We have been breeding Portuguese Water Dogs since 2011, when our Missy (CH Rustyco Makin' the Boy's Cry, from Julie and Ty Rust at Rustyco
) gave us our first litter of 12. It was an amazing litter, and produced Abbie (GCH Surfari's Restless Heart of Rustyco CGC) and Avery (GCH Surfari's Rodeo Sweetheart Rustyco), as well as Rucker (GCH Rustyco Ride 'Em Cowboy Surfari), Max (CH Rustyco Rifleman of Surfari), and Lenny (Rustyco Rawhide Runner of Surfari TKN CGC) amongst all the wonderful puppies.
Our breedings are carefully planned and limited to one or two a year, and we follow all the PWDCA guidelines on health testing, which helps give our puppies the best start. An easy way for families to check health testing is to look at OFA.org
. Look for a CHIC certification, which ensures all required testing has been done on each dog involved in breeding. (You can find our dogs listed here.)
Our puppies are whelped and raised in our home, with the family and other dogs surrounding their start in life. We use the techniques provided by Puppy Culture
. Our puppy homes need to purchase and participate in Puppy Culture videos
so that they may see how our puppies are raised, learn the different important developmental stages of puppies, and observe how the puppies are socialized and raised from birth.