I've been involved with Silken Windhounds long before they ever
technically became a breed (closing of the studbooks) I feel
a certain responsibility toward the breed itself and
not just to my own breeding program. Especially the continued
development of the breed, in Sweden foremost and Europe second.
quality and in USA the number of potential dogs
for breeding are increasing toward a point where breeding can
be directed to breeding top quality dogs
as a breeding goal. In Europe we are
very far from that. With only some 50 dogs here we still
have to breed for diversity first of all, using all the
sound and healthy dogs we have.
We need to
produce a much larger basic genepool from where we can go on to
furthering the qualities of the breed later on. To breed for potential
show rings only, would at this point be disastrous for us.
reason I do not strive to breed top quality dogs,
but dogs that are good representatives of the breed and
dogs that can first of all be used in Sweden to help the delevopment
of the Swedish population but also for Europe. This will contribute
to the building of a strong foundation for the future
and make it easier for new fanciers and breeders to make wise
choices when it comes to breeding selections, without having to
import for every combination. As long as import is the only alternative
for breeding, the numbers of breeders will grow very slowly, and
of course this negatively affects the number of Silkens born...
Windhounds are not recognised anywhere in Europe
except for Slovenia, and this is not helping
us to grow. But there are always fanciers who really are interested
in the breed, if I can help remove the obstacles they face with
imports (financial as well as all the hassle) and make sure there
are dogs to choose from at home, then it is worth it. To help
build the European foundation of the breed really is my
with this I work with other breeders in Europe, except for exchanging
puppies and try to use each others males responsively and without
excess, several of us also plan future imports together. This
way we ensure more imports will really be of use to the existing
population in a most optimal way
by me but not bred by me, never carry my kennel name.
Only dogs bred by me carry my kennel name.
by me will not be registered with another kennel name added.
My puppies already have a kennel name. Period.