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Monday, April 29, 2019

Indoor Plants That Are Poisonous To Black Russian Terriers

Beautifying your home with indoor plants can be extremely enticing and exciting, however for pet owners it can be extremely dangerous due to the fact that your indoor plants may be poisonous to your pet.

At Iz Teremka BRT Kennel, we are very concerned about these indoor plants that we have made a decision not to have any indoor plants in our kennel and house to protect our dogs.

So to contribute to the Black Russian Terrier community and other dog communities, we have compiled a list of poisonous indoor plants for your perusal. Over the years there have been many outdoor trees that have become indoor ornamental trees and some of these trees have been included in our list.

Adenium (Desert Rose)


The  Adenium also known as Desert Rose, Desert Azalea Lily, Kudu Lily, Mock Azalea and Sabi Star. Eating any part of this plant can be extremely toxic to your dog. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately

Alocasia also known as Elephants Ear produces insoluble oxalate crystals which when chewed by a dog causes irritation of the mouth and GI tract.


Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Aloe Vera also known as Candelabra Plant, Barbados Aloe, Medicine Plant, Octopus Plant, Torch Plant, and True Aloe is a common plant sold in nurseries and hardware stores. This plant Aloes contain anthraquinone glycosides which are laxatives and causes extreme vomiting and diarrhea. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)


Amaryllis also know by common names as Amaryllis, Jersey Lily and Lily Langtry. This plant contains Lycorine, a toxic crystalline alkaloid found in Amaryllis bulbs. If eaten by dogs, it is extremely toxic. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Anthurium Scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower)


Anthurium Scherzerianum (Flamingo Flower) is also known by Flamingo Lily, Oilcloth Flower, Painter's Pallet, and Pigtail Plant also exudes Insoluble calcium oxalates which when ingested causes mouth irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Arrowhead Plant

arrowhead plant

Arrowhead Plant contains Insoluble calcium oxalates which causes irritation of the mouth, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.



Begonia is extremely toxic and lethal. Plant contains Cucurbitacin B and Insoluble calcium oxalates. Toxicity of kidneys with renal failure. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.



Brunfelsia also known as Fransiscan Rain Tree, Kiss-Me-Quick, Lady-of-the-Night, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday contains the chemical Brunfelsamidine which causes neurotoxicosis in dogs if ingested. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Calla Lily

calla lily

Calla Lily  contain Insoluble calcium oxalates which causes irritation of the mouth, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Castor Bean

castor bean plant

Castor Bean also known as African Wonder Tree, Euphorbiaceae, Ricinus, seed, is extremely toxic. Contains glycoprotein called ricin and ricicine, an alkaloid found in both the seeds and leaves. Due to the toxicity of this plant a vet should be consulted immediately.



Cyclamen also known by the common name of Persian violet, Sowbread contains a very poisonous compound called Terpenoid Saponins which ingested in large quantities can cause heart failure and death. If your pet has ingested any amounts of this plant please consult with your vet immediately.

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)


Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) also known as Charming Dieffenbachia, Exotica, Exotica Perfection, Giant Dumb Cane, Spotted Dumb Cane and Tropic Snow contains Insoluble calcium oxalates, proteolytic enzymes. Insoluble calcium oxalates which when ingested causes mouth irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.



Dracaena also known by the common names as Corn Plant, Cornstalk Plant, Dragon Tree, Ribbon Plant contains saponins which when ingested can cause  gastrointestinal irritation. If you dog has ingested Dracaena, please consult with your vet.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)
english ivy
English Ivy also known Branching Ivy, California Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Needlepoint Ivy and Sweetheart Ivy, contains Triterpenoid saponins (hederagenin) which when eaten by a dog causes  gastric upset, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Please consult with your vet if you suspect that your dog has eaten English Ivy.

Eucalyptus and all it varieties contain eucalyptol which is classified as a narcotic and neurotoxin which attacks the kidneys and causes  increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, and other symptoms. Consult a vet immediately if your dog has ingested Eucalyptus.

