Stowaway breedings are done with the goal of improving on the qualities of each future generation, while remaining true to the blueprint of the breed as provided in the AKC Standard. Each litter is carefully planned giving consideration to both the physical and mental characteristics of the parents.
Test results for the major genetic health tests available to the PWD breeder (GM-1, JDCM, EOPRA, and prcd-PRA) are utilized in both parents to insure no affected puppies are produced. Additional non-genetic testing (OFA) is performed to provide the best possible outcome in the future pups. Stowaway participates in the AKC Breeder of Merit program, requiring a minimum number of 5 years in AKC events and performing recommended health testing of breeding stock.
All pups are bred and raised in a family environment. A great deal of emphasis is placed on a safe and enriched environment with lots of socialization for their “formative weeks”.
The puppies will be temperament tested and matched with their future families based on preferences for sex, coat type and lifestyle. If I don’t have just the right pup for you I will gladly assist you in locating other breeders to contact.
Our next litter is due to arrive end of 2019/early 2020, stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the end of the year.
Your puppy’s “formative years” are only a dozen or so weeks long. The time and training you invest now will pay lasting dividends in the years to come. Read Whole Dog Journal’s Puppy Primer. This collection of articles provides the keys to getting your pup off to a healthy, confident, and well-adjusted start.
Read New Puppy page from the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada. This page provides great insight into talking to breeders and making sure you get the pup you are looking for. As with anything, there are those deceptive breeders out there. A must read for anyone looking for a pup…
The “catch” in having a breed that does not shed is they do require regular grooming and haircuts. Portuguese Water Dogs need to be groomed every 6-8 weeks. Molly Speckhardt’s book on grooming the PWD covers the basics through show trims. This book provides all the info you need to keep your PWD looking fabulous in a low maintenance pet trim.