Buddies Breeder – Becky Godridge
Meet Buddies breeder, Becky Godridge, who is based in Gainsborough. We asked her a few questions to find out more about her breed of choice.
What is your breed of choice?
‘German Spitz Klein.’
How long have you been breeding for?
‘I have been breeding German Spitz for 4 years and Border Collies for 15 years.’
Why is the German Spitz Klein your breed of choice?
‘I started off in German Spitz because my daughter wanted to complete her Young Kennel Club Award, and the Border Collies were not really suitable for a small child. The Spitz are excellent family dogs. Their temperaments are amazing. They are so versatile and fun loving with beautiful coats that are easy to keep.’
What is the best thing about the breed?
‘The best thing about German Spitz has to be their temperaments and zest for life.’
What is the worst thing about the breed?
‘One thing I love, but also hate, is that they are really smart! They are watch dogs and can hear a pin drop 3 villages away and will be sure to tell you all about it. Some are really noisy, but I have a Mittel and one Klein who rarely bark, other than when someone is at the door. I have a little monster who barks none stop. She is like that child that hums to themselves without realising how annoying it is.’
What is the best thing about being a breeder?
‘I love seeing the joy the pups bring to others. All my owners keep in touch, some more than others, but I have group chats and a Facebook page where they all support each and other share stories and the highs and lows. They meet up at shows to support each other, so it’s like a massive family. They mainly interact with the same litter but they do also support other litters and breeds. Many of my dogs go into family homes and are for the children. Watching that wonderful relationship build and grow together is worth ever tear and sleepless night. It’s even worth the golf course in the garden after a litter help me gardening.’
What is the worst thing about being a breeder?
The worst thing about being a breeder is the loss of a dog or puppy. Seeing the heart break and pain of the owners who never got to meet their puppy is awful. You feel responsible for it even though you know it’s not your fault. Luckily I’ve only experienced it once in a young dog, and it was something we could have never predicted.’
If you could have any other breed, what would it be?
‘It would have to be an Australian Shepherd. I have actually been looking into this breed recently. There are many breeds I’d love to own, but will not as they are not suited to my lifestyle or family.’
Any achievements you would like to share with us?
‘Oh, so many! My dogs are my world (and my daughter too obviously!). The German Spitz is not a well-known breed, but as the health coordinator, I can say they are one of the healthiest breeds you can find, which is one of the reasons I chose this breed over so many others. Every day is special with them, so the ribbons and prizes are just an added bonus in my opinion. My Spitz add value, zest and love to my life and so many others what could possibly be better than that?’
A huge thankyou to Becky for sharing her love and knowledge of this fabulous breed.
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