Domenica All Enchanting, my girl from the last All Enchanting Great Dane litter that I have bred 3 years ago. 3 years ago... wow time flies really fast!
I stopped breeding, too many problems in this breed, too many health problems, too many inbreeding. And also important... too many corrupt breeders. I bought a lot of Great Danes in different countries, different breeders, some of them judges and vets, and of course different bloodlines. All promised me the best for a lot of money.
I lost all of them to horrible hereditary diseases. One with 16 weeks old, that was hard and so emotional. Others a little bit older but all under the 5 years old. DCM, HD, ED, Heart problems, H.O.D., Wobbler and Spondylosis and one I bought with a broken cervical! All these breeders promised me money back or new puppy in the future. Only one of them gave the money back... the rest didn't do anything.
Friends in the breeders world don't exist, they are friends because they need something from you, they want to know something from you or they want to get something from you. And if you have something they want and you don't give it to them... keep your eyes and ears open and watch your back!
A colleague breeder in your own breed can make you and break you with one single phonecall or story on the social media.
As breeder you also get fake friends, people that love to spent time at your home, with you and your dogs. Ok correction, leave the you. Because if the moment comes and you say again "sorry, can't go shopping today I have to clean/feed/walk" or "sorry have to take care of the dogs, there is one a bit ill, no coffee here at my place"... they will say goodbye! In that moment you know... it was all about the dogs and the cute puppys and the free dogstuff that they recived from you. There was no friendship...
I didn't want to be a part of this world anymore. I quit breeding and it's now since 3 years just Chantal and her dogs, I'm very happy after this decision! And the few people that are still there, that are still coming over... that are the real friends! And thank you for being my friends for your friendship in the last 10 years!