The Russian Doodle Terrier: A Complete Guide

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If you are in search of a majestic dog that is smart, loyal, with a protective nature, the Russian Doodle Terrier is just the breed you’ve been looking for.

This amazing mix of a Black Russian Terrier and the Poodle is a great choice for a family pet that simply loves playing with the kids.

Also, this dog enjoys running or having a nice long walk with his owner, but, doesn’t mind having a more relaxed atmosphere when your friends come over.

However, finding a healthy pup that doesn’t come with any hidden health issues and conditions can be a daunting task and if you don’t find a reputable breeder that has plenty of experience with this hybrid breed, you will never know what to expect as your pup grows older.

This is where we jump in and save the day!

To help you out in your search, we have created this guide, focused on all that is important for this breed.

You will get an in-depth insight into what makes this breed so special and why they are great family dogs. But first, let’s take a look at the things you should have in mind right from the start.

Russian Doodle Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

A white Russian Doodle Terrier wearing a hat
The Russian Doodle Terrier is an exceptional guard dog.

As we mentioned above, finding a healthy puppy with no hidden secrets that might surface later on, can be quite tricky.

However, the first thing we recommend is figuring out if this dog fits your budget.

You don’t want to promise your kids, or a beloved one, a Russian Doodle Terrier, only to find out later you can’t afford it. So, let’s check out that price range.

What price are the Russian Doodle Terrier puppies?

For a healthy puppy with all the necessary paperwork and all the health clearances and documented medical history of both parents and the puppy itself, you can expect to spend from $2500 to $3000.

Of course, you can find them for a lower price, but there’s no guarantee that you are getting what you paid for…

How to find reputable Russian Doodle Terrier breeders?

Like with any other breed, before buying a puppy, you HAVE to make sure that the breeder you plan on buying it from is reputable and that you can trust him (or her).

So, right from the start, you should ask for a proof of tests and clearances for the disease this breed can suffer from (we will explain later, which diseases to keep an eye on when it comes to this breed).

Also, you should pay attention to how well the breeder knows this breed and if he is in it just for the money, or because of his love for dogs.

If he is not doing it just for the money, but because he cares about this hybrid breed, as well as for the parent breeds, you will see how proud the breeder is of his dogs, and how well they respond to his presence.

Also, he will not have a problem with showing you all the papers you ask for. He will prepare everything before you even arrive.

3 Little-known facts about the Russian Doodle Terrier puppies

A brown Russian Doodle Terrier standing on a couch
The Russian Doodle Terrier is great with kids.

To get a better insight into what to expect when it comes to Russian Doodle Terrier puppies, take a look at some little-known facts about them.

  • They can get overprotective really fast

When it comes to Russian Doodle Terrier puppies, believe it or not, they can get quite overprotective over you and your family, even after a few months of age.

As they get older, if without proper socialization, this can only get worse. So, make sure your puppy socializes from the moment it becomes a member of your family.

  • Joint Issues

Because both of the Russian Doodle Terrier parents are known to have problems with joints, puppies can have the same issues if the exercising is too hard.

So, in the beginning, go easy when you are walking your puppy on a leash, and make sure that the exercises aren’t too demanding.

If you are careful with this, you will help your dog avoid painful joint issues as he grows up.

  • They love kids!

Even in the early days, you will notice how your puppy simply “melts” when the kids are around. They love playing with them, which is a great socialization training.

Also, this creates an unbreakable bond between them that will last for life.

Physical Traits of the Russian Doodle Terrier

A Russian Doodle Terrier wearing a pink collar
The Russian Doodle Terrier needs to have 90-minute walks every day.

Time to get much more familiar with the physical traits of your Russian Doodle Terrier. A little hint, they are big and heavy!

How big is a full-grown Russian Doodle Terrier?

Yeah, this is not a small dog breed. They aren’t even a medium size breed because, when fully grown, the Russian Doodle Terriers can reach a height of 26 inches.

Also, they can be quite heavy, and reach a weight of up to 115 pounds, which, you have to admit, is quite heavy for a dog.

What is the life expectancy of the Russian Doodle Terrier?

Don’t worry, Russian Doodle Terriers have a nice life expectancy of up to 12-13 years.

Of course, if you take care of your dog the right way, with a high-quality food diet, regular exercises and plenty of love, he can live even longer.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Russian Doodle Terrier

This rare hybrid dog comes with the best traits of its parents, the also rare Black Russian Terrier, and the Standard Poodle.

This unique gene combination makes this dog loyal, affectionate, calm, and protective. All of the best characteristics of a great family dog.

The Russian doodles are kind to kids, as well as with other dogs, and that is especially highlighted if your dog has gone through early socialization and training, which also makes them trustworthy and confident.

