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Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare Black Russian Terrier and Dalmatian. Which is better: Black Russian Terrier or Dalmatian or Giant Schnauzer?
Name Black Russian Terrier Dalmatian Giant Schnauzer
OriginsRussia Croatia Germany
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1166380
Reviews113
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Other Names Chornyi, Terrier Noir Russem, Schwarzer Russicher Terrier, Tchiorny Terrier, Mustaterrieri, Black Terrier, Russian Bear Schnauzer, BRT, Stalin's Dog Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2004 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $1800-$2500 $500-$600 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer

Size Giant Large Giant
Weight 80-143 pounds (36-65 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight 111.5 pounds (50.5 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 25-29 inches (64-74 cm), Female: 25-28 inches (64-72 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (69 cm), Female: 26.5 inches (68 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer

Coat Rough
Curly
Waterproof
Fine Wiry
Colors Gray
Black
White
Liver
Brown
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Grooming
Average: The Black Russian Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Black Russian Terriers shed none to minimal.
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer

Temperament Brave
Energetic
Lively
Confident
Stable
Affectionate
Gentle
Independent
Cheerful
Playful
Defensive
Social
Active
Friendly
Outgoing
Sensitive
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Black Russian Terriers are easy to train.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Black Russian Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Black Russian Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Black Russian Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Black Russian Terrier barks occasionally.
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Black Russian Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Black Russian Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Black Russian Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Black Russian Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Black Russian Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Black Russian Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Black Russian Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Black Russian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Black Russian Terriers are generally with other pets.
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Black Russian Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Black Russian Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer

Health Issues
Black Russian Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Urinary Stones
Allergies
Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Iris Sphincter Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Urolithiasis
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Black Russian Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Black Russian Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Black Russian Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Black Russian Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Black Russian Terrier is an average drooler.
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Black Russian Terrier vs Dalmatian vs Giant Schnauzer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-12 puppies 6-9 puppies 5-8 puppies

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