Black Russian Terrier Info

Health

Grooming your BLack Russian Terrier is essential for keeping matts and dead hair out, close inspection of the health of the skin, and it can be good for socialization and bonding. The style you choose is highly personal But here are some considerations.

For showing it is supposed to be about the dogs form, coat type, and substance of bone and muscle. There is no doubt however, that the perfect grooming on a particular dog can make a difference to how that dog is perceived. Regional or international influences may need to be considered also.

Pet grooming can be anything you like. I like my babies to look like the breed on show, but that would be so much daily work! So in off times, I kinda stay middle of the road. Remember if you do want to show your dog, never cut the face hair.and use trelmendous discretion when cutting any leg hair . Face hair is the Fall, which falls over the eyes, the beard, and the mustache. You can however use gentle clips and bands to make braids or ponytails. Use tremendous discretion when cutting any leg hair. That hair is called the Furnishings, and when showing must be long, full and dense.

Working dogs have different considerations for grooming. For agility and water work, you may want to trim the fall or preferably braid /pony tail it. A police dog, could be at risk of his beard or face hair being grabbed to control him. In both play and work, you might have to consider shaving the body. So really think about what is safest, and also the most pleasing to you, given what activities you are up to.

The Black Russian Terrier is a robust and active breed when given something to do. Activity, nutrition, training, disease prevention, living conditions, temperament, and socialization are all part of the Health of your dog.

Here we can provide just a few links. Do your homework and research. Remember the rules about reliable sources. They are based on data or true experience, and to be a good source, more than one or two people are talking about it, and hopefully they are citing the source, so you can go see it for yourself.

Buy the best dog food you can comfortably afford. You can also feed a homemade diet, and a completely raw diet. Always read about your breeds' needs, and how to monitor and use homemade or raw diets. Not the best Idea to just throw a hunk of road kill out there and expect the best results. Be aware what allergies look like. It can be scratching, hair falling out, runny eyes, ear infections and a host of other things. Canine First Aide is a good idea too. Find a vet before you need one. Below is a great economical delivered pet food service (don't forget to order for the cat too).
And a pet food rating site.

About hips, elbows, hyperuricosuria, eyes, etc: Breeding is supposed to be a careful selection to not only improve the health of a breed, but to preserve the proper characteristics of the breed. For working breeds that means the body functions correctly, and the mind is agile. A dog guarding a border, or pulling a cart, shouldnt have bad joints, heart, thyroid, eyes or bladder problems. For all the training and food there is an expected return of hard work for as many years as possible.

Today many people getting purebred dogs, desire what is on the outside. Not the temperament and needs of the breed, or the appropriateness of their life style. So breeders may do what is called breeding down, to meet demand. That is market model.

We at Paladin Black Russian Terriers like to think of it more as collecting. You wouldnt change the engine on an original Mustang, and lessen the value of it. So we strive to keep the original parts, and we back that up with health testing and working qualifications.

Unfortunately, joint and other health conditions could be a "Don't ask, Don't tell" situation. We always ask, and we think you should too.

There is just so much to be said for this breed. It would be nice to go to the local pet store and pick up a book reference. But this breed is so recently developed, and in low enough numbers that you just don't come across many. And too, they might be written in something other than English.

Thank goodness for Google Translator! Even postings in other languages can be translated for you and you can have that much more information to learn.

The first things we learn are the "Standard" characteristics of the breed. There are several kennel clubs that we reference here, and there are links below for them.

Kennel Clubs are groups of folks with dogs. But what we usually are referring to are huge clubs that have a show or two a year, and accept hundreds of breeds. New breeds can petition, so to speak, to be included in the accepted breeds list. These breeds are usually added to the miscellaneous category. These shows are conformation shows. They judge either for the best dog of the day, or how each dog fits the standard individually.

Participating dogs can be registered with proof of breeding, usually a pedigree, or already proven purebred parents. When you get a dog, you should ask for copies of both parents pedigrees, import documents, and certificates of kennel club registrations. It's also a good idea to get the immunization record or a copy of it. There may also be paperwork involved in transferring registration to you. Hopefully, you have seen health testing results for both parents before you reach this point, and understand the potential of any conditions the parents could pass down.

 

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