Plantation House Shepherds
Thank you all, the puppies of the last Ziva/Blade litter have all gone to fantastic homes. After much thought, we have decided that now is the time for us to take a break. Our lives have been planned around the dogs for years and before we know it our kids will be grown and much less interested in hanging out, camping, visiting Disney, or exploring with their parents. It’s now or never. To those of you who have become our extended family by taking one of our puppies into your homes and hearts, we hope to continue to hear from you. We can’t tell you how much the updates mean to us.
Our goal in breeding is to provide the perfect family pet. We strive for quality, not quantity. Our dogs are family. Our dogs live with us and other than crate training as a youngster, do not spend time in a kennel. We believe that it is possible to breed a dog who will be large, gentle, protective, athletic, and healthy. Our puppies are intelligent and trainable. They go on to become service dogs, therapy dogs, compete in agility, achieve obedience titles, etc.
Health Testing Definitions
We feel that testing is very important. We want our puppies to be as healthy as they can possibly be and in order for that to happen, we have to be sure that the parents are free from genetic disease. The tests we do currently, over and above the normal veterinary care are as follows:
OFA – Hips and elbows are x-rayed and results read by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to determine a rating for joint abnormality. Preliminary testing is done at around a year with final testing done at about 2 years.
Degenerative Myelopathy – Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM), is a progressive fatal hereditary disease. Fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves of dogs with DM degenerate similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease in people. Affected dogs develop hind limb weakness, wobbliness, lameness, and gradual paralysis, followed by similar but less severe symptoms in the front legs. In later stages, dogs have respiratory and swallowing problems, urinary and fecal incontinence, and profound muscle wasting. Eventually, they can’t walk or stand without assistance. There is no cure for DM.
Hyperuricosuria – Hyperuricosuria (HUU) means elevated levels of uric acid in the urine. This trait predisposes dogs to form stones in their bladder or sometimes kidneys. These stones often must be removed surgically and can be difficult to treat. Hyperuricosuria is inherited as a simple autosomal recessive trait.
Multi-Drug Resistance Gene - Multi-Drug Resistance Gene (MDR1) codes for a protein that is responsible for protecting the brain by transporting potentially harmful chemicals away from the brain. In certain breeds, a mutation occurs in the MDR1 gene that causes sensitivity to Ivermectin, Loperamide, and a number of other drugs. Dogs with this mutation have a defect in the P-glycoprotein that is normally responsible for transporting certain drugs out of the brain. The defective protein inhibits the dog’s ability to remove certain drugs from the brain, leading to a buildup of these toxins. As a result of the accumulation of toxins, the dog can show neurological symptoms such as seizures, ataxia, or even death.
Renal Cystadenocarcinoma Nodular Dermatofibrosis – Renal Cystadenocarcinoma Nodular Dermatofibrosis (RCND) is a naturally occurring canine kidney cancer syndrome that was originally described in German Shepherd Dogs. Only 1 copy of the gene, which may be inherited from either parent, is required to produce the trait. Because nodular dermatofibrosis has an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance, all dogs with the defective gene will develop the condition.
Rosehall’s Silver Ziva of Royalair
Ziva is a black and silver German shepherd we co-own with Robin Krumm of Royalair Shepherds. Ziva is DM-N/N, MDR1-N/N, OFA-normal, and carries no coat factor. She produced short-coat puppies in white and black/silver, most of them with Royalair’s Silver Blade. The combination produced puppies with the most amazing temperament and we hope that their offspring will continue to pass that along to future generations. She is 28-1/2” tall and just over 100 pounds.
Ziva has officially retired.
Royalair’s Tessa of Plantation House
Tessa is an AKC black and silver who is starting to show a bit more cream. She is a Ziva/Blade (Royalair’s Silver Blade) daughter. Tessa is DM-N/N, MDR1-N/N, HUU-N/N, RCND-clear, carries no coat factor. She does carry the white gene, so depending upon the mate we choose for her we should be able to expect black and silver, black and cream, and white. She is 26” tall at the shoulder and weighs 93 pounds.
Royalair’s Ruger of Plantation House
Ruger is an AKC black and silver and is just the sweetest boy. He enjoys trips to the rehabilitation center where my daughter works to visit the residents. We believe he has the perfect temperament for therapy work. He is a Ziva/Blade (Royalair’s Silver Blade) son. Ruger is DM-N/N, MDR1-N/N, and RCND-clear. He does carry coat factor, so depending upon the female could produce plush or long coat puppies. He also carries white, so again, depending upon the female could produce white puppies.
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