We plan to have three (3) spring litters in 2020.
Spring 2020 deposits: 13 of 16 are filled as of 1/7/20
Breedings took place on: 1-3-20, 1-4-20, 1-6-20. Puppies should whelp around March 7th, 2020.
Nalko des Sentiers du Ramier TAN WRT X GRCH Juno de Ten Bar Ranch WRT TAN
GUN CH Spot Sur le Delavan TAN WRT X C.I.T. Jedyna de la Vallee D' Orseval WRT
Reservations are accepted with a $200.00 deposit (checks made out to Sur le Delavan Kennel) that is added to the total price ($1,400.00 plus 6.75% IL tax rate for the final total of $1494.50) of the puppy. Reservations are done in chronological order, and you may reserve a puppy based on gender. All puppies will be up to date on all shots and will have their tails docked if needed. ***We will not leave tails on for any reason.***
Puppies will be named (you are very welcome to name your own puppy) in accordance with the French naming system. Each year is assigned a letter, 2020 dogs’ name start with "R" and the kennel name, "Sur le Delavan" is appended to the end. E.G. a male whelped in 2019, would have a name such as "Rielly Sur le Delavan."
The litters will be registered with the UKC and AKC (full registration) and some litters with the FCI. You will be given papers for your puppy from both the AKC and UKC. You will need to fill them out and send them in if you wish to register the puppy in your name.
Sur le Delavan Kennel guarantees that your puppy will be free from genetic hip defects for 26 months. This is primarily, but not solely, for Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD). If a dog is found to have a genetic hip defect, upon receipt of a Veterinarian report, I will work with you resolve it to your satisfaction, be that another puppy, or a refund. I will never require your dog be returned to me, as they are now a member of your family, and I have no desire to break up a happy family. In the unlikely event, your dog did have a genetic hip defect, and you chose to keep your dog, which I would certainly hope you do; I would require the dog be neutered or spayed. We guarantee our puppies will not be Ay gene carriers. Also, any puppy being neutered or spayed before two years of age will forgo any guarantee.
In the unlikely event that your puppy has an umbilical hernia or retained testicle at the time of transfer of the puppy, we will pay $300.00 back to the buyer to cover their future vet expense. Neither condition will affect the puppy's health if treated.
There are some things we don't guarantee but work hard to avoid. We make every attempt when matching breeding dogs together to get puppies that will be great for confirmation but there is no way we can guarantee the dogs markings, bite/teeth, size, or weight. There is also no way for Sur le Delavan Kennel to guarantee the puppy's field abilities. I will work with you in person, email or over the phone to help set up a training plan to make the puppy as successful as to be expected.
While it is ideal for you to pick your puppy up in person, that is not always possible. Puppies can be sent from the Peoria International Airport. All shipping charges will be your responsibility. We will deliver the puppy to the airport at no cost to you and will help you set up the flight. Plan for the cost of a new kennel for the puppy to fly in be around $75.00 and vet papers to be $75.00.
Your puppy will be started off on American Natural Premium Endurance (30/20.) We have 33lbs bags on hand for $45.00.
Our thoughts on breeding: it is much more than hips and the sable gene.
There has been so much discussion about finding the "answer" to the healthiest dog and a result has been quick-fix answers. One of which I feel very important to at least get you thinking about is the CEB US's hip testing policy that many uneducated and inexperienced breeders are following. While the hips of the breeding stock is important they don't address the grandparents and great-grandparents. Hip and Ay testing are just the very tip of the iceberg. Below is a list of things we do to ensure the best breeding pairs we can.
- Maintain a balance of sires and dams
- Understand and monitor the coefficient of inbreeding
- Pay attention to the trend in COI
- Calculate the number of unique ancestors
- Know the genetic load but don't obsess about it
- Use pedigree analysis
- Conserve sire and dam-line diversity
- Practice assortative mating
- Avoid repeated poor breedings
- Ensure sibling contribution
- Monitor fitness indicators
- Attempt founder balancing
- Consider outcross matings
- Monitor population growth
- Seek balanced traits
- Avoid unfit breeding stock
- Avoid reproductive technology
- Restrict artificial selection
1. Temperament and Personality
Look for dogs that possess similar energy levels, willingness to please, style, etc. Picking a dog from an amped-up sire and lackadaisical dam only adds to the randomness of genetic assignment -- will it get mom's lack of drive and dad's large size, or dad's high prey drive and mom's diminutive structure? Will it be aloof like mom or willing to work and learn like dad? You won't know until the dog matures, which is likely too late to do you much good if you have a specific task in mind for it.
2. Pedigree and Performance
If you're just looking for a pet, a purebred's pedigree probably won't matter to you a whole lot. However, if the energy level is an important attribute for you, it can serve as a clue (i.e., field dogs will likely have a higher energy/drive compared to conformation dogs).
The pedigree serves as a biological record of a litter's ancestral purity and accomplishments. No matter the role you want that dog to fill, you can look to its pedigree to see if its ancestors had the genetic fortitude to carry out the task. If you're looking for a conformation dog for the show ring, look for those titles. If you're looking for a field dog, look for those titles -- be it in retrieving, upland, tracking, digging, etc.
Ancestors in a pedigree that lacks titles didn't necessarily lack the instinctive traits required to carry out a task -- they might just not have been campaigned for a multitude of reasons. But too many untitled dogs should send up a red flag. Unless the dog(s) in question has/had a reputation for producing puppies that successfully completed, how are you to know whether or not it/they have the genetic makeup to produce offspring that can perform?
This is all about stacking the odds of performing (prey drive, tractability, scenting ability, etc.) in your favor. Too many question marks could, but not necessarily, mean that all those other good genes from titled dogs have been watered down. With that said, remember to keep the mother's pedigree and accomplishments in mind -- people tend to focus too much on the sire -- because she's contributing half the genetics to your future pup.
3. Health and Wellness
There is a difference between a healthy dog and one that possesses sound health. If you're breeding, you should be screening both the sire and dam for genetic health defects. If you're buying a puppy, you should be demanding a genetic health certificate that documents the parent's results (clear, carrier or affected).
You are about to fork over a lot of money to the breeder, and then invest much more into the dog over the course of its lifetime, especially if you campaign or hunt the dog, and you're going to spend countless hours training that dog (time is money), not to mention the emotional bond you (and your family) will form with the animal.
Some mutations simply impact the ongoing quality of life of the dog (no small matter for the dog, you or your wallet). Others such as EIC, CNM, DM, and PRA are debilitating and can end a dog's hunting career and/or its life. To compound the matter, someone producing puppies without testing simply because the same sire and dam has produced seemingly healthy puppies in the past is acting in ignorance - some diseases, such as degenerative myelopathy, are late-onset and don't present until the dog reaches maturity.
In addition to genetic mutations, good breeders will also screen their breeding stock for physical issues common to their breed - for instance, hip or elbow dysplasia.
Bottom Line: Pick a puppy from a litter that has had both the sire and dam screened for genetic and physical issues common to the French Brittany.
So what makes a good litter? The answer is simple: Good parents -- it's all in the genetics.
The tricky part is identifying and prioritizing what you really want/need. After that, it's simply a matter of looking for breeding where both parents embody those physical and mental qualities, as well as health clearances. If you are only looking for good hips any breeder should be able to give you that. If you are looking for the BEST hunting dogs on the planet then go with Sur le Delavan Kennel.