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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Black Russian Terrier (Chornyi), Bouvier, and Giant Schnauzer


Black Russian Terrier



Bouvier des Flandres
















Giant Schnauzer



Today I am featuring three breeds which can look similar, particularly to those who are not familiar with each of these breeds. They are all working dogs but developed in three different regions: Russia, Belgium, and Germany.


If one wants an impressive looking protector of the family who is loyal with  his/her own people and suspicious of strangers, then the BRT - also known as the Chornyi, is worth considering.









This is not a breed that is suited to first time dog owners but those with experience handling and training dogs might like this big working breed. The breed is supposed to be "calm, confident, and courageous."

The BRT is a recent breed, developed after WWII by Russia's Red Star Kennels charged with supplying dogs for the military. This breed is designed to be trainable, observant, and protective of it's territory. This has also been a working breed who has done well with cart pulling.

 At 27-30" (68 - 76cm) the BRT is supposed to come in one color - black. The tail if docked is docked to 3-5 digits; otherwise the breed has a tail that tends to curl up slightly








The Bouvier des Flandres is an older breed than the BRT and comes in a wider range of colors. And unlike the BRT was developed as a farm dog, not a military assistant.




The Bouvier is generally known as a herding and cart dog although they would have been a general working farm dog, protecting their people and livestock. This is anther breed that is known for being protective, intelligent, and devoted to their family.






Bouvier colors under the American Kennel Club include a wider range of colors than are typically present in Europe or commonly seen in large numbers anywhere:

Black

Brindle

Fawn

Gray

Gray Brindle

Pepper & Salt

Black & Brindle

Black & Brown

Black & Fawn

Black & Gray

Black & White

Blue

Blue & Gray

Brown

Silver & Gray

White



The dark colors are more common and also seem to do better in the show ring.



The grooming is an important part of giving this breed its signature look - the heavy beard and eyebrows are important.

The breed's size is typically 23 - 27" (59 - 68 cm) at the shoulder.


The Giant Schnauzer is another dog who originated as a farmers dog - particularly useful for helping bring livestock to market and safely bring home the money and goods that farmers got from town.



The Schnauzer is another working dog; also a natural watch dog, however, this high energy breed probably isn't as quiet as the Bouvier or BRT.  Another breed that does best with a job and an experienced owner.

Schnauzers are typically very affectionate however, if they are not socialized and well trained from a young age they can become overly protective of their people and property. 

The colors for this breed are Salt and Pepper, and Black.This breed is basically the same height as the Bouvier, 23 - 27" (59 - 68 cm) at the shoulder.

Black Russian Terrier
Bouvier des Flanders


Giant Schnauzer

Three strong, intelligent, powerful breeds.
Each devoted to family. The Schnauzer is the lightest built and most boisterous; the Bouvier has the most practice being a family companion and living with other animals; the BRT is the  most reserved but still very affectionate with his people. Each has something to offer and despite the similarities in looks these are three unique breeds.

As always, I welcome stories from people who have lived with any of these breeds to share their own observations.


17 comments:

  1. There are 2 Black Russian Terriers in my neighbourhood. When I met them, I tried to guess the breed but I was wrong. The owner says everyone does that! Both dogs are gorgeous, friendly and have been shown in the ring. He says that they are quite rare in our area. They don't bark a lot but when they do it's a big, low, bass bark. I love them!

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    1. Excellent - very glad to have someone discuss their personal experience of the BRT! I am curious Wendy - what did you first think they were when you saw them?

      I think this is a very handsome breed and certainly the least common of the three. I would never expect to encounter one in a walk around the neighborhood - so I don't think I would recognize one if I walked into it either :-)

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  2. I always learn so much from your posts - about my favorite subject - dogs. :-) Not at all (personally) familiar with these three breeds. Somehow most drawn to the Black Russians and those natural tails! Wow!

