I am a founder of the breed in the USA and the breed’s first and longest AKC Breeder of Merit. I am a serious- but not prolific breeder, perhaps producing a litter every 1-2 years and generally for my own needs. Breed type, conformation, health, temperament, work ethic. Pups are raised in my living room and I work very hard to give them the best starts before they go to their new homes. This year’s litters are co-bred with my wonderful friend and sister-in-dogs Colleen Nolan who has put an impressive number of titles on our co-owned girls including Obedience, Rally Obedience and coursing. –Lisa Harper
Unlike other breeders, my girls have rich and full lives before they are bred bringing maturity and confidence to the whelping experience. Not only does this give the girls time to completely grow up (not babies having babies), but they pass their smarts on to their pups.
This is an unusual year: I have two litters planned instead of the usual, one. Kai and I were busy on the show circuit. And Z was busy with co-owner Colleen Nolan rocking the coursing, rally, dock diving and obedience worlds (including the first and only AKC Utility Dog title in our breed!). Now we have a break, and it’s time to bring forth the next generation.
Scroll down to the very bottom to see the process for getting an Ariosa Spanish Water Dog.
Spanish Water Dog Litter: Spring 2019
Now accepting applications for these high-drive working pups, due April 15, 2019. Please contact Lisa Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dam: “Z” (Ariosa Fundy Bay It’s A Wonderfullife UD BN RAE2 CAX FCAT2 DS DJ CGCA TKI)
Sire #1: Ariosa Francisco RRey de Bostón CM
Sire #2: Concurrido Impavido SSB, FCI Agility Level 3
Thyroid: OFA Normal
Each of my litters has specific goals in mind. We are hoping Colleen will find her next great all-around puppy in this litter. The litter has two sires and each pup will be paternity tested before registration. Puppies in my home are always raised in the living room, in the middle of the action.
Spanish Water Dog Litter: Spring / Summer 2019
Sire: To Be Announced!
Westminster 2018 Winner, Best of Breed
AKC Championships 2017 Best Opposite Sex
National Specialty Select 2017 — “Kai”
- Eyes: OFA SWD-EYE35/22F-PI “Normal”
- prcd-PRA: OptiGen SWD-PRA104/23F-PI-CAR “Carrier”
- Hips: OFA SWD-107G24F-VPI “Good”
- Thyroid: OFA SWD-TH59/24F-VPI “Normal”
- See Kai’s family health history on OFA here
This may well be the premier litter for 2019, blending our wonderful Kai with a top international star of similar type and temperament. Pups in this litter will probably all be solid brown. Kai is lovingly co-owned by Lisa Harper of Connecticut and Colleen Nolan of West Virginia. Lisa (that’s me!) does the showing and breeding. Colleen puts all those wonderful and diverse titles on the the girls!
The Process to Owning an Ariosa puppy
Pups are assigned to families according to each family’s lifestyle. Pups are evaluated for temperament at 7 weeks and conformation at 8 weeks. Competition, working, and 4-H homes are given top priority. Homes willing to keep their dog intact for possible inclusion in my show/breeding program are also given higher consideration.
- The process starts with an introduction email from you. Tell me what you are looking for in a pup, where you are located, and what your timeline is. That will get the ball rolling. Email address: email@example.com .
- Next, fill out a questionnaire. Most breeders will have a questionnaire of sorts. Mine is designed for me to learn more about YOU, your dog experience, your household dynamic, what you do and don’t want in a companion. Some people go to town on these with photos and stories. I love that.
- Non-refundable $500 deposit. This tells me you are committed to getting an Ariosa pup. If you decide after making your deposit not to get a pup, the deposit is non-refundable. If, however, I don’t have a pup appropriate to you, then the deposit is fully refundable.
- Pups are assigned to families after their conformation evaluation at 8 weeks of age. Unfortunately, yearning for a particular pup from pictures does not greatly influence my placement decisions.
- Pups cannot be shipped. Puppies are to be picked up by their new family at my farm in central Connecticut when they are 8-9 weeks old.
- All pups will have docked tails and dew claws removed. This is done before 5 days of age when the puppies are not capable of forming memories of pain.
- All pups will be registered with the American Kennel Club.