|I grew up
showing and training both horses and dogs, and feel very strongly that breeding animals requires a
great deal of commitment, knowledge and dedication. I believe
breeding is, in fact, Animal Science, and that it requires learning and
applying knowledge of genetics, structure and movement, nutrition, training,
animal husbandry and behavior as well as love and devotion to the animals
and the breed itself.
I had all my breeding dogs (a silly term since these are also
children and adored pets/friends) screened and certified free of eye problems, knee
(patella) problems, and congenital heart defects. I am adamant that
breeders take responsibility for the health and temperaments of their dogs
and the dogs they produce and are honest with themselves, their puppy buyers
and other breeders. No breeder breeds perfect animals and even the
most responsible and careful breeders can and will run into problems,
however I feel that by being honest and documenting these as well as the
"clear" animals, we can work to reduce or significantly eliminate problems
in our breed.
I also believe in early puppy socialization and sensor/stress exercises
to help each puppy grow into a brave, well-adjusted companion.
I bred Papillons because I absolutely love and adore them and because I
hoped to make a difference in the breed by being known for quality and
continuous commitment to the breed. I did NOT breed to sell Papillons!
In fact, this is definitely the hardest part of what I did. When I had Papillons that I felt should be placed in homes as pets, I screened
very carefully to find homes that were right for each dog. This is not about who
is "good enough", it's about what home will be thrilled with the dog and which
dog will be thrilled with that home!
I hope you enjoy my website,
The "Li'l Gang" in June
Back row (left to right): Magic, Herbie, Jazz, Renni, Missy
Front row (left to right): Prancer, Jewel, Gizmo, Pia Phoebe
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