Good day and welcome to the wonderful world of the Portuguese Water Dog.
I will try, over the next few paragraphs, to describe my passion for this breed.
First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Cécile Boivin. I’m married to Denis Beausoleil, and I’m mother to 2 daughters, Marjorie and Laurie-Anne. I’m also a veterinarian, a breeder of Portuguese Water Dogs, a lover of animals and of nature in general.
I had two childhood dreams. The first one was to become a veterinarian. This I managed to do at age 34, after a return to full-time studies, being married with two young daughters. The second dream was to become a dog breeder.
Why become a breeder? While I studied veterinary medicine, we adopted a 3 month old puppy that had been abandoned at the doorsteps of the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, in St-Hyacinthe. This puppy, a labrador mix-breed, we called Chicco. He is still with us after 12 years. He was probably raised in a barn or a garage and he had very little social interaction. It is with Chicco, with the help of excellent dog trainers, that we began to talk « dog ». It is also during this time that I knew that I would someday have my own kennel.
As the concept of my kennel was taking shape, we went to dog shows. It was at the Montreal dog show that I first saw a Portuguese Water Dog. I felt instantly in love with the breed. This breed meets all my requirements of beauty and temperament. It is a medium sized breed, with a non-shedding and hypoallergenic coat. It is robust, very intelligent, full of energy and non-aggressive. After many discussions with breeders of PWDs, to understand all the characteristics of the breed, I sought to buy a female that met the high qualities standards for show and reproduction. This is when I became the proud owner of an adorable curly, black and white, female named Naya (registered under Maya de Lolyka at the Canadian Kennel Club), born on April 1, 2002.
After 3 years of waiting, during which time Naya proved her mettle both in the conformation and obedience rings, we recently had the pleasure of having of our first litter. As usual, Naya made us proud on the night of January 3 to 4, 2005, with a litter of 12 superb puppies, 6 males and 6 females. They were all in good health. Unfortunately, they were too many for Naya to feed alone. All the family helped Naya, who seemed overwhelmed, by bottle feeding the puppies on a rotating basis. Nights were short but the end result was well worth the effort. All the puppies are in good health… and adorable.
There is more. We have added an adorable 8 weeks old, little curly female to my kennel. She is white with black markings, a heart-breaker to be sure, and I have named her « Fleur des Neiges » (Ovive Fleur des Neiges). Fleur was born in Ontario, on Novembre 26, 2004, and was brought to us on January 24, 2005. With Naya’s puppies barely 3 weeks old, Fleur’s arrival did not help me to lenghten my nights. But I felt in love with her the moment I saw her when she was only 4 weeks old. What a dog!
My wish is to raise our puppies in a family setting for maximum socialisation. I do not intend to have more than 3 females in our household. All my dogs are going on conformation trials until they have their Canadian Champion title. Naya got her title at the age of 8 months and her first level of obedience (Companion Dog) at one year old.
As a veterinarian, I strongly believe that it is essential to provide adoption families with healthy puppies. My breeders dogs are all submitted to available health tests for genetic diseases such as Optigen for Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Canine GM1 gangliosidosis testing program, OFA certifications for hips and elbows. Puppies are given a 2 years warranty for genetic or hereditary diseases and a 14 days warranty on infectious diseases, to allow for the normal incubation period. All puppies are sold with health warranty after a thorough medical examination, vaccinated, dewormed and neutered. They are all registered with the Canadian Kennel Club and microchiped with AVID chips, distributed by the CKC.
Should the Portuguese Water Dog be of interest to you, I have the ideal companion for you.
If you need further informations on the breed, or if you would like to inquire if puppies are currently or will soon be available, please feel free to call me.
Cécile Boivin, dmv
We live at Marieville, at 25 minutes from Montreal.
Visitors are always welcome, by apointment only.
To reach us:
By phone: 450-460-2834
Conception: Marjorie Beausoleil