Great attention is paid to socializing Waterbound puppies.
Waterbound puppies are exposed to many different noises, objects, and people.
Waterbound puppies are born in the house and raised as part of the family.
Waterbound puppies are from litters with very low inbreeding coefficients to minimize health risks.
Waterbound litters are raised using the “Superstar Program” as described in The Breeder’s Guide to Superstar Dogs.
The Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test is performed at 49 days to help place puppies in the appropriate home.
Waterbound Dogs Undergo 5 Health Screenings
1. VON WILLEBRAND DISEASE (vWD)
Testing is available through Utrecht University of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands by blood sample. All breeding stock is required to be tested for the carrier status.
2. HEREDITARY NECROTIZING MYELOPATHY (ENM)
A DNA blood test is available to screen for carrier status of ENM through Utrecht University of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands by blood sample. All breeding stock is required to be tested for the carrier status.
3. PATELLA LUXATION
Dogs used for breeding should be free or only minimally affected with patella luxation and should carry a valid Orthopedic Foundation for Animals’ (OFA) certificate.
4. HIP DYSPLASIA
Ask a qualified veterinarian to x-ray your dog and submit results to Orthopedic Foundation for Animals’ (OFA). All breeding stock should be tested.
5. EYE DISEASE
It is important to have Kooikers examined by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and registered with CERF, the Canine Eye Registration Foundation.