Our dog Dutch is a Swiss Mountain Dog. He comes from a great line of Swissies and just recently we hosted a family reunion.
Dutch is one of 9 puppies that was born to Noka and Shea, and the first litter for them both. Noka was 3 years old and Shea was 5 by the time they had Dutch. They were one of those power couples who had things to do before settling down to raise a family. Shea, specifically was busy being a show dog. He was ranked the #1 Swissie in the country for 2010 and in 2011 he won the Top 20 Competition at the National.
The litter was conceived outside of Detroit through artificial insemination at a repo vet clinic. Nine weeks later on March 10, 2013 Noka’s 9 puppies were born. She free-whelped the entire litter in under 3 hours which is amazingly fast. According to the breeder they were practically falling out of her.
Of the 3 boys and 6 girls, Dutch’s sister Tonka was the smallest at birth weighing 13.1 oz. (ounce??? yikes), and today at 7 months she is the biggest of the girls at 78 pounds!
Dutch was the last of the puppies born which does not surprise me at all because even now he likes to take his sweet old-time doing things. He weighed 15.3 ounces and he had the perfect markings to be show quality like his dad Shea. Dutch will be hitting the show ring in November of this year so stay tuned!!
For our Swissie Fall Fest we were lucky enough to have 4 out of the 9 siblings attend along with mommy Noka, daddy Shea and grandpa Bowie. We spent the day eating, playing with the pups, ogling over daddy Shea – because he is one drop dead handsome guy, comparing notes and just having a great time.
We made new friends and started planning our Swissie Spring Fest. It was heartwarming to see these dogs together again, playing, running and just having so much fun together again as family.