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When you are considering of getting a puppy it is good to get to know the breed for example at shows, activities and at breed enthusiasts homes, if possible. I am always happy to invite interested people into our home to know the breed, our dogs and us as people better. I also recommend the Red Irish Setter breed info I have written and surfing the net for breed club pages.

My Principles:

I have always been interested in breeding and genetics. When we were little girls, we used to breed all kinds of pet rodents with my sister; nowadays we both breed dogs. I follow other dog breeds with interest, the general developments in the kennel world as well as new innovations in breeding and science. While sniffing these new winds it is also important for me to remember the silent knowledge of the older and wiser dog breeders and try to combine these two aspects in my own breeding.

I have kept to the same basic idea from the beginning: I aim to breed small scale and high quality dogs that are versatile, healthy and good-tempered for others to enjoy as well. My principles have been moulded a bit during the years and I also strive to breed on an ethically sustainable base. I plan each litter carefully and with the future in mind: my goal is to take the breed forward or to hold on to something important to me in the breed. If I hesitate in thinking “Would I myself have a dog from this litter into my home?” I will not go forward with the litter plans. These principles have kept my own breeding stock limited as I have shut out many dog from breeding due to their temperament or health. This is also why we have had such a few litters even though I have had my kennel prefix for almost a decade.

My priorities in breeding are as follows: The most important thing in a dog is its temperament and I will not use in breeding a dog that cannot live a normal family life or that suffers from separation anxiety. Health is the second most important factor and I am particularly tight on matters concerning the immune system such as sensitivities. Thirdly I want to dog to be sound and balanced in structure and movement and lastly I look at the breed details such as colour, white markings or eye shape. The family of the dog matters as well and the bottom line is that I would rather not do the litter than risk with the health and temperament of future dogs.

Irish setters have been divided into show and working lines and the show line onwards to three different types: American, Australian and British. To me all of these types have good and bad features and I strive to combine the good ones while maintaining as wide as possible genetic variation in my dogs.

I encourage to health examine dogs and to bring the results in public so we could have more openness and information in breeding. Sometimes the more you know the more it hurts but in the long run information brings only positive results.

The aim is set high but I believe that dog breeding must come from a strong ethically sustainable base and one must have a long-time plan in breeding to ensure the preservation of sustainable and healthy breeds.

When considering a puppy:

I think carefully about my breeding and the combinations I make and I hope to make well-tempered, healthy and beautiful dogs which are happy and wonderful to live with. I also hope that the dogs could give the same joy and love to their owners as living with my dogs gives me. We seldom have puppies and I want to put an effort into their upbringing in my home and offer them the best start with spending a lot of time with them, socializing them to new things and health examining them by a veterinarian.

The dogs I breed are important to me and I hope them to go to co-operating homes. I am always available for my dog owners and in return I hope to hear from my puppies.  I hope the puppies to go to active homes but it is not a necessity; for me it is most important for the dog to have a good home - whether it is an active show or coursing home or not.

Saara Mattero

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