Ficus Benjamina
ficus benjamina
Ficus Benjamina also known as Weeping Fig, Indian Rubber Plant contains proteolytic enzyme (ficin), psoralen (ficusin). Ficin destroys the dog’s protein cells and Ficusin causes dermatitis and irritability in dogs that may lead to severe scratching which can break the dogs skin leading to serious infections. If you suspect that you dog has eaten the leaves of the bark of Ficus Benjamina, consult with your vet immediately.

gardenia and it's flower
Gardenia also known as Cape Jasmine contains the toxins of  Genioposide and Gardenoside substances which when ingested by dogs lead to vomiting. diarrhoea. If not treated immediately fatality can occur. Consult with your vet if you suspect that your dog has eaten Gardenia.


geranium plantsGeranium plants contain the chemicals Geraniol and Linalool. Geraniol is an oily irritant which is harmful to the eyes and Linalool is also an irritant which causes skin eczema or dermatitis

Gloriosa superba (Flame Lily)

gloriosa superba flame lily
Gloriosa Superba or Gloriosa Lily also known Climbing Lily, Creeping Lily, Fire Lily, Flame Lily, Glory Lily, Superb Lily, Tiger claw is an extremely toxic plant to dogs. The plant contains Colchicine alkaloids. Signs that a dog has ingested the Gloriosa Lily are increased salivation, bloody vomiting, bloody diarrhea, shock, kidney failure, liver damage, bone marrow suppression. Medical intervention is immediately required otherwise fatality will occur.

Golden Pothos
golden pothos
Golden Pothos aliases are Devil's Ivy, Ivy Arum Pothos and Taro Vine contain Insoluble calcium oxalates which causes irritation of the mouth, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Jade Plant
jade plant
Jade Plant also known as Baby Jade, Chinese Rubber Plant, Dwarf Rubber Plant, Jade Tree,  Japanese Rubber Plant contains unknown toxins, however dogs that have ingested this plant have shown signs of depression, incoordination and vomiting. As there are unknown toxins, a dog that has ingested the Jade Plant should seek immediate attention from a vet.

Kafir Lily
kafir lily
Kafir Lily also known by the names of Clivia Lily and Clivia Minata contains Lycorine and other alkaloids. Lycorine Lycorine is a toxic crystalline alkaloid found in various Amaryllidaceae species, such as the cultivated bush lily (Clivia miniata), surprise lilies (Lycoris), and daffodils (Narcissus). It may be highly poisonous, or even lethal, when ingested in certain quantities.
Clinical Signs: Vomiting, salvation, diarrhea; large ingestions cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias. Bulbs are the most poisonous part.
If your dog has ingested this plant see immediate vet attention.

Kalanchoe also known as Chandelier Plant, Devils Backbone, Mother-In-Law-Plant and Mother of Millions contain the chemical compound Bufodienolide  which is a cardiac glycoside. The clinical signs of ingestion is Vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm (rare). If your dog has ingested, seek medical attention from a vet.

Mistletoe American contains Pharatoxin Viscumin (Lectins, Phoratoxins) and Toxalbumin which when eaten shows clinical signs of diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure (rare) and vomiting. Seek a vet attention if your dog has ingested mistletoe

Oleander (Nerium)
Nerium oleander contains cardiac glycosides which causes hyperkalemia. Clinical signs of ingestion could be  Arrhythmias, Blood pressure changes , Dehydration, Gastrointestinal (vomiting, diarrhea), Neurological signs (lethargy, depression, ataxia, tremors, seizures) and Shock. Immediate vet intervention is required.

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)

peyote (lophophora williamsii)

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) contains the hallucinogen mescaline, the effects which is similar to LSD. If your dog has ingested this, immediate attention is a must.

