Black Russian Terrier Breed Magazine - Showsight



SUSAN DIVINE SHOLAR I now live in New York. As for my life outside of dogs— is there such a place? I presently serve on the board of two parent clubs, I am the delegate for the Black Russian Terrier Club and am on the Delegate All-Breed Committee and I set up the AKC Groomer Certification program and travel the country teaching the AKC Groomer Safety course. I am proud to say that this is now on the AKC website Education section. I hate the travel part, but I love teaching and I love meeting new people at every trade show I attend as well as seeing old friends. I have been in dogs for 45 years show- ing, certified professional handler, breeding and have been judging since 1997. 1. Describe the breed in three words. AG: To me when I look into the Black Russian Terrier ring I want my first impression to be powerful looking, well boned and balanced. Then on the first go around I need to see a strong, capable dog in command of the ring.

I live in British Columbia, Canada in a city called Langley. Outside of dogs I do gardening, travel, women’s group and collect for wildlife rescue. I have been in the world of show dogs and breeding since 1968. I started judging in 1982 and have been an All Breed Judge in Canada for 23 years. In the United States I have three Groups: Sporting, Working and Herding, plus Junior Showmanship.


Joan and I live outside of Colorado Springs with our three Samoyeds, two Komondors, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound and Joan’s two horses. I retired last year after 30 years with Chevron as a Geophysicist, sometimes doing oil explo- ration, sometimes Research. I got my first dogs, a Komondor and an Ibizan, in 1981. The Ibizan got his Ch. and a CDX, the Komondor still holds the All-Breed BIS

EL: Powerful, robust and self-assured. GN: Robust, balanced and powerful. SS: Black, intelligent, large and protective.

2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? AG: I need to see bone in harmony with the body. Never do I want to think, ‘It could be better with more bone to fit its height or lack of body.’ When I go over the dog I want my hands to tell that it all matches, then I can get into the individuals and their structure. EL: A large, off-square dog with lots of substance in head, bone and body. The Black Russian’s coat, trim and outline are distinctive. It must have well-balanced strong movement. GN: Obviously, no disqualifications. First, the correct pro- portions, body, topline and substance. Next, the proper coat. Finally, the freely, smooth fluid motion.

Record for the breed (7). I’ve had good success breeding both of those breeds since. In addition to finishing many Komondor champions and breeding several BIS and National BISS dogs I also achieved CDs on several Komondors. I’ve been judging since 1992 and am approved for all Hounds, Working, and Herding breeds and 16 Sporting breeds. I have been judging Black Russians since they joined the Working Group in 2004. Their many similarities to Komondors in body and temperament make them seem like a “home breed” to me. GARRY NEWTON I currently live in Richmond, Texas, which is outside of Houston. I have a diverse life outside of dogs which includes being the Director of Nursing specializing in Pediatric care, a bronze sculptor, a firearms instructor and competitor and a published fiction novel author. What time I have left goes to the dogs. I grew up with dogs, but did not start in the sport of purebred dogs until 1975. I started judging a little over 20 years ago.


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