The content of the Russian hunting spaniel
The Russian hunting spaniel is not whimsical in content, but the breed is long-haired, molt. Shedding takes place seasonally, twice a year, spring – autumn. When kept in a house with dry warm air, molting is more noticeable. But this is not a reason to keep the dog in cold and frost. Just decide if you can find the time to care for this particular spaniel.
Like any hunting breed, a Russian hunting spaniel feels better on the street, where there are a lot of interesting and understandable smells that can be studied, there are sticks that can be nibbled and will not be scolded. But most importantly, you can frolic and spend restless energy.
If you are an avid hunter and live in a small city apartment, you will definitely like the Russian hunting spaniel. The small size allows you to keep anywhere in the apartment, you can safely put it in a backpack and take it with you on a hunt, where he can release the accumulated energy, run and swim. Frequent bathing hardens the body, helps strengthen the nervous system and the development of the respiratory system, improves paw motility.
True, there is one sinner behind him, ROS, he just loves to chew on what he finds in the house: slippers, socks, a TV remote control and more. But loving owners often forgive him for this.
Caring for a Russian hunting spaniel
Winter Spaniel Care
Russian hunting spaniel photo in the yard with your favorite ring
Coat: it is necessary to comb regularly, 1 – 2 times a week, with a metal comb. So you can prevent the appearance of warlocks and give a well-groomed appearance. Combing begins with the head and ends with the tip of the tail. Comb should be in the direction of hair growth. To facilitate combing, the surface can be sprayed with a weak solution of acetic or citric acid, it protects the dog well from infection by external parasites.
Proportions of the solution: add 1 tablespoon of citric or acetic acid to 1 liter of hot water, mix the contents and cool to a temperature of 40 ° C. In the absence of a balm with such a solution, you can rinse the coat after bathing.
The puppies of the Russian hunting spaniel have short and sparse hair, but they should also be combed. A massage brush made of natural hair is perfect for this procedure, it will not damage the baby’s delicate skin, and will provide good massage and blood circulation.
Bathing: recommended as it gets dirty or 1-2 times a month. A special shampoo for dogs with conditioner and rinse aid can be purchased at any pet store, you should choose according to the type of coat. Make sure that the detergent does not dry the skin, you can find out by the frequent itching or the appearance of dandruff. In this case, change the shampoo.
After bathing, the spaniel’s wool is treated with balsam or cosmetic oil. Thanks to these means, the hair becomes elastic, under the armpits, in the groin and on the hock joints less often appear tangles.
Haircut: for the first time, you can cut the puppy at the age of 3 months, based on the growth of hair. For the Russian hunting spaniel, there are 2 types of haircuts:
Full (done every 2 – 3 months with a grinder)
Hygienic (hair overgrown on paws, around anal canal and auditory openings is trimmed every 2 weeks)
Mom and puppy red color
Photo Russian hunting spaniel and little puppy
Wool on the back of ROS cannot be cut. At the age of 8 months, the rejection of puppy fluff begins, the hair on the back looks unkempt. Use a short-tooth comb that removes fluff well. Perform the procedure every day, combing out small areas, so you less injure the delicate skin of the dog.
Many owners want to shave it all off, let a new one grow, but remember, once the cut hair on the back of a Russian hunting spaniel will never grow smooth and even. She will constantly bristle, which is a significant drawback for a show dog.
Around the anus is cut for hygiene. The tail is cut in the form of a wedge, in the inguinal region, the trunks are cut. On paws it is cut in the vicinity of the pads, between the fingers and in a circle just above the claws, so that while walking the hair does not come into contact with the ground.
Ears: fold, need regular inspection and airing. Airing your pet’s ears is easy, just wave them like wings for a few minutes. Brush your ears once a month or, if necessary, with a cotton swab dipped in warm water or a weak solution of peroxide. Wipe off the inside of your ear from dust and sulfur. A healthy spinel does not have a large accumulation of sulfur and an unpleasant odor.
If the pet often shakes its head, as if it were shaking something out of their ear, a lot of sulfur is accumulating, an unpleasant odor comes out, be sure to contact your veterinarian for help. The main reason is ear inflammation, but only a specialist can make the correct diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
Eyes: Healthy Russian hunting spaniels are clean, without souring and tearing. 1 time a week for prevention, wipe eyes with a weak tea leaves