Dog Breed Profile

Daniff History

The Daniff, or Black Russian Terrier, is a Molosser-type guard dog that originated in Russia. The Daniff is a medium-sized, muscular and athletic black and tan dog that weighs 60–70 lb (27–32 kg) and stands 21–25 in (53–64 cm) at the withers. The tail is set high and curled over the back. The coat is short, dense and smooth, and comes in two colors: solid black and solid white. The origin of the name “Daniff” is unclear. Some think it is derived from the Armenian word danaf- meaning “fist” or “hammer”, while others believe it is from the phrase “devil in fist” or “demon in fist”. The Daniff was specifically bred to guard people and property against thieves and wild animals. The breed was traditionally valued for its ferocity and sense of duty, and it has successfully passed these traits on to its descendants.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Great Dane, Mastiff

Daniff Physical Characteristics

The Daniff is a medium-large, long-coated, short-legged breed of working terrier from the Hungarian Puszta region. They are heavily built, with short legs, a long tail, a large head, and a rough coat. They have prick ears, and erect, triangular, and black nose. The breed descends from earlier similar breeds, such as the Csángó, the Komondor, the Cuvac, the Horváth Kínai, the Podolica, the Kyjov-Gretzky, the Magyar Zar, and the Székely-Farkas.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Fawn, Black, Brindle, Blue, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 30 – 35 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 115 – 150 lbs

Female Weight Range: 115 – 125 lbs

Daniff Health

Description of breed health.


8-12 yrs

Daniff Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Cancer, None

Daniff Temperament and Behaviour

The Daniff is a friendly and devoted dog breed. They form close bonds with their owners, but are also very good with families and other living creatures. They can be a bit stubborn at times, so it is important that they recieve consistent and proper training and socialization when they are young.

Daniff Activity Requirements

The Daniff is a friendly, adventurous dog that loves to explore and go on walks. While they don’t require a great deal of physical exercise, they do need to be able to burn off some energy. A daily walk will provide your Daniff with all the exercise and enrichment they need. While each dog is different, most healthy Daniffs will be okay with a brisk, hour-long walk. If you are looking for a playful, energetic companion, the Daniff may be right for you. While they don’t require an inordinate amount of physical exercise, they do need to get out and stretch their legs every day.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Daniff is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Daniff is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Daniff is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Daniff is part of the Unclassified group.

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