The Russian Doodle Terrier is a rare hybrid breed; a look at the parents for indications as to characteristics that may be inherited is the ideal way to get a view of the hybrid. The Standard Poodle is the largest Poodle in size, and was bred to be a working dog. They are believed to have originated from the Barbet and the Hungarian Water Hound. The Poodle was trained to retrieve water fowl from the waterways for eager hunters, and their dense curly coat helped to protect them from the icy waters. While the fancy Poodle clip of today is a far cry from the clipping the hunters used to enable the dog to swim easier, it is a unique style that has stayed with the Poodle throughout the ages. Clipping helped the dog to swim quicker, and protected against getting caught up in the reeds. During the 18th century, Poodles were well known in Europe - especially in Germany where they are said to have originated from, and then in France who fell in love with the dog and refined their hairstyle clip into the elegant Poodle cut we know today. The Poodle was recognized as an intelligent dog and they were utilized in the travelling circuses as performers doing all sorts of tricks. The Poodle also enjoyed popularity with nobility, becoming valued companions for many a nobleman or woman. Today the Poodle is still a popular breed, and excels in the show ring in agility, field trials and outdoor sports. Fancy or not, these dogs are tough, intelligent and hard working dogs with a sense of humor, very affectionate and loyal to their owners. The Black Russian Terrier was developed by the Soviet Army in order to achieve a dog who was wonderfully adapted to the harsh Russian winters. The Red Star Kennels did an amazing job and produced a dog that could run long fence lines, chase and catch intruders, and stay warm enough to survive. Among the breeds used to create such a dog were the Giant Schnauzers, Airedales, Rottweilers and Great Danes. The Blackies, as the dogs were nicknamed, worked at rail crossings, prisons, and assorted military venues. When the military had too many puppies they started selling them to the public where dog fanciers refined the breed by adding in Newfoundland bloodlines for stability. In 1958 The Soviet Army created the first breed standard for the Black Russian Terrier. Admired for their ability to protect home and family, their reputation as excellent working dogs, and their elegant appearance captured the imagination of the public. The Black Russian Terrier was brought to America during 1889 and 1900. The American Kennel Club accepted the breed as part of the working group of dogs on July 1, 2004. Today the Blackie's popularity is still rising as more people get to know this amazing animal. Their elegant appearance, sociability and love of children is valued by many owners.