Companion & Show potential puppies sometimes
available to approved homes.


There are four DNA tests which reputable breeders do to ensure that they will not produce pups that will suffer from 3 eye conditions and a neurological disorder. The results of these will be clear, carrier or affected.  It is essential that if carriers are bred they must only be mated to clears.  We have had DNA tests for up to five years now so there is no reason for any breeding dog not to have a known DNA status for each of these four conditions.

Breeders have been hip scoring for many decades the average score at present is around 11-12.  The lower the score the better the hip. The higher the score the worse the hip. We also have an EBV for each dog which gives an indication of the genetic component of the dogs hip structure.  An EBV of 0 is average - minus values are better than average, and plus values are worse than average.

It is also important to look at the puppy's coefficient of inbreeding.  This tells you what the risk is of the puppy inheriting two copies of a gene which may give rise to an inherited condition in the future.  The average COI is 7.6%.  Higher than this is a greater risk, lower than this reduces the risk.

Each parent should have an annual eye certificate, which as its name suggests has to be renewed annually.

Prospective puppy purchasers should discuss these tests with the breeder and ask to see the certificates.  All these results are published by the Kennel, and the prospective owner can find them on the KC web site under Health Test Results.  They will need the KC registered names of both parents to access these results.


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There are no laws in place governing the health tests that breeders carry out. However, I would encourage you to purchase puppies from adults that have had all appropriate health testing i.e. AHT Genetic Test for PLL, PRA-3, and RCD-4 also the AHT or OFA Genetic Test for NCL, Yearly BVA(KC) Certified Eye Examinations,  and Certified  Hip-Scoring  under the BVA (KC) Scheme.     DNA profiles are also available to breeders through the K C.

All Siddhartha puppies are raised in the house from parents who have current eye-certificates,
 have been hip scored under the KC & BVA schemes, and have DNA Profiles.

Since October 2009, when PLL Genetic Testing became available, all parents are tested.

Since the DNA test became available in America all parents are also screened for NCL.

PRA-3 and RCD-4 DNA screening is now also available and my dogs have all been tested.

iddhartha puppies have always been sold with the breeding endorsement  ‘Not to be bred from’.
Please see the Puppy Contract for conditions required to have endorsement lifted.

Siddhartha puppies are wormed two weekly and are fully vaccinated and health checked by the
Veterinary before being placed at a minimum age of twelve weeks.

All Siddhartha puppies are micro-chipped for permanent identification, and also registered with the I.K.C.

This tiny chip contains a unique number, which can then be registered by any of several animal recovery databases identifying the owner. This number will remain with your dog for its entire life. It cannot be altered or changed. It will identify that particular dog much as our PPS number does us.

Your Siddhartha puppy will come with a certification of implantation, which will contain the number forever assigned to your dog. The number will also appear on your IKC registration papers, and also your contract and your puppy's vaccination record. This number, with you as owner, and myself as breeder will have been registered with the national recovery database Animark before your puppy leaves us. This will enable you to be contacted if your dog is ever lost and found, and I can also be contacted.

Nametags attached to collars though helpful in identifying dogs can often be lost or removed. This implanted chip cannot. It is chip about the size of a grain of rice, which is totally inert and is encased in biocompatible glass. It is inserted just under the skin between the shoulder blades using a syringe. A handheld scanner can then read its unique, encoded, unalterable number. Most shelters and many veterinarians have scanners available to read these implanted microchip numbers. It is the first step in identifying the dog’s owner. Animal recovery associations can then be contacted. Their database can supply the name and location of the registered owner.


All breeding stock at Siddhartha have DNA Profiles.

Siddhartha are proud to participate in the KC DNA Profiling Program. Through the KC’s efforts in continuing the tradition of providing rigorous standards of registry, we are able to benefit by adding certified authenticity to our breeding program.

As with so many other species, DNA has been discovered which can uniquely identify dogs. They can be identified not only by breed, but by the individual dog as well. Its parents equally contribute each form of a dog’s gene allele randomly. These combinations can be analyzed and with the DNA knowledge of one or more parents, proof of offspring can be determined.

DNA collection is non-invasive and painless for the dog. It does not require blood samples, but rather a collection is taken of cells using a cheek swab. The KC issues a certification with analysis of each dog’s unique DNA profile. This profile will become forever part of the dog’s permanent KC record. The profile number will appear in future KC registration certificates and hopefully some day soon the IKC registration certificates.

DNA testing is the way forward. As databases grow, and with increased knowledge of gene contribution, we will soon be able to identify potential disease and breed disorder carriers, or producers. Hopefully one day, in the not too distant future, we will see the elimination of genetic disorders which have plagued many breeds. We are very happy to be a part of this important step forward.

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Mobile: +353 (0)86 844 1502

  The Good

I love my little puppy; He makes my house a home.
He is my very best friend; now I will never feel alone.

He makes me smile, laugh, fills my heart with joy
He has become my shadow, how I love this little boy

You've Never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes;
they read so much ugly from others, why do people criticize

Never known their anguish; Never felt their pain,
the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.

Never sat the whole night through, waiting for babies to be born,
Lack of sleep from worry feeling all stressed out and torn.

Never felt the heartache, holding a pup in my hands.
only 60 grams so tiny, yet still full of suckling demands.

Should you do this instead of that . . . or that instead of this
You say a prayer for correctness, and give the pup a kiss.

Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right,
two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.

Day one he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer.
Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care.

Day 5 he's still alive; your hopes soar straight to heaven
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands day seven.

You take this little angel, wrap and bury him all alone.
Tears descend from your eyes, land on your collar bone.

You think why, why continue breeding only to deal with death.
You return to the others, hold one close and smell the puppy breath.

Wagging his tail and slathering you with kisses warm and wet.
You laugh as you put him down then realize 'better it does not get'.

So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed,"
Think about how very much they endure to fill another's need.

When you buy a puppy, and with your precious euros part,
You only pay with money, The breeder pays thru their heart.


The Bad

How do we spread the message? How can we close the doors?
Of tin shacks, barns and squalor, housing puppy’s used as whores.
Their pimps are well heeled mutants, living lives of millionaires
And councils turn a blind eye as the KC dam despairs.

Her limbs are bent and twisted from hereditary disease.
Her coat is sparse and matted, her worn body crawls with fleas.
Her eyes and ears infected, her young bones poke through raw skin
And councils give the thumbs up to the state the dam lives in.

She freezes through the winter; she’s scorched by summer’s heat.
She’s jailed by rusty bars and sleeps on feces clad concrete
She paces, spins, she stumbles, she bleeds, she hurts, she cries.
And councils sign a licence; hence the dam curls up and dies.

She never chased a rainbow, saw a sunrise, felt the breeze
She never tasted freedom, ploughed through meadows, snaked round trees
She never knew a soft embrace nor love, nor tenderness
And councils signed the warrant for that dam’s distress.

To those who sourced their puppy from “Pre-loved” or “Gum tree” ad’s.
You tallied with the devil. You played host to currents fads.
You didn’t do your research, check the breeder, sire or dam
And thus you oiled the cogs that drive the puppy farmer’s scam

Written by Cheryl Lowe




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