How do we breed?
All our dogs are raised since puppies with the best puppy food in the market for their age, and if needed supplemented with quality met (if they don't like to eat). Up to 6 months they are dewormed every 15 days and after that every month so they can be protected against heartworms. They are vaccinated against rabies, leptospirosis, parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, kennel cough and Leishmaniasis (at 6 months).
They live in a pack in our little farm where they can run and play all day. Weekly we take them to the city so they can see new things and people and this way become social and balanced dogs.
If they are breeding females/males we show them in several dog shows so they can be evaluated by different judges. About 24 months old they do the Portuguese Belgian Shepherd Socialization and Character Test (TSC) and all the health exams (hips, elbows end eyes).
If all the health exams are ok and they pass the TSC (at least with Good) they can apply to the Certificate of Hability to Breed of the Portuguese Belgian Shepherd Club.
If by any case something goes wrong the male or the female stay with us as a pet.
If all goes well then we will choose the Male that we like morphologically and with an interesting pedigree. The Male must also comply with the health exams and sociability test.
Our female’s first litter never occurs before they are 2yrs old and it can happen at 3 yrs. old. It will depend on the physical and mental development of the Bitch. When we finally decide to mate her she is checked by a veterinarian to know if all is well. After the mating, or sometimes before, the Bitch starts eating puppy food supplemented if necessary with meat, rice and vitamins (it will depend on the number of puppies and if the bitch eats well or not).
During all the gestation period the Bitch is carefully accompanied and does exercise under surveillance. Near to the end of the gestation she does an Eco to see if everything is well with the puppies. The puppy box is prepared so she can get familiarized to the place where the babies will be born and spend their first month of life before they start exploring the outside world.
In the days previous to the birth we take the Bitch's temperature twice a day and control it so we can know when the birth will occur. During the birth of the puppies the Bitch is always accompanied and helped if needed. The veterinarian is also on alert. When all the puppies are born and all is well with the Mommy they are all weighted, and from that day daily until they have 30 days. And after that weekly. We try to monitor the puppies when they are feeding to make sure they are all eating.
The mother always has food and clean water at her disposal.
Since birth the puppies get used to all noises in the house, TV, etc. When they start to grow up we do lots of different noises so they get used to it and play with them and toutch them a lot. With about 1 month the puppies begin exploring the outside world protected against fleas and ticks. They are vaccinated for the first time at 6 weeks and dewormed every 15 days. The microchip is placed at 6/7 weeks and the puppies are observed by our veterinarian to see if they are healthy. They are registered in the Portuguese Registry Book (LOP - Clube Português de Canicultura).
The puppies never leave our home before 8 weeks and only to families that can give them lots of love and care. They all take with them a little coat with mommies smell, the registry, food, vaccine book, copies of the parent’s health exams and the puppies instructions.
This is why a puppy from a serious breeder is more expensive than a puppy bought at a puppy store or an ordinary dog website!
Quality and honesty has a price!