Before I went to a dog wedding with Doola for the first time at the end of December 2013, it took some preparation. After visiting an exhibition in Steinhausen and inspecting the breeding facility, at that time still through the RZV, I completed several VDH breeder training courses.
Even today I still attend regular training courses such as the workshops at Hansehund, e.g. the workshop on body language and communication between humans and dogs, the video workshop on body language and communication between dogs and a first aid course for dogs. In 2019 a seminar on the biopsychological foundations of dog personalities as well as lectures on behavioral and population genetics were on the program, and in 2020 the first Canis seminar was added. I also like to attend online seminars.. You can find certificates of some of my further training HERE
The small population of the Kromfohrländer breed presents a great challenge when the stud book is closed, especially in the area of health. That's why I decided to take part in the crossbreeding project at Prokromfohrländer e.V. So Doola was also found in this club after the prescribed health examination including full gene analysis at Genoscoper in Finland (MyDogDNA) and a nature test for breeding (later we did the same with Liesi and Devi). Because of the particularly difficult "von Willebrand Disease" situation, but also in principle, no Kromfohrländer should be mated without genetic engineering (this also applies to other breeds in my opinion), because this is the only way to keep the risk of an inheritable disease low. More on this under Crossbreeding Project and Genetics. More information about the health of the Kromfohrländer can be found HERE. Do not be afraid to ask your breeder about such tests. In our club they are mandatory, but there are also breeders who choose to do so voluntarily, such as Birgit Turnhöfer in her kennel "vom Schloss Judenau".
There is always new knowledge in dog breeding and veterinary medicine. So it goes without saying for me to stay up to date here. Books like Dr. Helga Eichelberg's "Hundezucht" (unfortunately out of stock) and Dr. Irene Sommerfeld-Sturs "Rassehundezucht - Genetik für Züchter und Halter" are ideal advisors, such should be found in every breeder's household. Inge Hansen's "Handbuch der Hundezucht" with homeopathic advice is also very interesting.
A particularly good prerequisite is that the best veterinarian in the world, Dr. Katrin Wüstmann, practices in close proximity to us. Her commitment goes far beyond the usual. She has supported us with a lot of heart and expertise in all matters of the health of our dogs and our breeding and continues to do so.
With this in mind, I hope that with my kennel and the many supporters I can contribute to the recovery and preservation of the wonderful breed of the Kromfohrländer. Thank you very much for your interest.
Sincerely, Astrid Möller vom Hamburger Elbstrand