my puppies bear the name DO LUSIADAS (it is my registered kennel's
name). In 1994 I started the DO LUSIADAS kennels in Certaldo near
Florence with a first litter of Pyrenean Mountain Dogs registered
in the LOI. A second litter, this time of Bolognese, was born
were the two breeds I loved at the time and they were the ones
most suited to my temperament and needs and that were themselves
well adapted to my family's life-style. As we were living in an
isolated cottage with a large garden in the Tuscan hillside the
Pyrenean Mountain Dog was able to tend to his role as superb watch
dog, affording the protection we needed without any risk or danger
for my son, then a little boy, nor for his playmates when they
came over to see him . This breed is in fact extremely protective
and is fantastic with children that may themselves not be too
careful. The Bolognese on the other hand used to take care of
my son in the house , in a reciprocal exchange of love and companionship
they both needed.
myself was born on a big farm in the countryside and I have always
been surrounded by many kinds of animals , from chickens or rabbits
to larger animals like cows or horses and as they bred I could
often play with the offspring. So maybe all I could do was to
become a breeder!
my first period of dog breeding I did all I could to get information
on existing breeds as I was keen to know and understand their
qualities, specific attributes, their work aptitudes and the use
they are put to, fascinated by what these great friends of man
have given us with their work, aid , and their very being.
I was particularly
interested in one specific breed, a very special one, somehow
unique, extraordinary both for its history and the work aptitudes.
This breed was the Câo de agua, or Portuguese Water Dog. But at
the exhibitions I went to, it wasn't to be found. And while books
or encyclopedias I could see stimulated my interest and made me
keen to know the breed, the pictures of individuals I came across
were so ugly that I was almost discouraged. Finally one day I
saw a paper with good photos of these dogs and there I definitely
fell in love with this breed.
For almost a
year I looked for suitable puppies and then destiny came my way.
I met by pure chance George Kratochvil who was going to close
his kennel in Switzerland and who was looking for a good situation
in which to place his beloved dogs. A good friendship began with
George, a friendship based on respect and esteem as we agreed
on methods and quality of breeding. I wanted to start breeding
Portuguese Water dogs , he wanted his name to be continued in
a serious correct way . I soon took over his Swiss affix that
he afterwards left me and that was transferred and enregistered
by the Italian kennel Club (Enci) in 2001.
I am now raising
the three breeds that make up my horizon, my way of living with
dogs, the way I see them. Something that satisfies their needs
and at the same time is something that goes with my character.
I think the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, at the same time rustic but
smart and refined, is perfect for the kind of work it is expected
to accomplish. The Bolognese is a great companion, not intrusive
but always present. As for the Portuguese Water Dog it is quite
exceptional, it can perform many tasks in different fields, its
great sturdiness makes it capable of enjoying life both inside
the house and outdoors, and with its medium size it can follow
you everywhere, also in places or circumstances in which the other
two breeds might not feel totally at ease. These three independent
and proud breeds get along very well together and are able to
live in total harmony.
do lusiadas kennel
by fabiana bazzani - (florence )
phone 349-5789127 in italian language | e-mail : email@example.com