The puppy growth chart shown below should be used as a guideline only. Breeding of Black Russian Terriers may or may not produce average size puppies. If you should have concerns about your puppies size in relationship to the chart, it is suggested that you first talk to your breeder or if your breeder is not available, then talk to your vet. Talking to your breeder and vet would alleviate your concerns.
One thing that you should take into consideration is the size of the litter. Large litters for example a litter of 8 or more puppies may mean that the puppies may be smaller in size. The bitch only has so many nipples to feed her litter and it is here that the breeder must intervene and make sure that all the puppies are nursed evenly.
The Black Russian Terrier puppies grow at an alarming rate. Owners should be aware that because they are large breed dogs and their rapid growth spurt , ligaments and muscles may not develop as quickly as the dogs grows. This is normal and exercising a BRT puppy should be minimized. If you notice that your puppy has a limp, keep an eye on it, contact your breeder and if it continues for a longer period, it is suggested that you call your vet.
It is very important that new born puppies be carefully looked after especially if it is the bitches first litter. She is inexperienced, however natural instincts come into play. She may not have developed enough milk as yet and it is the duty of the breeder to provide alternate solutions to resolve this problem. Feeding puppies is essential to the survival and growth of the puppy.
Once the puppy is weaned from the mothers milk, it is again important to feed the puppy a good premium dog food which will the essential ingredients for proper growth. For a large breed dog, it is suggested that puppy food have natural glucosamine and chondroitin. This is a must. Beware of foods that have grain in them. One of the best foods for puppies is raw dog food. You can start them of with raw chicken or ground beef. Do not give puppies chicken bones to eat unless they are grounded up. You will find that your puppy will be extremely happy.