Philodendron (Heartleaf)

heart leaf philodendron
Philodendron (Heartleaf) also known by Cordatum, Fiddle-Leaf, Fruit Salad Plant, Horsehead Philodendron, Panda Plant, Red Emerald, Red Princess, Saddle Leaf, and Split Leaf Philodendron contain Insoluble calcium oxalates which causes irritation of the mouth, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.


Poinsettia contains a sap that is an irritant  to the dogs mouth and stomach. Seek the help of a vet.

Prayer Bean
prayer bean

Prayer Bean is also known as Buddhist Rosary Bead, Indian Bead, Indian Licorice, Love Bean, Lucky Bean, Rosary Pea, Precatory Bean, Rosary Pea, Seminole Bead and Weather Plant contains Abrin and Abric Acid a glycoside.  Clinical symptoms of Prayer Bean ingestion includes severe vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes bloody), tremors, high heart rate, fever, shock, death. Seeds are very toxic (seed coat must be broken). Vet intervention is a must.

Sago Palm
sago palm
Sago Palm is all known as Cardboard Palm, Coontie Palm, Cycads and Zamias contains Cycasin which is a carcinogen. Ingestion results in clinical symptoms of bruising, coagulopathy, death, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, icterus, increased thirst, liver damage, liver failure and vomiting. If you suspect that you dog has eaten any part of the Sago Palm, seek the advice of a vet.

Schefflera also known as Australian Ivy Palm, Octopus Tree, Starleaf and Umbrella Tree contains Insoluble calcium oxalates which causes irritation of the mouth, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) also known as Mauna Loa Peace Lily contain Insoluble calcium oxalates which causes irritation of the mouth, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue and lips. Consult with a veterinarian  immediately.

Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise)
bird of paradise flower
Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise Flower)(Do not confuse with Caesalpinia or Poinciana Gilliesii, which is also known as Bird of Paradise and is more toxic.) also known as Bird's Tongue Flower and Crane Flower contain GI irritants. Ingestion results in Mild nausea, vomiting, drowsiness; caused mainly by fruit and seeds.

Ti plant (Cordyline terminalis)
ti plant
Ti plant (Cordyline terminalis) is also known by Baby Doll Ti Plant, Hawaiian Ti Plant contains Saponins which when ingested produces anorexia, depression, hypersalivation and vomitus with blood. If you dog has ingested the Ti plant seek the aid of a vet.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Black Russian Terrier


Visitors attending dog shows, or strangers walking by often ask the question “What type of dog is that. I have never seen a dog like that before, how can that dog see and other numerous questions regarding our Black Russian Terriers.

Well today I am going to answer some of these questions.

Bogdan standing in a free stacked position in front of  wooden fence
Black Russian Terrier Bogdan Iz Teremka


During the Second World War, the Russian Military used their dogs to perform war tasks such as sniffing out bombs, guarding prisoners of war, acting as couriers to carry messages from one command to another command. As a result of these activities, many brave dogs died leading to a decline of military dogs.

The Russian government decided that they had to have a new dog which would be able to withstand the very cold Siberian climate, be a guard dog with nice attributes as having nice gait. So the Russian authorities made an edict that the Red Star Kennel, which was part of the Russian militia to undertake the development of this new dog.

The Red Star Kennel undertook this project by first breeding a Giant Schnauzer with a Rottweiler and then breeding the off springs to different breeds of dogs namely the Airedale Terrier, Caucasian Ovcharka and New Foundland Dog just to name a few. It has been reported that approximately 17 dog breeds were used to evolve to what is now known as the Black Russian Terrier.


The Black Russian Terrier is a large dog.

The males can attain a weight of 140lbs (64kgs) to 160lbs (73kgs) and reach a height of over 30” (76cm).

The females are smaller than the males and can weigh anywhere from 99lbs (45kgs) to 120lbs (54kgs) and reach a height of 26” (66cm) to 29” (74cm).

