Advices

Concerning our longtime kinology expirience as breeders, competitors, hunters, dresseurs and guides we offer you our help and advices in:

  • choosing the breed
  • buying and choosing a puppy
  • establishing feeding regime for puppies and grown up dogs
  • keeping your dog healthy (vitamins, vactintion....)
  • prepartions for dog shows
  • training

All advices are of course free and we"ll gladly help you solve any problem, using our knowledge, gained but also learned through practice and breeding. Taking in consideration your interest not only in retriver puppies, we have gathered many contacts so we are able to connect you with nummerous acknowledged breeders.

If you are interested in retrivers but still have some unanswered questions and doubts in relation to most characteristic features and the nature of this breed, please don"t hesitate to contact us.

We have selected some most frequent questions and have given appropriate answers:

  1. When is the proper moment to take the pupy away from his mother?
  2. Minimum six weeks. the reason is that the puppy has learned to eat and is not dependant on his mother"s milk. Also on 42nd day the puppy receives his first vactination for ????. But based on my personal experience the ideal time would be at the age of 2 months for at that period you can spot dog`s adventages and disadvetages in both, his appereance and behaviour.

  3. Feeding a puppy (what and how much)?
  4. After separating a puppy from his mother`s milk it is advisable to feed the puppy with appropriate food for his age. Better dog food companies have a wide range of puppy food. Happy Dog offers special powdered milk as the first food besides mother`s milk, than comes Junior Start-up to 3 months, Junior croq -up to 6 months and GR 23 (for big breeds)- up to 15 months.

  5. Bathing a puppy and a grown up dog (with what and how often)
  6. You shouldn"t bath a puppy untill it is 4 months old, while the grown up dog can be bathed if necessary. It is not recommendable to bath them with shampoos for dogs more than 5-6 tims a year. The reason is the following - evey dog has in the upper part of its skin lymph glands which are settled in the rooth of each hair and with its excretion both hair and the body are beeing kept safe from weather conditions (rain, snow,cold, heath). When you bathe the dog regulary with shampoo that protection layer is disapparing, an thus leaving the dog unprotected for the next 24-48 hours. Bathing in pure water doesn"t have such effect on this natural cycle so there is no need for restrictions.

  7. Protection from parasites? (with what and when)?
  8. PThere are two basic groups of parasites -external (ekto) and internal (endo). The internal are different kinds of worms while the external are fleas and vernims up to 3rd month the puppy is cleaned from parasites with pastes for puppies (such as vibrac,drontal..) and later up to 6 month with some of the medications, used also for grown up dogs, (drontal, cestal, pratel, saltnik) -only once per month. A grown up dog is preventively cleaned 3-4 times a year from external parasites, fleas and vernims. Dogs are protected with necklasses, ampules and sprays (bayer, prenetic, front line).

  9. Does dog hair couse health problems?
  10. It doesn`t, except to those people who are prone to all kinds of alergies. Unlike cat hair, dog hair is thicker and longer, so it does not stick to your fingers.

  11. Do dogs mind the cigarete smoke?
  12. Dogs have highly developed sense of smell, many times stronger than human, so all smels that are to strong do not suit him well. Smoke from a cigare is neither pleasant nor good for him just as it is not for a human non-smoker.

  13. What is retriver like to owners and the other parts of the family?
  14. Retrivers are one of the breeds with a wide range of possible training. They are used in life saving interventions, as assistnce dogs to blind and disabled people, for finding drugs and explosive materials and of course in hunting. Next to highly developed sense of smell, what makes them special is their unique character. They have very kind nature, are comitted to the owner, ready to play at any time, very tolerant with his owners and other members of the household, especially with children, who as we all know often cross the line while playing with animals.

  15. Are retrivers demanding when it comes to taking them out (if they live in a flat) ?
  16. Retrivers just like all other breeds love to go out, so they will gladly accept your invitation. Nevertheless, if you get him used to going out in the same time of the day, he will be very patient during the periods in between.

  17. Do retrivers dislike to stay alone, and distroy things when/if left alone?
  18. Retriver is a dog who enjoys human company, so he will surely dislike loneliness. If you leave him alone, he wont tear and bite your things just to get even with you, becouse he has calm nature. There could be some problems if he is still a puppy, might do some mischiefs, but thanks to his intelligence and propper training it can be easily solved.

  19. Is it necessary for retrivers to swim?
  20. Basic purpose of a retriver trainig is, as his name says, working in water. So he will gladly enter the water, both in winter and summer time. In water he is in his native surroundings like no other dog. Nevertheless, next to swimming he can easily go under water for a few seconds. But besides all these facts, he can still do without swimming and it is not necessary in his life.

  21. Do retrivers change hair and how often?
  22. Retrivers just like other dogs change their hair twice a year, in spring and autumn. The reason for that is a speficific hair cover perticular for this breed, which enables him to work in all weather conditions, from most warm to most cold periods.

  23. Are there any special conditions for care and breeding a retriver?
  24. Retrivers are exteremely grateful dogs to breed. Females easily deliver puppies, without any human help, they are great mothers, and puppies grow very fast. They are easy to feed, for they like everything you offer them. They are not prone to deseases, so usually they don"t need veterinary intervention (except regular vactination) untill they grow old. Most people know this breed, so they are well excepted in every company.

  25. What is the approximate lifetime for retrivers?
  26. This depends on each individual just like with people. All in all a healthy dog, well fed and maintained can live between 14 and 16 years.

  27. Is a retriver a good watchdog?
  28. What pops up as his main characteristic is complete unagressiveness towards people so he wouldn`t be a perfect dog to watch over your house. Becouse of his teritorial urge he will react very loudly if a stranger is approaching the house, but that reaction will stop immediately when he hears one`s voice or sees a streched hand to caress him.

  29. What age is the best to start trainig?
  30. Training starts from the first day when the dog enters your life. First lesson is teaching him to “do his needs” on a certain place in the house, carry necklace, walk on a lead, to approach on a command... that training is owners job. For more serious training in obedience or some specific training. (hunting, searching tartufes, and alike..) the ideal time is between 8th to 10th months, but many older dogs, even up to 2 years, are successfully trained.

  31. What is the price of pupies in your kennel?
  32. Prices vary depending on growth and the level of training. So, for example puppies cost between150 and 200 Euros, young trained dogs a couple of hundreds, while completely trained dogs are worth even more.