It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we had to prematurely retire Ziva (Houha's Leavin a Legacy in Storm's Wake) from our breeding program. After our most recent attempt to breed her at the end of May, she developed severe pyometra- an infection of the uterus. During our treatment of her for this infection, it was also detected that her uterus was filled with cysts, and consequently she would likely never conceive. She has been spayed, and will continue living with our family as our middle son's unofficial therapy dog.
Regrettably, this also means that we will not be producing any litters until the earliest next summer, as our two up and coming girls, Sybil & Phoenix, become old enough; presuming they first achieve all of their clearances. Please stay in touch, and check back here for updates!
In a single day show entry, 10 month old Phoenix (Matterhorn GSMD) goes Winners Bitch at Flatirons Kennel Club for her first two points! Thank you, Janine, for showing our girl!
Sybil (from Whispering Palms) & Zeus (Zuko x Pearl) earned their first points at the Garden City, KS dog shows in March! Thank you, Janine, for your expert handling of these pups!
We are super proud to announce that Gulliver, aka "Gully" (Zuko x Pearl) has earned his very first working dog title of Dock Novice at this week's Colorado Kennel Club show in Denver, CO! Congrats to his owners, Jessica & Adam Coatney, and all of the hard work they have put into Gully! At just 17 mos of age, this boy has a bright working future ahead of him with lots of fun!
Legacy Creek's Work Horse, DN
We are sad to announce that Ziva's December breeding did not take. We will be attempting another breeding this summer with her next cycle. While we believe this was mostly an issue of timing (she ovulated right around Christmas, making vet participation in the breeding and breeding coordination challenging), she will have a thorough workup by our reproductive vet before we breed her again. For those of you on our waiting list, if the timing of this potential litter was important to you and you do not wish to wait for a future litter, please contact us for referrals to other responsible breeders in our area. While we cannot guarantee they will have a puppy for you, a referral sometimes helps!
Just goes to show the passion that Swissy owners have for their dogs!! Although we are not the most popular breed in the US, we love our dogs and love taking pictures of them and sharing those pictures! The contest rules asked for the most number of unique pictures of dogs of each breed (so no two pictures of the same dog) to be posted to the contest breed page, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs won!! Thanks for sharing your love for the breed!
August and October brought new additions to Legacy Creek. We brought in two new female puppies, that both trace back to Pearl's (our foundation bitch) grand sire Yuri. One of our new girls, "Sybil"- Whispering Palm's Legacy Ride, comes from Juanita Jones of Whispering Palms in Florida. Our other new addition, "Phoenix" - Matterhorn's Legacy of Solar Flares, comes to us from Laurie Carmody of Matterhorn in New York. We are excited for both the working legacy in both of these girl's histories, as well as the long established reputations of both breeders and their contributions to the Swissy breed. Look for these ladies in the ring in 2019!
We are thrilled to announce that after a long year of evaluating him physically (looking for any potential health issues), as well as temperamentally- taking him to a certified veterinary behaviorist, taking him to multiple trainers, earning his Canine Good Citizen Urban certificate, as well as discussing who he is as a dog with every person who has known him or worked with him, and speaking with his breeder and the owner of his sire, we can now say that "Zuko," GCH CH I'm No Angel av Prinzenhof CGC, CGCA, GCGU, has been officially reinstated with the American Kennel Club. As breeders committed to breeding temperamentally sound Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, we took the circumstances of his incident last year very seriously. While the circumstances of his incident and his demeanor during the incident, and everything else we knew about this dog led us to believe that there were no aggressive tendencies in him, we could not ignore what happened. We did not pursue reinstatement lightly. For the past year, his temperament has remained as it ever was- stable; great with kids, adults, and dogs alike; some high prey drive (which we have always known and is part of the herding instinct in Swissies); extremely biddable; friendly to all who meet him. Additionally, his puppies that were born 10 days following the incident have all developed into mature, sweet, trainable puppies, three of them now showing in AKC conformation themselves. For all of those who have stood by us during this time of careful evaluation and preparation, especially all of our owners of his puppies and certain members of the Swissy breeder community, we thank you for your support through it all! We are looking forward to putting some more back end titles on this boy, showing off his true Swissy working drive! If anyone has any questions regarding what happened, we are more than happy to discuss the particulars by phone or in person.
Wife, Mother of 3, Burn ICU RN, MSN-NP student