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The breed standard for the Black Russian Terrier (BRT) varies throughout the world depending on the controlling and governing dog organizations.

Tail docking has been banned in most European countires and as such dogs are not allowed to compete in conformation. It is suggested that one checks the status of tail docking before entering a competition.

The Federation Cynologique Internationale

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is the World Canine Organization which as of this writing comprises of 84 member countries. The FCI breed standard for the Black Russian Terrier can be found here1.

American Kennel Club (AKC)

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Black Terrier as the 151st breed in July 01st, 2004 and was classified in the Working Groupand not the Terrier group. The breed standard can be found here2.

The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

As of this writing, the Canadian Kennel Club has not formally recognized the Black Russian Terrier as an official breed. However, the CKC has placed the Black Russian Terrier in the miscellaneous class and has posted a breed standard for these dogs. Breeder and owners can now show their BRTs in the working group. The CKC breed standard can be found here3 

The United Kennel Club (UKC)

The United Kennel Club is a separate entity and was established in 1898. The UKC is unique in that dogs are not classified in the same way as the FCI, AKC and CKC. The UKC classifications are divided into 8 distinct groups.The Black Russian Terrier was recognized by the UKC in 19995 and uses their own breed standard4 for the BRT.

Other Organizations

The Canine Federation of Canada(CFC) located in Quebec, Canada uses the FCI breed standard 1

The American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) recognizes the Black Russian Terrier and uses the FCI breed standard 1

The Rare Breed Club of South Western Ontario (RBCSWO) was formed in 1996 and uses the FCI breed standard 1 in judging the Black Russian Terrier.

 

1. The breed standard is copyright material from the FCI  and a copy of the breed standard material was taken only for information purposes.

2. The breed standard is copyright material from the American Kennel Club and a copy of the breed standard was taken only for information purposes.

3.The breed standard is copyright material from the Canadian Kennel Club and a copy of the breed standard was taken only for information purposes.

4.The breed standard is copyright material from the United Kennel Club and a copy of the breed standard was taken only for information purposes.