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German Shorthaired Pointer

Viva, German Shorthaired Pointer

May 13, 2021

The German Shorthaired Pointer ( Deutsch Kurzhaar in Germany) was developed at some point in the 1800's when Germany required a versatile, all-purpose dog that could hunt birds and mammals in both water and on land. A key player in the dogs development was German nobleman Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels and the GSP was created through crossing heavier pointers like the Spanish Pointer and the Hannover Hound. The breed was recognized in the late 1800's in Germany. The breed was introduced to North America in the mid-1920s and quickly became a popular sporting dog. In 1930 they were recognized by the American Kennel Club. To this day they excel at competitive hunting events and are among the top winning breeds. The breed has been referred to as “a staunchly pointing bird dog; a keen-nosed night trailer; a proven duck dog; a natural retriever on land or water, with pleasing conformation and markings, and great powers of endurance; and an intelligent family watchdog and companion” and "one of dogdoms' finest swimmers".  In 2013 a GSP from North Carolina won his 75th AKC title!

The GSP is a medium sized dog that can stand up to 25" tall and weigh up to 75lbs. Their coat can be a solid liver colour or have a liver and white pattern. They are often referred to as noble and aristocratic. They have an easy care coat that only needs a light brush a couple times a week (outside of shedding season) and the occasional bath.

Intelligent and eager to please, the GSP is a powerful and enthusiastic hunting dog that is also a fantastic companion. The German Shorthaired Pointer is agile, easy going and adaptable and will do well in a country or city setting. GSP's are very intelligent and sensitive making them quick learners with consistent, positive training. They can be extremely challenging during adolescence and into early adulthood (6 months - 3 years) and does not do well with small pets unless raised with them or introduced properly. Have been known to bark and whine a lot. A highly energetic breed, GSP's do require a moderate-high amount of exercise including brisk walks, off-leash play, and just about any dog sport. Can be destructive when left without adequate mental and physical exercise. 

German Shorthaired Pointers can live for 10-13 years. Unfortunately the breed can be prone to a number of health conditions including hip dysplasia, eye conditions like PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and some forms of heart disease. Bloat and torsion can also be concerns with this breed.

Meet the Model


Name - Gch Shotshell Viva La Vida CGN RN aka Viva

Sex - Female

Breed Class  - Sporting Group

Born - May 14, 2015

Education - Obedience, Canine Good Neighbour, currently field training

Favourite Things - food, birds, hunting, sleeping til 9am, ear scratches, dog shows

Dislikes - early mornings, baths, nail trims

Highlights and Achievements - Canadian Grand Champion in conformation, awarded Best of Opposite sex in 2020 GSP regional, Canine Good Neighbour certificate, Rally novice title, versatility dog certificate from GSP Club of Canada, raised 6 puppies between 2 litters.

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Bearded Collie

Fizz and Sprite, Bearded Collies

May 3, 2020

It is believed that the Bearded Collie is an ancient breed dating back to the 1st century BC. In the 1500's Polish Lowland Sheepdogs and Komondorok were brought to Scotland and bred with the local Scottish farm dogs to bring us closer to the breed we know today (sometimes called the Highland Collie, Hairy Mou'ed Collie, and Mountain Collie). Paintings from the 1700's show dogs resembling Beardies proving their popularity as cattle and sheep drivers/herders well into the 1800's. After the Victorian era, along with the disruptions created by WWII, the Bearded Collie all but disappeared. However, the breed was revived by Mrs. G.O. Willison after WWII and became a recognized breed by the English Kennel Club by 1959. The first US litter was born in 1967, they were accepted by the American Kennel Club under the Miscellaneous class in 1974, and was one of the founding breeds of the AKC Herding Group in 1983.

Bearded Collies can stand up to 22" tall and can weigh up to 55lbs. They have a rough, long outer coat that is weather-resistant and a thick, shorter, insulating undercoat that allows the breed to do well even in adverse weather conditions. They come in a variety of coat colours including black, blue, brown, and fawn and often have white markings in multiple areas around their bodies. Interestingly, the breed standard states that their eyes "should tone with coat colour" - for example, blues have light coloured or grey eyes, fawns have light brown eyes, and blacks and browns have dark coloured eyes. Also, Beardies are born dark coloured and then change to their adult colouring as they age, usually by 9-18 months.  These guys require a fair bit of grooming including a light daily brushing and an extensive brushing (30-60 mins) with a pin rake, brush, comb and anti-tangle spray weekly. They shed heavily at least once per year. Their ears should be checked/cleared regularly and teeth brushed daily.

An outgoing and intelligent dog with an obvious sense of humour, the Beardie is a fun and bouncy breed that gets along well with everything including children and other pets. They are an active breed and require daily exercise to expel some of their energy, can be destructive when bored. They excel at most dog sports and are up for any activity or dog sport your family may have planned. Beardies were bred to be independent decision- makers and can be strong willed.

