Building the future:
The essence of our Estrela Mountain Dog Preservation Breeding Initiative is to protect and preserve the function, form and health of the Estrela Mountain Dog breed for future generations.
These unique dogs face the dual challenge of preserving their genetic health while ensuring the continuation of their breed's existence for future generations.
The incidence of genetic disorders in purebred dogs has become a pressing issue, impacting their overall well-being. Dog breeds are facing shortened lifespans, declining fertility, and a concerning surge in health problems caused by single mutations. Notably, cancer, epilepsy, and other complex conditions have become more prevalent. Fixing these problems is important, and starts with retaining and replacing lost genetics.
Pursuit of Perfection is often the Enemy of Breed Preservation
- Probably Aristotle & Definitely Damari
In any breeding program, whether by chance or deliberate selection, the loss of essential genes over generations can lead to various genetic disorders and canine maladies. Understanding this, it becomes crucial to ensure the preservation and passage of all necessary "dog" genes that are essential for building healthy dogs, regardless of any modifications made to breed-specific traits. This is the fundamental principle of preservation breeding, as neglecting to protect these core genes can result in detrimental consequences.
Estrela Mountain dogs have a very limited gene pool in the United States.
What does it mean for us to be an Estrela Mountain Dog breeder focused on breed preservation? As a preservation breeding program, we prioritize maximizing genetic resources in an ethical manner. Rather than excluding dogs for physical flaws, we pair them strategically with complementary partners to maintain diversity in the gene pool while promoting a healthier future generation.
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We focus on maintaining and growing genetic diversity.
We prioritize preserving working traits and instincts.
We promote genetic health and minimize the risk of inherited diseases.
So what does it really mean?
This all sounds great right? But what does it really mean? How do we actually do this for the Estrela Mountain Dog Breed? And how can you help?
The Estrela Mountain dog breed needs dedicated owners and advocates that are willing to love the breed and defend it's existence. They do not need "saved" or rescued or pitied. They need a space to love and be loved and an opportunity to prove their character. We are working with veterinarians, biologists and breed advocates from Portugal to ethically defend and continue this amazing breed.
The Serra da Estrela Breed possesses a remarkable, distinct, and indispensable character. In essence, they were often described as the epitome of precisely functional working and companion dogs. This functional character is our #1 Priority in our Estrela Mountain Dog preservation breeding program. A dog breed is nothing without it's character, and a true Estrela needs to display original character and instincts.
Genetic diversity plays a pivotal role in the long-term viability and health of Estrela Mountain Dogs. A broad range of genetic variation helps to ensure resilience to diseases, adaptability to changing environments, and overall robustness within the breed. By preserving and promoting genetic diversity, we can safeguard the breed's genetic health and maintain its distinct qualities for future generations to cherish.
Health and form are vital considerations in our Estrela Mountain dog breed, as they contribute to the overall well-being and physical characteristics of the dogs. Breeding for both health and proper form ensures that dogs not only look beautiful but also have the structural soundness to live active and healthy lives. We view health-testing as a tool, and strive to match dogs with different strengths and weaknesses to improve the breed cohesively.
At times, we come across adult Estrela Mountain Dogs who are in search of loving families for their forever homes.
If you are considering adoption, these mature dogs offer a special bond and companionship that can truly enrich your life. These dogs are often not "Rescues" but well-mannered adult dogs that did not fit into a breeding program or had owners that could no longer care for them etc.
Our type of people:
Understand that: perfect doesn't exist
every dog has flaws.
focused on breed longevity and diversity.
We are not your type if you need:
zero health issues
We aren't the breeder for you if you are looking for a perfection guarantee. It doesn't exist here. Perfection is often the enemy of preservation, and while we strive to better the breed we refuse to do this at the cost of genetic diversity. We have seen politics and intense health testing culling virtually wipe out breeds, and we will have no part of that here. While we strive to better the breed, we are doing this slowly= no genes left behind style.
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