Stalin's dog - exposing the myths
Dog Stalin - the youngest of the withdrawn service breeds. In catalogs it is called Russian black terrier. Its history is not calculated in hundreds of years, but only in decades, but there are already so many stories and myths around Chernysh that sometimes even contradictory that even dogs with roots that go back centuries are envious of them. So what are the conjectures surrounding black? Let's dwell on three basic.
Myth first. Stalin's dog is an angry, uncontrollable monster who does not mind breakfasting to passers-by and having dinner with the owner. This dog is bred for killing.
Myth of the second. The dog black terrier is incredibly stupid and should be in the category of decorative dogs, the fate of which is to run around in the rings and lie on the couches.
Refuting these most common statements, we will return to history.
"Father of Nations" was indeed given the command to receive a special, universal dog, hardy and capable of training. The new breed was not only to "wipe the nose" of the West, it was planned to work with it in all the corners of the Union - from the northern borders to the deserts of Asia.
The experiments were really started during Stalin's lifetime, but the crown of his works was never seen. And the black terrier breed group was formed much later, and it became a separate breed only in 1981. Therefore, this dog has a very, very indirect relation to Stalin. The only thing that connects this name and the popular name is the fact of "ordering" a universal dog.
What does this concept mean? "Universal", that is, "applicable to everything", in this case - for any type of service. Of course, such a dog should have a very strong nervous system, excellent health, and good working capacity (endurance). This was supposed to be the dog of Stalin. This is what they did. And nature, evaluating the titanic work of the cynologists of the "Red Star" (nursery, where the breeding work took place), decided to give out another bonus: selfless devotion to the owner.
The little black is like a plasticine, from which you can mold everything - and a working dog flying with a black core to a figurant, and a gentle nurse, and a guide, and a rescuer. It will not be possible to make a killer car, mindlessly carrying out orders, as a black terrier is able to analyze and attack only if there is a real threat.
"But what about the pronounced distrust of outsiders?", You ask. Answer: Mistrust and unjustified aggression are two different things. You're not going to beat every stranger? So the black terrier will not show fangs without reason.
Myth three. Stalin's dog is clever enough that it does not require training, and the course of the ZKS generally turns it into a killer.
If to speak frankly, the training is, first of all, the training of the owner. On the training platform, both work: the dog, and the owner. And Chernysh, being really smart and easily trained, learn with pleasure. And everything. The main thing for them is a close contact with the adored master. And it does not matter what kind of work it will be - riding a child on a sled or attacking two people at once.
Here on this intellect and desire to work many newcomers and reap their mistakes, content only with a "nipper": "My dog is so clever, he will have enough to learn how to bite." But such skills must be manageable and controlled. You should understand that your "boy" is not only an obedient beast, it is also more than 60 kg of muscles, and therefore it is very difficult to keep it sometimes. A dog that only knows how to bite is really dangerous, but a dog that has successfully completed training courses does not. That's why no self-respecting instructor will go to the "pliers", if before the dog did not pass even the course of obedience.
An untrained terrier is inclined to see a threat in a stumbled person, and properly trained first will assess the degree of threat. Moreover, you can manage a trained dog, and untrained - no.
The dog black terrier really does not have equal among the relatives, but requires mandatory training, at least - a course of obedience, with a serious approach to which you will get the perfect companion.