The Bearded Collie is an intelligent and independent breed who requires a patient trainer with a positive reinforcement training style. Because they are bred as independent problem solvers they can be willful and sometimes quite stubborn. With patience these dogs can be trained to do nearly anything. Early socialization and puppy training classes are highly recommended.

A fairly healthy and sturdy breed, these guys live an average of 12-14 years. They can be prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, allergies and eye problems so responsible breeder screening is important as some of these conditions are genetic and can be prevented.

According to the Bearded Collie Club of America -

"A Beardie is…

…a fuzzy, heart-warming hug!

…exasperating!!!

…a tail that can sweep a coffee table clean in an instant.

…eyes that can melt the heart, yet be full of understanding.

…a wet kiss with a beard fresh from the water bowl.

…knowing your kitchen floor will never again be totally dry.

…Bounce with a capital B!

…laughs for both owner and dog.

…an extraordinary memory.

…the ability to think and calculate.

…a puppy pout, always followed by forgiveness"

Meet the Models


Name - Fizz and Sprite

Sex - Male and Female

Breed Class  - Herding Group

Born - September 21, 2009 and July 7, 2010

Education - Agility, tricks, dock diving, disc and herding

Favourite Things - Barking, agility, tricks and barking

Dislikes - Bearded Collies love everything! 

Highlights and Achievements - Fizz and Sprite have done agility shows (among others) at the Calgary Stampede and all over North America. Sprite has been part of the Canadian Agility Team and has competed in Brazil and France. They have had appearances in TV shows (including Heartland) and Commercials!


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Moscow Watchdog

Cayley, Moscow Watchdog

April 27, 2021

In 1946 a government breeding program was started to create a breed of dog that excels as a watchdog and can handle the extreme winters faced in the Soviet Union. Originally, Moscow Watchdogs were developed by crossing St. Bernards with Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd). The goal was to create a watchdog with the size, appearance, and coat of the St. Bernard along with the stellar guardian qualities and intelligence of the Ovcharka. The dogs were popularized in Hungary in the 80's and breed stardard was achieved by the Russian Dog Breeders' Federation and the Russian Kennel Club in 1992 and 1997 respectively. The breed was introduced to America and the first litter of Moscow Watchdogs was born in 2015 in the United States. There are currently 38 purebred litters in North America (approximately 150-200 dogs in total). There are only 25 known dogs in Canada and currently 2 breeders, 1 of which is in Lethbridge, AB. Some breeders are advocating to get the American Kennel Club (AKC)  and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale ( FCI).

The Moscow Watchdog or Muscovite Watchdog stands up to 27" tall and can weigh up to 150lbs. Despite their large size, Moscow Watchdogs are generally calm dogs and known as   gentle giants. They have been described as protective, powerful and intelligent. Like other guardian and watchdog breeds, they are also strong-willed and independent. Though they can be a good family dog, Watchdog's are not affectionate or cuddly. They will, however, bond very closely with their people and will fiercely defend their people and property if threatened. 

Moscow Watchdogs are an active breed and are willing to participate in any family activity you may have planned including hiking, swimming, and jogging. They do well with a brisk walk or jog and enjoy running off leash daily.

Positive reinforcement training and regular socialization is advised to nurture a well rounded dog. They are an assertive breed and their independent nature can lead to some stubborn tendencies. 

The Moscow Watchdog has a thick, medium-length coat and is a heavy shedder. Regular brushing and grooming is a must. 

This breed is fairly hardy and has a life expectancy of up to 11 years. They can have musculoskeletal issues like hip and knee problems due to their size and they also have a risk of bloat and torsion. 

Meet the Model


Name - Cayley

Sex - Female

Breed Class  - Not yet accepted by CKC, this breed is recognized in Russia and Europe

Born -Sep 26, 2013

Education - Basic Obedience

Favourite Things - Hiking, swimming, running/jogging, chasing a ball

Dislikes - Black dogs, initially standoffish to strangers


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Sealyham Terrier

Cole, Sealyham Terrier

April 20, 2021

In the mid-1800's Captain John Edwardes spent most of his life developing his dream dog in southwest Wales on the Sealy Ham estate located on the Seal River. He needed a dog to help him and his Otterhounds hunt for otters, foxes and badgers - he is fearless!. He wanted a small and stocky terrier, able to dig his way into animal dens and pull out the ''pests". The white colouring was very important and was used to help distinguish him from the prey. It was imperative that the hounds can tell the difference between dog and prey when they come out of the den smelling like the animal. It is unknown for sure which breeds were involved in the original Sealyham Terriers but theories include the Corgi, Bull Terrier, Dandie Dinmont and the West Highland White Terrier (among others). The breed was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1910. The breed became popular in the mid-1900's and won Westminster's Best in Show award three times. There were over 2000 puppies registered in Wales and England during the 1920's but with popularity came poor breeding practices and once health concerns became apparent the breed lost it's popularity. By 2008 there were only 43 registered with the English Kennel Club and they are listed as a Vulnerable Native Breed. Sealies made their first appearance in the US in 1922 and many high profile celebrities owned this breed including Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper and Cary Grant.

