This will be the first year we will begin to reap the reward of our import program. It has been a long time coming but we hope to continue to get dogs through testing and into the breeding program. At this point e hope to fill most of our waiting list requests this year with domestic puppies plus a few spots from imports.
We have instituted a few new protocols that we hope will improve our test scores and reduce the variability of owner input. These include giving each new puppy owner a coach to help keep them on track, help solve problems, and encourage them to be totally ready for the tests. In addition, we Strongly encourage each breeder to embrace the “Puppy Culture” method (December 2017 GDS) and keep up to date with suggestions on the Puppy Culture Facebook Discussion Group.
You can explore the pedigrees and their ancestors of the dogs listed below as well as use the “Test Mating” tool at the database – ceskyfouseknorthamerica.org
In choosing mates we try to select dogs that are compatible by adding strengths to their partner’s characteristics. We have a very limited breeding pool so mate choices can be difficult and often result in long discussions within the breeding committee. Not all the Czech dogs we have imported frozen semen from have had their hips assessed. Therefore, we try to use females with high hip scores as mates for those dogs. Increasingly, males in the Czech Republic are having their hips assessed and we target those with excellent hips for importing frozen semen, although this is not always possible.
We have been trying to develop some North American lines. Unlike the lines developed in the Czech Republic where each line has slightly different characteristics, our lines are designed as a tool to manage diversity. To understand this approach better see “Managing Breeds for a Secure Future: Strategies for Breeders and Breed Associations (Second Edition)” by Sponenberg, Beranger, and Martin. It is a bit complicated and can perhaps sound counter intuitive but some aspects are straightforward. For example, when a dog has a high coefficient of inbreeding (COI also called fx) we select a partner from another line to reduce that COI in the offspring. We want the COI to be as low as possible but still maintain high quality dogs. Litter size has been shown to be associated with the COI of either the mother and/or the offspring (see information provided at- http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/inbreeding-gubbels.html) with a higher COI reducing the litter size. The average Český Fousek litter size worldwide is 5 to 6 (actually 5.5 but you can’t really have half of a puppy). However, there is great variability (1-12) and we have seen between 1 and 9 recently.
Below are the matches selected for our 2018 domestic puppies:
1) Corbet of High Desert x Hika of Dutchman’s Hollow
Bred in December 2017 with a healthy litter of nine puppies resulting. Both of these dogs qualified in their IHDT tests, and showed excellent game desire and cooperation. Corbet is a smaller male, a quality we wanted because of recent very large dogs in our program.
2) Hart z Nolkopu x Dorka z Podřipské stráně (Dezi)
Bred in January 2018 using frozen semen via surgical implantation, however no pregnancy resulted. Dezi is a dog that anyone of us would love to hunt over. She has a wonderful search and points well. Dezi shows great cooperation, has a normal conformation, has a good coat, and retrieves well. She has taken to her training easily. We hope to be able to try with Dezi again with a natural breeding later this year.
3) Flik z Lovčických tarasů x Brita Eso
Bred using two trans cervical insemination (TCI) with frozen semen at Cornell University that resulted in seven healthy puppies. Report from Mark Canfield is that he found a place to stay in Ithaca over night with great local beers. Brita is an excellent all around dog that matured a little slowly. Brita does not have a perfect coat, but it is quite serviceable. She has a fine nose, searches well, and show good cooperation. Flik is a Czech dog that has done well in both conformation, with Klubový vítěz (club winner) as well as in field tests. Flik received a prize I in all field tests including the Memoriál Fr. Housky. We think his coat will be a strong asset in this breeding. All these puppies already have been given Czech names.
4) Argo ze Stoprounských vinic (Books) x Angie Vallis Baptismi (Tess)
This was a planned natural breeding and took place in March 2018-We believe both Tess and Books are exceptional dogs and have produced numerous birds for their owners. Tess searches well and is not afraid to range out a bit, but all the while hunting with her handler. She has great hips. She points well and likes the water. Books is an average sized male and one that is as comfortable in the water as in the uplands.
5) Adele od Těrlické hráze.
We have not yet selected a partner for Adele with a planned breeding in the fall. Adele has shown very strong upland work, points well, and has a beautiful coat. She has made a wonderful family dog. A likely mate would have very strong water work. Hopefully such a male will be found after the spring tests.
There are a few more females who have yet to qualify and we hope to have them into the breeding pool this year.