Our litters are the result of planned breeding with several months of searching for the right mating combination. Our choice of mating combination includes:

-review and study of the pedigree of both parents for 3-6 generations back

-review and verification of health tests, with an emphasis on genetic testing for diseases that are common in the breed in question and are inherited (and therefore can be 100% avoided with the right mating combination)

-review of the character traits of both parents

-review of morphological characteristics of both parents

-a review of genetic and other factors affecting the health, genotype and phenotype of the dog

We only breed registered and tested dogs that match the appearance and character dictated by the breed standard. The health and character of dogs is most important, so our mission is to provide the best care for puppies and prepare them for independent living with new owners. All our puppies go to the new home vet-checked, chipped, at least 3 times dewormed, vaccinated according to the program, with EU passport, pedigree, health certificate and package for puppies containing dry and wet food, treats, toys, blanket, leash and collar . We are always available to help the owners of our puppies for any questions.

All our puppies are born in a house, in a heated room with a heated whelping box, where we carefully monitor their development and progress. Puppies are weighed twice a day to see if they are all gaining weight evenly. After a few days, the puppies start to get used of human touch and warmth. In addition to the classic cuddling, we also perform early neurological stimulation (ENS) after 3rd day from birth, which is also called the “super dog program” and includes a set of 5 exercises that stimulate the neurological system and are performed once a day for the next 2 weeks. The advantages of this are improved efficiency of the cardiovascular system (heart rate), stronger heart rate and adrenal glands, better management of stressful situations and greater resiliance of pups on the diseases.

Around 3rd week of age, we gradually increase pupps space in the litter box to the whole room, where they get to know the first “objects and grounds”. It’s also a time to try the first meat puree. During these weeks, we introduce them to the outdoor environment in the home garden, where we prepare an “adventure box” for them, who together with their siblings improve their canine skills – pulling, climbing, catching balance on moving bases, … In the garden they have there is also the possibility of a “den” where they can take refuge and hide, small logs and other obstacles over which they climb and train in the skills of swimming, jumping, running, biting, barking …. With the help of a tug / coat on a string, we motivate them to play, express their predatory instinct and compete.If the temperature is suitable, we also prepare a mini pool for them to get to know the water. We try to introduce them to most everyday sounds (eg vacuum cleaner, music, noise, whistling, loud talking, car sound, engine,…) and floors (eg parquet, warm floor, carpet, grass, macadam, asphalt, grass, forest floor , wet soil, cold / warm, soil,…), also after the 4th week we put a lot of emphasis on socialization and deepening relationships with people. Gradually, we introduce other dogs to the puppies. At that time we take informal PAT aptitude test (Volhard`s puppy aptitude test), which gives us a kind of framework in what kind of a dog puppy is supposed to grow up.

The test includes:

-Social Attraction – degree of social attraction to people, confidence or dependence.
-Following – willingness to follow a person.
-Restraint – degree of dominant or submissive tendency, and ease of handling in difficult situations.
-Social Dominance – degree of acceptance of social dominance by a person.
-Elevation – degree of accepting dominance while in a position of no control, such as at the veterinarian or groomer.
-Retrieving – degree of willingness to do something for you. Together with Social Attraction and Following a key indicator for ease or difficulty in training.
-Touch Sensitivity – degree of sensitivity to touch and a key indicator to the type of training equipment required.
-Sound Sensitivity – degree of sensitivity to sound, such as loud noises or thunderstorms.
-Sight Sensitivity – degree of response to a moving object, such as chasing bicycles, children or squirrels.
-Stability – degree of startle response to a strange object.

The test therefore covers various tasks through which we can determine which pup will be more confident, teachable, manageable, interested in play, work, etc. It is good to know approximately who has a higher or lower level of energy, greater desire to work, cooperate, who is more or less confident in a new situation, etc. as this is important in determining the appropriate home and new owner. Of course, each dog is a set of genetic predispositions, primary and secondary socialization and all the subsequent influences of the environment and experience gained. In the first weeks and months it is impossible to predict exactly all the character traits of the dog, but the essential ones are visible at 4-6 week of age.