I am a founder of the breed in the USA and the breed’s first and longest AKC Breeder of Merit. I am not a 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. Last year, Kai was campaigning in conformation before winning Westminster this year. 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
- Eyes: SWD-EYE71/29M-VPI “Normal”
- prcd-PRA: OptiGen SWD-PRA99/7M-PI “Normal”
- Hips: OFA SWD-127E24M-VPI “Excellent”
- Thyroid: OFA SWD-TH69/24M-VPI “Normal”
- See Hudson’s OFA records here
- Eyes: OFA SWD-EYE36/39F-PI “Normal”
- prcd-PRA: OptiGen SWD-PRA105/41F-PI “Normal”
- Hips: OFA SWD-108G42F-VPI “Good”
- Thyroid: OFA SWD-TH60/42F-VPI “Normal”
- See Z’s family health information on OFA here
- Z has a lot of very impressive titles. She lives with and is trained by co-owner Colleen Nolan but will be with me (Lisa) for her litter.
Each of my litters has specific goals in mind. Most are conformational, balancing the builds of the sire and dam to move every towards the typiest SWD possible. For this litter, I am also trying to blend Z’s strong working drive and trainability with Hudson’s sweet, biddable temperament. Puppies in my home are always raised in the living room, in the middle of the action. I expect the pups in this litter to be solid black and solid brown, but there could be some surprises!
Update: Z is in season! We are hoping the breeding will take place next week (about March 28). If all goes well, we’ll have a lovely early-summer litter ready to go home at the end of June.
Spanish Water Dog Litter: Spring / Summer 2019
Sire: To Be Announced!
- 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 2018/19, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
- 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.