This week in our Wisteria Tails Highlights 06-16-2018
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Happy Saturday! We've had a busy week. We're starting to get health test scores back, have more to do, and added another girl to our breeding program. We're getting ready for a busy August and September with Sunny and Angel now expecting puppies too. I've also been doing some more research and reading the last few days and my mind is exploding with ideas.
When we start testing our puppies, we usually start with the genetic testing as we can do this at a young age. Pennhip and elbows are next, then we do heart and eyes. The DNA genetic testing includes Ichthyosis (a skin condition, and PRA-1 and PRA-2 (which are eye conditions.)
Pennhip has recently changed the way they do their scoring, so I had to spend some time with the vet this week to get a good grasp on how to read the reports and how to do pairings. The report used to provide the DI scores (distraction index) with a percentile score with 50% being the minimum score recommended for breeding. If we had a lower score, we could pair with a higher one for a good average.
The report now provides the DI score and then a low risk, mild risk, moderate risk, and a high risk. We weren't sure how to use this against the percentile scores we already had and how to share the information with families. The report also shows a highlighted area with the median .54 DI for Golden Retrievers. (Each breed has their own median DI score) All this means is now we use the median .54 score as 50%. Anything below that score is above average and above that score is below average. .30 is the optimal score and is considered low risk.
Talking to the vets and learning how to read the new report, sent me down the rabbit hole of research again. I was sick this week, and I don't do well doing nothing, so I started reading breeder forums and information about raising puppies. I am a lifelong learner and love to learn new things about breeding dogs and raising and training puppies. We continue to incorporate new ideas into our program in order to enhance what we do.
Sunny & Tahoe and Angel & Chance have puppies coming in August. We had plans to breed Angel with Tahoe and changed our minds at the last minute. Angel had such fabulous puppies with Chance last time, so wanted to do that pairing again.
Sunny is due on August 10th and Angel is due August 12th. Our place is going to be puppy heaven! We are already coordinating schedules, people, supplies, and will be prepared for all that puppy breath.
Until next time,
Billy and Debbie
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Current and Upcoming Litters
Piper/Ego – Litter Born 05/29/2018. 3 Girls and 5 Boys. All puppies are spoken for. Click here to see available pictures.
Sailor/Ego – Litter Born 06/05/2018. 1 girl and 8 boys. Currently the female is spoken for and we have 4th pick male available. Click here to see available pictures.
Jazz/Chance – Litter Due 07/30/2018. Currently female deposits are full and male deposits are full.
Promise/Ego – Litter Due 08/08/2018. Currently we have 2nd pick female and 1st pick male available.
Sunny/Tahoe – Litter Due 08/10/2018. Currently Female deposits are full and we have 2nd pick male available.
Angel/Chance – Litter Due 08/12/2018. Currently female deposits are full and we have 1st pick male available.
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