Since 1995, the BWPGCA has employed the breed standard for the Cesky Fousek under which the breed was recognized as a distinct breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1963.
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organisation. It includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognises 344 breeds. Each of them is the ‘property’ of a specific country. The ‘owner’ countries of the breeds write the standard of these breeds (detailed description of the ideal type of the breed), in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI. The translation, updating and publication of the standards are carried out by the FCI. These standards are THE reference for the judges at shows held in the FCI member countries, but also for the breeders in their attempt to produce top-quality dogs.
We employ a breeding program closely modeled after the European counterpart with a central breeding committee (Breed Warden). We have maintained a hard copy studbook since 1972 and our pedigrees also have a statement that the animal is not to be used for breeding unless cleared by our breed warden committee (“Breeding Restricted” stamp). This is important to insure that breeders are using the appropriate conformation, hunting tests, health scores, as well as EBV, PCA, and COI to maintain health, hunting, and companionship qualities. Strong testing systems, as well as careful planning for the use of bloodlines to maintain genetic diversity, are key elements in the development of healthy, useful hunting dogs and family companions. We use as a guideline the textbooks “Managing breeds for a secure future” by Sponenberg & Bixby and “Introduction to Quantitative Genetics” by Falconer & Mackay. Also see “Breeding for Diversity, a science based guide” .
Our breeding program is performance driven. Our goal is to consistently produce high-quality versatile gun dogs with a temperament marked by strong desire to please and a friendly disposition that makes our dogs superb family and companion dogs as well as cooperative hunters. We strive to have owners test every pup that we produce in Natural Ability and Intermediate Hunting Dog tests. The goal of these tests is to evaluate the hunting, temperament and conformation qualities of every pup, not to identify the top scoring dog. We require a PennHip evaluation on each dog before approval for the breeding program. Not only does the Breeding Committee use this data for making breeding determinations, but all information is published in the Gun Dog Supreme so that the results of our breeding program are a public record.
Each year, the Breeding Committee seeks to identify prospectivepuppy buyers who are agreeable to participating in our breeding program agenda, including field testing and health monitoring. Puppies are purchased through the Breeding Committee and not by indivdual breeders. Prospective buyers may express a litter preference, sex and coat-color, and they work with the Breeding Committee to obtain a pup to meet their preferences.