Black Russian Terrier Breed Magazine - Showsight

verdict of the Breeding Commission of the RKF.” This allowed breeders an opportunity to test breed over time and to analyze, via bloodlines, the possibility of planned breeding of black and tan dogs. Ms. Gera- simova stated that: “We can note that black-and-tan dogs were a good type of dog and very close to the standard BRT in build and coat. However, they were often overly aggressive. Saddle dogs were very close in build to the Airedale and had an explosive temperament , were overly reac- tive and difficult to manage, all which does not correspond with the BRT standard.” As our many years of experience show, pigmentation is closely linked with the stability of the nervous system. This is why it is necessary to select for reinforcing the pigmentation of the eyes, gums and coat. Black dogs most closely align with our image of the desirable Black Rus- sian Terrier—based on their type, their exterior, their temperament and their working abilities. Dr. Yerusalimsky also addressed the undesirable color-temperament link inherited from the Airedale Terrier. This hyper-excitability, in combination with the large size, presents a danger in keeping a BRT, and this is one of the exact reasons why the experimental breeding of BRTs using black and tan dogs, which started in Russia about 10 years ago, was discontinued…by verdict of the Breed- ing Commission of the RKF. It was quickly recognized within the early generations of the breed- ing program that certain color traits were linked with temperament; and it was necessary to eliminate those colors that were producing these large dogs which exhibited unmotivated aggression, hyper-excitability, and therefor deemed “socially very dangerous.” The black dogs, on the other hand, did not possess these undesirable traits and thus remained in the breeding program. As Ms. Gerasimova noted, these same unde- sirable traits were also noted in the test breedings done prior to 2006. Every registry around the world recognizes that the only accept- able color for a Black Russian Terrier is BLACK except for a for-profit organization known as the United Kennel Club, a for-profit corporation (UKC), which, at the request of a few, changed its standard in 2016 to allow dogs other than black to be registered and to compete in con- formation shows and to obtain a “Champion” title under its registry. This change to their registry standard was carried out despite strong objections from the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, the Russian Kynological Federation (RKF), and the International Black Russian Ter- rier Club. There are a few breeders in the United States and other parts of the world who are purposefully breeding to produce Black Russian Ter- riers that are NOT black, most of which appear to be black and tan. Their reasons for doing so are self-serving. Yes, these coats may be quite beautiful, but as the saying goes, beauty is only skin (or coat) deep. A pretty coat does not mean that it lies on a properly structured dog, or that the dog’s temperament will not be as the above experts observed and reported. It might not be the first generation that the temperament issue arises (as the genes from the black pigment override), but as future breedings occur, this will change as it did in the Russian experiment. Purposefully breeding to produce coat color other than black is a huge disservice to the breed and affects future generations as undesirable genes are introduced into a small gene pool. Can a Black Russian Terrier that is a color other than black be regis- tered through the American Kennel Club? Yes, if its parents were prop- erly registered as it would still be a purebred dog. However, it would be disqualified if entered in an AKC or FCI show because any color other than black is a disqualification. Being registered does not equal quality. No reputable registry in the world will allow a Black Russian Terrier to exhibit; much less obtain a championship, which does not have a BLACK coat. No other color is acceptable. Any Black Russian Terrier being advertised as a UKC “champion” that is not black is akin to a mail order diploma. It is a disservice to the future of the Black Russian Terrier to pur- posefully breed for any color other than black. It is a disservice and unethical to cross-breed with any other breed. Be wary of any “breeder” who markets such dogs as being “unique” and “special” and of “cham- pion” quality.


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