The Beginnings of our Experiences
Our experience with raising dogs extends over 45 years. In addition, the majority of those years placed a lot of emphasis on studying pedigree bloodlines and genetic traits.
Fortunately, our experience started during early childhood, while growing up on a small farm in Ada, Michigan. However, it was home to Egypt Valley Danes. This was the place where the foundation bloodline of a Great Dane named “Pathon” began. He was and American, Canadian and International Champion. The first experiences started with helping with the daily chores, which included assisting in the well being of the show dogs and their puppies. Some experiences included critical care, such as tube feeding and resuscitation, as well as, working along side the Veterinarian at times. Unfortunately, some of the experiences included sadly learning the consequences of bloat. Although it can happen to any dog it is generally NOT commonly found in pwd breed, more information about it can be found HERE.
Our experiences stated in childhood during the mid – late 60’s.
Experiences with Dogs extended to the Boxers
Our experiences raising dogs next to the Boxer Breed
Although raising and breeding horses has nothing to do with dogs, the careful studying of pedigrees and genetic traits in the blood lines are similar. This was the only means of learning about the bloodlines and their traits since there were no genetic testing back then.
Eventually, we quite horses and turned the focus back to dogs. We started researching the Boxer Breed and settled on our first boxer while purchasing her through a friend whom was a breeder. Turning back to the roots of studying pedigrees and genetic traits we eventually purchased our stud. Of course that was nearly 15 – 20 years ago now. Genetic testing still wasn’t readily available at that time.
Lastly, its worth mentioning that we have experience as well, fostering rescue dogs and cats over the years.
Experiences Raising Dogs extending to PWDs
After the daughter packed up our rescue dog and moved out west is when we started researching the hypoallergenic breeds. We were particularly looking for a breed having similar personality traits as our previous Boxers. This is what led us to the Portuguese Water Dog Breed and a year following the research we purchased our first PWD.
It didn’t take long to realize this breed was for us. With many years of experience researching pedigrees we decided to go outside the country and get away from as much inline breeding as possible. We learned of some of the key players placing a keen interest in the preservation and quality of the breed. Our future interests involve moving forward with water trial events. We find this a lot more interesting then any other AKC competitions because it is more of a discipline that is shared between the dog and its owner rather then vying at a competition. We stay in continuous contact with our breeder and love them.
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