Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier

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80-150 lbs
25-30"
Europe
Black Irish, Black Russian Wolf Terrier, Wolf Terrier

The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is a combination of the Black Russian Terrier and the Irish Wolfhound. The Black Russian Terrier was bred for use by the Red Army; it is said that the Black Russian Terrier is to the Russian Army what the Malinois was to the French Army. The ancestors of the Irish Wolfhound were bred and used by various armies over the years for dragging men off horses in battle. The Black Russian Terrier is a large dog, black with shaggy hair. The Irish Wolfhound is a giant dog, light-colored with shaggy hair. The Black Russian Terrier is highly intelligent and adaptive; he loves his family intensely. The Irish Wolfhound is also a gentle giant; he is very clever, but is also perceptive and sensitive to his owner’s commands. The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is gentle, inquisitive, and eager for activity. Both parent breeds have very shaggy hair, so the Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier will require a moderate amount of coat maintenance. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Black Russian Terrier, Irish Wolfhound

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 25-30 inches Weight: 80-150 lbs
Height: 25-30 inches Weight: 80-150 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Ear Examination

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Breed History

The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier’s name is a reflection of the parent breeds, the Black Russian Terrier and the Irish Wolfhound. The Black Russian Terrier is a rare breed, much like the Irish Wolfhound. Combinations of the two are fairly new and rare as well. The Black Russian Terrier is a native of Russia. The Red “Star” Kennels began breeding the Black Russian Terrier. The Black Russian Terrier is a combination of several breeds including the Russian Water Hound, Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler and Airedale. The Black Russian Terrier has many of the qualities of the German Shepherd without the aggression of the breed. The Irish Wolfhound has a history of serving in the military as well. The ancient Romans used the Wolfhound to pull men off horses and out of their chariots. At one time, only members of the royalty were allowed to own an Irish Wolfhound. Once the elk and wolf became extinct in Ireland, the Irish Wolfhound almost followed suit. In the mid-1800s, thanks to Major H.D. Richardson, the breed began to make a comeback. The two parent breeds are large in size and are both excellent hunters; however, they are mostly used now as companion dogs. The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is recognized by the Dog Registry of America. 

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Breed Appearance

The Black Russian Terrier is a large dog; he is jet black with scruffy hair on his head, feet, and mouth. His powerful body appears to be square. His high-set tail may or may not be docked. He has large, bear-like feet. He has a large, muscular build, and his legs should be covered in coarse hair. Occasionally, there will be gray hairs in his coat. The Irish Wolfhound is a giant-sized dog. His coat is rough and hard. The colors of an Irish Wolfhound vary; you may find the Wolfhound gray, brindle, red, black, white or fawn. Based on the appearance of the parent breeds, you can expect the Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier to be large, muscular, and a dark gray or black. The hybrid will have a long, shaggy coat. The possibility that the Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is waterproof is about fifty percent. Only one parent breed is waterproof; it is possible that in one litter you may have some that are waterproof and some that are not. 

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is likely not hypoallergenic; the Irish Wolfhound parent breed tends to shed a good bit, and it is likely the offspring could inherit this trait. Regularly brushing the Irish Wolfhound’s coat, and a plucking every six months are necessary to remove excess dead hair. The Black Russian Terrier has a hard, wiry, close-lying wavy coat which may be up to four inches long in some spots and he has eyebrows and a beard. It is suggested that he has a regular trim two to three times a year. This parent breed needs to be brushed at least once a week. The Black Russian Terrier is not prone to shedding. One can reasonably expect the Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier to be a mix of the two with a thick coat that will require weekly care in order to remove loose fur and to prevent matting. You may prefer to have a groomer trim the coat. You should brush your Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier’s teeth at least three times a week; however, if you want to prevent gum disease, brush the dog’s teeth daily. Trim your dog’s nails every other week. The rule of thumb is if you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, it is time to cut them.

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Temperament

The Black Russian is a highly alert, intelligent dog. He is tough but not aggressive. Surprisingly, the Irish Wolfhound is not a good watch dog. Many are alert, but not suspicious of strangers. Often, his size will intimidate would-be intruders, but he is overall not a guard dog. He needs a calm and confident handler. The Irish Wolfhound will shut down if the handler yells at him or is overly harsh. Keeping the temperaments of both the parent breeds in mind, it is likely that the Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier will be alert and intelligent. He will be tough, but not overly forceful. It is likely that he will actually be a good guard dog due to his Black Russian Terrier inheritance. He will likely live in peace with other animals; the Irish Wolfhound may be a giant, but he is not known to attack smaller animals. Overall, these parent breeds love their families. The Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier is known to follow its owner from room to room in the home. 

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Activity Requirements

An Irish Wolfhound is definitely not an apartment dog. A fenced-in yard is necessary so that the Irish Wolfhound can get adequate exercise in addition to day to day walks. Much the same can be said for the Black Russian Terrier. He enjoys a long daily walk and loves to play in snow and water when the season is right. Because your Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier will likely be larger than his parent, a large fenced-in yard is suggested to provide supplementary exercise for your dog apart from plenty of brisk strolls. This hybrid requires vigorous exercise in order to be content; taking your dog to a secure area such as a dog park is an essential part of his fitness regimen. Keep in mind that the Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier must have firm, consistent, and gentle commands when out and about on leash.

Black Russian Wolfhound Terrier Owner Experiences