Black Russian Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey

New Jersey Regional Club

Frequently Asked Questions

 Who/What is the Black Russian Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey

The Black Russian Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey is a breed-specific regional enthusiast club, affiliated with the Black Russian Terrier Club of America. As such, we are the recognized NJ Regional club for the BRTCA. Our membership consists mostly of Black Russian Terrier enthusiasts from Northern New Jersey, although we do currently have members from other states and abroad. We commend our membership for bringing us to where we are now and where we are headed in the future.

The Black Russian Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey was formed in 1999 to protect and promote the Black Russian Terrier. The BRTCA is a member of the American Kennel Club and is the AKC's parent breed club for theBlack Russian Terrier. Our objectives, as stated in our Constitution, are:

  • to encourage and promote the selective breeding of quality purebred Black Russian Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to fit the standard;
  • to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Black Russian Terriers shall be judged;
  • to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials;
  • to provide for the welfare of the breed through a program of Black Russian Terrier Rescue and continuing education;
  • to conduct sanctioned matches, obedience trials and specialty shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club

What is a Black Russian Terrier?

The Black Russian Terrier is a large and powerful dog, a loyal companion that is highly intelligent and dominant in nature. Affectionately known as the "Russian Pearl," the breed was developed in Russia in the 1950s from selected crosses of the Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Airedale Terrier and Ovcharka. The result was an unpretentious, highly trainable dog capable of working in various climatic conditions, with a coat that requires regular grooming. Black Russian Terriers can be excellent and reliable companions with proper socialization and obedience training, but this is not a dog for the first time dog owner.

How do I find sponsors?

  • You will need two sponsors to join Black Russian Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey 
  • Most of our members want to get to know a person before they are willing to sponsor them. They want to know if the applicant is sincere in their interest in the breed and is willing to do everything they can to protect the breed. We have a code of ethics, which we take very seriously, and we expect the people we sponsor to take it just as seriously.
  • Sometimes new members are lucky and the breeder that sold them their first Black Russian Terrier is already a member who can mentor them. Sometimes new members have had to work a little harder at finding those sponsors. That effort is a good indicator that you are serious about the breed. With that in mind, I can recommend several ways to find BRTCNJ members. The rest is up to you.
  • Volunteer to help with BRTCA rescue. Go to WWW.BRTCA.ORG
  • Join an e-mail group dedicated to the Black Russian Terrier breed. A large number of our members belong to one or more of these groups, and you can get to know them online.  Once you have this website up you should be able to do a search on “Black Russian Terrier” to find all the groups. Some are private, but others are open to anyone interested in the breed.
  • Attend some AKC conformation events. The following URLs should help with your search. You can also get information from Dog World and some of the other Dog magazines.


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