We are thrilled to announce that after a long year of evaluating him physically (looking for any potential health issues), as well as temperamentally- taking him to a certified veterinary behaviorist, taking him to multiple trainers, earning his Canine Good Citizen Urban certificate, as well as discussing who he is as a dog with every person who has known him or worked with him, and speaking with his breeder and the owner of his sire, we can now say that "Zuko," GCH CH I'm No Angel av Prinzenhof CGC, CGCA, GCGU, has been officially reinstated with the American Kennel Club. As breeders committed to breeding temperamentally sound Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, we took the circumstances of his incident last year very seriously. While the circumstances of his incident and his demeanor during the incident, and everything else we knew about this dog led us to believe that there were no aggressive tendencies in him, we could not ignore what happened. We did not pursue reinstatement lightly. For the past year, his temperament has remained as it ever was- stable; great with kids, adults, and dogs alike; some high prey drive (which we have always known and is part of the herding instinct in Swissies); extremely biddable; friendly to all who meet him. Additionally, his puppies that were born 10 days following the incident have all developed into mature, sweet, trainable puppies, three of them now showing in AKC conformation themselves. For all of those who have stood by us during this time of careful evaluation and preparation, especially all of our owners of his puppies and certain members of the Swissy breeder community, we thank you for your support through it all! We are looking forward to putting some more back end titles on this boy, showing off his true Swissy working drive! If anyone has any questions regarding what happened, we are more than happy to discuss the particulars by phone or in person.
Wife, Mother of 3, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC