About Pinnacle

Our Black Russian Terriers Puppies

Our Black Russian Terriers come from world champion lines, Russian champions and Israeli champions lines. Our pups have good conformation and good temperaments. Obviously, there may be a pup or two that are truly exceptional in the litter that are champion caliber.  We will reserve him/her for someone interested in showing, breeding or just want the very best.

Meet the Black Russian Terrier Breeder

John Cadman

John Cadman lives in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, some 20 miles from the Canadian border. Bellingham is home of Mt. Baker, famous for the record snow fall in the continental US and home of snowboarders and skiers alike.

John has a background as a maritime engineer. A secondary “calling” has been Ancient Egypt. His research is featured in books by Edward Malkowski and John DeSalvo PhD.

In 1997, John acquired his first Giant Schnauzer and Rottweiler. He became interested in the Black Russian Terriers after they had an enormous Giant Schnauzer (32″) that was 1/2 BRT. After losing his Giant Schnauzers and Rotteweiler in a house fire, he decided to get the best of the Giant and Rottie – the Black Russian Terrier.

John spent his formative years in the Bering Sea king crab industry. Here he’s seen next to the F/V Retriever in an ice pack. This boat was featured in season 1 of “Deadliest Catch”.

owner of Pinnacle Black Russian Terriers - Breeder
owner of Pinnacle Black Russian Terriers - Breeder

Meet the Black Russian Terrier Breeder

Barb Galbreath

Barb is co-owner of Pinnacle Black Russian Terriers. She is a practicing dentist who had her own dental practice in Hartford, CT., for 30+ years.  Barb is professional, honest, sincere and people love her.

bellingham Black Russian Terriers

Barb’s home in Connecticut. Roma’s parents – Harley (right) and Amy

Black Russian Terrier History

The Black Russian Terrier is a new page in the National cynology, written in gold letters. Many cynologists (dog breeding scientist) refuse to even recognize it as a breed, considering it a mere breed group. However, this so-called “breed group” has its own standard, genealogical tree, and one common recognized ancestor – Giant Schnauzer Roy. The dog’s exhibition rating is exceedingly high, which makes the talk of not recognizing it a breed at least absurd. The history of breeding the Russian terrier is complex, interesting, and somewhat mysterious in places, since many more breeds had been involved in the composition of the Russian terrier’s makeup than previously thought. So what kind of breed is the Russian Terrier, the breed nicknamed “Russian pearl”, “KGBist”, “Beria dog”, or, to put it more gently, “Blackie”?

Common puppy adoption questions


AKC Registered

Pinnacle BRT puppies are all registered with the American Kennel Club. AKC is the recognized dog breed experts.



At time of sale, all puppies have been vaccinated and wormed as appropriate for their age, micro-chipped and have had their dewclaws removed.


Home Coming

The first 8 weeks of a puppy’s life are critical for their lifetime personality. Puppy pick up is 8 weeks of age at our home in Bellingham.
owner of Pinnacle Black Russian Terriers - Breeder

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(360) 671-7803


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Mailing address

Pinnacle Black Russian Terriers
3220 Bennett Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225