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    1. It seems like a fair trade Sue - I go to your site to see beautiful dog related things and see who is looking for a home each week. You're also my only source for dog related songs!

      I like all these breeds but confess, the one I would most like to live with is the Black Russian Terrier...wouldn't turn my nose up at a Bouvier or Schnauzer though!

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    2. Thank you.... (and our lives wouldn't be the same without dog songs).

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  3. I just lost my 8 year old Bouvier, Rocky. He was an incredible dog. I'll get another one day...
    :)

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    1. I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope your memories of Rocky will comfort you and I'm sure that some future dog will benefit from the paw prints Rocky left on your heart.

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  4. My mom bred miniature schnauzers for years and then got her first Giant for the show ring. I was picked to show her and we bonded until she passed 12 years later. Two decades later, my ex-wife and I ended up in possession of 2 giants, a sire and daughter and I held great pride knowing we had two of three of the only giants in the city. I love these dogs. They are an awesome breed and very energetic and smart. However, the only downfall is they get bored easily and that usually lead to destruction in the house.

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    1. Truly, there is little worse than a bored, intelligent dog :-) Thanks for taking time to share your experience!

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  5. I was the proud owner of a Giant for 5 years. He was the best dog I have ever owned. Loyal, playful, intelligent are all excellent descriptors. I have many wonderful memories of Roman but I will share one story. He was not allowed on the furniture but when we would go out he would go lay on our bed with his head on our pillows. When my daughter, wife and myself would return we would hear the familiar thump of him jumping down from the bed and he would greet us like nothing ever happened. Always the look on his face was I protected the house while you were away and I didn't do anything I wasn't supposed to do. We always would laugh when we went in the bedroom and saw the covers messed up. A people magnet when we were out for walks and the most loving dog I have ever seen. Because of a divorce we had to give him away but one day I will own another. By far the best dog ever.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to share a memory of Roman - he sounds like a wonderful, intelligent boy :-)

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  6. My GS is a great dog. He is loyal affectionate and civil. He is fine around the house. I will say that he has always required a firm and fair approach. He is big and capable of a lot of damage, but with good training and treating him well (exercise and good food that he likes) he is extremely stable around people and dogs. I even trust him around my free-ranging chickens!

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    1. Thank you for taking time to comment Allen - I love to hear that someone has a GS doing the work they were originally bred for!

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  7. We have 2 GS, and they are the most wonderful dogs. Our 2 are brother & sister, but from different litters: Inca (F) is 2.5 years old & Jäger (M) is 17 months old. It amazes how these dogs can go from doing Protection work on the Schutzhund Field, and then be running around the yard with our Grandchildren who are 4 & under. They are terrific dogs, but DO require a strong handler. Love my Giants <3

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to share your personal experience! Sounds like you have a wonderful pair of companions :-)

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  8. I have one Giant Schnauzer, we adopted him and is obvious someone lost him, He was a puppie and the group that rescue him had announcements in the radio, newspaper, supermarkets,...no one ever claimed him. He was about 3 months when we adopted him. He is high energy, a leader of my pack (I have 2 other dogs) he barks very little but is a wonderful watch dog, always patrolling the house. He is trained in obedience (advanced) what I think is a must for this ramboutious dogs. He is so goofy and loving. My husband said he is "mama's boy"...my velcro dog. This is not the first I have, since I had 3 more in the past. I will never look for another dog. They are excellent with the kids, good guard dogs, excellent companions, easy to trained, very dignified, and highly intelligent. He understand and respond to commands the other two dogs have not even a clue about. even without training. He naturally let me know when my blood sugar is too high pushing me with his nose and smelling me hard...I can keep going and going....You do need a firm but loving hand to handle and train these noble giants. Once you have one and live with it....you will never go back to another breed.

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    1. I'm so glad you found us and shared your experience! My aunt lost her Giant this past year and she is finding what you say true - very hard to adjust to living with any other breed. I think there is another Giant in her future some day....

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