If one decides to show their Black Russian Terriers, there are specific rules pertaining to heights, grooming and other physical attributions with respect to this breed. One should familiarize oneself with the:


The Black Russian Terrier was bred to be a guard dog and as such he is one. It is his true nature. He knows the difference between danger and safety. He is a very intelligent and smart dog. The breed standard describes him as being all of and weary of strangers. As he is an alpha dog he needs to be owned not by first time dog owners but by owners who have had prior experience with alpha dogs. Obedience training is a must and must be started as early as three months of age and continues to when the owner feels that he is comfortable trained. Once he is settled with his family, he shows all his love and his real temperament for you.

(l-r) Judge with ribbons, Blitzen, Lana and Glasha
Championship for Black Russian Terriers Blitzen and Glasha handled by Lana


The Black Russian Terrier has a double coat. It’s undercoat can be described as thick and soft while it’s overcoat can be coarse and wiry. It’s overcoat may vary from dog to dog depending on the dog’s pedigree and can be like human hair. The coat must be brushed at least every two days to keep it mat free.

There are many kennels on the Internet who have described that the Black Russian Terrier does not shed. This is a falsification. The Black Russian Terrier does shed but in a different way. Since his coat is like human hair, he sheds very small balls of hair. Brushing him twice a week will eradicate most of his shedding.

Since the Black Russian Terrier is relatively a new breed and a rare breed, not to many professional groomers know how to groom him. The best advice is to speak to your breeder who can advise you or teach you how to groom him. Grooming the Black Russian Terrier is an art and speciality.


As with all dogs, health issues are a great concern. The Black Russian Terrier has his own health issues, but with prudent judgement when purchasing a Black Russian Terrier, you can alleviate some of the serious problems by purchasing a puppy from a reputable Black Russian Terrier Breeder. How to find a reputable breeder? Read my article on this.

Instead of writing on the health issues of the Black Russian Terrier, you can read it all at Black Russian Terrier Health Issues.


The World Animal Life Expectancy indicates that the Black Russian Terrier life span is from 10 to 12 years of age. With this reporting, it is known for a fact that Black Russian Terriers can live up to 14 years of age.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Difference between a Black Russian Terrier and a Bouvier des Flandres

As an owner of a Black Russian Terrier (BRT), how many times your BRT has been mistaken for a Bouvier des Flandres?

Yes, walking down the street, you can hear the whispers of a young person telling his mother or father, there’s a Bouvier, or even an adult stopping to complement you on you Bouvier. Yes, and then you have to explain to them that your Black Russian Terrier is not a Bouvier. They look at you at amazement and try to explain their mistake. Well you cannot really blame them, can you? If you do not know the breeds, they look alike, however, at first glance you can recognize that both dogs are completely different.

Black Russian Terrier courtesy Iz Teremka BRT Kennel

Bouvier des Flandres
All pure breed dogs throughout the world are classified into Groups. The Black Russian Terrier belongs to the Working Group in North America and is classified by the Federation Cynologique Internationale under Group 2. The Black Russian Terrier originates from Russia. The Bouvier des Flandres originated from Belgium and is classified in the Herding Group in North America and belongs to Group 1 of the Federation Cynologique Internationale.

The male Black Russian Terrier when fully mature can reach a weight of 150 lbs (68kgs). The females are much lighter and can reach a weight of approximately 105 lbs (48kgs). The Bouviers male and female can attain a weight of 60 lbs to 90 lbs (27kgs to 40kgs). Comparing a mature Black Russian Terrier male against a mature male Bouvier, the Black Russian Terrier is a much larger and heavier dog.

The Skull of the Black Russian Terrier is somewhat wide and round, but not too pronounced cheek bones. The ears are medium in size, triangularly shaped, set high, but not above the level of the skull. The ear leather is dense, rounded at the bottom, hanging with the front edge lying against the head and terminating at approximately mid - cheek  muzzle is broad with a slight tapering towards the nose. A moustache and beard emphasize volume and give the muzzle a square shape. Viewed in profile, the topline of the muzzle is parallel to the topline of the backskull. The nose is large and black.

