You found some very interesting questions, some are easy to answer, some very difficult.
How have dogs appeared in your life?
I was 15 years old when I got my first dog, a longhair Dachshund (Standard).
Are you interested in any other breeds except Cavaliers?
Yes, I'm interested in almost all dogs.
Your first Cavaliers: what kind of dogs were they and how did you get them?
My mother brought her first Cavalier into the family when I was 15, or 16 years old, but a Cavaliers (soft and sweet) is not exactly the kind of dog that appeals to a boy of 15 years old.
What is most important for you in Cavaliers?
The soft sweet face and character, always wagging tail, playful and gently. Also Graceful.
What is your main aim in breeding?
To breed a dog that fits into the standard.
Which of the health problems (MVD, PL, SM, eye diseases) in your opinion is the greatest threat to the breed?
Health is important to all dogs, but always healthy is also an illusion. The greatest threat to the breed is the media who can blow up a health problem, completely out of proportion. We need to be careful with the results of testing, because when you eliminate too many dogs, the genepool becomes smaller and smaller. This is a very difficult field. Too many questions to many different point of view.
What type of breeding do you use more often and why?
The type that fits the best into the standard.
What do you think about the theory of breeding types?
It is perfectly okay to have your "own type" when you are a breeder. But when you are a judge, you should judge up to the standard and forget about your "own type". It makes you more objective as a judge.
While choosing a sire for a female do you look at the pedigree, dog's type or something else?
The dogs type is as important as the pedigree. It is also important to look at the whole family. What I want to say is: a wonderful dog out of second-class family is not as valuable as a second-class dog out of a first-class family. A wonderful dog with a nice linebred pedigree is stronger for breeding than a wonderful dog with an out-cross pedigree.
Do you have any preference in color?
At what age of a puppy do you make your choice for keeping it for yourself?
First impression is when the puppy is born, but then we cannot see the eyes and no teeth.
At what points do you look at first?
Head type and markings and body proportions
Do you think that is it possible to identify show-promising puppies, for example, at 8 weeks old?
Yes certainly, but we need to work with a puppy every day and revaluate again and again. A puppy need to be born with a talent, but it very difficult to develop a talent. It is much easier to destroy a talent.
How do you feed your dogs, puppies especially?
We start with raw meat, after that a good quality premium dog-food.
Do you give them any supplements?
Do your dogs have such a lovely coat due to genetics, outside keeping or do you give them some special food additives to improve the quality of coat?
A lovely coat is a combination of genetics, good food, good health, no allergies, no parasites, being loved, happy and good character, etc etc.
You have been breeding dogs for many years. What is the difference between modern Cavaliers and Cavaliers of 20 years ago breeding?
The difference is that nowadays we have more Cavaliers and because we have more, we also find more better ones. We also spend more time with grooming and we have better camera's.
Do you think that our breed has Improved over the years?
What are the top dogs of your own breeding?
There were a lot.
What are the best dogs you have bought from other kennels?
Who are the nurseries of the past and present you do admire most of all?
Have you ever had favorites among your dogs and if "yes" than what were the reasons for that?
What advise can you give for novice breeders?
Read the breed-standard and try to understand why all details are mentioned. Talk a lot to other breeders and always ask why why why why... Never stop learning.
Hans Boelaars kennel v.h. Lamslag
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