Monthly Archives: January 2014

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I am quite certain that there is very little education and information about dog breeding here in the Philippines. Left and right you will see puppies for sale, owners looking for a mate for their dog, owners presenting their dogs as "stud" to the public, and the cycle goes on and on, and this gets worse year after year. The Lhasa Apso breed in the Philippines has been line bred too much and we need to do something about it.

I started with Lhasa Apso 10 years ago, and quite honestly I learned a lot from my previous litters. There has been too much line breeding done in the past and a lot of beginners consider themselves "breeders" offering their dogs as stud without much thought or realisation of what they are further contributing to the destruction of the breed. A lot of owners are also continuing their search for a mate for their bitch, without research or understanding of what they are doing. A lot of old time respected breeders continue to breed their dogs even if the quality is low and even if the problems are present.

So I really do hope that through my blogs about breeding I will inspire people to make a change. Let us all do something beneficial for the breed. Let us all do something right. Let us admit our mistakes because many will learn from it. If we continue to cover our mistakes in breeding, it will continuously hurt us, and in the end you only get what you give. If we breed vital, strong, good temperament and healthy dogs - the future of pedigree dogs and Lhasa Apsos here in the Philippines will be so much better!

Here are some pointers for both beginners and breeders of Lhasa Apsos:

1. Health problems (cryptorchidism, monorchidism, hernias- inguinal, umbilical) and allergies- are all PROBLEMS. Too much line breeding has caused this. Please do not breed your dog if he has this problems.

2. Irregular seasons - if your bitch's cycle is not regular - that is a PROBLEM.

3. Free mating and whelping is a must! If you need a "shooter" or your dog still needs assistance - do not breed this dog!

4. The famous DUDLEY NOSE- light eyes and weak pigmentation is a major curse to dog breeding. To dog breeding. Let me make myself clear - to dog breeding. This will easily take over. So please enjoy and love your dog but please DO NOT BREED this dog. Too much line breeding has caused this problem… not just one dog… but a repetitive cycle of bad breeding. Please do not make the same mistake over and over again.

5.  Shy and nervous dogs make life difficult. Like a car ride or a trip to the vet. If your dog is shaking continuously and does not stop that is a PROBLEM.

6. If you are not sure if your dog is a Lhasa Apso, or does not seem to look like a Lhasa Apso, or is always mistaken for another breed - that is a PROBLEM.

7. You must be able to lay your hands between the back legs of your dog, if you can't you have a pet. Please do not use this dog for breeding. Please do not make smaller versions of your Lhasa Apso.

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Pooch Glamour Love Creamers is tiny in size but big in personality. She is charming, sweet and healthy but since she is very small we do not include her in our breeding program, and we keep her as a pet we have loved all these years.

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8. The Pearly Whites- underbites and overbites are a NIGHTMARE!!! I have bred dogs with serious underbites and they never go away. I have not bred a dog with an over bite but I have bought one from a breeder I respected before. After realizing how dreadful this problem is I have sold this dog as I do not want this bitch to be included in my breeding program. This dog has been kept as a pet by the new owner and I am very thankful for that.

 

Only the vital and strongest and most healthy dogs should be used for breeding. Only the ones who conform to the breed standard should be used for breeding. I am certain that with this formula the future will be so much better. Breeding dogs takes passion, heart, hard work and study. I do not discourage breeding, I ONLY encourage RESPONSIBLE breeding.

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As requested our second blog will be about Grooming! :)

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There are a lot of benefits of regularly grooming your Lhasa Apso. The one on one time you spend with your dog everyday will be vital in keeping him happy and healthy for the rest of his life. When I started with the Lhasa Apso, I was very excited about coat care! And if you plan to own a Lhasa Apso or is now being owned by one,  you know that keeping him looking at his best requires hard work from your part!

These are the very basics to keep your Lhasa Apso looking great:

1. Grooming Table- Place your dog in the grooming table. He should enjoy this one on one time that he spends with you everyday.

2.  Eyes- Your dogs eyes should be clear of dirt. Gently remove any buildup using a cotton ball and slightly warm water.

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3. Ears- Check your dogs' ears regularly. Make sure to remove any dirt or earwax with a special ear cleaning solution.

4. Teeth- Brush your dogs teeth everyday with a soft bristle brush and a doggie toothpaste.

 

5. Nails- You should be able to trim your dogs' nails as often as possible.

6. Paw Care- You have to trim the hair in between the pads regularly.

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7. The Genitals and Rear End- You have to check this regularly. Make sure it is clean and please do not hesitate to look under your dogs' tail frequently. If necessary, wipe off with baby cloths if needed.

8. Bathing- A Lhasa Apso does not need frequent baths if he is combed and brushed regularly and lives in a clean home.

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9. Combing and Brushing- My day has never been complete without combing and brushing my dogs. I do this every morning spending roughly 15 minutes per dog. It is a daily routine that my Lhasas look forward to!

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10. Bows and Bands- I prefer keeping the hair tied. I prefer using latex and coated bands made especially for dogs.

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Grooming goes hand in hand with health care. If you see or notice changes while grooming your dog it is best to bring him to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

A Lhasa Apso in full coat is always a sight to behold! :)

 

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The best part about owning 15 dogs is bringing them out all together for fun activities! Recently we were invited by our veterinarian Dr. Elizardo V. Reyes to spend a day at his rest house in Concepcion, Tarlac. I was very excited to bring all of them because when I asked him if I could let my dogs swim in the pool, he did not hesitate with his answer.

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As soon as they were out of the van, all of them were running in the beautiful garden, my dogs were very excited and some of them were already headed towards the pool. Luther was the first one to jump in the pool. It seemed like he walked into the pool. (My husband Jason took off his pants and followed Luther right away!) Then Violet joined in, it looked like she was in the olympics. She was a very good swimmer!

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Dee Dee was the funny one. He was staying inside the corner of the pool and he was very content with the jacuzzi like experience! He was fur dipping for a long time and then he decided to go for a swim too beside my husband. Dee Dee's swim skills were quite impressive considering his weight and his long coat.

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Shobe hates taking baths but she happily obliged and delighted us of her doggie swim strokes.

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All of my dogs were happily playing in the garden. Some were busy swimming. Some were having nice little tans done to their coats. Hammie jumped in the pool as soon as I dipped my legs in! He was a very good swimmer and he looked like a merman with his god like straight cream coloured coat. Creamers (the tiniest little lhasa of all) was very entertaining as she moved her Yorkie like body out of the pool. Surprisingly, Bruce did not jump in the pool this time around. But I carried him to the pool so he could go for a quick swim together with his dear sister Lotus.

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Wintermelon and Xerena did their own thing at the pool. Winty almost did a backstroke too! While twin sister Watermelon was busy getting her tan and she was very afraid to ruin her near perfect manicured toe nails. Ruffles, Snowflakes and Munchy watched their family members in amazement and awe while they were helping themselves in a buffet feast of green grass.

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But most of all the Pooch Glamour baby who had the most fun of all was Baby Milo on his very first time to swim! :)

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