Russian Doodles love playtime, and their Poodle DNA can make them look goofy in certain situations, but this will only bring it closer to you.

But, when it comes to their movement overall, even though they are big, they walk fluidly and elegant.

As for their alertness, they will alert you if a stranger is getting closer to you or your home. This trait allows them not to miss a thing!

But, in normal, everyday situations, Russian Doodles are well known for being quiet, calm and confident, and not aggressive (unless they have a really good reason).

When it comes to how smart these dogs are, well, they are scarily smart. Plus, they have plenty of energy to go around.

When you combine that, you get a dog that adores mental and physical challenges, yet also likes calm, long walks with his best friend and owner – You.

In general, this dog needs human companionship and there isn’t a family activity you can do without him.

Even though this is a big dog, and we mean really big, adjustment to apartment living isn’t a problem.

Of course, since there’s no backyard, in which he could run whenever he wants, regular walks are necessary to burn that pilled up energy.

But, if your family lives an active lifestyle, the walks will come a bonus and a relief that the family dog isn’t a couch potato and that he can keep up with everyone.

When speaking about the Russian Doodle Terriers and training, what you need to know is that they need positive reinforcement, and they love learning new things.

On the other hand, if you choose harsh methods for the training, you will have a really tough time succeeding.

The Russian Doodles will get stubborn if you are harsh, and will test your dominance. You need to show your dog that you are in charge and that you are the leader he needs to follow.

Once your dog realizes that, you will gain a kind and fair companion for the rest of your life.

Russian Doodle Terrier Diet

Your Russian Doodle Terrier puppy will grow into a moderately active large-sized dog, so, his diet should match these requirements.

We recommend age, size and activity level appropriate, nutrient-rich, high-quality kibble. Also, this food should be low in carbs and fat (due to digestive issues), and high in protein.

As we mentioned already, this breed can suffer from joint problems.

Therefore, to keep your dog trim, instead of opting for free feeding, which can lead to overeating and weight and joint issues, you should serve 2 or 3 meals throughout the day, with the overall food amount not going over 3 cups.

How much Exercise does a Russian Doodle Terrier need?

The Russian Doodle Terrier needs to have 90-minute walks every day. We suggest splitting those walks into two daily walks, so that your dog burns the excess energy, yet doesn’t get too tired.

You can also jog or even ride your bicycle while the dog runs by your side.

However, keep in mind that these dogs have hunting instincts and that they can easily get side-tracked by a running animal, and that can be very dangerous for you if you are holding the leash and riding a bicycle…

Also, Russian Doodles love to swim and play in the water and enjoy physical and mental challenges.

This will come as great news for the kids because they will realize that their dog wants to play with them for hours and even isn’t afraid of getting wet.

But, when the playtime is over, you won’t see the dog complaining and wanting to stay out.

On the contrary, the dog will be the first one to enter the house, lay down on the floor, and just relax after a “hard-working” day.

Russian Doodle Terrier Health and Conditions

Like most Terriers and Poodles, the Russian Doodle Terrier is usually with good health. But, like with all mixed breed offspring, there is a chance that the pup inherits some health issues.

When it comes to this breed, your major concerns should be Legg-Calve Perthes Disease and Patellar Luxation Canine Hip Dysplasia.

It can also happen that one or both of the parents had suffered from Progressive Retinal Atrophy or Skin Allergies.

However, if the breeder provides a complete medical history for both parents, and there’s proof of them being tested and cleared for these diseases, there’s no room to worry that your pup might have inherited any of the mentioned health issues.

My final thoughts on the Russian Doodle TerrierA close up of a Russian Doodle Terrier's face

With the health and conditions section, you have reached the end of the Russian Doodle Terrier guide.

Before you go, here are our final impressions of this amazing breed.

If you ask us, if we were somehow able to magically turn this dog into a human, it would make an excellent guard that should be used only for high-risk situations!

His alertness and protective instincts kick in as soon as he becomes one year old and just keep getting sharper and more notable as the dog becomes more mature.

But, the Russian Doodle Terrier isn’t just an exceptional guard dog, he is also great with kids, loves to play with them, and can serve as a perfect nanny.

He also loves being with his family and being a part of every activity.

When it comes to training, you now know that you have to be consistent and firm and show him who’s the boss.

But, remember to respect your Russian Doodle or he won’t accept your commands. They are driven by “respond to logic, not force” motto.

In the end, this is a breed that exists to be the owner’s “work” partner for life.

So, if you find a healthy Russian Doodle Terrier puppy with excellent genetic heritage, and you have the will to train him properly, you will have a smart and powerful dog, devoted to your family, and devoted to making you happy.

Now, it’s your turn to share what you think about this breed. Do you think the Russian Doodle Terrier is the right choice for you and your family?

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