almost never recombine in new generations.

DLA Class I/Class II Combinations :

Class I HaplotypeClass II HaplotypeFrequency in the Breed

DLA Frequencies :

ClassHaplotypeFrequency in the Breed
Class I10069.68%
Class I109156.45%
Class I109224.19%
Class I10933.23%
Class I10953.23%
Class I11603.23%
Class II20079.68%
Class II20313.23%
Class II20323.23%
Class II203356.45%
Class II203724.19%
Class II20603.23%

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List of Public Dogs

No.NameGenderOutlier IndexAverage Genetic RelatednessInternal Relatedness
1Barents Night Fleur de LisF0.310.020.05
2Black Beard's Beowulf Dobrynya NikitichM0.38-0.020.04
3Black Beard's Grand Princess AnastasiaF0.390.04-0.13
4Black Beard's Grand Princess SophiaF0.300.060.02
5Black Beard's Michael AnthonyM0.360.06-0.13
6Blek Rossi Red Dirt Road RendezvousF0.50-0.13-0.05
7Cerberus Goddess of War at Seven OaksF0.240.020.09
8Cerberus Zeus at Seven OaksM0.31-0.030.08
9Franko Valadas Jinett NiveF0.300.06-0.04
10Geniy Krasoty s Nadejdinoy PolianyM0.30-0.060.25
11Ilia's Legacy Charisma Mamba MikaF0.230.070.05
12Ilia's Legacy Charisma MaximillianM0.370.04-0.14
13Iliaslegacy Joy Kallisto KassandraF0.43-0.070.02
15Medvezhya Staya Indiana JonesM0.25-0.080.21
16Midnight Rider's Motorcycle CowboyM0.29-0.01-0.11
17Midnight Solo Eager To PleaseM0.250.06-0.04
18Midnight Solo Hanani Bat HavivaF0.290.02-0.11
19Midnight Solo Haviva DesagresF0.290.050.00
20Midnightsolo Adar Ben HavivaM0.270.040.13
21Midnightsolo Adara Bat Haviva F0.290.010.19
22Midnightsolo Easy Does ItF0.270.060.03
23Odessa for Black Beard Ter'AvalonF0.300.040.05
24Rollex Yablunevyi TsvitM0.200.040.03
25Russian Bears Hels Avenging Angel at LanzasM0.260.040.01
26Russian Bears Play it Again Sam for Old Times SakeM0.31-0.020.15
27Russias Royalty at Seven Oaks HunterM0.260.030.09
28Russias Royalty Spread Like WildfireM0.36-0.100.06
29Russias Royalty Trinity XenaF0.36-0.03-0.01
30Starry Night's Once in a Blue MoonM0.290.11-0.12
32Ya Black Beard Iz ChigasovoM0.40-0.02-0.16

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Seven Oaks KennelsWebsiteTennessee/FloridaUS