On 29. 07. 2016 few of our H-puppies and father of the litter already came to the meeting's location, so we drove there to go for a walk and a swim with dogs.
Hideo (Ozzy) was happy to meet his Chessy again, who just ignored him, Hera was happy of Hideo, who ignored her, while mother Heidi and Hideo just greeted each other for few seconds, than they went to do their business further on, i.e. Hideo had to follow the water crazy Chessy and Heidi had to go back into the bushes to collect more seeds with her coat and to dig out the treasure. This was in her opinion the best Birthday party ever, because although she was with the dogs, she was playing alone (she is like her mother Ama).
Heidi did not even notice H-puppies father Eliott and his "sibling" the dalmatian Luke, who joined us later. None of the dogs were interested in other people, they just loved to play in the water and with each other.
On 30. 07. 2016 the official part of the 1st curly meeting in Slovenia, with parents and friends of our H-puppies, started in the morning at Ribniško lake in Kočevje with father Eliott, mum Heidi (left in the morning), sons Haru (left in the morning) and Ozzy (Hideo), daughters Hera (left in the morning), Halma and Hope, father's friend dalmatian Luke and toller helper Daisy.
We did basic behaviour test that can be done once per year (results for the litter is below), discussed it comparing to the parents and among siblings.
After the basic instinctual behaviour test we started with land exercises for SUP with the dog (Daisy was the helper): body awareness exercises, balance exercises, exercises for building muscles and target exercises (towel). After the land exercises we tried how dogs are ready to stay calmly on the surf with the owner.
After the SUP training we did a small break to cool down the dogs in the water and to let the puppies, that did not have the opportunity to swim since they left their nest, remember how to swim (they are all perfect swimmers). With help of happy dummies and Daisy (social learning) some of the puppies and the dalmatian Luke learned how to jump from the dock into the water. All the successful ones had also a short individual training.
At the end we trained things that make problems to new owners, did smaller part of personality test for juniors (average of the tested H-puppies is presented below) and gave to all of the dog-handler teams the SUP diplomas for the memory.
It was really nice to meet you and looking forward to see you all next year, when the puppies will be learning how to search for truffles.
The meeting of our D and L tollers was planned on 03. 07. 2016, but was due to really bad weather postponed to the next day, 04. 07. 2016.
However, all our tollers went to the location of meeting also on 03. 07. 2016, where we met Lola and well behaved German pointer Beni from Croatia. Lola is still bigger from Lira (and will probably always be), the only thing that changed from the last time they were together is that now they both have the same red colour (Lira lost all the puppy coat). All dogs were swimming, jumping into the pond, retrieving happy dummies and had fun.
On the next day afternoon father and half-brother of the L-litter came with their "sibling" Jack, so the number of dogs went from 9 to 11. We had a short walk followed by swimming and dock-jumping training with help of happy dummies and social learning from parents, older half-brother and cousins.
We did basic behaviour test that can be done once per year (results for both litters are below), tested behaviour at shot (all tollers are gun-calm) and trained things that make problems to new owners before we went for a lunch.
It was really nice to meet you all and looking forward to see you next year.
More amazing photos of the 2nd day by Yulia Titovets you can find in the fb album.
Exercise-induced collapse (EIC) is a big problem in Labradors as well as in Curlies. How the problem looks like, you can see on this video. Bare in mind, that with DNA test, that exists long enough, this problem would be already completely avoided, i.e. no reason to produce EIC affected dogs, even if the trigger never takes place.
According to the Slovene rules and laws we are not allowed to breed in the way that we would produce affected dogs (for recessive trait, like EIC, both genes have to be mutated that the dog has the possibility to get sick, i.e. that he is affected). And even if it would be allowed to breed in the way that we would produce health-problematic dogs, we love our dogs, work with them and find breeding "affected x affected", "affected x carrier", "carrier x carrier" unethical, something like animal abuse (like in the law). So do not expected from us to get a Curly who is like the Labrador on the video.
Affected dogs without symptoms and carriers can be bred (and should be bred to avoid gene pool shrinking) only to clear dogs, no other option. Period.
While clear dogs can be bred to any dog, even untested one.
Probability for each puppy if parents are:
The only Curly in Slovenia with breeding license is Heidi, who is EIC carrier. She was bred to EIC clear male, so the probability for each puppy is 50 % that he/she is carrier or clear. But they are 100 % healthy for EIC, and can work to their max (they can go dogtrekking, can safely swim etc.).
Only through import we can bring into Slovenia affected dogs, while we will produce none. So please stop producing affected dogs, because it is not ethical and not good for the lovely curlies, who statistically have already too big problem with EIC, even if there is a small amount of dogs with symptoms - this is no excuse. And it is not fair to the countries, who try their best to get rid of the problem, to export your "shit" to them, while you import healthy dogs.
For the Labradors in Slovenia the problem is bigger, because the test for EIC came later than the 1st Labradors. So there might be already dogs produced here that are affected. Even worse, they do not have to be tested for EIC, like Curlies have to be to get the breeding license. If they are tested, they get permanent breeding license (if everything else is OK), otherwise they can have one litter. Not a good strategy.
The test costs sth like 40 € - 50 € at EVG - if you need a 15 % discount from old to new clients, just contact us (if EVG will still have that discount then).
Hopefully both mentioned breeds will never get there where Rough Collies are with Collie eye anomaly (CEA): they are breeding "carrier x carrier" to get some clears - majority of the population were still affected few years ago. But they are doing sth, while the Retriever folk in general is not, which is very sad, because especially Curlies do not have wide gene pool to be able to play around without strategy. All Curly breeders would have to have the goal to get rid off the mutation with proper breeding in ~ 5 generations and at the same time not to shrink the gene pool and create new problems.
This year (2016) a good site about genetic health of curlies with all databases has been published.