Zil left us on March 23, 2020. He will always be my king of hearts.
Rest in Peace my funny Z.
Zil finished his AKC championship at 10 months old with 5 majors. Since he was so young and not ready to compete with the older Specials we didn't show much in 2009 and the beginning of 2010. As of December 31, 2010 in the 6 weekend shows we entered since July, Zil went BOB 7 times and Select Dog 5 times, all with competition and ended up #14 Black Russian Terrier for 2010.
Zil got his first Working Group Placement on November 14, 2010 in Huntsville, Al. I thank Judge Anne Marie Taylor for this placement and also her very nice comments after the show that she has been looking for a very nice BRT to recognize with a Group Placement. 2011 was our unbelievable year of accomplishments. Zil finished as the #1 Black Russian Terrier in Breed Standings, the #2 in All Breed Standings, became the first American Bred BRT to win the Nationals, and went Best of Breed at the Eukanuba National Championship. 2012 got off to a great start, having won both the 1st Black Russian Terrier Club of New Jersey specialty show and 3 days later went Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club. Zilya finished 2012 #1 in Breed Competition, #1 in All Breed Competition and #1 in Lifetime Grand Champion Points, and became the Top Winning Black Russian Terrier in AKC history. And as of September 2016 still holds these records.
Zil retired from active competition in October 2014.
In 2010, since he was really too young for the special ring, we concentrated on Obedience and Zil got his RN in 3 shows and his
CD in 4 shows.
People ask where his name came from. It's a long story....
Zilya - I wanted a name that started with a Z, in memory of Ziven who died a few months before Zil was born.
Chicago - where he was born
Blues - he was "big blue boy" in the litter, and musically his dad loves to listen to the Blues and Blues/Rock
Fusion - it was the "F" litter and fusion is the combination of 2 genre of music (like Blues/Rock)
Runes - Kennel name of the Woicek's, Zil's breeders who did such a wonderful job breeding and socializing this litter.
The meaning of the letters in his name:
RBIS - Reserve Best in Show Winner
MBISS- Multiple Best in Specialty Show Winner (meaning that he has gone best of breed of more than one specialty show)
GCH - AKC Grand Champion
CD - Companion Dog Title (Obedience/Performance Title)
RN - Rally Novice Title (Obedience/Performance Title)
TT - American Temperament Test Society certification of proper temperament for the breed. Very interesting test - search for it on You Tube.
CGC - AKC Canine Good Citizen test
RBIS MBISS GCH Zilya's Chicago Blues Fusion at Runes, CD, RN, TT, CGC
Date of Birth:April 30, 2008
Date of Death: March 23, 2020
Height: 29 1/2"
Body Length: 30 1/2"
Chest Circumference: 36 1/2"
Head Length: 13"
CERF: BRT-183 Normal
CARDIAC: BRT-CA145/36M/P-VPI Normal
BAER Hearing: BR1/26M/VPI Normal
PATELLA: BRU-PA72/26M/P-VPI Normal
HIPS: BRU-195G27M-VPI Good
ELBOWS: BRU-EL207M27-VPI Normal
CANINE HYPERURICUROSIA: N/HU Carrier
DEGENERATIVE MYLEOPATHY: Clear
JUVENILE LARENGYEAL PARALYSIS & POLYNEUROPATHY - Clear
Color: Black (K/K Dominant Black) Agouti at/at
Zil is our funny boy. Absolutely delightful temperament. He likes to meet new people, and is fine with all other animals. Rock solid disposition, shows no fear of strange places, strange noises (including gun shot) or strange people. To me, he is exactly what a Black Russian should be, protective, yet a very good sense of when something is no threat and there is no need for defense.
We have a lot of beautiful pictures of Zil, but these 3 shots are perhaps the best of them all: