Having taken the decision to breed from our wires we feel it is our duty to do what we feel is best for the breed. Our breeding decisions are based upon that and we are happy to explain our thoughts behind our breeding. We as breeders have a responsibility to the breed to carefully select the dogs we breed from, knowing the dogs history and relatives/offspring is extremely useful in making an informed decision. Our aim is to breed puppies which are happy and healthy. We use the breed standard as a guide for what to aim for, what is the point of having a breed if we ignore what it is meant to look like? Since we like to work our dogs we hope to select for working ability as well.
We spend a lot of time and money on our hobby and do not make any money from having litters from our dogs. We always look at our litters to see if there is a puppy in them that fits our criteria for our next keeper, sometimes there will be, sometimes not.
In our opinion a good way of supporting the breed and ensuring it moves on is to select your breeder carefully: Some of the considerations which may be important to you are;
- Why are they breeding?
- Perhaps ask how many litters they have per year and why?
- How long have they owned the breed? and how many litters they have had in that time?
- Do they do relevant health checks? eg hip scoring and huu testing
- What do they know about the health of the parents and their relatives?
- It is generally accepted as good practice that a bitch is bred no younger than 2 years and no older than 7 years and that she isn’t bred on 2 consecutive seasons or less than a year apart – are these guidelines being followed? When was the bitches last litter?
- Will they be able to give me back up and support? (in such a new breed we feel it is vital that breeders remain in touch with new owners to enable them to monitor any health problems and see if they are breeding what they set out to achieve).
- Are the pups raised in an environment similar to your own or will they have a lot of readjustment to do in their new surroundings?
Selecting a breeder you feel happy with may mean you have to wait for a puppy but remember you will have this dog for life so you need to make the right decision! Following a litter from birth and the lead up to it can often be a very exciting experience!
Our main priority for rehoming puppies is their welfare and happiness in their new home. As such we do not have set criteria for prospective “puppy parents” but hope that with the right information and guidance we can achieve this. We are always willing to answer questions about our dogs. All our puppies are endorsed “progeny not eligible for registration” so they are not to be bred from and “not eligible for export pedigree” to stop them being shipped abroad to sell. We are happy to explain this further if necessary.
Like most gundogs, HWVs need time, excercise and space (and a certain amount of patience!) and we urge prospective owners to make sure they can provide this. In return for your time and love these wonderful dogs, in our opinion, make fantastic, affectionate pets.
We take our dog’s health very seriously and our breeding decisions are based on keeping risks minimal for health problems. Obviously since we are dealing with mother nature we won’t be able to avoid any health problems altogether. We ask all our puppy owners to inform us of any issues they encounter, this way we can make better educated breeding decisions.