The Skull of the Bouvier is well developed and flat, slightly less wide than long. When viewed from the side, the top lines of the skull and the muzzle are parallel. It is wide between the ears, with the frontal groove barely marked. The Ears placed high and alert.  If cropped, they are to be a triangular contour and in proportion to the size of the head. The stop is more apparent than real, due to upstanding eyebrow. The proportions of length of skull to length of muzzle are 3 to 2. The Muzzle broad, strong, well filled out, tapering gradually toward the nose without ever becoming snipy or pointed. The Nose is large, black, well developed, round at the edges, with flared nostrils. The jaws are powerful and of equal length. The teeth are strong, white and healthy, with the incisors meeting in a scissors bite.

The aforementioned are just examples of the differences between the Black Russian Terrier and the Bouvier des Flandres. For additional differences and information, the author suggest that you read the breed standards of both the Black Russian Terrier and the Bouvier des Flandres.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Make Your Own Home Made Organic Baits For Dogs.

The term bait or baiting is synonymous  with fishing, however in the doggy world, bait is used extensively for training dogs. Bait is usually a piece of food, usually biscuits and raw food that dogs like.

In the conformation ring where dogs are professionally shown by handlers, you will find that most of the handlers are using some type of bait to entice the dog in doing what the handler wants the dog to do. 

At Iz Teremka BRT Kennel we try our best to use organic raw food as bait whenever it is necessary and when time permits for our dogs. Now a raw dog food diet typically consists of: muscle meat, often still on the bone. Bones, either whole or ground. Organ meats such as livers and kidneys. The problem we have here is that on most occasions, if we are purchasing from a butcher or grocery, we are not sure if these foods contain any chemicals in the food. We have to take the word of the butcher or meat cutter from the grocery that the food does not contain any chemicals that has passed down the animal chain.
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Chicken Hearts Bait 

In preparing our bait,  we purchased baby beef liver (if available), chicken liver (if available), chicken hearts (if available).
Once we make our purchase and take it home, the work starts on how you prepare your bait. The process that I am going to tell you about is the same process that is applied to the baby beef liver, chicken liver and chicken hearts.For the purpose of this writing I am going to use the chicken hearts. Once I get home, I am going to:

  1. Remove the hearts from the grocery packaging and place it in a colander  and thoroughly wash the chicken hearts. After washing let the colander drain for about 15minutes to get all the water out. 
  2. After the water is all drained, place contents in a large bowl to accommodate the hearts.
  3. You are going to take about 3 to 4 garlic bulbs, separate them into cloves and remove the shells. Once all the shells are removed, crush the cloves in a mortar and pestle.  If you do not have a mortar and pestle, use a food processor or blender. Once it is crushed, let it stand for about 10 minutes. Why 10 minutes?, you want the allicin in the garlic to do it’s magic. This is applicable to all foods when garlic is used.
  4. Add to the bowl of hearts about 3 tablespoons of soya sauce, 1 table spoon of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce, 2 tablespoon of salt and any other marinade that you want to use. I leave that up to your discretion. After the garlic has completed it’s 10 minutes rest, add the garlic to the bowl and mix all the  ingredients together.
  5. Once it is all mixed, put all the ingredient including the “sauce” into a ziplock bag and let stand in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. The next day, get a pot that will hold all the hearts, open the ziplock bag and pour all the contents into the pot. Fill the pot with water that will just cover the hearts, add 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 1 hour. The smell will be nice. 
  7. After 1 hour, remove and drain in a colander. Let all the water drain. Please do not do what I do. It smells so good that I start to eat the hearts. They taste good. Once the water has drained, spread the hearts out on a paper towel and pat them dry. This is important. It must be dried. If you are using baby liver, this is the time that you will cut up the liver into bait bite sizes. Again here, use your discretion.
  8. Once the hearts are throughly dried, preheat your oven to 375F. You are going to take all the hearts and spread it on to a cookie sheet. Make sure that the hearts do not touch each other. One the oven has reach it’s temperature, place the cookie sheet into the oven and bake for 1 hour. I like my bait to be a little crispy, however some people like their bait to have a little moisture in it. With this said, you should check the bait in the oven to see if it is to your liking.

