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We have a wonderful time with our babies and great quality & happy babies require a lot of your time while raising them. This first litter of 11 babies have all gone to wonderful homes. I'm posting this so you can see a little of our history and we have many happy people who would be glad to give references. Most of our buyers keep in touch with us and send updated photos of their grown companions. We currently have a new litter so please take the time to check out our new puppies (only four males remain available as of this posting). http://www.quali...
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vonWillebrands Disease

Von Willebrand's Disease is the most common in a group of diseases known as "clotting disorders" or "bleeding disorders," which are often collectively referred to as hemophilia in humans (and the term "hemophilia" is commonly used in dogs as well). In order to understand von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), it's important to have a basic understanding of how blood normally clots.

When there is an injury or other trigger for bleeding, the body responds to "plug" the bleeding source in the injury. One major component of the response is the accumulation of platelets, cellular components that physically "plug the hole." A second part of the clot formation response is a series of chemical reactions involving specific molecules known as "clotting factors," which, to think of it simply, help glue the platelets together and to the tissue/blood vessel. Those clotting factors are numbered in sequence from I to XII (1 to 12 in Roman numerals), and they follow the numbered sequence in the way they react... Factor I interacts with Factor II, and the result interacts with Factor II, etc. Obviously, with so many components involved in creating the clot that stops bleeding, the failure of any single component could severely impair the clotting process. In fact, there are a wide variety of clotting disorders, each affecting a particular step in that process. In the case of von Willebrand's Disease, there is a reduction in the concentration of a protein known as von Willebrand's Factor, which stabilizes Factor VIII and helps the clot form.
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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Switzerland
Life Expectancy 9 - 12 yrs
Height Range 25.5 - 28.5(m); 23.5 - 27(f)
Weight Range 110 - 140 lbs
Colors Black with red and white markings
Trainability Moderate
With Children Swissys can be great with children, but it requires work. Proper training and socialization are a must.
With Animals Some do well with other animals; some do not.
Climate Loves cooler weather, but still wants in to the warmth of the home & family
Indoor/Outdoor Will not do well left in a yard. Must be kept predominantly indoors with family.
Exercise Reqd Moderate as adults; play is fine for puppies
Grooming Reqd Regular brushing; undercoat will blow 2 or more times a year.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Information
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog comes to us from the farms and villages of the Swiss Alps. He is the largest (and probably the oldest) of the four Sennenhund Breeds (including the Appenzell Cattle Dog. Entlebuch Cattle Dog, and the AKC-recognized Bernese Mountain Dog). The Sennenhund breeds are thought to be descendants of Roman Mastiffs, brought to the area more than 2000 years ago.

When looking for a puppy, Be Patient, Be Careful and Be Educated on any breed before buying that puppy.

Health concerns in this breed, but not limited to:
Orthopedic problems: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, OCD.
Eye problems: Distichiasis (extra lashes), Entropian (eyelid that turns inward), Cataracts.
Urinary Incontinence, Mostly in females. Incontinence can be brought on by spaying a bitch before her first heat cycle.
Gastric Dilitation-volvulus ( bloat ) All large deep chested breeds are prone to bloat.
Epilepsy
Temperament: While temperament is not actually a health concern, it should be considered very important when looking at purchasing a puppy.

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America has established a set of Breeder's Guidelines for breeders to follow. http://www.gsmdca.org/Breedersguidelines.pdf By following these guidelines, the health issues can be reduced in this breed. Not all breeders follow them though. It is up to each potential puppy buyer to do their home work. When checking into breeders, ask about health clearances and then look them up yourself on OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) http://www.offa.org/ Ask about breeder support; you want to buy from a breeder that will support you and help you through the life of your swissy, not one that will not return your call after they cash your check. Look for breeders that work towards strengthening the breed, not just producing as many puppies as they can. When looking for a puppy, talk to many breeders and ask them as many questions about their breeding practices as they should be asking you about your reasons in wanting a swissy.


Connie Beauregard
DixieLand Swissys


Written by Karen Conant with permission to use.

