Experiences Started in Childhood
Our experience with raising dogs extends over 45 years. During the majority of those years, a lot of emphasis was placed on studying pedigrees, bloodlines and genetic traits.
It all started in childhood, while growing up on a small horse farm in Ada, Michigan, also home to Egypt Valley Great Danes. The foundation Sire was “Pathon” an American, Canadian and International Champion. Although we may have had as many as 7 or 8 that were also shown. Exposure included helping with show dogs, learning the pedigrees, and help with raising puppies. Some times it involved critical care, such as tube feeding and resuscitation. It was fascinating as a child to work alongside Dr Weisner our small animal Veterinarian when he came out on farm calls. Then there was the unpleasant downside of learning about animal death at a young age. One major thing learned of the Danes was they were notorious for having bloat inherent in the breed. Although it can happen, it is NOT commonly found in the pwd breed, more information about that can be found here.
Experience with Danes during childhood in mid – late 60’s.
Then The Boxers
Our experiences raising dogs next was 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 was no such genetic testing back then.
Eventually quitting horses, the focus turned back on dogs with interest in the Boxer breed. Our first boxer was purchased from a friend whom was a breeder, who later helped with breeding them. In the meantime, turning back to my roots with studying pedigrees and genetic traits we eventually purchased our stud from a champion line. Of course that was nearly 15 – 20 years ago now when genetic testing still wasn’t available.
Noteworthy of mentioning is also the fact that we have fostered many rescue cats and dogs over the years.
Now Portuguese Water Dogs
After the daughter packed up to move out west taking our rescue dog with her is when we started researching the hypoallergenic breeds. What led us to the Portuguese Water dog breed was the similarities between their energy and personality levels to that of our previous Boxers.
When purchasing our first pwd we made a decision to go outside the country to get as far away from inline breeding as possible. We learned of a few preservation breeders keen to maintaining quality in the breed. Our future key AKC interests are competitions in Obedience, Rally, Therapy and Water Dog Trials. Our dogs