What have Anne & Intske been "up to" in 2020?
Let's start with Intske, now 6 years old in August, 2020: Intske has retired from the dating circuit and walks proudly around the house with her shaved belly from her spay surgery (she thinks it makes her look thinner). She is promising to keep exercising and not pack on the pounds, as she can easily do, being a bit less leggy than her adoptive sister Anne Zonnehoeve.
Anne, on the other hand, can eat all she wants as she's quite athletic and burns the calories fast, or so it seems. She's in great physical condition - she runs like the wind in the woods, in the fields, and sleeps like a log in the house. We've started crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's for breeding her in the near future. She is now registered with the Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR) which is recognized by and allows us to register her litters with the international Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which is the governing body for dog registrations in Europe. This gives us the vital link to breeding with dogs all over the world for both Anne and her offspring that will also be registered.
Anne is also registered as a Foundation Stock Service (FSS) breed with the American Kennel Club (AKC). This allows her and her registered litter to be active in AKC events. The AKC recognizes the Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association (ASA) as the breed club for Stabyhouns the United States.
AKC did something wonderful in 2020, and that was to allow certain AKC titles to be earned via video. Many of the ASA Stabyhouns have taken advantage of this ability to work at home to get their titles safely. Anne is working on Canine Good Citizen and Novice Trick Dog. Intske already has her Farm Dog title, Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate, and she's mostly in it for the treats, now.
Once Anne reaches her second birthday in January 2021, she will have radiographs of her hips and elbows taken and sent to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for evaluation. You can look up dogs in the database at no charge - I recommend using the advanced search. If you are considering purchasing a Stabyhoun puppy - please do so from a responsible breeder that can, at the very least, SHOW you the hip and elbow results and the test or lineage for Cerebral Dysfunction (CD).
We have also had both of our girls EMBARK DNA tested - not so much to find out what breed they are (we KNOW that!), but to see so much more that DNA can tell us about our dogs, and about the Stabyhoun population as we get more and more Stabijs tested. Beyond the inheritable diseases that Embark can identify, it can also tell us if there is the possibility of getting tri-color pups (not currently within the breed standard), or if our girls (or the stud we use) has rare founder genes that are important to preserve in the population. It gives us a more exact (than pedigree) picture of how related our dogs are to other dogs in the population - and, in an effort to decrease the coefficient of inbreeding (COI), it's important to consider dogs that are least related.
We have started the search and have some strong ideas about what wonderful Stabyhoun dog/s we would like to breed with Anne. Most likely that would happen in spring/summer 2021.
But all that technical stuff aside, both Anne and Intske have been enjoying daily runs, squirrel chasing, digging holes, swimming and retrieving, and snuggling - 'lots of snuggling. Honestly, I get why so many people are looking for puppies during the pandemic - animals bring such joy and comfort to our lives.