Welcome to a Black Russian Terrier (BRT) Website – Iz Teremka Kennel, Home of Champion BRTS and the Best Source For BRT Information. Here you will  find  details about Black Russian Terriers,  history, our breeding program, our Black Russian Terrier puppies for sale, puppy growth charts and our own Black Russian Terriers.


Creation of the Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier  is a powerful guard dog developed by the Russians as they lost most of their military dogs during World Wars l and ll.  As a result of this loss, the ruling government issued a directive that they wanted a dog that would first of all, be a guard dog to protect it’s secret  military installations, be able to withstand the cold Siberian weather, have a protective coat which will protect them from the harsh winter conditions and most of all have a very nice movement. In a nutshell, the Russian Red Star Kennel undertook the development of this new russian breed. They fundamentally started by breeding a Rottweiler dog and a Giant Schnauzer dog. They continued breeding the offsprings with Airedale Terriers and other breeds of dogs and finally bred with Newfoundland dog to get what they finally wanted. The Black Russian Terrier was born. Initially, the BRT was used to guard prisons and to hunt down escaped convicts and were also used as a police dog. More of this topic at About Black Russian Terriers The BRT is also known by the following names: Russian Black Terrier, Mustaterrier, Terrier Noir Russe, Hornyi, Russian Bear Schnauzer, Tchiorny Terrier, Black Terrier, Blackie, Russian Pearl, Chernysh and Stalin’s Dog.

Dog Terrier or Not

Is the BRT a real Terrier? Although, the linage breedings were shared by the “real terriers”, the BRT per se is not a “terrier” within the strict use of the word “terrier”. He is a alpha working dog of majestic, powerful and robust qualities belonging to the Working Group classification of registered pure bred dogs. The Terrier Group is a completely different group with a completely unlike standard.

Black Russian Terrier Bogdan’s Dasher Iz Teremka lying in front of the fireplace during the Christmas season

Black Russian Terrier Characteristics and Temperament

Since the Black Russian Terrier is an alpha dog, he is not a dog for everyone. What is an alpha dog you may ask? Alpha, meaning first, is usually a male member of a pack of dogs whose role is to lead and protect the pack. He is like the captain of a ship. He is assertive, smart and very intelligent.  Since these traits are intuitive in him, his owner should be experienced and must possess an alpha personality. The male Black Russian Terrier can grow up to 150 lbs (68 kg) while the female averages 100 lbs (45 kg). The Black Russian Terrier is a dog that absolutely needs obedience training. It is a must and should be started as early as 3 to 4 months old. A recommendation is made that the training be started in puppy classes and graduated to more advanced classes as he grows. By nature, his temperament is that he is unfriendly to strangers especially if they come within his territory. Any stranger that gets into his territory is going to have a problem. Remember what he was bred for – to be a guard dog. Experienced breeders can tell from birth, puppies that are the most dominant. Obedience classes are a must. Once the Black Russian Terrier gets into a family environment, he is very confident, calm, courageous, agile, very protective and loyal of his family, and very alert. With every dog there are some common traits that are analogous amongst some dog breeds. The BRT has an affinity to snore when in deep sleep, burps like a human being and sometimes farts loudly which actually nears being like a human being. As the BRT is classified in the working group, many owners take the opportunity to actually work him. One of our puppies was trained to be a search and rescue dog. I know of one BRT that worked in the penal system, his speciality as a drug sniffer. Other breeders have trained their BRTs to do carting, while others have chosen the Schutzhund route.

Black Russian Terrier Breeder Ontario Canada

As Canadian Black Russian Terrier Breeder, Iz Teremka Kennel is dedicated to the breeding of Black Russian Terriers by developing and preserving the best qualities of the old working Siberian Black Russian Terrier bloodlines.Much time, thought, research and energy is put into our breeding program. We do have Black Russian Terrier ON puppies for sale. It is suggested that you go to our puppies for sale page to see the current status of our puppies. Since most of our puppies re pre-sold, it is also suggested that you put your name on our waiting list by completing the form at our puppies for sale page. Iz Teremka’s objective is to breed and produce top and healthy show dogs with excellent confirmation postural attributes and solid self confident temperament. Our bitches are kept in good condition and are bred according to our veterinary guidelines. Proper consideration is given to the breeding dogs. You just don’t take one beautiful stud and breed him to just another beautiful bitch. It does not work that way.You must take into regards the genetics, health, and size in trying to achieve the quality of puppies you want to produce. Our Black Russian Terriers are members of our family and as such they live in the house with us and receive as much socialization as possible. They all attend obedience training and participate in activities such as barn hunting, with other dogs.

Black Russian Terrier Rescue

Iz Teremka Kennel is actively involved in the organization, rescue and re-homing of Black Russian Terriers. From the moment we are aware of a BRT who needs to be rescued, action is immediately taken to rescue that particular BRT whether it be in Canada or the United States of America. All our contracts with our clients do have a binding clause with respect to and in case that a client has to give up one of our BRTS due to unforeseen circumstances that we are notified and that we have first right to rescue that BRT. The re-homing of a dog is very serious as we do not want to have a dog moving from one home to another.

Puppies Registration and Achievements

Puppies from our kennel are American Kennel Club (AKC) and Canadian Kennel Club(CKC) registered, microchipped, and vaccinated. A health guarantee comes with each puppy purchased. At selected times we do have Black Russian Terrier puppies for sale. Buyers must enter into an contractual agreement depending on the purchase of a puppy whether or not if the puppy is a show dog or just a pet. Contracts are available on request. From our experience, we have found that our buyers love their BRT so much that they return to purchase another one of these magnificent dogs. Over the years, our kennel has produced multi championship dogs in the confirmation ring with the AKC, CKC, Federation Canine du Canada, United Kennel Club (UKC) and other kennel clubs throughout Canada and the United States. Our BRTs have been listed in the top dogs in Canada from 2011 to 2016. In addition to the confirmation ring, our dogs have recently started lure coursing. Now you may ask what is our coursing? Lure coursing is the application of a mechanical device with pulleys at the end of which there is a “bait”. When activated, the pulley pulls the “bait” and as the bait is moving, the dog runs behind it. The bait travels at a very fast speed so at the end of the course, the dog is exhausted.

Other Pieces of Information

Our clients are based domestically, in the United States of America and internationally. We discriminately ship our puppies to the overseas market. References are always available. Iz Teremka Kennel is located in Odessa ON Canada, and if anyone wants to visit us, they are quite welcomed to come to our kennel. We ask of one thing, please let us know in advance. Should you or anyone require any additional information, please contact Svetlana (Lana) at 613 531 6207 or use the contact form to reach us.