We have called our little kennel “fiapinhos”. “
“Fiapinho” means something like “small fluff” in Portuguese.
Our puppies reminded us simply of small balls of lint that the wind blows over our terrace. That’s why we chose the name for our little kennel.
Speaking of Little Kennel
We don’t have a commercial kennel. While the Spanish and Italian Waterdogs are rather well-known in Austria, “Porties” are comparatively underrepresented. That’s why we decided to breed these nice, fun, smart dogs every once in a while for nice, fun, smart families and take our joy in watching the puppies grow. Our kennel adheres to ÖKV/FCI standards and rules. Concerning health, they demand only tests for hip dysplasia and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) .
We test our dogs in addition to these two tests for out genetic disesases. This includes JDCM (Juvenile Dilatative Cardiomyopathy = a genetic defect of the heart muscle), gangliosidosis (= a neuro-degenerative disease), IC (Improper Coat = not a disease, but a possible different development in the dog’s coat), as well as elbow dysplasia. Plus, we do an ECVO eye exam.
This extensive testing and an according choice of partners is part of our responsibility as breeders. We want to ensure as far as possible that our puppies are not carriers of a genetic defect and no harm comes to them or their families through possible diseases.
The whelping box is in our living room. That way, we can always have an eye on the little fluffs – and vice versa. This also means that they are used to everyday sounds from the very beginning. When they start to get more mobile, they are moved into a separated area in our large eat-in kitchen (with their own exit into the garden). In the garden too, there is a separate puppy area where they can get to know grass, sand, stones, trees, bushes and so on. They also play with our other (adult dogs). Or annoy them. Or probably both. (Meanwhile our cats try to stay away as far as possible…) The puppies meet our grandchildren, neighbors’ children and other visitors early-on.