You may have to do this several times before you get the hang of it in making you very own bait. If you have make batches of bait, you can try freezing them.

If you get a chance, please visit our website at: https://www.izteremkabrtkennel.dog.

Happy Baiting.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Buying A Puppy

Buying a puppy is a very serious commitment that anyone can make. For some people it can be very stressful filled with anxiety and for some people it can be a very normal thing and for people who have never owned a pet it can be quite exhilarating experience. A new puppy introduced into a home where there are children, the experience could be from apprehensive to joys of exuberance and effervescence.

Before purchasing a puppy you have probably made up your mind on the breed of dog you are attracted to. Others may desire a dog but cannot decide on a breed and then there are others who will purchase a puppy spontaneously without any notion of the characteristics of the puppy. In 1997 there was a huge backlash to the Disney movies 101 Dalmatians whereby people seeing the movie when out and purchase Dalmatians for themselves or children. After the novelty had worn out, lots of Dalmatians were abandoned in dog pounds.

Here is a list of things that one must take into consideration before buying a puppy.
  • Housing Requirements. Is the puppy when full grown would be able to be accommodated in your living abode?
  • Food costs. Budget for a small breed or large breed and for premium dog food.
  • Veterinarian bills for example yearly inoculation costs and other expenses. 
  • Insurance costs (optional).
  • Leashes, feeding bowl, water bowls, collars.
  • Obedience classes.
  • Dog Shows (optional).
  • Bathing and Grooming.
  • Do you have a backup person you will be able to take care of the puppy when you are not at home?
Mother and Puppies

Once you have passed the evaluation above and would like to continue, the next step involves the selecting the breed of dog that you are interested in. There are many websites on the internet that are breed specific, however, I will share with you some sites that will give you intimate details about all the dog breeds. You can visit the sites that are applicable to where you live. Here they are:

The next step is to find a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder is a breeder who has the following qualities:

  • Will have an updated website that will show a list of all litters whelped.
  • Will allow to visit their kennel show you their breeding dogs.
  • Will allow you to see medical records.
  • Will allow you to see pedigrees and registration of dogs.
  • Will allow you to see a contract or take home a contract for perusal.
  • Will give a written guarantee with respect to purchase of puppy.
  • Will give references, providing privacy laws have been approved by references.
  • Will not calumniate other breeders.
  • Observe the premises on how it is kept.
  • Observe how the dogs interact with their owners.

Keep away from backyard breeders, puppy mills and pet stores that are selling puppies. Lately the authorities have been abrogating pet stores from selling puppies.
Do not buy from sites that shows you puppy photographs where the photos have been photoshopped. These photos have been enhanced and do not show the true photo of the puppy

Breeders on the other hand may want to find out more about you and will ask you questions that will enable them to also evaluate you because they do not want their puppies to go to a home where their puppies will not be taken care off.

There are some breeds of dogs that a breeder may not want to sell you and that is based on your experience with dogs. Black Russian Terriers for example is a breed that needs an experienced owner. The Black Russian Terrier is what is considered an alpha dog and working dog thats needs handling skills. So if a breeder rejects you, do not be surprised.

If you and the breeder can come to a mutual understanding of purchasing a puppy, the breeder will ask for a deposit, a contract will be signed and a delivery date (usually 12 weeks) the puppy will be released to you.

If you are interested in a Black Russian Terrier puppy, please contact lana@izteremkabrtkennel.dog or visit us at https://www.izteremkabrtkennel.dog/contact

Saturday, February 16, 2019


The aim of Black Russian Terrier handlers and owners is to have a dog that has a nice coat so that when the dog is seen, the dog can be admired and complemented. To accomplish this, one must be very prudent in this undertaking.


