Russian Black Terrier
The Russian Black Terrier was created in Russia during the late 1940s and the early 1950s by selective interbreeding of breeds like the Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer, Airedale Terrier, and Newfoundland Dog. The Giant Schnauzer is considered to be the main ancestor of the breed. The initial breeding was supervised by the military cytological school outside Moscow and the dogs were based in their kennels named “Red Star”. The aim of the creators of the breed was the development of a large, brave, strong and manageable working dog with pronounced guarding instinct; a dog which could be useful for many services and adapts well to various climate conditions. The breed was recognized by the FCI in 1984.
Grooming this breed can be made easier using the Plush Puppy range of grooming products. Their coat is a rough and thick double coat. Composed of a coarse, thick, slightly waved outer coat and a soft, short and dense undercoat. The outer coat covers the whole body. The natural and untrimmed coat length is between 5, 15 cms. (1 ½ to 6 inches) The head furnishing is very well developed and forms abundant eyebrows, moustaches, and beard. Legs are covered in long, dense furnishing coat. Grooming in the correct form is required.
The clipped coat should emphasize the character of a strong and assured dog and by no means be excessively decorative. The coat is left longest on legs and around the muzzle. The clipping should accentuate the massive head with a flat forehead, well lying ears, a strong neck and well constructed, strong body. The only acceptable color for the Black Russian Terrier is solid black or black with scattered gray hairs. Any other color is considered a disqualification.
Maintaining this double coat is key to keeping this rough and double coat. Hydration is key with regular bathing and drying. Use Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil at a ratio of 1 tablespoon in 4L (1 gallon) of warm water, apply after bathing and leave-in! This keeps the coat in perfect condition.
For shows, it’s important to keep in mind the coarse, thick and slightly waved out coat whilst keeping the soft and dense undercoat. Use Plush Puppy Body Building Shampoo as this will not change the texture to either the outer or undercoats, but gives the fullness to keep the dense undercoat required and helps prevent any rolling of coat whilst moving. Use at a ratio of 1 part shampoo to 5 parts water. For dogs with a coat too coarse use Plush Puppy Natural Conditioning Shampoo. This will help reduce the texture. Use at a ratio of 1 part shampoo to 10 parts water. Always use Plush Puppy shampoos diluted as they are highly concentrated.
Black is the only coat color allowed. For those that require a bit more intensity of color use Plush Puppy Black Opal Shampoo. Use at 1 part shampoo to 3 parts water. Allow to soak a minimum of 15 mins before rinsing. Repeat to intensify if needed.
The head and their distinctive beard and eyebrows are important to be washed thoroughly. Use Plush Puppy Let’s Face It – what the dog showing world has needed for way too long. Another one of the famous Plush Puppy products with the latest technology and the highest amounts of naturally sourced ingredients has developed a product that is a must! This is a hypoallergenic sulfate free low foaming shampoo designed for faces. It’s no tear formula with the highest quality Blue Cypress Extracts, Panthenol with Pro-Vitamin B and SugaNate. These special ingredients clean soothes, adds moisture, aids healing and anti-inflammatory benefits. A small golf ball sized amounts directly to the face and eye area allows you to thoroughly clean without causing irritation. Can be used in and around ears also with the same benefits. Its low foaming design allows easy of rinsing yet complete cleaning.
We recommend that a conditioner isn’t used as this can soften to coat too much. If you feel that the coat needs some added hydration use Plush Puppy Reviva Coat. Apply a couple of golf ball-sized amounts to the needed areas, work in and then rinse.
Last of all use Plush Puppy Seabreeze Oil as a final rinse. 1 Teaspoon to 4 L (1 gallon) of warm water. This is a reduced amount compared to a maintenance bath. This keeps the health, hydration, shine, and vigor to the coat. Dry using a force dryer, a normal heated dryer can be used for the longer hair to give a finish. If your dog requires more/thicker coat in an area you can use Plush Puppy Volumising Spray. A light spray to the required area, then brush and dry as normal. This can also be applied at the show to refresh and area.
Brushing use Plush Puppy Ultimate Pin Brush. This is the Rolls Royce of brushes, with its exclusive design and static reducing pins. For those that like a slicker brush use the Plush Puppy Ultimate Slicker. The best on the market for quality and design.
At the show use Plush Puppy OMG is a revolutionary grooming spray that lives up to its name. A light spray of OMG and brushing in allows this product to refresh the coat leaving it feeling wonderful. Using at an approximate mixture of 1 part OMG to 30-40 parts water using this breakdown form the OMG concentrate. The stronger the mix the stronger their effects. For this type of double-coated breed, a lighter concentration works best. Using OMG can be a one-off at shows or during the drying process after bathing. An amazing product for regular brushing also. The perfect product to allow all the benefits of putting a moisturizing product into the coat without over softening the coat. OMG never builds up, never goes stringy. A product that took years to develop using the latest technology for maximum effects. A true necessity for the tool kit.
With the technology allowing us better access to using better products, we are here to help you be able to prepare your dogs with the very best of products.
Enjoy showing this upstanding breed that has such presence in the show ring.
Article courtesy of Plush Puppy Australia