Sealies stand up to 10.5" tall and can weigh up to 24lbs. They are generally known to be alert, outgoing, affectionate, and comical. They are ready to hunt and work during the day and provide comfort and companionship in the evenings. Not quite as spunky as some of the other small terriers, these guys are one of the strongest small dogs around. They are highly adaptable and do well in the city as well as the country.

The Sealyham Terrier has a thick, double coat that is weather resistant, non-shedding, and hypoallergenic. It is worn short on the body with long and lavish facial features. They must be brushed 3-4 times per week as they tend to mat easily and should be bathed monthly. 

A more active breed, Sealies need plenty of exercise and should be walked/played with at least twice per day. They are sensitive to warm weather and can overheat easily so exercise during the cooler parts of the day is necessary.

The Sealyham Terrier does require strong leadership with training, like most terriers, and they should be socialized early to prevent dog aggression and sparring as they age. These guys are also known to be food aggressive and this must be corrected swiftly. These guys are also likely to bark at everything. They are more stubborn than eager to please, so be aware before choosing this breed as your companion. 

The Sealyham Terrier can live up to 14 years old. They are likely to have allergies, are prone to several genetic eye diseases and can develop infections and eye tearing due to long facial hair. They are also prone to ear infections. 

Meet the Model


Name - Cole

Sex - Male

Breed Class (CKC) - Terrier

Born - May 8, 2014

Education - Obedience Class, Sporting Dog class

Favourite Things - Going on any outdoor adventure, loves vegetables as treats, especially carrots, snuggling on the couch, and of course his favourite lamb chop toy

Dislikes - Being left alone

Highlights and Achievements - Has had multiple placements in grooming competitions as well as being a CKC finished champion

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Coton de Tulear

Mango, Coton de Tulear

April 10, 2021

The Coton De Tulear (KO-Tone Dih TOO-Lay-ARE), "Royal Dog of Madagascar", is a small, but robust dog that was named for the seaport town in which it lived (Tulear) and its long, cotton like hair. It is claimed that the original dogs were survivors of a shipwreck and then bred with terrier-type dogs to form a breed called Coton de Reunion - which have since gone extinct. Bred primarily as a companion dog to the wealthy, the breed was also used as a ratter on the seas. Royalty were so possessive of the breed that they passed a law prohibiting the commoners from owning one and were very reluctant to let any of them leave the island. In the 1960's some French tourists that were visiting the island fell in love with the breed and introduced them to Europe where they were instantly popular. In 1993, the United States of America Coton de Tulear Club was formed and in 2014 they were first recognized and registered with the American Kennel Club.

These small, comedic, happy-go-lucky dogs can stand 11" tall, weigh up to 15lbs, and live 15-19 years. Cotons have been referred to time and time again as clowns, jesters, and tricksters. Living primarily as companions to their favourite humans, Cotons provide hours of amusement and comfort. Cotons have some very unique characteristics including a range of vocalizations for talking with their owners and can walk very well on their back legs! 

The Coton  is low shedding and are considered hypoallergenic. They require a fair amount of grooming (especially as a puppy), but become easier once their adult coat comes in. They should be groomed 3-4 days a week and bathed monthly. Matting can occur next to the skin if not combed regularly. Cotons are energetic dogs that require a moderate amount of exercise - a daily walk or play session in the yard. These dogs are praised for being intelligent and can be easy to train as they respond well to praise, play, and food. Cotons excel in most dog sports. They are extremely observant and will quickly learn their humans routine and adapt well to their needs. Keep in mind that they can be difficult to house train and do not do well home alone. Alert and territorial, the Coton can make a good watchdog without barking excessively.

Coton de Tulears are a fairly healthy breed and have a low incidence of genetic issues due to breeder efforts for health testing. They can have eye problems, hip and knee problems, and spinal disc disease.

Meet the Model

Name - LouLou-D'Amour De La Vanille Bourbon aka Mango

Sex - Male

Breed Class (CKC) - Toy

Born - February 9, 2015

Education - attended puppy, manners, rally, lvl 1 agility and sprinters

Favourite Things - his person, Katie

Dislikes - being left alone

Highlights and Achievements - Best of Breed and Placed 4 in toy group

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