Interview with Judy Seibert, Breeder of Sage Hills Lowchen
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Judy Seibert: My home near Zillah, Washington, has been the site of Sage Hills Lowchen for 15 years. I bred Piedelai Portuguese Water Dogs for 30 years, beginning in 1985.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Judy Seibert: When I downsized to Lowchen, I changed my kennel name because nobody could pronounce Piedelai. I have six Lowchen, including my foundation bitch who is nearly 16.
Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Judy Seibert: I have been privileged to have two mentors, Janette Swindler and Nadine Baldwin, whose guidance has helped me produce a few lovely Lowchen. I have bred eight litters in 15 years, but only produced 14 puppies as litter sizes were only one or two puppies, and out of these I have five champions, one of which is a grand champion and one which is a grand champion bronze.
Which have been my most influential sires and dams?
Judy Seibert: The most influential show dog sires are not mine; Janette’s GCH CH Marquesan’s Madriglace Encore and GCH CH Madriglace JJ.
My most influential dam is CH Sage Hill’s I Will Always Love You.
Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
Judy Seibert: Litters are whelped in the house, and along with my adults, stay in the house with me. I have a small kennel with indoor/outdoor runs where my dogs stay when I am not home. The kennels open onto a large backyard where the dogs have room to run and play.
What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? Performance puppies?
Judy Seibert: I follow the Puppy Culture™ protocol with my puppies. Lowchen make great family pets as long as they are raised with children. When showing Lowchen, coat care requires daily brushing and regular bathing. Pets can be kept in a puppy clip to make care easier.
At what age do I place puppies in show homes? In Performance homes?
Judy Seibert: I keep all of my show prospects and place pets no earlier than ten weeks.
In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?
Judy Seibert: For obvious reasons, I am concerned about fertility in the breed as one- and two-puppy litters leave very little room for choices when choosing breeding stock. Also, the breed is rare, and breeders need to work together to increase numbers and broaden the gene pool. I have been fortunate that my dogs are otherwise healthy and have not produced any of the genetic diseases that have been identified in the breed, including PRA, hip dysplasia, thyroid problems, luxated patellas, and megaesophagus.
Is my breed a good choice as a Performance competitor?
Judy Seibert: Lowchen love Performance and need the correct structure to be competitive.
If I could share one suggestion with judges of my breed, what would I like to say to them about my breed?
Judy Seibert: I would encourage judges to look for short loins and proper angulation in fronts and rears, with smooth movement.
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