You've probably heard all of the great attributes of these striking, loyal companions, but please consider the following facts when deciding whether the GSMD is the right breed for you:

·Properly raising a Swissy takes time. Does your job and lifestyle allow for the commitment to properly raise and train a working dog? Read on and then determine whether or not a Swissy matches your lifestyle.

·Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are a large breed and require space. They also require moderate activity and regular exercise. A true working breed, the Swissy is most content when he has a job or purpose. Swissys are not lazy, lay--around-the-house dogs.

·Swissys are most content in the company of their families. They are not well suited to kenneling and confinement away from the activities of the household. Though capable of withstanding the elements, the Swissy's nature is best suited to being a family member and house companion.

·Swissys are alert and vigilant. This means that they will bark at neighbors, guests, and just about anything going on in the neighborhood! They have a natural protective instinct to guard home and family.

·Most Swissys like the company of children, but NO large dog should be left unattended with young children. Due to the Swissy's robust size and active nature, they can easily topple children unintentionally.

·Swissys have several major health problems to consider. In addition to the common orthopedic ailments of large breeds, such as OCD and hip dysplasia, the GSMD is afflicted by a very serious condition known as Gastric Dilation Volvulus, or "bloat". This is a life-threatening medical emergency that is all too common in our breed. Epilepsy is another very serious health concern. All of these conditions can be costly to treat and manage.

·Swissys are strong dogs! They are powerful in physical strength and strong-willed and can often be a challenge to leash train. Swissys love to pull. Keep in mind that children (and for that matter some adults!) may have a difficult time walking a Swissy throughout the neighborhood.

·Because many Swissys have a well developed prey drive, they require a fenced yard for safe containment. A neighbor's cat or unsuspecting squirrel can become the target of chase!

·Swissy temperaments vary but are overall quite complex due to their working dog nature and development. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are NOT a good choice for inexperienced or first time dog owners. In the hands of an experienced owner, the Swissy can be a wonderful family companion.

·Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs were originally bred as draft and guard dogs. Like many working breeds, the Swissy has a tendency for dominant temperaments and behaviors. In addition, Swissys tend to be "social climbers". Practicing effective pack leadership is necessary to prevent dominant behaviors from becoming problematic. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs must learn their place in the family social hierarchy. This takes time, effort and a good dose of patience.

·GSMDs require diligent socialization at an early age. This means meeting many new people and being introduced to many new situations. Socializing a Swissy is a commitment not to be taken lightly. Some GSMDs may exhibit dog aggression, particularly intra-sex aggression in intact animals.

·Swissys are slow maturing both mentally and physically. Because of orthopedic concerns related to large breed dogs, great care must be taken to prevent injury during growth stages. Despite their sturdy build, the breed is, in effect, quite fragile during these growth periods. The Swissy is not a breed that can sustain unlimited exercise or activities such as jogging at a young age.

·Swissys shed!!! A common misconception is that the short coat of the GSMD sheds very little, and nothing could be further from the truth. The Swissy has a thick undercoat which sheds continually throughout the year and requires regular grooming.

· If you are interested in breeding, you should know that the GSMD is prone to whelping difficulties and often require cesarean sections. They are not easy to breed!

· Finally, Swissys need TRAINING! Prepare to devote the time and energy to ensure your dog has all of the "tools" it needs to become a good citizen.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What is your dog's favorite toy?
This Week's Question:
Does your dog prefer to play with people, or with other dogs?
Our dogs love Kong toys. We fill them with treats then play hide and seek with the Kongs.
Trobridges Teeny Weenies from Indianapolis, USA
The favorite toy of all of our dogs is this tiny little stuffed, squeaky blue monkey. I bought it at a dollar store and wish I could find them again! All dogs and puppies LOVE this toy!
Jessica from PA, USA
I have two Mini Schnauzers that are almost two years old. They love balls (especially tennis balls for dogs). The Female loves all toys; yet we have a whole box of stuffed animal toys that look like they have been gutted. The male is calm and the female can destroy and demolish almost all stuffed to
Sinlof4 from Oklahoma City, OK, USA
stuffed AKC mallard duck toy
tracey from kingstree, sc, USA
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