Breeder’s Log #3 - Fletch and Izzy
After a litter of puppies leaves for their new home I always think things should slow down because I’m not spending so many hours caring for them. This has not been the case for the past few weeks since the Parks and Rec litter left. We may not be doing as much with the dogs every day, but our days have been filled with summer activities, house projects, and behind the scenes work on Joley Aire.
Before I get into that, though, I have a little announcement! Izzy is in season!
Izzy is our 2-year-old F1 Bernedoodle that we adopted from another breeder who was downsizing her program in Georgia. Poor Izzy came to us as a very scared and nervous dog who has an obvious mistrust of people. We’ve been slowly trying to win her over, but it’s a process!
What I love about Izzy is her elegance. She moves and acts in a very dignified way as if she is a queen. I think she is gorgeous and I’m sure her puppies will be stunning.
We originally planned to breed her to an outside stud up in Chicago, but because she is so nervous I didn’t want to put her through a car ride to a new place to meet a new dog. Which brings me to introduce Fletcher.
Now, normally when we add a new dog to our pack I would get all excited, post pictures everywhere, and make a big announcement. That wasn’t the case with Fletch when we first brought him home a few weeks ago.
I found Fletch on Puppyfind.com and saw this 2-year-old Miniature Poodle who had already produced Beautiful Bernedoodle puppies and he was only an hour away from us. We wanted to get our own stud soon and the timing was perfect for Izzy.
Well, when I went to get him deep in Amish country I started to have doubts (the Amish aren’t always known for ethical or quality breeding practices). Those doubts came like a wave over me when I first saw him.
I’ve always pictured our foundation poodle stud to look fancy and beautiful and have lovely long legs. The dog standing before me was not that. Fletch had short legs and a long body. He squirmed around happily, wagging his nub of a tail. Nothing about him said elegance.
Then, when I asked about his breeding history they said, “Oh no! He hasn’t been bred!”
“Who was the father of the litters on your website under his name?” I replied
“That’s his Dad! They are both named Fortune” she said.
Um, what?!?! So, the dog I thought was a proven stud now wasn’t.
Now, a more experienced breeder might have taken those things into account and walked away knowing there are always other dogs out there. But I did not walk away. I was overwhelmed by what to do, my husband (who has the more steady, reasonable mind) was not with me, the baby had cried the last 45 minutes of the drive, and, well, he was kind of cute and he was an intact two-year-old purebred Poodle.
We changed his name from Fortune to Fletcher upon my husband’s request. I could barely look at him for the first few days. I didn’t want to tell anyone about my mistake. I actually texted the previous owner and asked if they would take him back. They would not.
Then, something happened. He started to win me over. What he lacks in elegance, he makes up for in heart and personality. Fletcher is so loving! He wiggles around happily and loves to bury his nose in you affectionately. He picks up on training quickly and gets along with all the big dogs really well.
I have never owned a small dog before and I love the way he curls up on my lap.
But then, we had a decision to make: should we breed him to Izzy?
Izzy + Fletcher
First, there was the matter of his size. I had read before that breeding such a large dog to such a small one was frowned upon, but I wanted to know why. Are their health problems resulting from such a pair? Do they not produce typical litters?
I researched the question thoroughly and could not find anything that suggested the health of puppies that resulted from a large female being bred to a smaller male would be compromised. (The other way around, though, is not a good idea)
I did find something that said they could have disproportionately shorter legs and look more like a Corgi. The attached picture to this comment was the most adorable Bernedoodle I’d ever seen! Sure, its legs were short, but I thought that made it even cuter.
I searched for more short-legged Bernedoodles and absolutely loved every one of them. I get that some people might not want it, but I didn’t think it was a good reason not to breed Izzy and Fletcher.
I also think his coloring paired with hers will produce beautiful babies. He is a silver tri-colored parti so I expect FLASHY looking babies.
I believe Fletcher’s sweet, outgoing personality will make up for Izzy’s shyness (though, I wonder if she had a different upbringing if she would be so shy). I always take temperament into account when breeding a pair of dogs to make sure the resulting puppies will align with our mission: to provide amazing family dogs.
Now, if you are wondering how on earth it would work to get a 10 lb Poodle to breed a 45 lb Bernedoodle: let's just say the stairs helped ;)
So, there you have it, Izzy and Fletch will be expecting puppies on August 27th. We are not going to open the Waiting list up until we know she is pregnant since this is our first litter with the two. If you are interested in one of their puppies the best thing to do is sign up for our newsletter.
I mentioned that our family has been busy lately with other things: we have been doing a lot of swimming at my Grandma’s lake.
We had our driveway replaced. When we bought this house, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us. This project felt like a huge leap forward and we are so happy with the result!
We cut a dead tree down in the back yard.
While Brian (my husband) worked on that, I captured an awesome moment of the kids with Akira and Denali. It was a pretty normal moment for us, but it made me think how thankful I am for these dogs.
Oh, and this is probably totally insignificant to you, but it’s a pretty big deal for me: I got a new computer! Now, I’ll be able to edit pictures so much faster so I can spend less time on the computer and more time with my kids and dogs!
Now, I originally hoped to publish this “Breeder’s Log” every day, but let’s be honest, I don’t have the time. So, I will try my best to make it a weekly thing. Thanks for joining me and before we go….
I want to hear from you! Answer this question in the comments: What do you think of Fletcher? Would you have walked away?