The Black Russian Terrier has two coats, an overcoat and an undercoat, composed of a coarse, thick, slightly waved outer coat and a soft, short and dense undercoat. The outer coat covers the whole body.


The dog shampoo business is a multi millionaire business ranging from chemical to organic. When you visit a pet store there are so many shampoos on the shelves to choose from that you do not know which one to choose from. You go to a dog show where there are booths set up with all types on shampoos each booth telling you that their product is the best. So what do you do? I have personally spoken with some professional handlers to get some advice on the types of shampoo that I should use and in one case was told to use a dish detergent! Oh my! There are waterless shampoos specially made for persons showing their dogs at dog shows were washing areas are not available.

Shampoos range from the cheap to the exotic and fits all types of budgets. It is my understanding that the exotic dog shampoos are really shampoos that have been discontinued from the human shampoo and passed down to the dog industry.

There are some things that you can do to make sure that you choose the correct shampoo for you dog. This applies to everyone who owns a dog. You go to Federation Cynologique Internationale FCI), American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club websites. If you live outside North America, then go to your governing dog body for information. Look for the breed standard for your dog. Then look for what your the dog's coat should be like. Once you get an idea of what your dog coat should be, you can go ahead and look for a good shampoo. A lot of shampoos may have chemicals in it that is harmful to your dog. In fact, your dog can and may be allergic to some shampoos. It is very prudent to do a spot shampoo on the dog to see if the shampoo is allergenic.
(l-r) containers of shampoo and conditioner

My advice to you is to do your homework, talk to "dog people" or even your breeder, about their experiences with dog shampoos in your breed. If you use the wrong shampoo on your dog, you may alter the coat of the dog, for instance, in the Black Russian Terrier, the coat has to be coarse. I do not want to use a shampoo that will make to coat soft. Always read the instructions on the label of the product.

With all this said, I would like to share some information with you. I am not receiving any compensation for this and accordingly, I will not be divulge their name. If you need this information, use our contact information at our website.There is only one manufacturer in North America whom I am aware of that classifies their shampoo into three different grades. Their grades are  1, 2 and 3. Under each grade, the company lists the dogs that can use this shampoo. Their shampoo is expensive, however, it is sold as the concentrate and it will last you a long time.


Like shampoos, dog conditioners comes in a variety of forms. You can get shampoos and conditioners all mixed into one, so there is no need to apply conditioner to a dog.

Since I am responsible for bathing our Black Russian Terriers, I go the separate way, I shampoo and then I condition.

If you purchase a brand shampoo, always get the same brand conditioner. Always read the instructions on the label. Some conditioners can be applied immediately on the wet dog, while some conditioners, like I use, instructs you to remove all excess water and then apply the conditioner. Some conditioners you can rinse right away while some conditioner instructs you to allow the conditioner to remain on the dogs coat for a period of time and then you can rinse. There are many methods of applying conditioners. Some persons will use the "bucket" method where the conditioner is mixed with water and then poured all over the dog, some will use the "bath" method where the dog is placed in a bathtub, where the bath tub is plugged and the mixed conditioner is pored all over the dog and the dog is allowed to soak in the tub. My method is to use a "spray" pump. The conditioner is poured into a pump bottle and air is pump into the container. On release of a trigger, a projectile spray is made onto the dog. The dog is completely soaked.

Again, when introducing a new conditioner do a spot condition to see if there is any allergenic reaction. If there is, discontinued use and try another conditioner.

Like I said in discussing shampoos, you do not want to get a conditioner that will alter the dogs coat. The aim is to keep the dogs coat as what is in the dog standard breed.

Talking to people who owns the same breed as yours will give you very good insight as to what conditioner and shampoo to use. Talk to your breeder also.I can assure you that you will get all types of suggestion.

If you would like to know what conditioner to use, drop as an email at lana@izteremkabrtkennel.dog

Thank for reading and remember to visit our website at https://www.izteremkabrtkennel.dog

Your comments will be appreciated.

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