My Breeding Philosophy
I am registered as a breeder with the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (www.kusa.co.za). Savannalands is my registered kennel affix.
In order to promote the health and longevity of our gorgeous breed, I like to health test the dogs that I plan to use in my breeding programme. I x-ray for hip and elbow dysplasia and check eyes annually. Additionally, I have started done DNA testing for PRA-1 and PRA-2 (via Animal Health Trust in the UK), as these diseases would not necessarily show up through annual SAVA (South African Veterinary Association) eye testing, but can cause blindness.
How We Raise Our Puppies
When pups are imminent, I move into our cottage with the expectant mom and put her whelping box next to my bed. The pups are born and raised there till I move them to the en-suite bathroom for more space when they are ready to start moving out of their whelping box. I am with them almost 24/7 until they go to their new homes. When they are old enough, they have their own, play-room, which leads out to a securely fenced and covered private garden, for their sole use. See our Facebook page for loads of puppy pics and to watch the regular updates of our pups as they grow.
We recently bred both our champion girls, Prada and Gucci and they each gave birth to 3 boys and 3 girls, on 29 and 31 December 2021, respectively. This was their third and final litter each.
Prada, RBISS Ch Fenpinque Pradaspelle at Savannalands (Imp UK) was bred with our own champion boy Floyd, BPISS Ch Zenevieva Pink Floyd at Savannalands (Imp Ire).
We kept a girl from each litter, to keep those lines going, Faith, Savannalands I Still Have Faith in You, from the JJ x Gucci combination and Holly, Savannalands Take a Chance on Me, from the Floyd x Prada combination.
My next mating will likely be the first for our Tess, Ch Savannalands Red Velvet, when she comes into season again around August 2022. She will be 3 years old in August. I will mate her with our gorgeous Maverick, Savannalands Maverick, who has already sired a couple of litters. He will be 4 in November 2022. Pups from this litter, if we are indeed lucky enough to get pregnant, will likely be ready for their new homes mid January 2023.
.If you would like to be considered for a pup from this next or any other litter in the future, please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you my Prospective Owner's Questionnaire to complete and return.
My waiting list is not a first come first served, rather I try and find the very best homes for my puppies. It will be up to you to keep in touch though because, since lockdown started, there are simply hundreds of enquiries that come streaming in and, much as I would like to, I simply cannot keep in touch with each one of you who has previously made contact, to confirm if you are indeed still wanting a puppy. Please bear with me for replying to your emails. I will reply as and when I can, but often I will simply put enquiries aside for answering in batches in due course, as this is a hobby and not a business and I am busy. I will also guide you as to what you should look for in a reputable breeder. Those that stay in touch once they are on the short list, once pups are born AND offer great homes are the ones who will likely get my puppies.
Pups will likely still be R20k each again. I don't want your deposit, it will not secure you a puppy ahead of anyone else. I don't confirm any puppies until they are at least safely past three weeks of age, as this is their most vulnerable period.
Baby Mr Black, asleep during his weigh-in.
Prada with her litter on the left, Gucci with hers on the right, born 30 September and 3 October 2020, respectively. First time I've had 2 litters together, it worked so well with this set-up and Gucci helped feed Prada's pups when Prada didn't have enough milk.
Prada on the left, Gucci on the right, in season in my kennels, August 2020, with Granny Bailey who just loves socialising.
Indi with her litter of 13 puppies, born 21 August 2019.
And they're off.... Cape Town pups from Indi's August 2019 litter, celebrating their 1st birthday together. This gorgeous pic taken by puppy Malachi's dad, Alan Raubenheimer, of Fine Edge Art.
Maverick and Scarlett