Our extensive experiences includes knowledge with showing and researching pedigrees, as well as, raising and breeding animals over a period of approx. 45 year. These experiences expand over the horse and dog worlds.
Experience with raising and breeding dogs began in early childhood growing up on a small hobby farm in Ada, Michigan, also home to Egypt Valley Danes a Great Dane Kennel with the foundation bloodline of “Pathon” an American and Canadian Champion. Daily chores included assistance with exercising the show dogs, raising and whelping puppies, and at times critical care which included tube feeding puppies, resuscitation, and the unfortunate chance of learning about bloat. Bloat or GVS (gastric dilation volvulus) is deadly and is more common in large deep chested dogs, particularly Great Danes – if interested learn more HERE. All though any dog can get bloat, it is NOT common in PWD’s – this information for PWD’s is covered HERE.
Lt to Rt Isis 7, Triton 9, Ariel 12, (Ages at time of Pic)
From young adulthood to late thirties the focus was mainly on showing, breeding and foaling Arabian horses with emphasis on studying pedigrees and genetic traits of the bloodlines.
By the mid to late thirties the focus turned back to dogs when we acquired our first boxer through a friend whom was a breeder. Again emphasis was spent researching pedigrees and genetic traits of the bloodlines before purchasing a boxer stud, as DNA and genetic marker tests were not readily available back then. We stopped breeding breeding boxers after approximately 10 years while our daughter was approaching the high school years. Our approach to breeding our females was to wait until they were 3 years old, a philosophy some are not in agreement with. However, our dogs have always been family members and not breeding machines. The average life span of our boxers was approx. 12 years old before crossing the rainbow bridge. We have also fostered and taken in rescue dogs and cats over the years, as well.
With a year passing, after the daughter (all grown up and older) had packed up her-our rescue dog and moved out west, is when decisions were made to start researching the hypoallergenic dog breeds having similar characteristics of the energetic dogs we have from the past.
After a couple months of research it didn’t take long to realize we were going to purchase our first one from its home of origin, since they are well respected by the Portuguese People, and many breeders there have taken a keen interest in preserving their traditional roles and keeping the standards high.
We fell in love with the breed and our breeder from Portugal, and still stay in contact with them. One year after acquiring Morgan, we were fortunate to have found Freeman whom is also from an outstanding European Bloodline having an extensive line of Champions. Learn More Details