OUR BREEDING PHILOSOPHY
Every breeder has certain ethics and beliefs in how they run their program.
I encourage everyone who is wanting to add a puppy to their home to do their homework, find out about the breed, find out about the different breeders, ask questions and make sure that the breeder and you are on the same page. You as the purchaser should have a clear idea of what you want in a pup and equally importantly in a breeder. Every puppy is cute, but cute is a given, genetics, health testing, registration, how your pup was raised, how the parents of your pup are kept, the breeders care of their dogs and breeder ethics should be important also.
A puppy/dog will become a family member, they may live with you for 14-17 years. So the purchase of your puppy is a very important decision and where you get your puppy is important. The same way it matters how you raise your child, it matters how dogs are cared for, that they are treated well and raised in a loving environment.
How a puppy is raised from birth to 8/9 weeks is very important to their sound development. Genetics matter, good pups come from good parent dogs. All of my jacks are excellent, well mannered, sweet natured dogs and they produce the same in their pups. As a dog lover I care very much for my dogs well being and any good breeder should make this their first commitment. Please take the time to buy from a breeder that genuinely cares for their adult dogs, your choice can make all the difference.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have met the most wonderful, loving caring families to adopt my pups. It always impresses me when someone has done their research and when they ask me questions about my adult dogs, my breeding principles etc to me it shows me they care.
As many of us already know a dog is referred to as man's best friend and we know why because we have shared our lives with one, two or three:-)
Before I raised dogs I just loved them, I have been actively involved in animal rescues since I was young up until about 8 years ago when I could no longer find the extra time required to do it. But my true love of dogs has instilled in me a true sense of responsibility as a dog breeder. These are not and never will be considered breeding dogs to me, they are dogs that I have lovingly raised as part of our family in the hopes that when they are old enough they will become part of our breeding program. I feel very grateful for the privilege of sharing my life with these wonderful dogs.
It always saddens me when I hear of breeders who abuse their privileges as caretakers and consider their dogs as commercial puppy producers whose purpose is to earn their owners a living. No dog deserves that. Sadly, there will always be some people who care more about their finances than the well being of their dogs but please, please don't encourage or support them by buying their pups. This simply allows it and funds it to continue. Please look past the pretty pictures and expect more of your breeder.
Raising jack russells has just reiterated on a daily basis for me how incredible they are. Always loyal, loving, forgiving, undemanding, happy etc
So the dogs clearly fulfill their job, that of my best friend, but I have obligations, too.
My biggest responsibility is to do no harm. I have listed below some guidelines I follow to ensure the well being of my dogs. I have set these policies based around my vet's professional opinions that they have shared with me, my own extensive experience with raising and owning dogs and with my personal belief that dogs deserve to be treated with kindness and respect and cherished for all the love and joy they bring us.
All of my dogs are family pets.
Every dog I own gets 2-3 daily walks and/or outdoor playtime with me in a fenced area.
We have 5 large fenced in play areas for young pups and young adult dogs to play in safely.
From 5 weeks of age on all puppies get to spend time 3 times a day outside of their pen. If the weather is nice they get to be outside if not they get to have playtime in an open area in the dog room. This is very important early socialization for the puppies and all breeders should provide this for them. This also helps greatly with starting them on house training.
Here are some answers to some questions you may have about my breeding practices.
All my dogs are registered and health tested prior to being bred.
I breed on the second or third heat which normally is between 18 months- 2 years of age. I find each dog is different, some mature sooner than others.
Sometimes I raise a dog and realize they are not suitable for breeding. Some will live out their days here, some I choose to find the right home for. This is not something I take lightly but dogs are individuals and for some a quieter life is what they prefer. Life is not quiet here and I cannot change that so instead I choose to find certain dogs a home more suitable to their needs. It is not a way to get rid of my dogs when I am done breeding them, it is instead a way to offer them what is best for them.
Every dog or puppy that I sell or rehome is always welcomed back here if at any time their owner is unable to keep them.
I prefer to sell all my pups as companion animals first and foremost. Largely this is because when you sell them as pets their role is that of loved family companion. When you sell them as a breeding prospect there is less guarantee that they will live their entire life with the buyer.
Born and raised in Ireland and I visit home annually, I raise the type of Jack Russell that I grew up with. I refer to my dogs in general as Irish Jacks but that refers to a type not necessarily their country of origin(in some cases). I know Irish jacks well, we do have variety in them and we certainly have varying quality also. Sadly some breeders in the US imported anything and everything from Ireland and simply stamped them as Irish Jacks. This was a disservice to quality Irish jacks, many of these pups/dogs came from back yard breeders with zero knowledge or interest in of raising a quality dog. I have seen many with very poor legs, front ends and really misshapen bodies, this is not a good example of an Irish jack. This type of jack can be bought anywhere in Ireland for next to nothing and sadly some US breeders took advantage of this, selling them to unsuspecting buyers for outlandish prices. This is NOT the type of Irish jack I grew up with or that I breed for.