Sometimes people ask us what aim we have with our
breeding: We want healthy dogs with excellent temperament, but they
should also be good-looking and good workers.
That's our aim, but it isn't always easy to reach it. When we had
the first litter, we had a nice bitch and wanted her to have a litter
of puppies. We were very lucky - the bitch got five beautiful puppies,
all with clear hips and one of the puppies became champion in both
conformation and tracking. But that was not a matter of course…
One needs a good luck, too! In our case good breeding material was
a good foundation. But since then we've made quite an effort in
order to manage that material the best possible way. There's been
many trips and many hours spent on the phone to find males that
would make a suitable partner for our bitches. We think it's important
having seen the male "live", not to mention talking to
the owner(s). What's important is to be completely honest, see the
faults that the dogs have and to see the whole picture.
There will always be
compromises; there is no such thing as the perfect dog, and you
can't find everything you look for in one dog. The toller is a small
breed, so it's important to enlarge the gene pool, and avoid inbreeding.
When the breed was registered in the Canadian Kennel Club in 1945,
only 15 dogs were registered, so all of today's tollers are related,
more or less.
Since we are working our own dogs, we know what we need to reinforce,
maintain and change in that area. We try to test as many of the
puppies as possible on fieldwork, and we're hoping to have regular
tests for our litters in the future.
We think that socializing the puppies with both humans and other
animals is extremely important, and we use lots of time socializing
the puppies and the youngsters. The puppies are born in a room next
to our kitchen, and when they are three weeks they move out of the
room and in to the kitchen.
Soon after they are
practically everywhere, which means that the garden is messy for
Our puppies live with
their mum and the other adults until they are delivered, and we
allow visitors to manage a puppy or two now and then. We have good
contact with most of our buyers, and we appreciate being part of
the puppies' lives also after they are sold.