1)What was the inspiration to start a foundation for the Seidenspitz?
I started the Seidenspitz Foundation because I knew the breed needed people who would devote their time and efforts to save this very rare breed of dog. We need people who loved dogs, and who would not mind devoting a few hours of their time to help the breed. Every kind of help is needed even today. We need breeders who would be willing to devote time in raising healthy litters, which means healthy sires & dams. DNA testing to identify each Seidenspitz, and identifying pups regarding their status according to the German Breed Standard. All pups who don't meet that standard must be spayed or neutered, and placed in a loving home.
We also need pet people who would consider adoping a rare breed pet Seidenspitz puppy, as we want to develop a list of persons ahead of time, well before a litter is even bred.
2) Tell us about the Seidenspitz breed and any of its distinct characteristics?
The Seidenspitz is quite a unique dog. It was fully developed in Germany. The earliest written records on the breed date back to 1797. "Seiden" in German translates to "silky" or "Silky Coated". The breed was developed by using the Maltese and the pure white Pomeranian. Besides their silky coat they have a curled tail. The coat's legenth ranges from 5 to 7 inches. They are an intelligent little breed that loves to cuddle in their owner's lap. They love small toys and are willing to fetch them for you. They love children as well as other dogs in the same household.
3) Give 5 tips you would offer someone who was looking to own a Seidenspitz.
a. Make sure the person who states they have a true purebred Seidenspitz, actually has a purebred Seisenspitz. The Seidenspitz is rare, and just like any breed there are people who are out to exploit the breed, and sell you a mixed breed dog instead.
b. A purebred Seidenspitz breeder MUST BE REGISTERED with Germany and with the International Seidenspitz Foundation. Make sure you ask to see proof in writing, including either German registration papers or registration papers from the International Seidenspitz Foundation. If you are in doubt you are welcome to contact us at 414-418-3566 and leave a message.
c. Any purebred registered Seidenspitz puppy will have a micro chip implanted. It is part of a breeders requirement to micro chip each puppy in a litter.
d. The Micro Chip number will appear on the Seidenspitz puppy's registration papers.
e. Once your purchase a purebred Seidenspitz puppy, the registration papers always stays with the Seidenspitz, so place your papers in a safe place. If you sell your Seidenspitz, their registration goes with them. There are no transfer papers, just the original documents.
4) Does your organization do any charitable work for the breed?
We do charitable work for the Seidenspitzn breed. Each year, anyone who is in 4H can apply to the International Seisenspitz Foundation. We have a program set up for 4H kids who want to work with a dog either in conformation or obedience. We place the puppy free of charge to the child in 4H who has been approved by our board. The Seidenspitz loves to please, is intelligent and has the stammina to compete in obedience.
5)Whats your most memorable experience with the Seidenspitz?
My most memorable experience with our Seidenspitz occured this Thanksgiving. An 87 year old lady had a Seidenspitz puppy when she had fallen and could not get up on her own last year. The lady's name was Charlotte. She had one of those emergency call buttons around her neck. When help arrived her Seidenspitz puppy never left her side. Charlotte had to be put in a nursing home, and was gone for one year. Her Seidenspitz puppy was adopted by Charlotte's daughter. Then this Thanksgiving Charlotte was strong enough to come home to celebrate thanksgiving with her daughter. As soon as Charlotte sat down, she saw her Seidenspitz puppy who was now grown up. He ran to Charlotte, wagging his tail and displayed sounds of pure excitment. Her Seidenspitz dog still remembered her, even though they had been seperated over a year. Everyone in the house was in tears. It was so gratifying to see how the dog remembered Charlotte after being just a puppy when they were seperated. Her daughter was so thankful she adopted her mother's Seidenspitz. Now more visits will be arranged so Charlotte can see her devoted Seidenspitz more often!